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WYDOT needed the Snake River channel surveyed primarily for scour analysis relating to the upcoming bridge project. WWC and WYDOT worked collaboratively to develop the surveying techniques to be used at the site. The techniques included sonar to survey the channel bottom. WWC collected data using a sonar attached to both remote control boats and a kayak. The river channel was also measured using conventional and GPS survey equipment. The outcome was a detailed map of the channel bottom.
For the City of Casper, the problem was the reconstruction of a long-neglected urban corridor in need of streetscape enhancements and spur future redevelopment of the Old Yellowstone District. WWC determined design elements be staked and coordinated with the contractor in order to provide them with the guidance needed for construction. Completion of the project was instrumental in advancing the development of adjacent properties and renewed interest in the area.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) in coordination with the private landowner and irrigator who own and operate the lands and ditch affected by the project, studied fish entrainment in Harmony Ditch during the 2006 and 2007 irrigation seasons. WGFD estimated Harmony Ditch entrained 55,415 fish in 2007. From a landowner’s perspective, the problem was achieving the irrigation goals of the operation, without being detrimentally affected by the screening and passage goals of WGFD. WWC proposed a two-phase, irrigation-friendly design was initiated. Phase I was to install the screening facility, and the second phase was to install a natural channel design grade control. WWC partnered with an expert in fish passage and screening, One Fish Engineering, and later with a natural channel design firm, 5 Smooth Stones to successfully complete the project.
WWC Engineering (WWC) was contracted by United States Bakery/Franz Family of Bakeries (the Bakery) to assist in developing a stormwater mitigation plan to address flooding issues that were being experienced at the Bakery property in Billings, Montana. The Bakery wished to tie their stormwater management system into the City of Billings storm drain collector piping that was recently installed adjacent to their property. WWC guided the Bakery through the City of Billings stormwater requirements for allowance to tie into the City storm drain.
WWC evaluated the existing water rights for approximately 900 acres of Apache Foundation and Ucross Land Company properties and corrected any discrepancies found between the record data and the actual use of water. The results of the evaluation revealed the need for various petitions to change the point of diversion, means of conveyance, place of use and type of use of numerous water rights. Three petitions to the Wyoming Board of Control and two petitions to the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office (WSEO) were prepared to bring the systems into compliance. WWC prepared and administered petitions of consent on behalf of 19 affected landowners, and all 5 petitions were approved in just over 1 year.
The Tongue River Middle School parking area consisted of a long, narrow asphalt parking lot between the middle school and district office. This caused a “frontage road” effect in which vehicles would travel at excessive speeds between the two buildings. The parking lot was also in poor condition with cracking, rutting and spalling throughout. WWC designed a new concrete parking lot to accommodate parking requirements for the middle school while eliminating asphalt surfacing between the school and district office. In addition, improvements to the bus loop were performed as well as incorporating a recycled asphalt pavement event parking area with 70 additional parking spaces to handle overflow parking during school events. The event parking lot also accommodates additional parking demand for the adjacent Tongue River Elementary School.
Sheridan's Main Street was shown signs of deterioration. Geotechnical drilling revealed that the pavement deterioration was only on the surface. The Wyoming Department of Transportation decided a rehabilitation project, replacing only the sidewalk, traffic signalization and curb and gutter in their entirety was necessary. These improvements to Main Street and the downtown area contributed to the City of Sheridan being awarded the American Planning Association’s 2008 National “Great Neighborhood” Award for being one of America’s “10 Great Neighborhoods.”
WWC prepared construction specifications and necessary reports to meet environmental compliance during construction of stormwater utilities through a tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) orphan plume. WWC arranged for proper offsite disposal of PCE- and TCE-contaminated groundwater and soils. WWC also included provisions in the specifications to require the contractor to maintain OSHA compliance for safe trenching activities, as the contaminated soils and groundwater caused vapors to accumulate in open trenches.