Thomas Pate, P.E., Principal Water Resources Engineer
Thomas Pate is the Principal Engineer of the Solano County Water Agency. He has nearly 20 years of civil engineering experience, 16 of which have been serving the public in California water resources matters. Thomas has been with the Agency since 2003 and is in primary charge of all Agency engineering, implementing stream restoration projects along Lower Putah Creek, and operations and maintenance of the Solano Project, and Ulatis and Green Valley Flood Control Projects. He previously worked for the California Department of Water Resources performing Delta modeling and statewide fish passage improvement. Thomas is a licensed Civil Engineer and has a B.S. in Environmental Resource Engineering from Humboldt State University with an emphasis in water resources management specialized in optimization, modeling, hydraulics, fluvial morphology, and anadromous fisheries.
Rich Marovich, Streamkeeper
Rich has been Streamkeeper since 2000, leading complex and cooperative projects to protect the resources of Lower Putah Creek. He has won over $12 million in competitive grants for physical and biological studies, community planning and habitat enhancement projects including: abating and deterring trespass and illegal dumping; controlling invasive weeds; stabilizing eroding banks; restoring natural channel form and function; and establishing native vegetation. He also manages a native plant nursery staffed with community volunteers. His prior experience includes 25 years with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (part time since 2000) leading a statewide program to protect listed species from pesticide exposure. He obtained a B.S. in Plant Science (Horticulture) from U.C. Davis in 1978.
Chris Lee, Principal Water Resources Specialist
Chris has almost twenty years experience with endangered species, environmental compliance, and permitting issues; the last ten years which have been with the Water Agency. Chris’ primary responsibilities with the Water Agency include regulatory and permitting compliance and long-range planning, which includes managing the Solano Habitat Conservation Plan (6 Cities and 8 Special Districts) and coordinating with multiple counties and agencies on Integrated Regional Water Management Plans in the S.F. Bay Area and the Westside Sacramento River Funding Areas. Chris is the Chair of the Westside IRWMP Coordinating Committee. Chris holds a BS in Biological Sciences from California State University, Stanislaus.
Alex Rabidoux, P.E., Supervising Water Resources Engineer
Alex Rabidoux has been with the Water Agency since 2005 working on a variety of water quality, engineering, and flood control projects. Alex’s primary responsibilities include water quality monitoring of the Agency’s two main water supplies (the Solano Project and North Bay Aqueduct), project manager for engineering infrastructure projects and special studies, and anything else that is needed. Alex is proud to be part of the Water Agency team, protecting Solano County’s water supply and serving the residents of Solano County. Alex graduated with a Master of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Davis in 2005 and is a licensed Civil Engineer.
Jay Cuetara, Senior Water Resources Engineer
Jay is responsible for data collection efforts of the Solano County Water Agency and manages the database and web sites that provide the information to operations staff and the public. He maintains all instrumentation, telemetry equipment, new equipment installations, and develops/maintains flow rating curves. Jay has a Civil Engineering degree from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He worked with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for 12 years before starting with the Solano County Water Agency in 2006. During his time with the USGS he was the special study manager for the San Francisco Bay & Delta Hydrodynamics Division and helped develop and maintain the flow network in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Andrew Florendo, Water Conservation Coordinator
Andy Florendo has been with the water agency since 2006 and is responsible for implementation of the Agency’s Water Use Efficiency Program. Prior to coming to Solano County Water Agency, Andy worked for Zone 7 Water Agency where he was in charge of that Agency’s water conservation program. He first became involved with water conservation and water use planning during the 1987 – 1992 drought. Prior to his involvement in water conservation, Andy was responsible for Zone 7’s stream flow monitoring stations where his duties included stream gaging, flow record administration, and groundwater measurement.
Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Management from Humboldt State University. After graduation, Andy was hired as a biological technician with the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Oregon where he worked on an environmental assessment study measuring the effects of cattle on streams. Andy also has work experience with the California Department of Fish and Game (Wildlife) as a student assistant. He worked with Fish and Game in both marine and freshwater fisheries management at locations from Redding to Long Beach.
Mark Snyder, Senior Water Resources Specialist
Mark Snyder graduated from UC Davis in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences. After college, Mark worked for an environmental consulting firm where he conducted wetland delineations and biological monitoring of upland and wetland mitigation sites. Mark began working with the Solano County Water Agency in 2006. Mark’s current responsibilities include Lower Putah Creek flow compliance, environmental permitting and compliance, property management, and operations and maintenance management.
