Balance staff have been conducting a wide-range of hydrologic and hydraulic studies for Stanford University, the Stanford Lands Company and their cooperators in watershed management since 1994.

Among these efforts have been:

  • Searsville Dam and Reservoir Alternatives Study, Stanford University, San Mateo County, California. Geomorphic and hydraulic feasibility of various possible alternatives for Searsville Dam and reservoir, including: no action, dredging, lowering, orifice, and sediment flushing (in collaboration with URS/AECOM, 2012 to present).
  • Two-Dimensional modeling of storm flow at Searsville Reservoir, San Mateo County, California
  • Multi-year investigation of sedimentation in Searsville Reservoir, its tributaries, and changes over time (1995 to present)
  • Downstream impacts of sediment, in the scenario that Searsville becomes completely inundated with sediment (in collaboration with NHC, 2000 to 2002).
  • Balance staff have also worked with Stanford, the San Francisquito Creek Watershed Council, the City of Palo Alto,  Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority to instrument and measure rainfall, flow, sediment, and water-quality data at various stations in the watershed.
  • Design and monitoring of seasonal breeding ponds for California tiger salamanders
  • Bank Stabilization Design and Construction for Stanford University’s C-1 Trail, Portola Valley
  • Turbidity Control Monitoring for the Sand Hill Road Bridge Widening Project, San Francisquito Creek
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