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Kleinschmidt Associates Announces Promotion of Trevor Lykens to Vice President

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Trevor Lykens has been named Vice President, Project and Risk Management Division, for Kleinschmidt Associates.

Jason Kent Joins Kleinschmidt

Jason Kent Joins Kleinschmidt. Seasoned project management and water resource professional with more than 23 years of experience will serve clients throughout North America

Kleinschmidt Releases McBreach Software to Assist Dam Owners With Safety Planning

This software will ultimately lead to better decision-making about critical flow events and improved Emergency Action Plans to protect all citizens as we see more extreme weather events

Wendy Bley Joins Kleinschmidt

Wendy Bley joins Kleinschmidt Associates. Seasoned hydropower professional with more than 25 years of experience will serve clients throughout North America.

Kleinschmidt’s Russ Sanford Named as Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Fellow

Kleinschmidt is pleased to announce that Russ Sanford, Chief Marketing Officer, has been named as a Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Fellow. Individuals who are named as Fellows comprise a specially selected group of achievers who have the responsibility to accept leadership roles in the Society and provide mentoring to members of the organization.

7th Annual Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge Promotes STEM Experience for Middle and High School Students

More than 400 middle and high school students participated in the 7th Annual Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on May 17, 2019

Kleinschmidt Associates Enters Strategic Alliance With The Conservation Fund

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic alliance with The Conservation Fund.

Rossie Corwon Receives Women of Excellence Award From the Women’s Leadership Council of Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce

Rossie Corwon, Senior Consultant working out of the Lexington, South Carolina office, has been honored with the Women of Excellence Award from the Women’s Leadership Council, which is a program of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce.

Trevor Lykens and Jillian Davis Appointed to Director and Section Manager Positions in the Project and Risk Management Division at Kleinschmidt

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Trevor Lykens has been named Director of the Project and Risk Management Division for Kleinschmidt Associates and Jillian Davis has been named as Section Manager.

Lucas DeLong Appointed Chair for IEEE Power Subcommittee

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Lucas DeLong, Electrical Engineer, has been appointed Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee.

Shawn Rumble joins Kleinschmidt Associates

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Shawn Rumble, PE as Project Manager and member of the Project and Risk Management Team working out of our Lexington, South Carolina office.

Kim Fitzgibbons to Lead NEPA Services and Offshore Wind Market for Kleinschmidt

Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Kim Fitzgibbons as Principal Consultant.

Kleinschmidt Added to General Services Administration Professional Services Schedule

Kleinschmidt Associates, has announced that it has been added as an Authorized Federal Supplier with the General Services Administration.

Chris Goodell and Steve Layman Join the Kleinschmidt Team!

Kleinschmidt Associates, is excited to announce our new Principal Consultant for Hydraulics and Hydrology, Chris Goodell and Principal Consultant and member of the Modeling and GIST Division, Steve Layman.

Kleinschmidt Board Unanimously Appoints Jon Christensen as New CEO

Kleinschmidt Associates, has announced that its Board of Directors unanimously chose Jon Christensen as their new CEO. Jon had been serving as the interim CEO since November 27, 2017.

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Regulatory Alerts

Summary of Proposed Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations

The proposed changes to the NEPA regulations cover the spectrum from perfunctory to consequential. The reoccurring theme of the proposed revisions is “back to the Act” – the changes are primarily justified via references to the original NEPA law.

NOAA Fisheries Announces Initiation of 5-Year Review for Atlantic Sturgeon

NOAA Fisheries recently announced their intent to conduct a 5-year review for the threatened Gulf of Maine distinct population segment (DPS) of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus).

ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy Aims to Avoid Net Loss of Habitat

In what has been the latest in a series of actions taken to advance federal environmental mitigation policy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released the final revised Compensatory Mitigation Policy (CMP).

FWS Proposes Protections for the Once Abundant Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

In an effort to mitigate continued declines in bumble bee and other pollinator populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently designated the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

NOAA Finalizes Critical Habitat Designations for Atlantic Sturgeon

To support the recovery of the Atlantic sturgeon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has enacted rule 82 FR 39160.

