ROBERT F. BUTERA, P.E.
EDUCATION B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1979
Additional studies in Arctic Engineering, River Morphology, Stream Restoration,
Construction Estimating, CSI Specification Writing, and Construction Management
REGISTRATION Professional Engineer, Alaska (CE-9121), 1995
EXPERIENCE Bob is a civil engineer with 22 years of experience in water resources engineering,
which encompasses hydrology, river morphology, hydraulics, drainage, water supply,
and hydropower. He has been involved in all phases of these disciplines—from
initial concept and design, field data collection, feasibility study, environmental
analysis, and permitting to final design and construction management. Bob has
worked extensively with rivers throughout Alaska. He is familiar with the constraints
of design and construction in remote cold regions. His relevant experience includes:
Hydrology & Engineer, Seward Highway, Mile 75-90, Department of Transportation and
Hydraulics Public Facilities (DOT&PF), AK. Conducting all hydrologic analyses for this
segment of highway that crosses numerous high habitat value streams and the
potential crossing of a tidal inlet.
Engineer, West Dowling Road Connection, DOT&PF, AK. Provided hydrology
and hydraulics report for the Campbell Creek Bridge for this project.
Engineer, Northern Railroad Extension, Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC),
AK. Conducted reconnaissance-level hydrological analysis for a proposed railroad to
connect North Pole to Greeley.
Engineer, Sunny Point Interchange, (DOT&PF), AK. Prepared hydrology and
hydraulics report for this major interchange in Juneau that crossed four anadromous
fish streams. Designed culverts and open channels to pass flood flows, sediment and
provide fish passage. The highway crossed multiple streams with aggrading fans.
Sediment basins were required to prevent aggradation.
Project Manager, Porcupine Creek Culvert Design, Chugach Electric
Association, Kenai Peninsula, AK. HDR designed a fish passage channel and
culvert improvements for Porcupine Creek, at the Cooper Lake Hydroelectric
powerhouse access road. Work included design of a rock ramp, construction of a step
pool downstream of the culvert and roughening of the culvert invert, evaluation of
alternatives, design, and permitting. The design required hydrologic analysis of
basin, determination of peak flood events, determination of design flood, step pool
profile, sizing of bed material for step pools, and determination of culvert
modifications for fish passage.
Engineer, Crooked Creek Road, PDC Consulting Engineers, Inc, AK. Conducted
reconnaissance-level hydrological analysis for the proposed Crooked Creek Road
project, a rural road that will connect the community of Crooked Creek to the
developing Donlin Gold Mine in interior Alaska.
Engineer, Yukon - Kuskokwim Rivers EIS, DOT&PF, AK. Conducted
reconnaissance-level hydrological analysis for a proposed road to connect the Yukon
River to the Kuskokwim River. Performed site selection study and field studies for
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
ports at both rivers.
Engineer, Glenn-Parks Highway Interchange, DOT&PF, AK. Conducted all
hydrologic analyses for this grade separate interchange that crossed multiple high
habitat value streams. Work required analysis of braided channels of the Matanuska
River and the effect that past flood control measures have had on the river
Engineer, King Cove Airport Access Road, DOT&PF, AK. Provided hydrology
and hydraulics report for five miles of road in King Cove. Designed culverts to pass
flood flows and sediment for twenty streams and provide fish passage at four
anadromous fish streams.
Engineer, Landfill and Access Road Design, City of False Pass, AK. Provided
hydrology and hydraulics report and design of erosion protection for a bridge over
Ungaman Creek in False Pass. The road is located at the head of the alluvial fan of
this steep, high bedload stream.
Engineer, Chistochina River Bridge, DOT&PF, AK. Performed hydrology and a
hydraulic study for design of a bridge over this braided river on the Alaska Highway.
Engineer, South Extension of the Coastal Trail, DOT&PF, AK. Prepared
hydrology report and preliminary trail design for use in the Environmental Impact
Statement for Anchorage’s proposed 14 mile extension of the Tony Knowles Coastal
Engineer, Matanuska Valley Fish Passage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB),
AK. Evaluation and redesign of culverts to allow fish passage on streams in the
Engineer, Trail Lakes, ARRC, AK. Performed analysis of bank erosion and steep
slope bank stability along a 4 mile section of the ARRC tracks bordering Trail Lake.
