SHN is happy to attend Cal Poly Humboldt's Career Expo, live and in person, on February 16, 2022. Students of environmental and civil engineering, environmental science, geology, GIS, planning, and surveying should stop by the SHN table to pick up information in careers in those disciplines. To save paper and limit waste, here is an electronic brochure that describes SHN; it shows what we do and who we are. Hope to see you there!
Bob Brown, AICP, SHN’s Planning Principal, and Maia Singer and Lauren Dusek of Stillwater Sciences, will present “CEQA, Dam Removal, and Restoration of the Klamath River” at the Association of Environmental Professionals State Conference, in April 2022. There are four PacifiCorp hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Their removal will be the most significant dam removal and river restoration effort ever attempted in the United States. The project will restore native anadromous fish access to potentially hundreds of miles of mainstem river and tributary habitat, and will restore riparian habitat along approximately 18 miles of river and tributary confluences that are currently inundated by reservoirs. In the long term, dam removal will also improve water quality, reduce the incidence of disease among salmonids, and support commercial fisheries and tribal communities that depend on Klamath Basin fisheries as an important cultural resource.
SHN is pleased to announce to announce that Charles “Chuck” Steffensmeier, PE, has joined SHN as our Oregon South Coast Regional Principal. Chuck is an experienced leader and manager in civil engineering design, project management, and construction, with special focus on railroad bridge hydrology and hydraulics, and structural design. His experience spans railroad design and construction, maintenance, structures design, inspection and construction, water resources, permitting, and project management. Chuck’s most recent position was as Chief Engineer of port facilities, for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. He was responsible for construction contracts and contractor performance for railroad and marina projects. He was also the bridge engineer for the Coos Bay Rail Line. Chuck continues as the Bridge Inspector for the Coos Bay Railroad, which entails annual bridge inspection and special inspections for the rail line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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