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CIVIL ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS
Recreational...
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Course Objectives
1. Understanding of ke...
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Vernacular
 Recreational Whitewater – “...
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Multi-purpose River Infrastructure
White...
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 Some Estimate over 500,000 Low Dams in...
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Recreation Impact Mitigation
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Some are Pure Recreational
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Integrated Objectives
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Confluence Park
Project Funding - $70 m
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Who Uses Whitewater River Parks?
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Slalom
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“Park & Play” Freestyle Kayaking
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River Surfing
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Origin
Myth or Reality?
Whitewater Proj...
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Community
Municipality
Businesses
Count...
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Planning & Public Process
Myth or Reali...
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Site Selection
 Flow
 Drop
 Location...
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Site Factor 1 –Available Flow
Reliabili...
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Site Factor 2 –Vertical Drop
Often Conf...
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Site Factor 1 and 2 are Related
Reliabi...
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Site Factor 3 –Adjacent Area/ Access
Wh...
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Stakeholders
 River Advocacy Groups
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Public Process
 Project Goals
 Priori...
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Batavia, Illinois
 Conclusion for publ...
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Outreach
 Provide clear & consistent m...
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Mississippi Whitewater Park
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Schedule & Budget
 Schedule – All Phas...
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Planning Pitfalls
1. Key Planning Items...
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Funding
Myth or Reality?
Whitewater pro...
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Hartland Boat & Fish Passage
 USFWS
 ...
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Private or private/public funding varie...
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Funding Pitfalls
 “Shovel Ready” Proje...
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Design & Permitting
Myth or Reality?
Pe...
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Design Development
1. Data Collection/S...
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Design Criteria for Recreation Structur...
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Safety and Whitewater Performance
Featu...
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Safety
Low Hazard for Well Equipped Use...
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Hole Breaking Wave
Whitewater Forms
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Design Tools – 1D Jump Equations
Wave a...
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Design Tools
 Analytical Models – 1D, ...
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Design Aspects
Structure
Stability/Dur...
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Management
Durability/Reliability
Hydro Static For...
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Management
Durago, Colorado
• “With the force of t...
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Management
Aesthetics – Layered Grouted Boulders &...
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Management
Adjustable Features
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Management
Hartland Diversion Gunnison River, CO
P...
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Management
PPL Holtwood Hydropower Expansion
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Design & Permitting Take Away
 Must be...
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Management
Construction & Tuning
Myth or Reality?
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Construction Process
 Design-Bid-Build...
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Temporary Dewatering
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Temporary Dewatering
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Temporary Dewatering
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Start-up & Tuning
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Construction & Tuning Pitfalls
 Incomp...
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Legacy
Myth or Reality?
Whitewater Park...
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What is Legacy?
 Goals & Objectives
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Were Goals & Objectives Met?
 Post-con...
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Operations & Maintenance
 Dependent on...
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Non-Routine Maintenance
 Structural “m...
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Green River Wyoming
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Green River Wyoming
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Liability
 Successful Lawsuits
 State...
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Legacy Pitfalls
 Focus on Design & Con...
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Conclusions
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Course Objectives were for participants to gain an understanding of key concepts related to man-made recreational whitewater, have familiarity with common safety problems, exposure to design criteria, understanding of project development process, common project challenges, and required facility maintenance. The whitewater project process will be broken down into phases with key milestones and challenges identified in each phase. Participants learned the fundamentals of developing a project management plan for whitewater projects and provide basic information needed to successfully manage existing and proposed whitewater projects.

Classroom Component: (Time Required = 2-3 hours)
• River safety – Common problems
• Current recreational whitewater criteria – CWCB and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
• Evaluating existing facilities
• Developing new whitewater
o Stakeholder involvement
o Permitting
o Fish passage
o Design
o Construction
o Startup
• Operations and Maintenance

Field Component: (Time Required = 2-3 hours)
• Visit several manmade whitewater sites on the South Platte River in Denver
• Objective: Provide real-world applications of classroom material by field inspection of built manmade whitewater projects.