Developed alternatives for bank stabilization.
Engineer, H&H Term Contract - Trail River, ARRC, AK. Performed analysis of
erosion problems along a segment of the ARRC tracks north of Trail Lakes. Tracks
are located along the toe of an aggrading alluvial fan. Presented alternatives of track
relocation, stream relocation, and raising of railbed.
Engineer, H&H Term Contract - Honolulu Creek, ARRC, AK. Analyzed
channel shifts and abutment erosion at the railroad bridge over this braided river.
Provided design memorandum describing hydraulic characteristics of river and
recommending use of abutment armoring and guide banks as countermeasures.
Engineer, H&H Term Contract - Little Honolulu Creek, ARRC, AK. Analyzed
abutment erosion at the railroad bridge over this aggrading river. Provided design
memorandum describing characteristics of river and recommending improved
hydraulics through bridge opening to improve conveyance.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Hess Creek Bridge, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC), AK.
Designed erosion protection for a trans-Alaska oil pipeline bridge located at Hess
Creek, 75 miles north of Fairbanks. Selected design was elliptical guide banks to
protect bridge abutments and pipeline. Analyzed channel migration using historical
Engineer, Ptarmigan Creek, APSC, AK. Designed guide banks to protect eroding
bridge abutments at Ptarmigan Creek along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Engineer, Koyukuk River, APSC, AK. Designed reconstruction of an eroding
Alyeska pipeline spur dike on the middle fork of the Koyukuk River, 200 miles north
of Fairbanks. Analyzed historical channel changes that created erosion and assessed
potential for future erosion and its affect on the nearby oil pipeline. Examined
protection of the embankment with revetment and construction of additional spur
Engineer, Gray Creek, APSC, AK. Designed a concrete ford crossing for a
pipeline access road and a buried section of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Sediment
deposition in existing culverts had caused numerous road washouts. Fording the
stream that intersects the access road was the best option for this location on an
actively aggrading glacial alluvial fan.
Engineer, Atigun Pass Sedimentation Pond Reconstruction, APSC, AK.
Analyzed washouts at sediment ponds constructed along a tributary of Chandalar
River on south side of Atigun Pass. Alternatives included removing ponds and
restoring the river and rebuilding the ponds with redesigned culverts and spillways.
Engineer, Dietrich River, APSC, AK. Analysis of erosion of the trans-Alaska oil
pipeline access road along Dietrich River, 10 miles south of Atigun Pass in the
Brooks Range. Determined that the erosion was caused by deposition of sediment at
confluence of two rivers. Alternatives included the use of rip-rap revetment and the
relocation of the access road. Relocation of the access road was selected as the
appropriate long-term solution.
Engineer, Sagavinirtok, Dietrich, and Koyukuk Rivers, APSC, AK. Designed
stabilization for nine erosion problems at the intersection of the Alyeska pipeline and
these rivers. Analysis was based upon characteristics of river type and overlays of
river changes developed from historical aerial photos.
Engineer, Kuparuk River Spring Breakup Flood Survey, APSC, AK.
Documented flood channels, ice movement, and channel movement to determine the
elevation for road design.
Engineer, Theodore River Erosion Control, Unocal Corporation, AK. Designed
and provided construction management of erosion protection measures for abutments
on Reading Bridge over the Theodore River near Beluga. Design used root wads
(trees with the root balls attached) and willow replantings to create a stabilized bank
that maintained fisheries habitat.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Anchorage International Airport Pipeline Crossing, Tesoro Alaska
Petroleum Company, AK. Existing fuel pipeline had been undermined by
downcutting drainage channel. Designed a grade break in the channel to protect the
pipeline and prevent further upstream migration of the channel headcut.
Engineer, Lake Hood Bank Reinforcement, DOT&PF, AK. Designed, installed,
and evaluated fiber log floatplane slip bank stabilization at Lake Hood in Anchorage.
Engineer, Chester Creek 404 Restoration, USACE, AK. Concept design for 45
various habitat restoration projects outlined for Chester Creek in Anchorage as part
of the USACE’s compliance with Section 206 Water Resource Development Act.
