• We wish you a joyous and thoughtful holiday season

    We wish you a joyous and thoughtful holiday season

    We take this time to express our gratitude to family, friends, our clients and communities--thank you!
  • SHN assists Shasta Regional Community Foundation's Carr Fire Relief

    SHN assists Shasta Regional Community Foundation's Carr Fire Relief

    SHN's Redding Regional Principal, Mark Chaney, presents a $5,000 check from SHN to the Shasta Regional Community Foundation's Chief Executive Officer, Kerry Caranci, for the Community Disaster Relief Fund for Carr Fire Recovery.
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  • Survey supported drone work

    Survey supported drone work

    SHN surveyors are bringing new technologies to traditional methods.
  • Water storage

    Water storage

    Although the drought is over in much of California, our Mediterranean climate creates the need for stored water. SHN assists clients in permitting and designing water storage.
  • Trenchless technologies

    Trenchless technologies

    Using horizontal directional drilling, SHN installed an underwater power cable in Gig Harbor, Washington.
  • Environmental protection

    Environmental protection

    New wastewater collection and interceptor pipes, and a new pump station, eliminated sewage overflows into aquatic habitats.
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  • Community engagement

    Community engagement

    SHN, the Redwood Community Action Agency, and the City of Arcata organized a walkability assessment.
  • High desert groundwater monitoring

    High desert groundwater monitoring

    Work is great when this is your office.

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Carr Fire Local Assistance Center Open

A Local Assistance Center for Redding residents affected by the Carr Fire is open Aug. 2 to 8 at Shasta High School, 2500 Eureka Way, Redding from 9 am to 7 pm.  The LAC is a "one stop shop" for recover assistance.  Representatives from local, state, and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, and information on rebuliding, permitting, hazardous materials clean up, loss of business or employment, and other topics.  For more information, here is a link to the KRCR news report and more information is at www.211norcal.org/shasta.  The Shasta County Emergency Operations press release details what documents you should bring, if you have them.


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Welcome Gretchen O'Brien and Sean Rowe!

We are happy to announce that Gretchen O'Brien and Sean Rowe have joined our Biological Sciences group in our Arcata office.  Gretchen is a Senior Biologist and Sean is a botanist.  Gretchen comes to us with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and is skilled in wildlife survey techniques. She has managed her own biological consulting firm and has 19 years of experience in wildlife surveys, habitat assessments, and mitigation strategies. Gretchen was part of the team of biologists that performed nesting bird surveys on the Willits Bypass construction. She most recently worked for the City of Arcata in the Environmental Services Department overseeing bird monitoring during construction activities, providing vegetation management protocols, and spent time at the City at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center where she identified, designed, and facilitated programs.  Sean's expertise is in plant identification, wetland delineation and riparian restoration. He knows his agrostoles and angiosperms! He recently worked as Project Coordinator for the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District in completing restoration work on the Salt River project near Ferndale. This included sediment management oversight, wetland planting, and fish relocation. Prior to this he worked with Hanford Applied Restoration on the Willits Bypass, overseeing much of the plantings for that project. He has also worked with the Mattole Restoration Council on a variety of restoration projects. And he has his own native grass seed farm!


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Come join us!

SHN is actively recruiting a planner (mid- and senior level in Redding), a Survey Party Chief (Willits office), and a Professional Licensed Surveyor (Eureka office).  We are always interested to hear from mid/senior level civil engineers specializing in water, wastewater, public works, and environmental services.  We offer the advantages of working at a small company (you’ll “wear lots of hats”), but we are large enough to support research and application of new technologies such as horizontal directional drilling, cured in place pipe, ElectroScan™ leak detection, and survey-supported drone services.  Our current planning projects include developing university student housing, analyzing impacts from a regional medical facility, and monitoring mitigation projects relating to highway construction.  Check out our Currently Open Positions page for detailed job descriptions.

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Welcome Senior Planner Bruce Grove!