Course Outcomes:
• Understanding of key manmade whitewater concepts
• Familiarity with development of a whitewater project including key phases
• Ability to develop a project management plan
• Understanding of common mistakes and lessons learned
• Ability to effectively manage or participate in a manmade whitewater project

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Recreational Whitewater: Keys to Successful Management - Ben Nielsen and Rick McLaughlin, McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, a division of Merrick & Company

  1. 1. 1 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management CIVIL ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS Recreational Whitewater: Keys to Successful Management Presented to River Management Society National Training Symposium Denver, Colorado April 15, 2014
  2. 2. 2 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Course Objectives 1. Understanding of key manmade whitewater concepts 2. Familiarity with development of a whitewater project including key phases 3. Understanding of common mistakes and lessons learned 4. Ability to effectively manage or participate in a manmade whitewater project “Shed light on what a recreational whitewater project is & who uses them” “Provide a roadmap to developing & executing a whitewater project”
  3. 3. 3 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Vernacular  Recreational Whitewater – “Manmade, purposed to provide passage, safety for river users, & recreation”  Whitewater Park  Boat chute  Whitewater course  Whitewater feature  Wave or Hole  River Park  Bypass  Park & Play
  4. 4. 4 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Multi-purpose River Infrastructure Whitewater Park
  5. 5. 5 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management  Some Estimate over 500,000 Low Dams in the U.S.  Many are so-called “Drowning Machines” Dam Treatment: “Survivable” Step Dam Hazard Mitigation
  6. 6. 6 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Recreation Impact Mitigation
  7. 7. 7 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Some are Pure Recreational
  8. 8. 8 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Integrated Objectives
  9. 9. 9 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Confluence Park Project Funding - $70 m  Public $ 55 m  Private/Corporate 15 m Cost to Date $ 70 m Resultant Investment  Coors Field $ 220 m  Pepsi Center 175 m  Invesco Field 350 m  R.E.I. 35 m  Six Flags Elitch Gardens 110 m  Aquarium, Children’s Museum 120 m  Residential Development 3 billion Investment to Date $ 4 billion Source: South Platte River Greenway Central Platte Valley Investment Summary (10/06)
  10. 10. 10 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Who Uses Whitewater River Parks?
  11. 11. 11 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Slalom
  12. 12. 12 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management “Park & Play” Freestyle Kayaking
  13. 13. 13 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management River Surfing
  14. 14. 14 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Origin Myth or Reality? Whitewater Projects are Driven by Business.
  15. 15. 15 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Community Municipality Businesses County, State, Federal Agencies 88% 12% Origin
  16. 16. 16 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Planning & Public Process Myth or Reality? Desired outcomes are generally the same for whitewater projects.
  17. 17. 17 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Site Selection  Flow  Drop  Location & Access  Constraints
  18. 18. 18 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Site Factor 1 –Available Flow Reliability of flow is a also a key flow factors 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Discharge (CFS) Grand River Hydrograph Mean Monthly Discharge 1901‐2009 Source:  USGS 
  19. 19. 19 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Site Factor 2 –Vertical Drop Often Conflict between Developing the Hydraulic Drop and Impacting the Floodplain.
  20. 20. 20 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Site Factor 1 and 2 are Related Reliability of flow is a also a key flow factors
  21. 21. 21 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Site Factor 3 –Adjacent Area/ Access Whitewater Parks are for Spectators! Access for Hosting Events may be a consideration
  22. 22. 22 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Stakeholders  River Advocacy Groups  Citizen Advisory Groups  Users  Citizens/public  Business Owners  Local Government  State Government  Federal Government  Owners & Adjacent Property Owners  Utilities
  23. 23. 23 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Public Process  Project Goals  Prioritize Objectives  Concerns & Challenges  Evaluate Identified Sites  Select Preferred Project “Stakeholder and Public Buy-in Through Collaboration”
  24. 24. 24 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Batavia, Illinois  Conclusion for public process – community didn’t want project.
