Saul Montoya Heredia M.Sc.

Senior Hidrogeologist – Numerical Modeler

Gidahatari

 

Carrer Summary:

2011–date

Technical Director, Gidahatari, Lima

2009–date

Associated Teacher, Catholic University, Lima

2009–2011

Hydrogeologist – Numerical Modeler, MWH Peru, Lima

2011-2012

Numerical Modeler, Golder Associates, Lima

2005–2009    

Hydrogeologist – Numerical Modeler, Ground Water International, Lima

 

Education/Professional Development:

2005    

Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering and Management – WAREM, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Full scholarship from the Catholic Academic Exchange Service, Germany

2001    

Bachelor of Science with major in Civil Engineering, 1st Class, Peruvian Catholic University, Lima

 

Research:

Ongoing

Thesis advisor: Distributed hydrogeological modeling of the Rimac Basin and impact evaluation from global warming

Ongoing

Thesis advisor: Multiphase flow modeling for hydrocarbon contamination in groundwater

Ongoing

Thesis advisor: Regional surface-groundwater modeling considering unsaturated flow calibrated with remote sensing

2010

Investigation Program: Coupling Earth Observation Data into a hydrological model for an andean basin

2008

Investigation Program: Water Balance Analysis using GIS

2005

Master Thesis Project: Modeling of the groundwater flow in the catchment of the Al-Haza oasis and verification with isotope information

2004 

Independent Study Project: Relating actual drawdown values in pumped wells to the drawdown in corresponding coarse grid finite difference groundwater flow models and vice versa

 

 

Teaching:

Mr. Montoya teaches the following courses on water resources:

Mining Hidrogeology
GIS in Water Resources Management
Management and Interpretation of Water Chemistry Data
Environmental Flow Determination
Python in Hidrology
Applied Hydrology with HEC-HMS

He is teacher of this group of courses on groundwater modeling: 

Aquifer Modeling with MODFLOW
Tailings Seepage Modeling with MODFLOW
Contaminant Transport Modeling with MODFLOW and MT3DMS
Geochemical Modeling with PHREEQC

 

Software Skills:

Groundwater Flow Modeling:

MODFLOW, MT3DMS, MODPATH, PHEERQC, PHAST, FEFLOW
Model Muse, Visual MODFLOW, GMS, GWViewer

Hydrological Modeling:

USGS-PRMS, HEC-HMS, SWAT, PyTOPKAPI

Programing Languages:

Python, IPython, Scipy, Numpy, Matplotlib, Django

Geographical Information Systems:

QGIS, Saga GIS, Map Window, ArcGIS 

 

Field Hydrogeology Skills:

Mr. Montoya is proficient on the following field hydrogeology tasks:

Hydrogeological mapping

Sampling of water physical and chemical parameters

Piezometer development and sampling

Groundwater monitoring networks design

Low flow gauging in gullies

Flow gauging in rivers

Design and develop of pumping test

Diver installation

Soil pit pumping test

 

Project Experience:


Quechua Project Hydrogeological Study, Cuzco – Peru. Numerical modeler for the simulation of tailings leakage and interaction with pit inflows. Analysis of the water balance from rainfall - runoff over the entire mine area of influence. Groundwater regime modeling in transient mode with FEFLOW along mine life and closure.

Distributed Hydrological Modeling for the Galeno Mining Project, Cajamarca – Peru. Hydrological modeling with USGS PRMS on an andean basin with high dependence on the watershed response from elevation. Modeling work was coupled with earth observation data and had three steps of calibration. 

