Author Archives: Jason Davis

About Jason Davis

Having served in the military, Jason understands the intricacies of federal work. An owner at Affinis, his extensive knowledge makes him a great asset to us, as well as our clients.

4 Tested Strategies for Maintaining Lakes and Dams

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 by
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Performing routine assessments is critical to maintaining the integrity of dams and lakes. Catching issues early increases safety for those in the area and often translates to a lower project cost. For more than three decades, we’ve conducted these checks and have developed a list of four key takeaways. You’ll find each one below. Conduct […]

The 2021 Flood Season: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 by
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2021 flood season predictions

Flood season formally begins April 1 and ends August 1 each year. Experts are predicting we can expect an average or below average runoff for the Missouri River Basin based on soil moisture conditions, plains snowpack, mountain snowpack, and long-term precipitation and temperature outlooks. While some factors are outside of a levee operator’s control, proper […]

USACE Restores Ecosystem in Parkville, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 by
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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
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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 […]

5 Steps to Begin Preparations for Flood Season

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 by
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

City of Leavenworth and Levee District Protect Residents with Flood Fight Plan

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 by
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flooding leavenworth levees

Flood season officially happens between April 1 and August 1, but things got started earlier this year with rain and snowmelt contributing to river water raises in Mid-March. Two of our clients, the City of Leavenworth, Kansas and Riverside Quindaro Bend Levee District (RQBLD) have already taken measures to protect their communities and prevent flooding. Last […]

Relief Well Systems Evaluations Mark Changes for Kansas City, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 by
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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 […]