Federal Services

USACE Protects 27,000 Residences with Large Scale Levee Raise

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Federal Services, tagged in usace-kc-levee-raise

In 1993, flooding caused water to reach to top of the levees in Kansas City. To protect businesses and residences from future floods, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has embarked on the process of raising 60 miles of levees along the Kansas river, as well as a small section of the Missouri […]

USACE Restores Ecosystem in Parkville, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 by Brad Schleeter
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags: ecosystem restoration affinis

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the process of restoring wetland and riparian habitats in a 130-acres site in the Missouri River floodplain in Parkville, Missouri. The restoration effort is aimed at increasing native plant and animal diversity by adding native plantings to two existing wetland areas and grading and shaping one […]

USACE to Develop New Levee Guidance

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, tagged in USACE levee systems ec

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the process of developing an Engineer Circular (EC), EC 1165-2-218. An agency document, it outlines policies and procedures for the Corp’s Levee Safety Program. The guidance consolidates and formalizes the principles, policies, and key processes used. The proposed EC will be divided into four volumes: Levee […]

Affinis Co-Worker Shares Insight into Environmental Permitting

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags: , , environmental permitting affinis

Securing permits for projects can often be a challenge. In this interview Linda Rottinghaus, PE, ENV SP, Principal at Affinis, discusses environmental permitting. She shares her keys to success, a tested approach, and how requirements have changed. When it comes to permitting what are some common roadblocks clients encounter? Over the years, I have found […]

5 Steps to Begin Preparations for Flood Season

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , preparing for flood season

Though it can vary from year to year, flood season typically begins in April and runs through the end of July. This year, we are anticipating above average snow melt. Currently, the mountain snowpack is slightly above average. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working to provide additional reservoir storage in the […]

Fort Riley Main Post Stormwater Study Ranks System Upgrades for Next 30 Years

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 by John Spell
In Federal Services, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , , fort riley stormwater study

Fort Riley’s Main Post was constructed in the early 1900’s. Given the age of the facilities, there were few maps, as-builts, or internal historical knowledge about the stormwater system. Fort Riley’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW) was addressing system problems, but wanted a comprehensive improvement plan that considered all of the Main Post’s needs and […]

Improvements to Camp Funston Will Reduce Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 by Brad Schleeter
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags: , camp funston project

The Fort Riley Directorate of Public Works (DPW) wanted to provide an efficient drainage system for Camp Funston. DPW worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Affinis to design a solution that drains the very flat grades and improves undersized pipes to meet the current 10-year design standard. Improvements will reduce […]

Factoring Levee Risk & Resilience as USACE Changes Guidance

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags: , , usace levee risk resilience affinis

When it comes to the risk and resilience of levees, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is changing its guidance. Recently, they have been trying to build more resilient infrastructure with an additional factor of safety. For levee sponsors, this translates to additional analysis and ongoing maintenance. All levees are built to withstand […]

Relief Well Systems Evaluations Mark Changes for Kansas City, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , relief well maintenance

The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Water Services Department (KCWS) asked Affinis to evaluate four relief wells that were part of the East Bottoms Relief Well System. Originally, KCWS requested relief well replacement design. However, after initial review Affinis determined the relief wells could be abandoned. This saved the city a few hundred thousand dollars […]

Improving Military Operations with USACE

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, tagged in milcon affinis usace

Military Construction (MILCON) work is performed exclusively on military installations or for military operations. Whereas, the Civil Works program targets water resource projects, which are not located on a military installation or used for military operations. Dollars spent for MILCON must create a “complete and usable project.” That means funding cannot be broken into pieces unless […]