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Ed Ballman is a leader in applying innovated solutions modeling the movement of water – in streams, rivers, and wetlands – relative to ecological function. Ed regularly works with multiple-stakeholders on restoration projects and is known for successfully navigating permitting needs and facilitating collaboration amongst stakeholders. He leads the technical direction of Balance’s 1D and 2D modeling efforts for fluvial and floodplain restoration projects, this work may include alternative analysis, modeling shear stresses, fish passage, depth analysis – relative to habitat needs, sediment studies, and water quality. Ed leads Balance’s model calibration program – integrating real-time flow and sediment measurements for model calibration and verification. He also directs the development of complex plansets for stream, floodplain, and wetland restoration design including structural and biotechnical approaches. Lastly, he prepares floodplain analyses including LOMRS, CLOMRs and related documents supporting wetland and habitat restoration permitting.

  • California PE C64095
  • Certified Floodplain Manager US-20-11550
  • M.E. Environmental Water Resources, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California at Berkeley 1998
  • B.Ch.E. University of Minnesota, 1982
  • Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement, Monterey County, California.
  • Stevens Creek Restoration, City of Cupertino, Santa Clara County, California.
  • River Hydrology and Geomorphology Study and Fish Passage Assessment of Salsipuedes Creek for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), Santa Barbara County, California.
  • Upper Petaluma River Watershed Flood Control Project Feasibility Study, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma County California
  • "Chambered flow in the Canyon del Rey watershed, time scales of movement in relation to management and ecology."
  • "Estimation of Passage Flows for Anadromous Fish Through Critical Riffles in Stevens and Coyote Creeks, Santa Clara County, California"

Having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of professionals focused on solving unique and challenging site specific water resources and restoration challenges.

Driving my kids state-to-state looking at colleges, while putting out fires at work.