Presentation Topic: Flood Risk Management Studies Texas, Puerto Rico and California
Speaker: Kristine Meyer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Where: US Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District Office, 231 S LaSalle St, 16th Floor, Chicago IL (The meeting will be on the 16th floor, but you will need to sign in at the lobby and at the 15th floor - Bring your photo ID).
Time: 11:30am (There will be a Board Meeting at 10:30am.)
Lunch Fee: $15 (on RSVP form, please indicate if any dietary restrictions)
Continuing Education Credits will be offered.
Flood Risk Management in Rio Guayanilla, PR
Presentation Summary: The study area is located in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico beginning near highway PR-2 and continuing until the river's confluence with the Caribbean Sea. The study was funded following significant flooding associated with Hurricane Maria and will investigate FRM measures and alternatives within the Guayanilla riverine and coastal floodplain. There are approximately 8,800 residents and 1,662 public, commercial, and residential structures, and 400 acres of agricultural land at risk of inundation. Current alternatives include the construction of a diversion channel.
Bio: Ms. Meyer is a Civil Engineer with a background in Water Resources. As a Hydraulic Engineer at the Chicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kristine completes hydrologic and hydraulic analysis to evaluate alternatives for flood risk management studies and ecosystem restoration projects. Prior to joining the Corps 3 years ago, Kristine worked as a Water Resources Engineer for WBK Engineering in St. Charles, IL. Kristine is a Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management, TX
Overview: The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management project is a $4 billion project in Southeast Texas. The coastal storm protection project was funded following significant flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Sabine to Galveston project protects three separate areas: Freeport, TX, Port Arthur, TX, and Orange, TX. Planned features include levees, floodwalls, floodgates, and pump stations.
Presenter: Matt Dircksen
Bio: Mr. Dircksen is a Hydraulic Engineer at the US Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District and is a Professional Engineer. He has worked for the Corps of Engineers for 10 years in Chicago, New Orleans, and Brazil, completing projects on inland rivers and coastal environments to reduce flood risk and enhance navigation opportunities.
Westminster Flood Risk Management Study in Orange County, CA
Overview: The study area is located entirely within the Westminster Watershed in western Orange County, California approximately 25 miles southeast of the City of Los Angeles. The watershed is approximately 74 square miles in area and lies on a flat coastal plain. The study area has a population at risk of approximately 400,000. Flat terrain in the Westminster Watershed and a high population density increase the impact of flooding on traffic and evacuation.
Presenter: Joel Schmidt
Bio: Mr. Schmidt is the Chief of the Hydraulics and Environmental Section and has working in the Chicago District performing hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for flood risk management and ecosystem projects for the past 12 years. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.