Design issues included fish access, erosion, and water quality.
Engineer, Knob Creek, Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR), AK.
Designed creek channel for Knob Creek in Sutton area, near the Talkeetna
Engineer, Campbell Creek Trail Extension, Municipality of Anchorage (MOA)
Project Management and Engineering (PM&E), AK. Design and permitting of
bank protection for the Campbell Creek Bike Trail Extension at International Airport
Engineer, Lake Hood Hydrology Project, DOT&PF, AK. Developed a computer
model to predict water levels in Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska. The model took
snowmelt, snow dumps, evaporation, and ground water losses into account to predict
annual water levels for management of floatplane service.
Engineer, Kensington Mine, Coeur, AK. Installed and reduced data from six
stream gages on this proposed mine site.
Engineer, Eklutna Lake Reservoir Water Quality Modeling, Alaska Industrial
Development & Export Authority (AIDEA), AK. Performed continuous
measurements of glacial stream flow and temperatures; extensive climatological data
collection; and depth profiles of lake temperatures, conductivity, turbidity, and
suspended sediment at 15 stations on an 8-mile-long lake. Samples were taken year-
round on a monthly basis and were coordinated with seasonal lake stratification and
Engineer, Cannery Creek, Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), AK. Performed flood
flow analysis for the proposed dam site on Cannery Creek in the Port Graham
vicinity; calculated 2-, 50-, 100-year, and probable maximum flow estimates to be
used in dam design, and estimated the potential effects that logging 25 to 50 percent
of the basin would have on these predicted flood flows.
Project Manager, Stream Water Quality Sampling, Municipality of Anchorage
(MOA), AK. At 53 sites throughout Anchorage, developed sampling methods for
winter breakup, storm water, and summer baseflow sampling. Measurements
encompassed physical, organic, and inorganic concentration. Methods and quality
assurance/quality control were developed to meet EPA level sampling protocol.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Hillside Drainage Study, MOA-Project Management & Engineering
(PM&E), AK. Performed stereoscopic identification of Anchorage Hillside
drainageways and conducted field verification mapping for use in scheduling ongoing
drainage structure maintenance and in developing an area drainage plan.
Engineer, Golden Zone Mine Environmental Assessment (EA), Union Pacific
Gold Ltd, AK. Established a stream flow gaging station and climate station and
collected water quality data at this remote mine in the Alaska Range.
Engineer, Snow Surveys, United States Department of Agriculture Soil
Conservation Service, AK. Worked in cooperation with the Soil Conservation
Service to perform snow surveys of Southcentral Alaska.
Geohydrology Engineer, Industrial Process Water Well, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
(APSC), AK. Designed industrial process water well for Alyeska Pump Station 10.
Developed a standard specification for future APSC well construction.
Engineer, Groundwater Sampling, MOA-DHSS, AK. Developed shallow ground
water sampling program to assess ground water contaminant sources. Program
provided economical way to monitor conservative species indicative of shallow
ground water contamination. Located and selected ground water discharge points for
sampling, managed installation of shallow ground water sampling structures,
developed sampling methods and protocol, and performed and directed sampling.
Engineer, Ground Water Flow Study, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
(ADF&G), AK. Studied the source of ground water flow to salmon spawning
sloughs along the Susitna River and the effect of changing river levels on these areas.
Engineer, Hillside Water and Wastewater Project, AWWU, AK. Identified,
mapped, and analyzed Hillside areas that have existing or potential problems with
failing and/or malfunctioning on-site wastewater disposal systems that result in
shallow ground water contamination. Used stereoscopic air-photo interpretive
mapping methods to identify ground water interrelationship and assisted in the
development of a predictive model for use in MOA.
Storm Water Engineer, Midtown Park Storm Water Pond, MOA-PM&E, AK. Designed storm
Drainage and water treatment wetlands and detention pond in midtown Anchorage Park. Project
Treatment involved day-lighting of creek, and construction of forebay, detention pond, and
control structures for water diversion.