Bruce Grove, a senior planner with over 20 years of experience coordinating multi-disciplinary, multi-agency planning and environmental projects, has joined our Redding office team.  Bruce also brings his relationships with local government and regulatory agency staff, and with other consulting planners, architects, and engineers.  In his brief time at SHN, Bruce has already opened several new opportunities for us, and has solidified relationships with some of our existing clients.

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From Our Blog All Blog Posts

Mentoring inspires youth and ensures our future

Mentoring inspires youth and ensures our future

By Bob Brown, AICP.  January was National Mentoring Month, but our opportunity to thank people we know as mentors continues throughout the year.  We suggest that more mentoring and mentors are needed here on the North Coast.

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Memo to Millennial Engineering Students

Memo to Millennial Engineering Students

Welcome back to another nose-to-the-grindstone semester/quarter!  We salute your extreme work ethic, and your ability to keep focused on the goal of graduating and working to make the world a better place.  Here are some things to think about when you’re waiting for that numeric modeling program to run.

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Looking for a change in the right direction?

A career is an individual’s journey of learning and work, and whether SHN is a quick side-trip or a long and rewarding segment depends on the similarities of our future paths.  SHN’s path is one that values enhancing our communities and creating a rewarding environment for employees and shareholders.  We value team work, life-long learning, and family, health and work balance.

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Featured Projects

  • Martin Slough Sewage Collection System Upgrade, Eureka, CA
    Civil Engineering

    Martin Slough Sewage Collection System Upgrade, Eureka, CA

    SHN’s redesign of the sewer system eliminated overflows to Martin Slough, saved the City and taxpayers $2.8 million in construction costs, and decreased future energy use by eliminating 13 pumping stations.

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  • Seismic Hazard Evaluation at an Operating Hydroelectric Dam

    Seismic Hazard Evaluation at an Operating Hydroelectric Dam

    SHN geologists investigated a known fault system to determine potential seismic hazards to the dam.  Trenchscan technology was used to record images that were later digitally merged to create a single image of the entire trenched area.

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  • Biological Monitoring for Willits Highway 101 Bypass Construction
    Biological Sciences

    Biological Monitoring for Willits Highway 101 Bypass Construction

    Beginning in 2012, SHN’s Biologist of Record managed a crew of 30 biologists that identified nesting locations of birds, prepared  and implemented salmonid relocation and dewatering plans, conducted Northern Spotted Owl surveys, and prepared daily and quarterly reports documenting the interactions between construction activities and regulated biological resources.

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  • “Hazmat” Investigation and Remediation at 46 CAL FIRE sites
    Environmental Services

    “Hazmat” Investigation and Remediation at 46 CAL FIRE sites

    Since 1995, SHN has performed environmental site investigation, hydrology studies, surveys, permitting, remediation design, and infrastructure evaluation and repair designs at 46 sites for CAL FIRE, the California state agency for real estate services (DGS-RESD), and the Division of the State Architect. 

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  • Low Impact Development of Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House
    Water Resources

    Low Impact Development of Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House

    With Ann Baker Landscape Architecture, SHN assisted in the design of the Museum’s new outdoor nature education facility, incorporating stormwater wetlands and bioretention areas, and encouraging groundwater recharge with infiltration trenches and permeable pavements.

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  • Materials Testing and Special Inspections at Frank R. Howard Hospital
    Materials Testing

    Materials Testing and Special Inspections at Frank R. Howard Hospital

    SHN’s field and laboratory efforts were observed and approved by inspectors from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the agency that ensures safe healthcare facilities.

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    Peninsula Light Company in Gig Harbor, WA thanks SHN

    “The Peninsula Light Company and its members will continue to benefit from your efforts long into the future due to the project’s sustainability. On my part, I would like to express my congratulation and gratitude for the professionalism, effort, and persistence you exhibited during the execution of this challenging HDD project. I would be proud to work alongside any of your crew members and staff that brought success to this project.”

    — Dennis P. Walden, P.E.
    Peninsula Light Company

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