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The Seattle Section meets monthly from September through June in the Seattle metropolitan area. Meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of the month. In addition, the Kitsap and North Branches meet regularly, as do our technical committees. The Section and technical committees frequently sponsor workshops and continuing education opportunities throughout the year for the benefit of members and non-members.


ASCE Seattle Section

April Meeting Joint with Water Resources Committee

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Rivers in the Sky are Flooding the Pacific Northwest," Atmospheric Rivers and Managing Large Floods in Western Washington

  • Program: Major storms cause huge flood risk management challenges. The complexities and uncertainties of NW weather and hydrology are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Seattle. The Corps provides flood risk management by operating dams and coordinating emergency management in western Washington. You'll learn about the Corps flood fighting strategy and see how their water managers adapt under rapidly changing conditions.
  • You'll understand the singular cause of all major floods in the NW.
  • What a surprise - it's rain - but only rain with a specific character and profile. And what about snowmelt, does it matter?
  • Recent research reveals all major floods, in western Washington, are produced by atmospheric rivers, but what are these unique weather features?
  • Join us and discover the secrets and spotlight the myths of NW flooding and flood risk management utilizing large dams.
  • Speaker: Larry Schick is a former on air broadcast meteorologist and award winning environmental, science, and outdoor reporter.  Larry was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District in 2003 and works in Water Management as a meteorologist and dam regulator. He was named USACE Seattle District "Scientist of the Year" in 2009.  He initiated and co-authored a peer-reviewed research paper:  "Flooding in Western Washington: The Connection to Atmospheric Rivers".  The paper was published in the December of 2011 issue of the Journal of Hydrometeorology.
  • Larry received a B.S. degree in Earth Science/ Weather Analysis & Forecasting from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1975.  He began his career as a cartographer, and then worked for five years as an on air broadcast meteorologist for KSBW TV in Monterey, California.  He moved to Seattle in 1983 to continue his career as a broadcast meteorologist for KING TV and others from 1983-2003.
  • Location: US Army Corp of Engineers Building, 4735 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA 98134
  • Check In: Building 1201 Security Desk (See Map). Government issued ID required. After checking in, attendees will be directed to Salish Sea Conference Room in Bldg. 1202.
  • Parking: Use the public parking area (See Map) located on the east side of E Marginal Way S (park only iin clearly marked spaces). Do not park in the lot adjacent to Building 1201. It is recommended that people give themselves 5-10 minutes to get to the building from the parking lot.
  • Agenda:
  • 11:30 to noon: Meet & Greet
  • 12:00 to 1:00: Presentation
  • 1:00 to 1:30: Tour of the ASACE building for those interested
  • Cost: For reservations made before Saturday, April 12th
    • General Admission $15

  • Reservations: Register Online Here


Thank you to PRR for sponsoring Seattle Section's Centennial

Thank You to our Centennial Year Corporate Sponsors!


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