  25. 25. 25 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Outreach  Provide clear & consistent messaging  Social Media  Website  Press Releases
  26. 26. 26 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Mississippi Whitewater Park
  27. 27. 27 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Schedule & Budget  Schedule – All Phases  Budget – R.O.M. only
  28. 28. 28 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Planning Pitfalls 1. Key Planning Items Not Established:  Goals/objectives  Ownership  O&M Long-term  Schedule  Budget 2. Too Much Planning
  29. 29. 29 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Funding Myth or Reality? Whitewater project funding mostly for recreation purposes
  30. 30. 30 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Hartland Boat & Fish Passage  USFWS  Colorado Water Conservation Board  Walton Family Foundation  National Fish & Wildlife Foundation  Colorado River District  Gunnison Basin Roundtable  Trout Unlimited  In-kind: Delta County & Local Farmers
  31. 31. 31 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Private or private/public funding varies Foundation Public Industry Individual $5,000 to $9,999 Richard and Patsy Fedrizzi Stephen and Debra Hanks George and Bev Harad Jack Lemley Bob and Kitty Looper Bill and Betsy Moynihan Ward and Cathy Parkinson John Polischeck Lori Shandro $1,000 to $4,999 Mary Abercrombie Clarence Anderson Jo Cassin Jim and Gayle Chalfant Brian Ellsworth Roy and Frances Ellsworth Cynthia Fairfax Frank Finlayson John and Jane Francis Sam and Andie Goff In-kind
  32. 32. 32 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Funding Pitfalls  “Shovel Ready” Projects  Cost of Grants/Funding Sources  Scheduling & Cash Flow Management
  33. 33. 33 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design & Permitting Myth or Reality? Permitting is similar for most whitewater projects.
  34. 34. 34 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design Development 1. Data Collection/Site Conditions  Soils  Topographic & Bathymetric Survey  Ownership 2. Preliminary Design  Define project sufficiently for Budgeting & Permitting  Permitting package submitted 3. Final Design  Sealed Bid & Construction documents
  35. 35. 35 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design Criteria for Recreation Structures http://www.udfcd.org/downloads/down_critmanual.htm http://cwcb.state.co.us/technical-resources/floodplain- stormwater-criteria-manual/Pages/main.aspx
  36. 36. 36 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Safety and Whitewater Performance Features are Hydraulic Jumps, and other Hydraulic Phenomena
  37. 37. 37 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Safety Low Hazard for Well Equipped Users No Unobvious Hazards Safety Considerations  Overly Retentive Hydraulics  Strainers  Pinning  Foot/hand Entrapment  Impact/Abrasion Injuries  Channel Egress
  38. 38. 38 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Hole Breaking Wave Whitewater Forms
  39. 39. 39 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design Tools – 1D Jump Equations Wave and Hole Hydraulics                2 11 3 13 132 1 /1 / * 2 1 y h y y yy yy F                        2 1 3 2 113 12 1 /1 / * 2 1 3 y y y h yy yy F Governing Equations
  40. 40. 40 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design Tools  Analytical Models – 1D, 2D, & 3D  Physical Model  Experience
  41. 41. 41 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design Aspects Structure Stability/Durability Lowest Life-Cycle Costs Natural Appearance
  42. 42. 42 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Durability/Reliability Hydro Static ForcesZoo Rock AVOID: “New Techniques” Bigger is not Always Better
  43. 43. 43 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Durago, Colorado • “With the force of the following spring’s run-off, a rock in the hole shifted, creating a strong “keeper” hydraulic at certain water levels.” • “Lombardo said that shifting rocks and mutating features go with the territory, adding that two of Lacy’s recent projects – one in Salida and one Steamboat Springs – met similar fates.” July 10, 2003 – Durango Telegraph Breckenridge, Colorado • “The repair work goes beyond normal "tweaking" of the Blue River amenity.” • “That work will include rebuilding 80 percent of a structure in the first phase and modifying the faces of three other structures to provide a better whitewater experience.” • "It's normal to do modifications," Andersen said. "Most of that money was to go toward tweaking. Now, we have major bank stabilization issues that aren't normal." April 13, 2004 – Summit Daily News Steamboat Springs, Colorado “The 2003 runoff was so strong over Memorial Day weekend that it undermined large boulders and washed out the hole.” June 1, 2004 Steamboat Pilot & Today Whitewater Course Failures The New D-Hole
