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News & Insights

An Era of Growth

June 1st, 2017

Inc. Magazine recently named WSC one of America’s Best Workplaces as well as one of the Fastest Growing Companies. This signifies that we are living up our mission of putting people first while fostering an environment of next-generation thinkers and professionals.

Since the beginning of 2016, WSC achieved significant successes and numerous milestones both internally and alongside our clients. We continue to invest in our employees while finding new ways to partner with existing clients, develop new relationships, and provide a sustainable One Water future for the communities we serve.

Below, are some highlights since the start of 2016.
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Celebrating the People of Water” was the primary focus of the recent California Water Environment Associations (CWEA) Annual Conference in Palm Springs this year. Several WSC professionals and a team of local municipal leaders led one of the main CWEA conference events, the Water Resiliency Leadership: One Water Solutions on California’s Central Coast workshop. The workshop celebrated One Water leaders from the California Central Coast, followed by facilitated small-team role playing to envision and create collaborative water resiliency solutions.

We set out to deliver a workshop format that would engage participants differently on the One Water topic. We wanted to provide high value for the participant’s time. This format allowed participants to practice their One Water dialogue and leave with insight and tools they can take back to their organizations,” said Jeff Szytel, workshop facilitator and Founder and CEO of WSC. Jeff worked closely with Carrie Mattingly, Director of Utilities for the City of San Luis Obispo, and a team comprised of the City of San Luis Obispo, City of Pismo Beach, and WSC to organize the 3-hour workshop.

The workshop began with a comprehensive look at recent and local recycled water resiliency efforts. It brought to light the many challenges associated with gaining support, collaboration, funding, and implementation of projects that secure our existing and future water needs. “Our Central Coast water leaders have many success stories that demonstrate the value of water, and the needed creativity, collaboration, and foresight required to make the paradigm shift in achieving water resiliency,” Jeff said.

Radhika Fox, CEO of US Water Alliance, a CWEA conference guest, and a nationally recognized One Water leader, began the Panel discussion with an overview of the recently published One Water Roadmap guiding principles.

The One Water Approach

Other Panel Members included:

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The full program agenda is available here.

Role Playing Table Discussions:

Following the Panel discussion, each table team participated in a role playing exercise and One Water solution collaboration. Participants were asked to assume the role of their selected role card. Each table had varying interests including: Water District, Agriculture Private Interest, City, County, Wastewater District, Investor Owned Water Utility, and State Water Resources Control Board representative. As CWEA conference organizers recognized, the guided discussion proved to be fun and engaging. Live Tweets from the workshop were posted to #OneWaterCWEA

Role Card

Following the collaborative discussions, table teams depicted their One Water solutions to share with the other workshop attendees. See some examples to below:

Example Work

WSC was honored to be part of this important event. The workshop planning team worked for several months to ensure the workshop was a success and provided value to participants.

A recent blog post by Ms. Fox captured her experience as a presenter and an audience member. She highlights the innovative work being done along the Central Coast, with the support of WSC, including: The City of San Luis Obispo’s Water Resource Recovery Facility Upgrade Project and the Regional Groundwater Sustainability Project (RGSP), a collaboration between five agencies. The City of Pismo Beach and South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District are leading the RGSP, and the Project will also benefit the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, as well as Ocean Community Services District.

To view her blog post, click here: http://uswateralliance.org/resources/blog/one-water-roadmap-action-californias-central-coast


WSC lives by the spirit of work hard, play hard, and give back! Recently, we did just that for an important cause as we ran together in the Miracle Miles for Kids 10k benefiting the Family Care Network, Inc. (FNCI). The organization provides support for crucial needs, including family-based programs, for children, youth and families impacted by trauma.

The local Miracle Miles is FNCI’s largest annual fundraising event. Our team included 14 employees, family members and friends who joined nearly 2,400 race participants for a beach run from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier.

Miracle Miles for Kids 2017

Miracle Miles for Kids 2017

The Central Coast community showed incredible support through this event, raising more than $150,000 to go toward FNCI’s efforts. Furthermore, WSC was the seventh most successful fundraiser, contributing $800 including a company match.

Miracle Miles for Kids 2017

Miracle Miles for Kids 2017

The WSC team was organized by the WSC Rocks Committee (#WSCRocks), which leads employee activities that promote community involvement, staff development, health and well-being, and team building activities.

Recently, WSC Rocks led the first company-wide fitness contest. The Inland Empire office won the inaugural fitness competition trophy with the highest per-person fitness score. Representing the San Luis Obispo office, Assistant engineer Kendall Stahl won the individual competition by exercising for 46 hours over the four-week period. Kendall received a gift card for her incredible effort. Congratulations to Kendall and the Inland Empire office!


WSC, which has twice been recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Fastest Growing Firm, added 12 new professionals and opened three new offices since the start of 2016. These advancements support our goal of sustainable growth to increase our capabilities, add value, and foster a positive workplace culture.

Our new additions bring diverse backgrounds, experience, and education to our engineering, marketing, and administrative support teams. They have already successfully delivered projects to clients, incorporated new ideas into our work, and become integral members of the WSC family.

The new offices in Portland, Camarillo, and San Jose enabled WSC to reach new clients and increased our ability to serve existing clients. Additionally, the San Luis Obispo headquarters moved into a beautiful and spacious office conveniently located next to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Not only is WSC growing, we made strides to invest in our employees by becoming an employee-owned company with the addition of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan; providing tuition reimbursement to four employees; and supporting the WSC Rocks Committee which plans camping trips, happy hours, and other fun staff events. All the hard work paid off in 2016 as WSC carried a 94 percent retention rate, and was recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Best Places to Work firm.

New hires in order of date hired:


WSC was recently named the construction management consultant for the largest dam removal project in the United States, the $450 million Klamath River Dam Removal Project, which involves the decommissioning of four hydroelectric dams and along a 373-mile stretch of the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation will oversee the project if it is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Iron Gate Dam, Copco No. 1 Dam, Copco No. 2 Dam, and J.C. Boyle Dam will be decommissioned, and there will be localized river restoration where the dams are deconstructed. For more information on the project visit www.klamathrenewal.org.

WSC will soon begin providing construction management support during the early stages of the project and throughout the physical removal of the dams, which is expected to begin in 2020.

WSC is a national leader in the field of dam removal and will bring the experience of serving as the program and construction management consultant on the largest dam removal in California, the $83 million Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal and River Restoration Project. That project is in the final closeout period and will serve as a model for future projects as other old dams reach the end of their useful lives and are torn down due to safety and environmental concerns.

Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal Project

Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal and River Restoration Project

The removal of San Clemente Dam, which was owned by California American Water Company, was the culmination of a massive public-private partnership which will result in approximately 25 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for endangered South-Central California Coast Steelhead Trout and improved habitat for threatened California Red-Legged Frogs. WSC will remain the construction management consultant during a 10-year period of monitoring and habitat establishment, which is already underway.

Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal and River Restoration Project

Carmel River Reroute and San Clemente Dam Removal and River Restoration Project

San Clemente Dam was removed in December 2015 and work continued into 2016 when the Old Carmel River Dam was removed and a stretch of the Carmel River was restored. Other key milestones in 2016 included : The removal of Sleepy Hollow Ford low water crossing and the construction its replacement, the 150-foot Sleepy Hollow Bridge; demolition of the Carmel Valley Filter Plant, water tanks, chlorine storage plant, and Dam Keeper’s House; and the completion of the Tularcitos High Road Access Route.

California American Water Company will donate 925 acres of land to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for public use after the development of a long-term management plan.

For more information in the project visit www.sanclementedamremoval.org.