Hydrology

Hydrology, the study of the earth’s water, is at the root of all that we do at WSE. Larry, WSE’s senior hydrologist, is a recognized expert in hydrologic modeling and analysis and has provided expert consulting in hydrology to more than 100 clients in the Pacific Northwest over the past 20 years. Understanding complex theory and sophisticated hydrologic models is critical to this work but practical experience gained through hundreds of projects is even more essential.

WSE staff have designed and implemented gaging networks, conducted field monitoring programs, prepared and analyzed hydrologic data of all types, served as beta testers of new hydrologic models, conducted applied research in snowmelt and runoff forecasting, and assisted various clients in developing an understanding of complex hydrologic systems. While hydrologic analyses are sometimes undertaken simply to develop an improved understanding of current conditions, it is more often the case that these analyses are done to serve as input to river restoration, reservoir operations, floodplain management, sedimentation studies or other disciplines in which WSE works. As such, WSE’s broad skill set including hydraulics and water management allow us to focus our efforts in hydrologic analyses to make the most efficient use of our client’s resources.

Examples of our work in hydrology


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factoria

Factoria Area Storm Drainage Modeling

Flooding in the Factoria area of the City of Bellevue...
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NShoreLevee

Aberdeen – Hoquiam North Shore Levee

The Cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam in Grays Harbor County...
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SnohomishMDP

Snohomish County Master Drainage Plan Analysis

WSE was tasked under an On-call contract with Snohomish County...
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NaneumWilsonCherry

Naneum/Wilson/Cherry Watershed Assessment

The creeks that enter the Kittitas Valley near Ellensburg form...
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InnisCreek

Innis Creek Road Flood Mitigation Project

Innis Creek Road passes through a large wetland in which...
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ColockumCreek

Colockum Creek Bridge Scour Repair

Three Chelan County bridges sustained significant scour and erosion damage...
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12-003 Musser Creek and Teanaway Road Flooding

Musser Creek and Teanaway Road Flooding

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Kittitas County, proposes...
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Manastash

Manastash Creek Post Flood Investigation & Flood Relief Alternatives

In May, 2011 a major flood on Manastash Creek near...
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11-008 LaPianta Development

Tukwila South Development

LaPianta LLC required preparation of a comprehensive stormwater management approach...
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Holden

Holden Mine Site Reclamation – Technical Review

Hart Crowser, under contract to the USDA Forest Service, is...
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dam

Dam Reservoir Operations Analysis

An energy client required the development of an operational analysis...
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Chehalis

Chehalis River Basin Flood Hazard Mitigation Alternatives Analysis

WSE was selected as part of the Anchor QEA study...
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