  44. 44. 44 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Aesthetics – Layered Grouted Boulders & Faux Rock Layered Grouted Boulders Faux Rock
  45. 45. 45 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Adjustable Features
  46. 46. 46 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Hartland Diversion Gunnison River, CO Permitting  CWA 404 Permit – USACE  Nationwide Permit  Standard Individual Permit  Regional General Permit  CWA 401 Permit – USACE/State  Floodplain LOMR/CLOMR – FEMA/State/Local  Stormwater/Dewatering NPDES – EPA/State  Building/Development Codes – Local  Others: NEPA, EIS, FERC Relicensing Communicate Early & Often w/ Regulators
  47. 47. 47 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management PPL Holtwood Hydropower Expansion
  48. 48. 48 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Design & Permitting Take Away  Must be Sealed by a Licensed Professional Engineer  Preliminary Design Needed for Realistic Budgeting  Durability, Performance, Safety & Life-Cycle Costs Related  ID Regulators & Communicate Early & Often
  49. 49. 49 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Construction & Tuning Myth or Reality? Permanent structures are the most expensive part of building a whitewater project.
  50. 50. 50 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Construction Process  Design-Bid-Build (Low Bidder)  Design Build & Best Value Bid  Design & Bid Documents  Bidding & Award  Construction  QA/QC  Start-up  Tuning
  51. 51. 51 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Temporary Dewatering
  52. 52. 52 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Temporary Dewatering
  53. 53. 53 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Temporary Dewatering
  54. 54. 54 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Start-up & Tuning
  55. 55. 55 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Construction & Tuning Pitfalls  Incomplete or “vague” construction documents  Constructability not considered in design  Qualified contractors  Insufficient tuning budget
  56. 56. 56 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Legacy Myth or Reality? Whitewater Parks require minimal on-going maintenance
  57. 57. 57 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management What is Legacy?  Goals & Objectives  Operations  Maintenance  Liability
  58. 58. 58 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Were Goals & Objectives Met?  Post-construction eval  Are people using it?  User surveys  Direct measurements
  59. 59. 59 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Operations & Maintenance  Dependent on Type of Facility  High – Recirculating Courses  Medium – Adjustable Features  Low – Static In-river  Routine O&M  Visual inspection  Debris removal  Sediment removal  Vegetation management  Trash removal  Erosion
  60. 60. 60 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Non-Routine Maintenance  Structural “maintenance”  Life-cycle Costs  Safety Concerns  Performance
  61. 61. 61 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Green River Wyoming
  62. 62. 62 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Green River Wyoming
  63. 63. 63 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Liability  Successful Lawsuits  State Laws  Consult Legal Council
  64. 64. 64 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Legacy Pitfalls  Focus on Design & Construction - Plan for the Future  In-accurate estimate of annual maintenance budgets / Life-cycle costs not considered  Difficulty of maintaining in-river structures  Owners ill-equipped to operate whitewater parks
  65. 65. 65 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Conclusions  Whitewater Parks 101 – Who, What & Why  Whitewater Road Map – Key Project Phases  Identify Goals & Objectives  Get Buy-in  Execute Design & Construction  Plan for the Future – Legacy “Nothing worth doing is easy” -River manager in the middle of a whitewater project
  66. 66. 66 Copyright © 2012 Merrick & Company - All rights reserved. Whitewater Management Thank You Ben Nielsen, PE, LEED AP Rick McLaughlin, PE McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group www.mclaughlinwhitewater.com ben@mclaughlinwhitewater.com rick@mclaughlinwhitewater.com 303-964-3333
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