Engineer, Fish Creek Improvements, Phase IV, MOA-PM&E, AK. Designed
cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation of corroded 48-inch corrugated steel pipe storm
drain. Project included the design of gate controlled base flow diversions into Fish
Engineer, Fish Creek Storm Drain Rehabilitation, MOA - PM&E. Designed the
cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation of 4,000 feet of 48-to-60 inch storm drain trunk in
36th Avenue and along the Alaska Railroad Corridor.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Cedar Hollow Storm Drain Project, MOA - PM&E, AK. Designed
3,600 linear feet of 24-inch to 42-inch-diameter HDPE pipe in the Independence Park
area of Anchorage. Project included system hydraulic modeling, selecting an
alignment for a new storm drain trunk, conducting surveying and geotechnical
investigations, handling easement requirements and utilities, obtaining permits, and
preparing construction documents.
Engineer, 100th Avenue Drainage & Permitting, USKH, AK. Designed 7,000 feet
of 42-inch storm drain trunk in 100th Avenue and King Street. Project challenges
included numerous utility conflicts, corrosive soils, and crossing of the Alaska
Railroad mainline and spur tracks.
Engineer, Dimond Water Treatment Project, MOA - PM&E, AK. Designed
treatment for storm water outfall serving 500 acres of heavily industrialized retail
land in South Anchorage. Design included property acquisition, 400 feet of 72-inch
pipe, a fore-bay pond for capture of solids and floatables, and an extended detention
wetland using existing wetlands.
Engineer, Cherry Hill Storm Drain, MOA - PM&E, AK. Design of storm drain
and sediment basin for Port of Anchorage. Design required removal of sediment
from a stream to prevent deposition of sediment in downstream storm drain.
Engineer, 36th Avenue Storm Drain Replacement Project, MOA - PM&E.
Design of 72-inch diameter storm drain in 36th Avenue between C Street and Arctic
Boulevard. Project required fitting large trunk line into constrained area and dealing
with minimal cover, high ground water table and running sands, and traffic
Engineer, Woo Boulevard Storm Drain Project, MOA - PM&E, AK. Designed
local storm drain, from Juniper Drive to Woo Boulevard in Anchorage.
Water and Project Engineer, Kincaid Winter and Summer Recreational Improvements
Wastewater Water Study. Conducted hydrologic analysis to determine a water source and
Design provided conceptual design for a water distribution system to provide summer
irrigation of seven new soccer fields and winter snowmaking along a 2.5-kilomenter
new ski loop.
Project Manager, Campbell Creek Manhole Replacement, AWWU Term
Contract, Anchorage, AK. Bob prepared a technical memorandum that analyzed
alternatives for permanent protection of the manhole adjacent to Campbell Creek. He
also prepared a hand sketched detail of the abandonment of the manhole that was
used by AWWU operations and maintenance to perform the work.
Engineer, PZ 411 Water Transmission Main Route Selection, Design, and
Construction, Anchorage, AK. Managed design and permitting of 5,000 feet of 30-
inch water transmission main along Abbott Road. Project coordinated with DOT&PF
road reconstruction and crossed a fish stream and two wetlands.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Ship Creek Siphon Design, Anchorage, AK. Provided QA/QC for the
project. Worked with Stephl Engineers to provide design, constructability reviews,
and permit acquisition for the construction of a sewer siphon under Ship Creek to
replace a sewer trunk segment being removed to accommodate bridge construction.
Engineer, Chester Creek Force Main Relocation Design, AK. Provided design
QA/QC and permitting services of the engineering design for the relocation of a 30
inch sewer force main located in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Engineer, West 92nd Street Sewer Extension, AK. Designed 350 lf of 8-inch sewer
main to serve lots along West 92nd Avenue in south Anchorage.
Engineer, Sheldon Jackson College Utility Improvements, Sheldon Jackson
College, Sitka, AK. Managed the design of complete replacement of water, sewer,
storm drain and electrical utilities throughout this college campus in Sitka. Project
involved deep peat soils, bedrock, archeological constraints, extension of service to
numerous historic structures, and concurrent development of Standard Specifications
Engineer, Kennecott Utilities Study, National Park Service (NPS), AK.
Conducted a study to recommend water, sewer, and utility improvements as well as
the feasibility of building a hydroelectric facility at NPS facilities in Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve.
