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Children’s Environmental Science Day
August 21st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

This blog is authored by Sherwood employee, Jessica Stanley.

This past weekend Sherwood Design Engineers volunteered at the Children’s Environmental Science Day hosted by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), with a huge amount of support from local agencies, non-profits, local businesses, and volunteers.

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The day was an educational opportunity for children ranging from ages 3-13, and their parents – the parents might have learned more than their kids! Hosted both indoors and outdoors at the TERC center in Incline Village, there were over 30 stations set up with volunteers teaching a huge range of topics-  native plant, fish, and wildlife species; forest fire defense; historical mining operations; the effects of climate change on the basin; watershed protection; and sustainable land practices were just a few. (more…)

Optimization of Water Systems
August 7th, 2014 by Wendy

This post is authored by Sherwood blogging intern, and UC Davis Graduate student, Heather Sprague.

Hello Sherwood blog followers!  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter O – for Optimization.  That’s what engineering is all about, wouldn’t you say?  Finding the best possible solution to the problem at hand.  Unfortunately, as we all know, finding the best solution, or even just defining what we want from a solution, is not an easy task.

Dr. JayDr. Jay Lund at University of California, Davis (UCD) has been tackling water use optimization problems for years.  It is a tough job to balance both ecological and societal needs when it comes to our water supply.  We need water, but so do the fish, the trees, the birds, the deer…  How is it possible to optimize a system for all parties?

“The biggest challenge,” Dr. Lund claims, “is to make sure we’re getting the most environmental-bang for our water-use-buck.  It’s reasonable to require urban and agricultural users to efficiently manage their water supply; it’s much harder to identify how natural environments can do the same.”