- California Water Environment Modeling Forum CWEMF increases the usefulness of models for analyzing California’s water-related problems.
- North American Lake Management Society / California Lake Management Society NALMS forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs.
- Central Valley Clean Water Association CVCWA represents the interests of wastewater agencies in the Central Valley in regulatory matters and supports the exchange of information so that member agencies can best meet their business challenges.
MEI donates at least 2% of gross revenue to the following organizations (among others).
- Tuleyome Tuleyome is a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization that is focused on protecting both the wild and agricultural heritages of the Inner Coastal Range and the Western Sacramento Valley.
- Putah Creek Council PCC is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Putah Creek and its tributaries through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship.
- Sacramento River Watershed Program SRWP’s mission is to ensure that current and potential uses of the watershed’s resources are sustained, restored, and where possible, enhanced, while promoting the long-term social and economic vitality of the region.
- Yolo Basin Foundation YBF is the communication link between the many people and organizations involved in creating wetlands and managing land in the Yolo Bypass. YBF is dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships.
- The Sierra Fund TSF is a community foundation that serves the Sierra Nevada region of California, particularly working to address the legacy of historic mining in California.
- Water Education Foundation WEF is an impartial, nonprofit organization in California whose mission is to create a better understanding of water resources and foster public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach.
- The Nature Conservancy TNC is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Volunteer and Pro Bono Activities
MEI supports the following local, regional, national, and international programs through free or subsidized labor and in-kind services.
- Putah Creek Council Dr. McCord is Chair of the Board of Directors, leading members to be stewards of their watershed.
- California Lake Management Society Dr. McCord was the organization’s President, communicating with lake managers throughout the state and organizing the annual conference.
- Sacramento River Watershed Program Dr. McCord facilitates the Delta Tributaries Mercury Council and participates in various forums and stakeholder meetings.
- Guardian Scholars Dr. McCord is a mentor working to best meet the academic and personal needs of former foster youth enrolled at UC Davis to maximize their educational opportunities. View a brief video by Dr. McCord’s former mentee, Chemical Engineering graduate Josh Croft.
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Dr. McCord is a member of the NCEES committee that develops items for the Professional Engineering exam administered nationally for Civil Engineers. NCEES is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States.
- Fulbright Program Dr. McCord has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Haiti and Chile collaborating with local partners to improve watersheds. Dr. McCord also serves as a peer adviser and host family for Humphrey Fellows.
- Yolo Basin Foundation Dr. McCord has been a volunteer trip leader for Gaggle of Gatherings field trips, supports the Bucks for Ducks fundraiser event, and participates in stakeholder meetings.
- The Sierra Fund Dr. McCord supports TSF’s environmental restoration activities in the Sierra Nevada through technical reviews and connections with other regional stakeholders.
- Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Dr. McCord is on the volunteer roster under the California Emergency Management Agency as a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator. The SAP utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster.
Sampling fish in the Madre de Dios River
watershed, in the Peruvian Amazon
basin, for Gerardo Martinez’s mercury
Dr. McCord is a Research Associate at the University of California Davis. He also advises several students in their research projects, including:
Gerardo Martinez, MS in Civil & Envir. Engr. at UC Davis studying mercury contamination in the Amazon basin from illegal gold mining
Atley Keller, MS in Natural Resources Water Conflict Mgt. at Oregon State Univ. studying the policy options for addressing California’s abandoned mines
Karen Atkins, MS in Civil & Envir. Engr. at UC Davis studying mercury cycling in lakes
Emmanuel Ahenkorah, MS in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa studying mine site remediation
Sifang Shan, MS in Civil & Envir. Engr. at UC Davis studying DO cycling in a lake with oxygenation line diffuser
McCord Environmental is a carbon neutral business
TerraPass acknowledges McCord Environmental’s support towards projects throughout North America that either reduce emissions, restore water in dewatered ecosystems, or produce renewable energy. McCord Environmental’s annual footprint has been reduced with the purchase of RECs (Renewable Energy Credits), Offsets, and/or BEF (Bonneville Environmental Foundation) Water Restoration Certificates®. Funds have been invested on our behalf to support a healthy, sustainable planet.