City of Richmond/Veolia Water Trash Capture System

On-Call Services for Trash Capture and Storm Drain Projects

Harris has been providing design and construction management services for Veolia Water North America and the City of Richmond since 2009. Projects where we’ve provided design services include:

  • Cutting Boulevard Trash Capture Project
  • Meeker Ditch Trash Capture at Regatta Boulevard
  • Update to Arvin Sanitary Sewer Management Plan
  • 2011 Sanitary Sewer Lining Project
  • Railroad Avenue Storm Drain
  • Valley View Storm Drain Rehabilitation
  • San Pablo Sanitary Sewer
  • National Avenue Storm Drain
  • Castro Creek Debris Screen

We are especially proud of our innovations on the following projects:

Meeker Ditch Trash Capture at Regatta Boulevard: New regulations from the State Water Quality Control Board for reducing the amount of debris discharged into the bay from storm drain systems required the City of Richmond to evaluate their worst polluting locations. Working with the City and Veolia, the Harris team designed plans to install a pair of trash capture devices and a weir structure at Meeker ditch, where it outfalls from two 60-inch pipes underneath Regatta Boulevard. These state-of-the-art trash capture devices and weir structure were manufactured by Contech Stormwater Solutions and procured by Veolia to accelerate the construction. Harris designed the site for easy access for maintenance and cleaning. Provisions were also made for flow by-pass in the event that the device became clogged.

Cutting Boulevard Trash Capture Project: In an attempt to minimize the amount of debris discharged to the bay, the City and Veolia teamed up with Harris to identify a feasible location to install a trash capture device upstream of outfall to the bay at Cutting Boulevard. Harris’ preliminary investigation resulted in finding an ideal location for the installation of the diversion box and continuous deflective separator (CDS) unit. This location on Cutting Boulevard minimized traffic disruption and had no interference with underground utilities. The trash capture device was installed on a 60” reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) storm drain line. Project Manager Kourosh Iranpour’s leadership was instrumental in getting the design-build project constructed.

Castro Creek Debris Screen: Harris provided design services for a state-of-the-art storm water debris screen in the Castro Creek storm drainage channel near the Hilltop Mall retail center. This high-visibility project involved the excavation and removal of two sections of twin 42" RCP storm drains and installation of debris screens and appurtenant structures. The project complied with the stringent, recently adopted Contra Costa County Water Quality standards and was delivered under budget in two months, just in time for the wet weather season.

Bayview Avenue Trash Capture Project: In an attempt to minimize the amount of debris discharged to the bay, the City and Veolia are installing a pair of trash capture devices and a weir structure upstream of the outfall. The proposed trash capture device location are being installed in the open field area and adjacent to the outfall, to the west of the Bayview Avenue overpass structure.

Meet the Team

Kourosh Iranpour, PE, QSD

Kourosh Iranpour, PE, QSD

Senior Project Manager / Engineering + Consulting

Frank S. Lopez, PE, QSD

Frank S. Lopez, PE, QSD

Vice President / Engineering


City of Richmond/Veolia Water North America


Richmond, CA




Civil Design