Navidad Mining Project Hydrogeological Study, Patagonia – Argentina. Distributed hydrological modeling with USGS PRMS with snow accumulation. Main interest on recharge evaluation to the groundwater system in an arid environment. Hydrogeologist responsible for developing the hydrogeological model to predict the groundwater resource potential, inflows to mine workings and potential drawdown impacts. Transient numerical modeling undertaken with MODFLOW, PEST and Visual MODFLOW 

Antapaccay Project Environmental Impact And Feasibility Assessment, Cuzco – Peru. Numerical modeler in charge of assessing pit inflows as well as impact on regional groundwater flow regime. Numerical tasks regarding mine drainage were also developed over the mine life and pit flooding was iteratively evaluated. Transient numerical modeling undertaken with MODFLOW, GIS and Visual MODFLOW 

Hydrogeological Model of Irrigation Areas Antamina Huarmey Port, Peru. Hydrogeologist on hydrogeological mapping, Guelph permeameter testing, well monitoring, nitrogen slug testing and hydrochemical data processing. Data analysis and hydrogeological model conceptualization.

West Marcapunta Project Hydrogeological Study - El Brocal Mining Company, Pasco – Peru. Hydrogeologist responsible of groundwater modeling the West Marcapunta Project. Discretization of rock alterations. Simulation of future scenarios of mine development. Application of direct and indirect indicators to model groundwater flow. Comprehensive understanding of actual and future tunnel inflows.

Global Hydrogeological Study – El Brocal Mining Company, Pasco – Peru. Numerical modeling of the entire area of interest of open pit operations and underground mining from Colquijirca Mining Unit. Numerical representation of the current water inflows to the mine and prediction of future inflows related with the mine expansion. Static and transient numerical modeling with MODFLOW and Visual MODFLOW.

Paragsha Mining Unit  Hydrogeological Study  – Cerro De Pasco, Volcan Mining Company, Pasco – Peru. Numerical modeling of groundwater flow regime in the current open pit and underground operations of the Paragsha Mining Unit. Model calibration with current inflows to surface and underground mining works and transient inflow simulation related to expansion of mining operations. Impact assessment in the regional groundwater flow regime from the construction of a drainage tunnel to the Milpo river basin.

Puntayacu Tunnel Hydrogeologic Study – Simsa Mining Company, Pasco – Peru. Modeling of actual mine inflows to the San Vicente Mine and the future connection scenario with the Puntayacu Tunnel. Complex regional model conceptualization calibrated with current inflows. Transient numerical modeling simulation undertaken with MODFLOW, SURFACT and Visual MODFLOW 

Pomatales Gully Basin Hydrogeologic Study - Ferrocarril Transandino S.A., Cuzco – Peru. Groundwater evaluation from remote sensing interpretation, spatial data analysis and numerical modeling. Groundwater flow characterization on the area of influence of the Quebrada de Pomatales between the railroad progressive Km 44 +000 to Km 55 +000. Numerical modeling with MODFLOW under static conditions.

 

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James R. Kunkel, Ph.D., P.E. Bibliography

I.  TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS

“Hydraulic conductivity characterization of fractured rock at mine sites,” In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments, April 15-17, 2013, Lima, Perú, InfoMine, Inc., pp. 436-448 (Peer Reviewed).

“Impacts of scale on hydraulic characteristics in fractured rock systems: from cores to kilometers,” In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments, April 15-17, 2013, Lima, Perú, InfoMine, Inc., pp. 449-458 (Peer Reviewed).

“Downstream Modeling of Tailings Flow from Failure of a 380-ft High Tailings Dam,” PowerPoint Presentation published by USSD at: http://www.infomine.com/publications/search.asp?action=16384&search_text=ussd&search_dt_all=true, Workshop on Dam Break Analysis Applied to Tailings, Denver, Colorado, August 24-26, 2011.

“Modeled Combined Tailings/Water Outflows Compared to Experience Data,” PowerPoint Presentation published by USSD at: http://www.infomine.com/publications/search.asp?action=16384&search_text=ussd&search_dt_all=true, Workshop on Dam Break Analysis Applied to Tailings, Denver, Colorado, August 24-26, 2011.

“A Priori and Posteriori Probabilities in Operational Water Balances for Tailing Storage Facilities,” (with Steven F. Truby and Victor Lishnevsky), 2010, Tailings and Mine Waste ’10, London: Taylor & Francis Group (CRC Press), ISBN 978-0-415-61455-9, pp. 157-164.

