Resource Concepts, Inc. has been providing professional engineering, environmental, and permitting services for municipal and quasi-municipal clients since our company was formed in 1978. Resource Concepts, Inc. has long history of public works service with the Town of Minden, Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District, Indian Hills GID, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada State Parks, and many other public entities. As a result, RCI has an exceptional wealth of experience in designing public works infrastructure.
Our ability and experience, garnered over 30 years of service in the review of development plans for local agencies, qualifies RCI to act as a reviewing entity for proposed private projects within the boundaries of municipal and quasi-municipal areas.
Resource Concepts, Inc. has extensive experience in obtaining grant funding from many of the various State and Federal funding sources for municipal engineering projects including the State Wastewater Revolving Loan Fund, the Program for Financial Assistance for Drinking Water Systems, the Nevada Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Community Development Block Grants, and the USDA Rural Utilities Service Funds.
In addition to design, RCI develops rehabilitation and maintenance programs for existing infrastructure, which allows our clients to extend the life of their existing infrastructure and delay expensive replacement projects. RCI has experience in the following areas:
- Roadway design, rehabilitation, and maintenance
- Pedestrian and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements (sidewalks and accessibility to public facilities as required by Federal ADA standards including outdoor recreational facilities)
- Drainage improvements
- Recreation (parks, paths, trailheads, etc.)
- Water systems
- Sewer systems
- Stream and wetland restoration
- BMP and Erosion control
In addition to RCI’s design expertise, RCI also writes the necessary documents to obtain the permits required for public works projects including:
- NEPA compliance for projects involving Federal funds, Federal land (such as the Forest Service), or other Federal permits
- Section 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act for projects impacting Waters of the United States. These permits are obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers and from the State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for projects involving disturbances of more than one acre
- Encroachment or right-of-way permits from NDOT
Some examples of recent infrastructure projects are described in the following paragraphs.
Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District
As District Engineer for MGSD since 1978, Resource Concepts, Inc. has been involved in numerous projects related to collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater. We have been involved in significant sewer line rehabilitation projects during this period, many of which were funded by EPA Grants administered through the State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). We performed all work including initial planning, completing grant applications, design, permitting, bidding and contractor selection, surveying, construction management, and construction inspection and testing. We have been extensively involved in master planning interceptor sizes, as well as designing major interceptors to serve large areas of the District. We also completed all work for the planning, design, funding, and implementation of construction for MGSD’s treated effluent storage reservoirs and land application system. This was also an EPA funded project administered through NDEP.
Under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District completed a project to allow storage of secondary treated sewage effluent during the winter months for disposal to agricultural land during the irrigation season. RCI completed the design for the $2 million project which included three effluent pumping stations, a telemetry system to continuously monitor system operation, 2 miles of 18-inch diameter force main, two storage reservoirs covering a 75-acre area with a storage volume of 650 acre-feet, and related appurtenances. As a part of the design, RCI analyzed potential impacts of the project features on the Carson River floodplain and developed operational criteria to ensure that effluent would not enter the Carson River, which would be a violation of the discharge permit issued by the NDEP. RCI performed all bidding and construction management activities on the project and continues to assist the District in required construction inspection and monitoring of the project.
Pavement Management System
Resource Concepts, Inc. compiles and manages the Town of Minden’s active Pavement Management System to maintain a database of the Town’s roads and their condition. The main component of the Pavement Management System provides pavement management capabilities to: (1) develop and organize the pavement inventory; (2) assess the current condition of pavements; (3) develop models to predict future conditions; (4) report on past and future pavement performance; (5) develop scenarios for maintenance and rehabilitation based on budget or condition requirements; and (6) plan projects.
Individual PCIs (a pavement condition index number) for every section of roadway in the Town’s database. The PCI number is generated via street inspections and is typically updated every four years or after a construction/rehabilitation project occurs. As additional roadways are incorporated into the Town through development the new roads are incorporated into the Town’s road database. The review of the new roads will be merged into one of the historic four town sections to ensure inspection every four years.
Lower Kingsbury Erosion Control Project
RCI was retained by Kingsbury General Improvement District for design and construction administration of a grant funded erosion control project for the middle and lower Kingsbury Grade area of Stateline, Nevada. The project included erosion control and drainage improvements within street right-of-ways that meet the goals and objectives of the State of Nevada 1996 Tahoe Bond Act, as well as the requirements of an EPA 319 Grant and a FY 2000 Lake Tahoe Erosion Control Grant from the USDA Forest Service. The scope of work included: 1) coordination with KGID, State of Nevada, Douglas County, TRPA, USFS, and citizens of the District; 2) preparation of all necessary hydrologic and hydraulic analyses required for the design of drainage facilities for use by permitting agencies; 3) preparation of conceptual, preliminary, and final design including contract and record drawings; 4) assistance in permitting; and 5) construction administration.