Technical Papers and Presentations

Summary of Proposed Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations

The proposed changes to the NEPA regulations cover the spectrum from perfunctory to consequential. The reoccurring theme of the proposed revisions is “back to the Act” – the changes are primarily justified via references to the original NEPA law.

EBJ Article: Leading the Transition to Remote Sensing & Aerial Surveys; Using eDNA to Track Species

Kleinschmidt is one of only a few engineering consulting firms in the United States specializing in servicing the hydropower industry and has been doing so for more than five decades. In the 1980s, they expanded into environmental and licensing services, and are now nationally known for this expertise, in addition to the engineering skills that have always been a hallmark of the company. In the 1990s, Kleinschmidt recognized the opportunity to expand their client base beyond hydro, and the company has excelled in ecosystem assessments, individual habitat and river restoration projects, watershed management, water supply reservoir management, dam removal, fish passage, and impact studies for wetlands.

Complexity, Location, Timing: Three Myths of Fish Passage Design

While well-designed fish passage may not generate revenue, it is still essential to your facility’s future. Ultimately, it allows you to keep doing business, by ensuring compliance with key federal and state/provincial regulations such as the Federal Power Act (FPA) in the United States and the Fisheries Act in Canada.

Best Practices for Navigating the Hydro Licensing/Relicensing Process

As the owner of a hydroelectric facility, chances are that you know the technical aspects of how a plant produces electricity and what it takes to keep it running. However, are you as familiar with the regulatory oversight required for your facility?

Downstream Fish Passage through the use of an Archimedes Screw Generator

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) with consultation from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Kleinschmidt Associates designed and implemented a study to evaluate American Shad downstream fish passage at Hanover Pond Dam.

Solar Power Crop Rotation

Solar Powered Crop Rotation: How solar can benefit agriculture and the community

EPRI Sustainable Energy Research Summit

How the energy industry can pursue sustainability

2019 EPRI Pollinator Workshop: Intersection of Human Wellbeing, Pollinators, and Power Companies

2019 EPRI Pollinator Workshop: Intersection of Human Wellbeing, Pollinators, and Power Companies

Utility Infrastructure

Transmission tower above-ground steel and grillage footings (four-legged and guyed structures).

Sustainability for Electric Companies

What does Sustainability Mean?

Dam Removals – Risk, Cost and Ecosystem Restoration

Balancing risk, cost, and ecosystem restoration during dam removal.

Session 12: Preparing for Fish Passage Projects

What is effective fish passage?

The HECRASController – A Powerful Feature of HEC-RAS Exposed

HEC-RAS Application Programming Interface (API)

Dam Breach Parameters

To develop a breach outflow hydrograph that can be routed downstream to determine flood inundation, flood wave arrival timing, and ultimate consequences.

A robust, permanent upstream passage system for juvenile American eels Penobscot River, Maine

“There’s gold in them thar eels”

Preparing for Fish Passage Projects

What is effective fish passage?

Hydropower Basics

Explore the basics of Hydropower and other topics.

2D Hydraulic Modeling of a Nature-Like Fishway using HEC-RAS

Project owned by Cube Hydro Partners LLC (Cube), located on Susquehanna River in southeast Pennsylvania.

Generator Testing and Condition Assessment

Hydropower Variety is the Spice of Life.

Extending Life of Gates

Confirm the gate’s current design conditions, determine the risks and actual condition of the gate and consider the technology constraints of the original construction.

Concrete Rehabilitation

Powerhouse cracking can often be caused by differential temperatures in blocks of concrete of different volumes and different exposures.

Dam Removals – Risk, Cost and Ecosystem Restoration

Balancing risk, cost, and ecosystem restoration during dam removal.

2018 Artificially Constructed Wetlands

MS4 Great Ideas 2018 PA StormwaterBest Practices Conference.

Concepts for Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling

Moving Towards Probabilistic Dam Breach Modeling.

Sustainability for Electric Companies

What does sustainability mean, who is measuring sustainability and why is it measured?

Hydroelectric Energy: Sustainable and Economical Solutions for Water Systems

While every utility seeks to improve the sustainability and resiliency of its systems, many water suppliers now face the challenge of balancing the cost of infrastructure renewal and replacement with declining demand and subsequent revenue.

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