“A New, Dynamic, Internet-Based Mine Site Water and Solute Management Tool” (with Victor Lishnevsky), 2009, In: D. Sego, M. Alostaz and N. Beier [Eds.], Tailings and Mine Waste ’09, University of Alberta, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, ISBN: 978-1-55195-255-0, pp. 589-599. 

“Probabilistic Design of Mine-site Ponds using a Dynamic Water Management Model” (with Victor Lishnevsky), 2009, Proceedings of PERUMIN – 29th Mining Convention (Operator’s Meeting), September 13-18, Arequipa, Peru (only available on compact disk).

“Flow through Leach Pads – Perception versus Reality” (with Jim Arnold), 2008, In: Courtney A. Young, Patrick R. Taylor, Corby G. Anderson [Eds.], Hydrometallurgy 2008: Proceedings of the 6th Intl Symposium, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, ISBN: 978-0-87335-266-6, pp. 906-911.

“Heap Leach Lixiviant Flow – Myth Versus Reality,” 2008, London: Taylor & Francis Group, Tailings and Mine Waste ’08, pp. 63-72, ISBN 978-0-415-48634-7.

“A Probabilistic Analytical Method to Calculate Dispersion Coefficients in Fractured Rock,” (Extended Abstract), Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Dynamics of Fluids in Fractured Rock, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, February 10-12, 2004, pp. 248-252 (Peer Reviewed).

 “What is the Useful Life of the Denver Basin Aquifers?” (with Bruce A. Lytle), Proceedings of the AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Ground Water/Surface Water Interactions, July 1-3, 2002, Keystone, Colorado, pp. 85-90.

“Model-Calculated Dispersivity Using Fracture Characteristics from Core Data and Other Field Information, Proceedings of the Conference on Fractured Rock Aquifers 2002, March 13-15, 2002, Denver, Colorado, pp. 137-141.

“A Robust Water-Balance Method for Sizing Heap Leach Solution Ponds” (with V. Lishnevsky), Proceedings of the SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, February 25-27, 2002, (only available on compact disk), Preprint 02-049, 5p.

“A Robust Water-Balance Method for Sizing Heap Leach Solution Ponds and Reservoirs,” Proceedings of the XXV Convention of Peruvian Mining Engineers, Arequipa, Peru, September 10-14, 2001 (only available on compact disk), 11p.

“WATER RESOURCES: The Challenge of the New Century”, Proceedings of the World Water & Environmental Resources Congress, Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World’s Water and Environmental Resources Challenges, Orlando, Florida, May 20-24, 2001, ASCE/EWRI, (only available on compact disk), 9 p. 

“A Robust Water-Balance Model for Sizing Heap Leach Solution Ponds and Reservoirs”, In: Tailings and Mine Waste ‘01, Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste  ‘01, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 16-19 January 2001, pp. 67-73.

Unsaturated Zone Hydrology for Scientists and Engineers (with J.A. Tindall), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1999, 624 p., ISBN: 0-13-660713-6 (Peer Reviewed).

“Environmental Planning for Water Resources Development, Cuatro Ciénegas Region, Coahuila, México” (with Dario Rodríguez Bejarano),  In: C.T. Bathala [Ed.], Proceedings of the North American Water and Environmental Congress '96, Anaheim, California, June 22-28, 1996, ASCE, (only available on compact disk), 6 p.

“A Field-Tracer Test for Estimating Dispersion Coefficients in Saturated, Fractured Media” (with S. C. Way), In:  Mayer, L.R., N.G.W. Cook, R.E. Goodman and C.-F. Tsang [Editors], Fractured and Jointed Rock Masses, Proceedings of the Conference on Fractured and Jointed Rock Masses, Lake Tahoe, California, USA, 3-5 June 1992, Rotterdam:  A.A. Balkema, 1995, pp. 619-623, ISBN 90 5410 591 7 (Peer Reviewed).

