Site Grading Design

grading siteGrading plans can be required by your approving agency (a City or the County) whenever you move a significant amount of earth.  The cut and fill amounts vary from agency to agency.   A grading plan is used to get a grading permit, and when it is obtained, the agency inspector will check the work done by the grading contractor to assure that it is done according to the grading plan.

Today in San Diego there is an increased emphasis to make sure that whenever there is grading, that it not contribute any pollution to the region’s environment.  This means that the grading plan must have a drainage plan component which clearly shows how the site will safely drain storm water without polluting the area both during the grading construction and when the project is completed.

Recent changes in State and Federal regulations require that the grading plan also have a complete Erosion Control Plan which delineates the devices and methods of pollution prevention.  The methods of pollution prevention are now called BMPs (Best Management Practices).  Failure to adequately provide these BMPs can result in significant fines and the stoppage of construction at the job site.

EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering has great expertise in the preparation of Grading Plans, Drainage Plans and Erosion Control Plans for any kind of residential, industrial, or commercial project.

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...