William Vandivere, P.E., Principal

William B. Vandivere, P.E. (a.k.a. Fanshen) is a California registered civil engineer (#35613) and has been consulting in the fields of hydrology and water resources engineering in the SF Bay area since 1980. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1975 and an M.S. in Watershed Management (Hydrology) from the University of Arizona- Tucson in 1980. Mr. Vandivere has acted as Principal of Clearwater Hydrology, a hydrology and water resources consulting firm now based in Berkeley, since 1996. Prior to starting CH, he directed the hydrology and water resources division at H.T. Harvey & Associates in Alviso,CA. (1988-1993) and consulted independently from 1993-1996. While employed at HT Harvey, he worked closely with staff wildlife biologists and botanists on multidisciplinary habitat mitigation and restoration projects. From 1981 to 1986 he was an associate with Philip Williams & Associates, Ltd. (PWA) in San Francisco.

During the last 28 years, Mr. Vandivere has developed a strong specialization in the allied areas of fluvial geomorphology, stream stability/restoration, fish passage enhancement and wetland/seasonal pond restoration design. He has designed and supervised field construction of sixty stream stabilization and restoration projects, since 1988, and has prepared regulatory permit applications and allied documentation for many of these projects. Mr. Vandivere has also conducted numerous drainage and flooding analyses for public and private clients in the San Francisco Bay area. He has provided expert witness testimony in cases involving channel maintenance and stabilization, hydraulic behavior of floodflows, wetland hydrogeology, drainage, and septic system performance. In addition, he has prepared the hydrology, drainage and water quality sections for more than 50 EIR’s and prepared numerous CEQA documents and environmental assessments.

Fanshen derives from the Chinese word that has twin meanings: as the term used to describe the totality of the cultural revolution in Maoist China, or simply “revolution”; and as an agricultural metaphor, “to turn the soil for new growth”. This name was given to William by his teacher, Mursshud Van Merlin, a Zen meditation master and guide of the Sufi Way. Mursshud and Murshida Rudi Kadre are directors of Liberty Advance, a center for yoga, meditation and the healing arts in eastern San Diego County.

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Steve McNeely, Water Resources Engineer

Steven McNeely is a water resources engineer who joined Clearwater Hydrology in May 2010. He received his B.S. in Earth Systems Science and Policy with dual concentrations in Watershed Systems and Marine and Coastal Ecology from California State University, Monterey Bay in 2001 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources from San Jose State University in 2008.

Prior to joining Clearwater, Steven held positions as Staff Engineer with J.L. Engineering in San Rafael, CA and as Staff Geomorphologist/ Engineer with ENTRIX, Inc., among others and has nearly 10 years experience as an engineering and environmental consultant.

Steven's professional experience has included performance of a wide range of geomorphic and hydrologic field investigations and analyses. He has designed and produced site construction, grading, drainage, erosion control and stormwater pollution prevention plans for residential construction as well as several river and stream restoration projects. While at ENTRIX, Steve conducted stream flow measurements and collected bedload and suspended sediment samples on numerous streams in California and Washington. He has experience in IFIM modeling assessments, including the mapping of potential spawning habitat for anadromous fish, as well as training in the use of integrated hydraulic modeling of instream habitat using PHABSIM/RHABSIM models (Thomas R. Payne & Associates, Fisheries Consultants, Arcata, CA, March 2003).

Steven also has a wide variety of technical expertise, including total station and GPS surveying, Autodesk AutoCAD and Civil3D software, ERSI ArcGIS, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.

His project experience at Clearwater has included final design of a stream restoration project on a 1,800 ft. tributary of San Pablo Creek in Orinda; and Total Station surveying, topographic mapping, and design of a stream restoration at a dam removal site on a tributary to Penetencia Creek in eastern Santa Clara County.




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