Water Resources

Assisting clients with a wide range of water resources and management needs remains a Condor specialty. In addition to helping clients obtain necessary permits to fulfill California Regional Water Quality Control Board and Department of Health service compliance requirements, we assess groundwater sources, analyzing the water quality and quantity, and in turn how it can be managed and utilized. Our professional engineers and geologists have a long history of working with water district managers and their staff to supplement and support the unique and important needs faced by rate-based infrastructure providers. Condor personnel always focus on comprehensive but cost-effective solutions anticipating public and regulatory community monitoring.

Our Water Resources Services include:

  • Groundwater
  • Wastewater
  • Storm Water
  • Dam Inundation Studies and Emergency Action Plan

We also assist with needs in the areas of:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Department of Homeland Security Terrorism Risk Assessment
  • Hazardous Waste and Material Management
  • Material Testing and Special Inspections
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology Studies
  • Winery General Order Services


Condor’s California Professional Geologists provide expert project management and geologic expertise. Our experienced staff manages many groundwater programs for compliance with California regulations and for groundwater management, from watershed scale flow modeling to intensive site investigations.

  • Contaminant Investigation, Remediation, Monitoring and Reporting
  • Groundwater quality/degradation analysis
  • Drinking Water Source Assessment and Protection (Wellhead Protection)
  • Aquifer and basin analysis, Testing/proving groundwater resources
  • Conjunctive use/Percolation Bed Testing
  • Customized groundwater flow modeling
  • Waste Discharge Requirements/Monitoring Reporting Programs (WDRs, MRPs)


Food processors, agricultural processors, industrial facilities, municipalities, and special districts that must dispose of treated process water or wastewater are categorized as “Dischargers”. Each is required to submit technical reports to Regional Water Quality Control Boards to verify that their methods of disposing treated water follow Best Management Practices (BMP) and do not pose a threat to nearby resources. Condor’s certified consulting team of geologists and engineers provide full support for obtaining, modifying, and maintaining site-specific discharge permits or general order discharge permit programs.

  • Reports of Waste Discharge and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permitting (NPDES)
  • Sprayfield Discharges
  • Storage pond permitting, design, and construction testing
  • Confined Animal Facilities
  • Waste Discharge Requirements/Monitoring Reporting Programs (WDRs, MRPs)

Condor also offers a complete range of storm water collection, testing, analysis, and reporting as well as a staff of highly trained field technicians to collect the required samples for each site. We also train site personnel to collect samples and equip facilities for sample collection and shipment to a state-certified laboratory for analysis. Condor can provide assistance throughout program development, implementation and reporting. Condor has successfully developed Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and Storm Water Quality Monitoring programs for many large industrial facilities in California. Condor’s experienced staff includes civil, water resource, and environmental engineers, as well as certified geologists and hydrogeologists, capable of providing a variety of quality services.

  • Construction Storm Water
  • Industrial General Permit Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) Monitoring and Reporting
  • Municipal Storm Water Services
  • Urban Storm Water Management
  • Confined Animal Facilities
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permitting and Compliance (NPDES)

Dam Inundation Studies and Emergency Action Plan

Condor provides Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) preparation services to dam owners to ensure that inundation maps adhere to federal guidelines and state regulations. The primary purpose of an inundation map is to show areas that would be flooded and travel times for wave front and flood peaks at critical locations if a dam failure occurs or if there are operational releases during flood conditions. Inundation maps are a necessary component of the EAP and are used by the dam owner and emergency management authorities to facilitate timely notification and evacuation of areas potentially affected by a dam failure or flood conditions. Condor utilizes the best available topographic information and HEC_RAS 1D/2D unsteady-flow hydraulic modeling to simulate downstream hydraulic routing and timing to determine inundation areas. Model output is then used by Condor’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff to create inundation maps that are consistent with “FEMA P-946 Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures” and applicable state regulations.