Engineer, Northern Communities Water and Sewer Study, Anchorage Water &
Wastewater Utilities (AWWU), AK. Prepared conceptual report for developing
viable alternatives to extend water and sewer services to the northern communities of
Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek, and Eklutna Valley. Tasks included
recommending the most feasible water and sewer service expansion options;
prioritizing expansion projects; and developing a capital improvements program.
Engineer, C-5-7 Campbell Lake Sewer Trunk Rehabilitation, AWWU, AK.
Evaluated alternatives for replacing existing gravity sewer interceptor along south
shore of Campbell Lake. Alternatives were pressure sewer, vacuum sewer, trenchless
pipe replacement, and gravity sewer. Provided oversight for the construction
Engineer, Anchorage Loop Water Transmission Main, Phase VI, AWWU, AK.
Managed design and construction of one mile of 30-inch ductile iron pipe as part of
the Anchorage loop water transmission main. Challenges included crossing of 6
lanes of Minnesota Drive, extensive coordination with the Alaska Department of
Transportation & Public Facilities, winter construction in deep peat, environmental
constraints and corrosive soils.
Engineer, Airport Water Transmission Main, Phase 1B, AWWU, AK. Designed
and managed construction of 2 miles of 30-inch ductile iron pipe as part of the
Anchorage loop water transmission main along Dimond Boulevard and Sand Lake
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Delta Creek Water Distribution System, City of King Cove, AK.
Assisted with the design of 4 miles of 12-inch HDPE water line to connect new well
field to the City of King Cove. Project included two PRV vaults.
Engineer, Sunset Hills Water System Improvements, AWWU, AK. Designed
water system extension to the Sunset Hills West subdivision of Anchorage.
Engineer, Alyeska Water Improvements, AWWU, AK. Designed water
distribution system for Girdwood. Project included 7,000 feet of 8-inch ductile iron
pipe and a water booster station.
Engineer, Merrill Field Landfill Leachate Collection Project, MOA-Division of
Solid Waste Services, AK. Designed bentonite slurry wall gravel trench, HDPE
pipeline and lift station to collect leachate-contaminated ground water from closed
Engineer, Trail Lakes Hatchery Water System Improvements, Cook Inlet
Aquaculture Association (CIAA), AK. Designed water system improvements for
eliminating an HIN infection of hatchery smolts at the Trail Lakes Hatchery.
Conducted field investigation of the facility’s well field and freshwater piping
system, analyzed possible contamination sources, and recommended water system
improvements to prevent further contamination.
Engineer, Tutka Lagoon Fish Hatchery Addition, CIAA, AK. Designed a 3,000-
square-foot addition to the existing building, a new 1,200 gpm infiltration gallery
water intake, an access road along the margin of tidal flats, and 3,000 feet of buried
HDPE fish transport and water transport pipelines.
Engineer, Nixon Fork Gold Mine Water and Wastewater System, Nevada
Goldfields, Inc., AK. Designed raw water infiltration gallery, arctic pipe
transmission line, raw water storage tank, water treatment to meet SWDA and
SWTR, wastewater collection system, and septic tank and drain field for a gold mine
Engineer, Ptarmigan Road Waterline Extension, King Cove, AK. Designed
1,500-feet of 8-inch HDPE water line in King Cove. Performed design, purchased
and coordinated transport of all materials to King Cove, and managed force account
Engineer, Water Distribution System, King Cove, AK. Designed 5,000 feet of
ductile iron pipe and a 300-foot HDPE arctic pipe bridge crossing. Performed design,
purchased and coordinated transport of all materials to King Cove, and managed
force account construction.
Engineer, Cold Bay Sanitation Facility Improvements, City of Cold Bay, AK.
Designed water storage tank and ocean outfall as part of water and sewer
improvements for this Alaska Peninsula community.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Mountain Point Sanitation Improvements, Ketchikan Gateway
Borough, AK. Designed water distribution system for 170 homes in this
subdivision. Performed soils investigation; designed 18,000 feet of ductile iron pipe
on steep slopes in bedrock and peat, pressure reducing stations, and ocean outfall.
Engineer, Outfall Design, Nome, AK. Measured ocean currents in Norton Sound
for the design of the outfall. Current direction and velocity were continuously
recorded along with tidal elevation, water temperatures, wind direction, and velocity.
