How many of us enjoyed recreational activities around waterways this summer? I’m willing to bet the answer is nearly all of us. Even though the drought is affecting water supply throughout California, thankfully my family, friends, and I still enjoyed rafting down the state’s beautiful rivers. And due in part to our nation’s dams, we could do so safely.
Dam safety is a critical part of any dam owner’s safety program. Our team at Mead & Hunt understands this, having helped dam owners remain compliant with regulating agencies and keep their facilities safe for many years. Up until recently, this skillset has come from staff who reside in our Midwest offices. While our Midwest team has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to dam owners on the west coast, the addition of Sharon Roach to our team expands this experience to our own backyard. Sharon’s wealth of knowledge and experience working on west coast dams will prove to be invaluable to clients in this region.
After graduating from Sacramento State University, Sharon worked at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for seven years as the “boots on the ground” engineer, working in the hydro operations and maintenance group, compiling reports for Federal and State regulating agencies, providing dam safety engineering support for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Division of Safety of Dams (CA-DSOD) regulated projects. Throughout her time there, Sharon was responsible for preparing Supporting Technical Information Documents (STID), Dam Safety Surveillance and Monitoring Report/Plan (DSSMR/P), Owners Dam Safety Program (ODSP), and Public Safety documents. She then worked in FERC’s San Francisco office for two and a half years, regulating up to 70 high, low, and significant hazard projects, inspecting dams, and providing regulatory support and instruction for licensees. She joins us after working at Tacoma Power for the last three and a half years, where she was the Assistant Chief Dam Safety Engineer, gaining more hands-on dam safety experience.
True to form, Sharon spends much of her free time enjoying our waterways and various other outdoor activities—snowboarding, surfing, skiing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. Her passion for protecting and preserving our outdoor spaces stems from this personal appreciation.
While the country’s aging infrastructure continues to deteriorate, our clients’ needs for dam safety have increased. Adding Sharon to our team brings more value to our clients. Her experience with regulating agencies and projects, specifically on the west coast, help us protect our waterways and communities so that we all can continue to enjoy recreational activities for many summers to come.