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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 steam 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, StreamkeeperRich Marovice

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., Senior Water Resources Engineer

Alex Rabidoux has been with the Water Agency for 10-years 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, Agency lead for the Lake Berryessa Outreach boater education program, 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 CoordinatorAndy Florendo

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 ISandra McLean

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. Sandra has recently taken on Solano Project and State Water Project Water accounting for 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, EIT., Assistant Water Resources EngineerJeff Barich

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, Assistant 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 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.