Underwater sails were deployed at four tidal periods and tracked using surveying.
Engineer for development of standard technical specifications for septic tanks, drain
field design, and drain field installation.
Field technician for numerous projects involving the design, inspection, and testing
of on-site water and septic systems.
Boat Launch Engineer, McGrath Boat Launch, City of McGrath, AK. Designed new launch
Design ramp on the Kuskokwim River.
Engineer, Willow State Recreation Area Boat Launch, ADNR, AK. Prepared
concept design of new launch ramp on the Susitna River.
Engineer, Talkeetna Boat Launch Project Rehabilitation, Alaska Department of
Fish and Game (ADF&G), AK. Analyzed the cause of channel shifts that caused
erosion of an existing boat launch. Redesigned the existing boat launch to work
within the hydraulics of this complex reach of the river.
Engineer, Yakutat Small Boat Harbor, ADF&G, AK. Designed and managed
construction of boat ramps, boarding floats, public parking, and restrooms for the
Yakutat small boat harbor.
Engineer, Lower Susitna River Boating Access Study, ADF&G, AK. Performed
a location study for a new boat launch ramp on the Lower Susitna River. Analyzed
the river morphology of the lower 30 miles of the Lower Susitna River. Three sites
with long-term stability were located and conceptually designed.
Engineer, Kenai River Sportsman’s Landing Boat Launch, ADF&G, AK.
Conducted hydraulic analysis near existing boat launching facility and designed new
ramp and bank restoration and stabilization upstream and downstream of new ramp.
Engineer, Anton Larsen Boat Launch, Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Provided
design of a boat launch ramp and parking on the north side of Kodiak Island.
Engineer, Whittier Boat Launch, ADF&G, Whittier, AK. Prepared concept
designs for boat launch ramp, floats, and parking at the head of Whittier Bay.
Stream Engineer, Ship Creek Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Access Road and Bridge,
Restoration MOA-PM&E, AK. Provided concept designs for fishing access and bank
stabilization on this popular tidal Anchorage creek.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Fish Creek, Tesoro Alaska Petroleum Company. Designed and
managed construction of the relocation of 200 linear feet of Fish Creek.
Engineer, Chester and Campbell Creek Revetment Projects, PM&E, AK.
Designed and provided construction management of four revetment projects on these
Anchorage creeks. Evaluated aquatic habitat needs at the erosion sites, documented
long-term trends in creek migration, developed project construction plans and
specifications, and provided construction assistance. One project removed a habitat-
poor riprap revetment and replaced it with root wads and vegetation. The other three
projects stabilized eroding banks with root wads and vegetation to create stable
habitat friendly sites.
Engineer, Fish Creek Restoration Project, Minnesota Drive to Northwood Drive,
MOA-DPW, AK. Defined capacity and flooding problems within the project area.
Redesigned channels and culverts and designed a new bridge structure.
Engineer, Fish Creek Restoration Project, Spenard Road to McCrea, MOA-
DPW, AK. Designed the restoration of 2,500 linear feet of creek channel. Project
included 600 feet of new channel and riparian habitat creation, culvert removal,
biotechnical streambank restoration, easement acquisition, flood modeling and public
Engineer, Fish Creek Restoration Project, Northwood Drive to Spenard Road,
MOA-DPW, AK. This project realigned 0.5 miles of creek in Anchorage to improve
its flood capacity, low flow velocities, and aesthetics.
Hydropower Engineer, Pelican Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Provided design review for
the renovation of the Pelican Hydroelectric Project.
Engineer, Atka Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Provided design review for
the proposed Atka Hydroelectric Project on Atka Island.
Engineer, Waterfall Creek Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Installed
streamgage and provided concept design for a proposed Hydroelectric Project near
King Cove in the Aleutians.
Engineer, Old Harbor Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Provided design
review for the proposed Old Harbor Hydroelectric Project on the East Fork of
Mountain Creek on Kodiak Island.
