Condor Earth Opens Newest Office in Rancho Cordova

Posted on 10/25/2016 by Condor Earth

Condor Earth’s newest office in Rancho Cordova, California is now open. We are pleased to offer all of Condor’s consulting services from our new office including Environmental, Engineering, and Chemical Risk Management. The office is located at 2941 Sunrise Blvd, Suite 150, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 and staff can be reached at 916-783-2060. We invite you to stop in and say hello to the Condor team the next time you are in Rancho Cordova! Our Roseville, California office has been combined with our Rancho Cordova office to serve the greater Sacramento area. If you have any inquiries, please call Micheline Doyle-Kipf, Environmental Services Manager at 209-938-1050.

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World Tunnel Congress Abstract 2016 Seismic Performance of Tunnels

Posted on 8/5/2016 by Condor Earth

In April 2016, Andy Kositsky and Scott Lewis prepared a technical paper titled Seismic Performance of Wine Caves and Andy presented the paper at The World Tunnel Congress in San Francisco, CA. The World Tunnel Congress is the world’s largest tunneling conference and was attended by over 2,300 people from 54 countries. Condor was honored and excited to have Andy present at this special event that had over 200 presentations and posters, and Condor also had a booth with almost 300 other exhibitors. In addition to presenting, our paper was published in the 2016 WTC proceedings.

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Condor creates information module on groundwater pumping for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Posted on 6/8/2016 by Condor Earth

This module explains why and how groundwater pumpers should document their use going back ten years. To summarize, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) must be established for many California basins by June 2017 or the State will manage them in probationary status. By 2020, these basins will be managed under Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP). Groundwater rights have so far only been important in adjudicated basins, but with the implementation of SGMA this will change. GSA’s will have the power to curtail groundwater pumping according to a priority of rights. Establishing groundwater rights will be critical for current groundwater pumpers.

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Condor’s hydrogeology group teams with Griffith & Masuda

Posted on 6/8/2016 by Condor Earth

Condor’s hydrogeology group teams with Griffith & Masuda, A Professional Law Corporation, to produce information modules with links to data sources about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The first module defines terms and describes concepts about groundwater, groundwater basins,and SGMA.

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Sewer Line Stabilization on The Rock is Underway at Twain Harte Lake

Posted on 4/11/2016 by Condor Earth

A $58,000 project to stabilize an above-ground sewer line that traverses a cracked slab on the granodiorite dome locals call The Rock, downstream from Twain Harte Dam and Twain Harte Lake, is on schedule to be completed by May 1.

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Condor Earth Sponsors Distinguished Hydrologist Dr. Ty Ferré - Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making

Posted on 2/8/2016 by Condor Earth

Columbia College and Condor Earth Technologies are hosting Dr. Ty Ferré, the 2016 NGWA Darcy Lecturer, at the Dogwood Forum on February 11 from 3:00-4:30 pm. His lecture is "Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models and Decision Making." This will be an excellent opportunity to see a national lecturer here in Sonora.

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Condor Sponsors Distinguished Scientist for Community Meeting on Watershed Stewardship

Posted on 2/8/2016 by Condor Earth

2016 Darcy Lecturer Dr. Ferré, will be at the Watershed Stewardship Community Meeting at Bret Harte High School's Multi-Purpose Room on February 11th, from 7:00-8:30 pm, discussing "Practical Decisions for Good Policy Making from Sound Science." Stakeholders, ranchers, fire victims, water and land managers, government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend. Dr. Ferré's visit is sponsored by Condor Earth, Columbia College, and the NGWA.

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Dam Exfoliation! Granite dome exfoliates, damaging the dam at Twain Harte Lake. Condor witnessed nature’s awesome display of power and met the challenge of designing a repair.

Posted on 9/16/2015 by Condor Earth in Condor Condor Earth Technologies DSOD Twain harte lake dam

Exfoliation: not the first thing that would come to mind when planning a summer vacation. Residents and vacation goers in Twain Harte, California became quite familiar with this geologic phenomenon when the dam at Twain Harte Lake was damaged in August of 2014 due to exfoliation of the granite dome that serves as the south abutment. Condor assisted the Twain Harte Lake Association in identifying the cause of the damage, designing repairs to the dam and south abutment, getting approval from the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) for the repair, and managing the repair of the dam and abutment.

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Geotechnical, Materials Testing, and Engineering News

Posted on 8/11/2014 by Condor Earth

In our last newsletter we reported about all the new and exciting tunneling work Condor has been doing in the wine industry of California. That business continues to grow with over 15 tunnel projects underway throughout California and Nevada. In this issue we’d like to focus on our “non-wine cave” tunneling work. July saw the start of construction of the Fleish tunnel in the central Sierra Nevada just west of Reno Nevada. The 1150- foot long tunnel near an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level will help Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) route hydroelectric-generating flume water away from a vulnerable area previously flooded by the Truckee River. The flooding caused TMWA to make costly repairs to the flume, so circumventing the venerable area with a new tunnel was the preferred option to improve reliability. The project contractor, Drill Tech, anticipates completion before the end of 2014, provided late fall weather is conducive to construction. Condor provided design geotechnical services, prepared contract plans and specifications, and provided technical support during contractor bidding. Ongoing services include construction oversight of geologic and ground support conditions, construction inspection of portal and tunnel construction, and construction design review services. TMWA is one of many water purveyors to call on Condor to provide engineering services for reliable and current facilities to address historic infrastructure.

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City of Stockton and Condor enter into multi-year storm water contract…

Posted on 5/21/2014 by Condor Earth

May 20th, 2014: The Stockton City Council approved Condor to provide Storm Water Monitoring Services over the next five years with two possible one-year extensions for the amount of approximately $1.8 million! Condor will provide the City of Stockton and County of San Joaquin with monitoring compliance activities for their Phase I NPDES Storm Water Permit. Micheline Doyle Kipf, Condor’s Storm Water Compliance Group Manager, will be the Senior Project Manager for this project. Ms. Doyle Kipf has served in this capacity for the Permittees for the past 10 years.

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