Floodplain Engineering

flood plainMany areas of San Diego County are in flooding zones called Floodplains.  The Federal Government agency charged with mapping these areas is FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and they regularly publish maps of these flooded areas across the US.  The areas shown as being subject to flooding in a 100-year storm are called Floodplains (technically they are also called Special Flood Hazard Areas).  FEMA gives designations to areas within the flooding and calls them Flood Zones.  If you find yourself in a Floodplain, and receive a letter from your mortgage lender telling you to purchase Flood Insurance – you will want the help of a Flood Plain Civil Engineer.

A flood plain civil engineer that has the expertise to be most helpful is called a “Certified Floodplain Manager” or CFM.  This Civil Engineer knows the regulations, conditions and processes of FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program and has passed special knowledge examinations such that FEMA recognizes him or her as an expert in this field.

EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering has a CFM on staff and can assist you in many ways.  First, it is a fact that a great many people who get the mortgage lender insurance letters, get them in error and don’t need the insurance – we can confirm that you need insurance.  Second, our services can quantify the degree of flooding your home will experience and dramatically reduce the costs of your insurance.

    Earth Wind Water Completes Urban Infill Project

    Even though we have completed almost 100 water quality projects in San Diego, it is still satisfying to reach approval on the design of another one.  Our most recent project, a 14 unit apartment "in-fill-project" located in eastern San Diego.  The project was designed...

    ASFPM Issues Flooding Resilience Paper

    Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering frequently performs floodplain civil engineering work.  Our founder, Dan Biggs is a Certified Floodplain Manager (a national certification) so we closely follow changes to regulations and policies of urban flooding. Recently the...

    26 Acre Truck Transport Facility

    Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has been selected to design the grading and improvements for a 26-acre trucking facility in Otay Mesa, CA.  The facility known as a Truck Transport Facility is used to transfer freight trailers from Mexican trucking companies to US...

    New office in Colorado Springs

    Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering (EWW)  announced the opening of an office in Colorado Springs today.  The office will be in a new office building north of the downtown area.  The plans are to offer a menu of services to support local civil engineers and architect...

    Earth Wind Water Engineering Staff to Sit on Stormwater Task Force

    In January 2018, the Building Industry Association of San Diego (BIA) requested that Dan S. Biggs (principal engineer at Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering) continue to serve on the Industry advisory task force for stormwater regulations.  The BIA is very active in...

    City of San Diego Development Services Department Releases new Forms for Stormwater Infiltration

    As a part of the recently released PDP SWQMP template, the City has issued new forms that must now be used in the evaluation of a site for infiltration.  These forms are in the "I Group" and deal with various evaluations of the site's infiltration...

    City of San Diego Publishes New Template for PDP SWQMPs

    Late in February 2018, the City of San Diego posted a new template which must be used when preparing Storm Water Quality Management Plans for Priority Developments in the City of San Diego.  The template contains much of the same information as before but...

    Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

    Rancho Bernardo, CA Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has accepted an invitation to join the national effort by civil engineers to meet the challenges of designing more environmentally sustaining project.  The organization behind this effort is called the Institute...

    New Project Engagement in Del Mar, CA

    Rancho Bernardo, CA EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering is very pleased to have been chosen to work with well-known Architect Allan Teta and Landscape Architect Brian Grove on a complex project in Del Mar, CA.  The project is taking a "ranch style" home on a large lot...

    San Diego County Gets Final Model BMP Design Manual

    Rancho Bernardo, CA Ever since the Region 9 Water Bard passed the new Storm Water Rule of 2013, it has been a "wait and see" situation for many site design professionals.  With the release of the June 2015 "Final Draft" ... we now can see how all of the Cities in San...