Engineer, Tazimina Hydroelectric Project, Iliamna-Nondalton-Newhalen
Electric Cooperative, AK. Provided design and construction management of an 820
kW hydroelectric project. Project components included a run-of-the-river intake,
underground powerhouse, 5-foot diameter penstock, tunnel tailrace, and 7-mile
access road to the project site. Project responsibilities included hydrological
analysis, access road location and design, hydraulic design, development of project
specifications, management of bidding of general construction and material
procurement contracts and construction management.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, King Cove Hydroelectric Project, City of King Cove, AK. Design and
construction management of a 800 kW hydroelectric project in the Aleutian Islands.
Project components included a Turgo turbine, powerhouse, 7,500-foot of 32-inch
buried steel pipeline, two intakes, 2 miles of access road, and 6 miles of buried
transmission cable. Specific project responsibilities included hydrological analyses,
environmental permitting, penstock and access road design, bidding and procurement
of owner-supplied pipeline and transmission cables, and construction management.
Engineer, Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Designed site
improvements consisting of drainage improvements for the existing camp housing,
boat ramp improvements for the existing dock, and an exterior ladder for the facility’s
Engineer, Hoonah Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Provided feasibility study
and economic analysis for run-of-river hydroelectric project on Gartina Creek in
Engineer, Hydaburg Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Examined two
alternative hydroelectric power generation sites on Prince of Wales Island in
Southeast Alaska. to assess their feasibility as possible energy sources for the City of
Hydaburg. Both alternatives were high head pelton turbine projects with 600 to 750
Engineer, Akutan Hydroelectric Project, AIDEA, AK. Feasibility study of two
sites to provide power to the City of Akutan and a local seafood processor. Both
alternatives were high head pelton turbine projects with 250 kW capacities.
Engineer, Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project, AEA, AK. Design and construction
management to remove aging underground storage tanks and replacing with
aboveground storage tanks and remediation of contaminated soil.
Engineer, Susitna Hydroelectric Project, AEA, AK. Performed all aspects of
hydrologic data collection and analysis for this proposed project. Work included the
establishment and operation of continuous stream flow gaging stations to U.S.
Geological Survey standards; extensive sediment and bedload data collection; river
cross-section surveys and channel roughness surveys for HEC-2 modeling; the
documentation of river freeze-up and breakup processes; the study of reservoir
sedimentation and glacial hydrology; navigation and flood studies of the lower
Susitna River and in-stream flow analysis of flow variability.
Engineer, Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project, AEA, AK. Hydrologic work
included climate and stream flow data collection and the study of the winter regime
of the lake.
Engineer, Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project, AEA, AK. Located and designed
roads, borrow sites, and rock quarry for development of Bradley Lake Hydroelectric
Project. Borrow pits were located in the active floodplain of the Martin River and
became salmon habitat upon completion of mining.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Engineer, Allison Lake Hydroelectric Project, AEA, AK. Feasibility study of a
project to divert water from Allison Lake to the adjacent Solomon Gulch hydro
project reservoir in Valdez to provide additional winter hydroelectric generation for
the Valdez-Glennallen area. Both tunnel and pipeline options were evaluated. Other
alternatives examined included continuing diesel generation, raising the Solomon
Gulch dam, lowering the Solomon Gulch intake, developing a stand-alone
hydroelectric project on Allison Creek, developing a stand-alone project on Silver
Lake, and implementing end-use conservation in the Copper Valley service territory.
Engineer, Thayer Creek Hydroelectric Project, Kootznoowoo, Inc., AK. Concept
design of a proposed hydroelectric facility in Angoon. Work included data
collection; a site inspection; environmental scoping; a hydrology study; operations
modeling; developing preliminary project arrangements, sketches, and cost estimates
for several facility alternatives; scheduling; economic feasibility analysis; permitting
evaluation; developing funding options; and conducting stream gauging.
Engineer, Kennecott Hydroelectric Project, National Park Service (NPS), AK.
Conducted a study of the feasibility of building a 75-kW hydroelectric facility to
supply electricity for 6 months a year to NPS facilities in Wrangell-St. Elias National
Park and Preserve.
Engineer, Mahoney Lake Hydroelectric Project, Cape Fox Corporation, AK.
Responsibilities included establishment of two stream gages, a lake temperature
thermometer string, and intergravel temperature probes. Analyzed effect of a
potential hydroelectric project on water temperature in spawning gravels.
