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Chapter Officers

Ashley Smith

Vice President:
Patrick Donovan
Levi Johnson

Aaron O'Hearn

Next Chapter Meeting 

March General Meeting
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 6pm
Location: Jacobs (formerly CH2M Hill)
2485 Natomas Park Drive, Suite #600
Sacramento, CA 95833

(Doors lock automatically at 6pm. Please contact Laura Byrd at 530-401-3592 if you need assistance getting into the building)

Project Updates


Kenya - East Kanyamamba

 The KEK project team had a very successful trip to Kenya from February 7th through February 22nd. The team built a new free flowing spring box at a newly identified spring source in the northwestern portion of the KEK community. For the most part, the previously-constructed water supply projects (built in 2015) were in good shape with only minor repairs needed. In addition, the project team was able to help the KEK community establish an operation and maintenance committee for one of the previous sites and establish a water usage fee. Members of the project team met with Migori County officials to discuss the process and possibility of well drilling for water supply and were even able to meet with members of the San Francisco Professional Chapter at a neighboring community to discuss future collaboration.
There will be a KEK project presentation this month at the March chapter meeting, for those that are interested in learning more and seeing pictures!
The KEK Clean Water Program is located near Rongo, Kenya in the East Kanyamamba community (a community of 1600 people). For more information, please contact Laura Byrd at

Panama - Tranquilla Norte

Panama is in the midst of campaigns for elections that occur every 5 years which also elects La Junta members.  Because of this, the Panama team is stepping away from trying to reach any agreements about the next implementation phase until elections are over and the new members are in place in July.  The team had a call with an EWB headquarters project engineer on advice for how to navigate this election and she agreed with this approach.  In the meantime the project is hoping to stay busy by looking into a different project in a small neighboring community that was brought to our attention by our partner NGO; it involves helping them out with their water supply. Our headquarters project engineer thought this could be a good opportunity and encouraged us to investigate it further as it would provide something to work on when things are slow or delayed with Tranquilla Norte (as often happens). The team is now discussing this with the NGO to determine if we want to pursue this and go through the EWB process of adding a project. If you have any questions or are interested in joining a team call, email Michelle Kolb at

Belize - Sarteneja

The Belize team is in final preparations for their first Implementation Trip in April, in which efforts will be focused on flood-proofing structures in the most vulnerable areas of the Village. The travel team also hopes to meet with the Belize Ministry of Works to discuss the availability of large equipment and the original technical plan. Sarteneja, Belize is a community of about 3,000 people who suffer major loss from flooding each year. For more information, please contact Mandy Ott at

Denizen/Wyck Housing Project - Santa Rosa

The Sacramento EWB chapter has partnered with the Denizen/Wyck Housing Group to support the structural design of tiny homes for those displaced by last year's fires in Santa Rosa. If you have a structural background and are interested in being involved with the project, please email Patrick Donovan at
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