Grilling Tri-tip for Water Wells

San Luis Obispo, California, July 10, 2017 – Once again, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign – a charitable effort to build clean water projects for villages around the world – is grilling up tri-tip dinners to raise funds to build new water wells for those in need. This is Cannon’s seventh annual “Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ” and is a greatly anticipated event every year. The Drive-Thru BBQ takes place on July 26, 2017 at 1050 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo and runs from 4:00-6:00pm.

By purchasing a $45 ticket, participants not only provide clean water to a developing community, but they also receive a whole barbecued tri-tip, beans, bread, and salad to feed 4-5 people. Fortunately, you don’t have to live or work in SLO to participate in the fun; deliveries are available from Paso Robles to Santa Maria—just let us know when you make your purchase!

If barbecue isn’t your thing, but helping others is, we are partnering with CAPSLO and the Vets Center to donate dinners to local families and veterans in need. When purchasing a dinner, just let us know and we’ll take care of the rest. In the past, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign has provided dinners to more than 225 local families and veterans. That means your donations have benefited both the local community and our global neighbors!

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010 as a proactive response to learning about the global water crisis. As engineers, planners, and surveyors, we thrive on finding solutions to problems, and Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign is our platform to raise awareness and funds to provide clean drinkable water to some of the world’s poorest communities. To date, the Campaign has raised more than $100,000 in funds and has built over 20 wells in places throughout Africa and Asia.

Care to volunteer or wish to make a donation directly to the cause? Let us know and we can sign you up!

Tickets can be purchased any number of ways: online at, calling 805.544.7407, or via email Any questions or comments can be directed to Liz Moody.

SPE Golf Tourney Came Out Swinging for Education

ARROYO GRANDE, CA—Cannon Classic’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Golf Tournament took place on Friday, May 26, at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande. Hosted by Cannon, a local Engineering firm, the 2017 SPE Tournament successfully raised $2,500 to benefit energy education at Santa Maria Schools.SPE Golf 04 

Over the last five years, $36,000 has been raised by the annual golf tournament to fund training programs to educate Santa Maria students on energy production and the field of engineering.. The Golf Tournament at Cypress Ridge was a success despite overcast weather. We are already looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to the winners. We could not have done this without you

Sponsors for the event consisted of: Cannon, Nalco Champion An Ecolab Company, Royal Wholesale Electric, DPSI (Diversified Project Services International, Inc.), PSC, Baker Hughes, OEC (Oilfield Environmental and Compliance)

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Teams and individuals that placed in the tournament included:
First Net Team- Erik Rutherford, Brett Mori, Dave Wells, Vince Romero
Second Net Team- Mike Slason, Robert Rogers, Craig Estrada, Mike Plowman
Terry Smith won the “Closest to Pin” at Hole 11 and Brian Clancy scored the “Longest Drive” at Hole 9.

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A Better Block for High Street

high-street-block-party-color (1)May 12-14, 2017–Local neighbors, businesses, and advocacy groups have gathered to temporarily transform the 300 block of High Street in San Luis Obispo in what is being called the “High Street Block Party.” The temporary improvements include a parklet located in front of the High Street Deli, bulb-outs to slow traffic and improve pedestrian crossing, and bike parking. This community event is aimed at drawing together residents along and near High Street, as well as locals who frequent the project site.

The project build begins Friday morning with local volunteers using plants, fiber rolls, and temporary materials to section off areas of the street to make room for the parklet—a small park-like area for seating and shade—bike parking, and bulb-outs. The build will be followed by an Eskimo Pie social at 3:00, just in time to welcome students who are biking home after school. A “bike happy” happy hour is being hosted by the High Street Deli with discounted drinks and appetizers for those interested in checking out the project build.

Saturday’s events are the culmination of celebrating the site improvements and community engagement. Activities and events for Saturday include a complimentary bike breakfast hosted by The Nautical Bean and Cannon, followed by a bike train from Hawthorne Elementary,. There will also be a speech from Mayor Heidi Harmon, along with crafts, games, and live music all day long.

The “Block Party” concludes Sunday morning with removal of all temporary features along the project site.

If you’d like to find out more about the High Street Block Party, or if you would like to get involved as well, check out the event website at

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Thank you for participating in this year’s event and a BIG thank you to this year’s sponsors:

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The City of Paso Robles Wins Big by Going Green

March 3, 2017 – The Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the City of Paso Robles with a Project of the Year Award in the category of Transportation: $2-5 Million for their 12th Street Green Street Improvements project.

The 12th Street Green Street Project is a five-block corridor that spans both residential and commercial uses. This grant-funded city improvement project aims to reduce the impacts of storm flows and sedimentation on the Salinas River, promote increased
groundwater recharge, decrease local flooding, and improve pedestrian mobility and safety. Decades ago, 12th Street was built in the path of Fern Canyon Creek, which drains an approximately 130723_12th Street Improvements (10)500-acre watershed. When it rained, stormwater flowed down the roadway, damaging the street and carrying sediment and pollutants downstream to the Salinas River.

Cannon was selected to provide innovative design, survey, and construction management services to:

  • Reduce the overall pavement width;
  • Replace impervious areas with low-maintenance pervious areas where feasible;
  • Provide two vehicle travel lanes;
  • Provide parking on both sides of the street;
  • Provide sidewalks on both sides of the street;
  • Provide ADA-compliant ramps and crosswalks;
  • Identify solutions to reduce stormwater flow;
  • Review potential traffic-calming features; and
  • Identify the approximate location of existing street trees from an aerial survey as well as the potential for additional street trees and/or ornamental or bioretention plantings within Right-of-Way.

The new 12th Street corridor incorporates low impact development (LID) features such as bioretention planters, permeable paver surfaces, and dry wells to capture and clean stormwater flowing from roads and percolate it into the soil to eventually become groundwater. The plants selected for the bioretention areas are powerful natural filters that can tolerate both seasonal flooding and periods of drought during Paso’s hot, dry summer months. Many of the plants selected for 12th Street’s landscape are California native species that provide biodiversity, combat climate change, and support wildlife habitats for native pollinators and birds that depend upon specific, local plant species for survival.

A series of interpretive signs illustrate the story of the newly designed street, explaining how it fits within the watershed, how it serves to recharge groundwater, and other positive impacts on the Salinas River.