Engineer, Tazimina Hydroelectric, INNEC, AK. Conducted a feasibility study
that updated the load growth for this facility, fuel cost escalations, cost estimate, and
economic analysis of a previous study. The cost analysis compared hydroelectric to
diesel power generation, analyzed the project's effect on the cost of power for the
utility's customers, and the project's effect on State of Alaska power cost equalization
payments (PCE) to the utility.
Engineer, Nyac Hydroelectric Project, AEA, Bethel, AK. Evaluated the condition
of a damaged, out-of-service hydroelectric facility constructed north of Bethel in the
1950s, which consisted of a 4-mile canal to convey water to a 500 kW Francis turbine
operating at 70 feet of head. Evaluated the condition of all project components,
prepared a cost estimate to return the system to operation, estimated the annual power
generation of the rebuilt system, and developed a conceptual design for a project that
optimized the power available from the site.
Project Engineer, Gustavus Hydroelectric Project for Falls Creek, Alaska
Energy And Engineering Inc., Gustavus, AK. Provided concept design, a cost
estimate, and analysis of the feasibility of a hydroelectric project for the community
Engineer, King Cove Hydroelectric, AEA, Aleutian Islands, AK. Feasibility study
of hydroelectric power generation from Delta Creek for King Cove in the Aleutians.
Robert F. Butera, P.E.
Dams Engineer, Lower Fire Lake Dam Rehabilitation, MOA-PM&E, AK. Designed
improvements for the dam impounding Lower Fire Lake located north of Anchorage.
Engineer, Eklutna Dam, Chugach Electric Association, AK. Assisted with
inspection of this 50-foot tall earthfill dam at the outlet of Eklutna Lake.
Engineer, Lucille Lake Dam Rehabilitation Study, ADF&G, Division of Sport
Fish, AK. Prepared a dam hazard classification analysis for Lucille Lake dam to
determine alternatives for its rehabilitation. Work included hydrologic analysis of the
lake and creek watershed, selection of appropriate dam failure model, analyzed dam
failure flood for impacts to roads and structures, performed a spawning habitat
assessment of Lucille Creek for use in determining the appropriate dam classification,
and negotiated with the Alaska State Dam Safety Engineer to select the appropriate
dam failure and classification methods.
Oil Engineer, Substation Oil Spill Containment Design, AEA, AK. Designed spill
Containment containment for seven hydroelectric project substations. Containment basins were
Designs designed to provide containment of oil while allowing passive drainage of
Engineer, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans, AEA,
AK. Prepared SPCC plans for five AEA hydroelectric projects and associated
substations. The plans ensured that oil storage will be properly constructed, operated,
and maintained and to provide a plan of action if a spill should occur.
Multi-use Engineer, Sand Lake-Dimond Boulevard Bike Trail Project, AWWU, AK.
Trails Designed a 2-mile multi-use trail that paralleled Sand Lake Road and Dimond
Boulevard in Anchorage. Tasks included route analysis, surveying, geotechnical
investigation, permitting, public presentations, preliminary and final design, and
preparing bid documents. All tasks for this fast-track project were accomplished in
Power & Engineer, Bulk Fuel Design, Rural Energy Programs, Alaska Division of
Energy Energy, AK. Designed consolidated code-compliant bulk fuel facilities in rural
communities of Chuathbaluk, Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Hoonah, Port Graham,
Larson Bay, Port Protection, White Mountain, and Point Baker. Tasks include field
investigations to analyze bulk-fuel conditions and outline deficiencies; selection and
design of preferred new sites along with secondary containment, estimation of future
use, piping and appurtenances; permitting; and preparation of spill response plans and
Project Engineer, Kodiak Rocket Launch Air Quality Analysis & SPCC Plan,
RISE Alaska. Provided SPCC plan for the Kodiak Launch Complex. The SPCC
plan included a field reconnaissance of the facility’s site for permanent fuel storage
and preparation of a technical memo making recommendations for the spill
prevention, control and countermeasures plan.
Certified International Conference of Building Inspection (ICBO). Combination
Dwelling Inspector (UBC, UMC, UPC, NEC, and Alaska Module).
Robert F. Butera, P.E.