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Stantec’s Andy Draper Honored With Hugo B. Fischer Award

Parul Dubey on May 8, 2019 - in Awards, News, People

Sacramento, CA: Andy Draper, a principal engineer in Stantec’s Northern California Water practice, is the latest recipient of the Hugo B. Fischer Award, presented annually at the California Water & Environmental Modeling Forum (CWEMF).

The award, named in honor of the late Professor Hugo B. Fischer for his pioneering work on San Francisco Bay-Delta water quality modeling, is given annually for the development, refinement or innovative application of a computer model, or for the furtherance of the effective use of models in planning or regulatory functions. The award was conceived and endowed in 1995 by Lyle Hoag, retired executive director of California Urban Water Agencies, and co-founder of the Bay-Delta Modeling Forum, the predecessor to the CWEMF.

Draper was recognized for his work leading the development of a water resources planning model for the State Water Resources Control Board for use in the update of the 2006 Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan). Draper was instrumental in the implementation of the Sacramento Water Allocation Model (SacWAM) and its contribution to California’s efforts to create new policies on in-stream flows—or water that flows in rivers. The model was created in the Stockholm Environment Institute’s (SEI) Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system. It enables users to see both the current operation of the Delta’s water system and how water would flow if there were no dams, diversions or infrastructure.

Additionally, Draper was rewarded for his work with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), in helping to jointly develop a new version of the California Simulation (CalSim) model of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) operations. Known as CalSim 3.0, the model will replace its predecessor, CalSim II, for conducting planning studies relating to operations of these two projects.

“Andy’s work is instrumental to the future of water planning in California,” said Kari Shively, Stantec vice president. “The Hugo B. Fischer Award is a tremendous honor and one that Andy deserves for his tireless efforts and innovative thinking. I have been privileged to work alongside Andy for several years and am continually impressed with his process and results.”


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