Marcie Fehrenkamp, Accountant II
Marcie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sonoma State University, in Management with emphasis in Accounting. At the Water Agency, Marcie is responsible for Monthly Financial Reporting, Invoicing and Accounts Receivable, General Accounting support, and the annual Budgeting process. Marcie’s past experience includes Full-Cycle accounting for Out Patient Surgery Centers and as an Accounting Services Supervisor for a Scientific R&D company, including Monthly Financial Reporting, Quarterly SEC Reports, Stock Plan Administration, and other special projects.
Duc Jones, Water Resources Technician
As a veteran of the US Coast Guard and a background in aviation structural mechanic and heavy equipment fabrication and repair, Duc helps the Water Agency to design, maintain, and operate a variety of equipment specific to creek management and improvement. Duc holds two degrees, one in Natural Resources and the other in Park Management. Duc is able to apply his skills to the numerous restoration sites throughout the county that the Agency creates. Duc’s passion and love for the environment and nature, along with the Agency goal to provide a clean manageable watershed, help provide Solano County with fresh water with minimal carbon footprint throughout Solano County.
Sandra Willingmyre, Accountant II
Sandra started as the Administrative Assistant at Solano County Water Agency in 2012 and was promoted to Accountant in 2016. Sandra’s background includes a variety of administrative, financial, human resources, and support duties requiring a thorough knowledge of the Agency and its procedures. Along with her accounting duties, Sandra has recently taken on the human resources functions of the Agency. Sandra holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Applied Computer Graphics from California State University, Chico, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento.
Jeffrey Barich, P.E., Associate Water Resources Engineer
As Assistant Water Resources Engineer, Jeff works on a variety of projects for SCWA. These include managing the operations and maintenance for the Green Valley Flood Control Project and the Ulatis Flood Control Project. Jeff also does field surveying and engineering design for creek restoration projects for the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, as well as provide engineering support and construction management for other such projects. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (2013) and a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014) both from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Sabrina Colias, Associate Water Resources Specialist
Sabrina began working with Solano County Water Agency in 2016 as an Assistant Water Resources Specialist with responsibilities in providing assistance in the implementation of the Agency’s Water Conservation Program, management of grant funded projects, and conducting field inspections and monitoring of water resource projects and habitat restoration. Sabrina graduated from Sacramento State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Before the Agency, Sabrina worked for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District where she provided mapping support and monitored conservation easements for compliance.
Katherine Ashley, Administrative Assistant
Katherine began working with the Agency in 2016 as the Administrative Assistant with key roles in Accounts Payable and Office Management. She has over 10 years of Administrative experience with a diverse background of strengths and skills. She has a degree in Business Management and is a commissioned Notary Public of the State of California.
Justin Pascual, Assistant Water Resources Specialist
Justin began working with Solano County Water Agency in 2017 as an Assistant Water Resources Specialist with project responsibilities within Flood Control, Solano and North Bay Aqueduct Water Quality, and Groundwater. Justin's main current role within the agency involves field surveying, water quality management and support, data management and analysis, and overseeing the Taste and Odor Monitoring Program as well as the Solano Basin's CASGEM Program. Justin graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hydrology.
Gustavo Cruz, E.I.T., Assistant Water Resources Engineer
Gustavo began working with Solano County Water Agency in 2018 as an Assistant Water Resources Engineer with project responsibilities in Flood Control, Engineering and LPCCC Engineering Support. His responsibilities include managing the operations and maintenance for the Green Valley Flood Control Project and the Ulatis Flood Control Project. Gustavo also works with Agency staff on field surveying, water quality sampling and performs staff functions for various Agency committees. Gustavo graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Zach Hyer, Water Resources Technician
Zach Hyer started out with the Agency as a boat inspector and intern after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2017. His background decontaminating military vehicles and equipment made him uniquely suited to working on the Lake Berryessa Mussel Prevention program. He recently became the new Lake Berryessa Water Resources Technician, and is staffing and operating the new Lake Berryessa boat decontamination station. He also coordinates and schedules staffing for boat inspection stations at every boat ramp on Berryessa. He is dedicated to preventing invasive species from infesting Berryessa and other local waterways. Zach is extremely passionate about preserving local fisheries and waterways for future generations. Zach received a B.S. in International Business from California State University Stanislaus.