“Comparison of Unsaturated-Zone Hydraulic Properties Using a New Laboratory Testing Procedure” (with H.W. Olsen, D.B. Meyer, and L.A. Host),  In:  Hotchkiss, W.R., J.S. Downey, E.D. Gutentag and J.E. Moore [Eds], Water Resources at Risk:  A Selection of the Papers Presented at the Conference Held in Denver, Colorado, May 14-18, 1995, American Institute of Hydrology, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3328, pp. SL-80 - SL-88.

“Use of the Gehan Test to Statistically Analyze Soil-Water Quality Data, Rocky Flats plant near Golden, Colorado” (with J.S. Thompson and L.A. Host),  In:  Hotchkiss, W.R., J.S. Downey, E.D. Gutentag and J.E. Moore [Eds], Water Resources at Risk:  A Selection of the Papers Presented at the Conference Held in Denver, Colorado, May 14-18, 1995, American Institute of Hydrology, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3328, pp. LL-75 - LL-84.

“Vadose-Zone Monitoring, Sanitary Treatment Plant Sludge-Drying Beds, Rocky Flats Plant, Golden, Colorado” (with J. Scott Thompson), In:  Fontane, D.G. and H.N. Tuvel [Editors], Water Policy and Management:  Solving the Problems, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference, May 23-26, 1994, Denver, Colorado, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, pp. 359-362.

“Surface-Water Quality Assessment, Woman Creek Priority Drainage Site Characterization, Rocky Flats Plant near Golden, Colorado” (with T. D. Steele, T. D. Smart, and E. C. Mast), In: Dutton, A.R. [Ed.], Toxic Substances and the Hydrologic Sciences, A selection of papers presented at the conference in Austin, Texas, April 10-13, 1994, American Institute of Hydrology, Minneapolis, MN, pp. 417-429.

“Impacts of a Natural Wetland on Total-Phosphorus Loads Downstream from a Wastewater Treatment Plant” (with T.D. Steele), In:  D.K. Mueller [Editor], Proceedings of a Symposium on Basin Planning & Management:  Water Quantity and Quality, Information Series No. 73, Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, March 1993. pp. 57-64.

“Stormwater-NPDES Monitoring Program at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colorado” (with T.D. Steele), In:  D.K. Mueller [Editor], Proceedings of a Symposium on Basin Planning & Management:  Water Quantity and Quality, Information Series No. 73, Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, March 1993, pp. 65-71.

“Chemical-Constituent Load Removal Efficiency of an Urban Detention Pond/Wetlands System in the Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado” (with T. D. Steele, B. Urbonas, and J. Carlson), In:  F. Pierce Linaweaver [Editor], Environmental Engineering, Saving a Threatened Resource - In Search of Solutions:  Proceedings of the Environmental Sessions at Water Forum '92, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, pp. 352-357.

“Computer-Aided Characterization of Wellfield-Testing Results in Basalts” (with J. A. Paschis, T. D. Steele, and L. B. Hall), Proceedings of the International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, April 12-16, 1992, Las Vegas, Nevada, v. 1, pp. 475-480.

“A Comparative Assessment of Nutrient-Biological Conditions in Selected Reservoirs in the Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado” (with T. D. Steele, R. C. Averett, and W. F. Lorenz), In:  Jennings, M.E. [Ed.], Proceedings of the AWRA Symposium on Urban Hydrology, November 4-9, 1990, Denver, Colorado, pp 89-98.

“Shop Creek Stormwater Quality Enhancement Project” (with K. Wegener and J. T. Wulliman), Proceedings of the ASCE National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering, San Diego, California, July 30-August 3, 1990.

 “Computerized Urban Runoff Water-Quality Data Handling Begins with Electronic Data Collection and Laboratory Reporting” (with T.D. Steele), In:  Ward, R.C., J.C. Loftis and G.B. McBride [Editors], Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Design of Water Quality Information Systems, Information Series No. 61, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, pp. 318-336, October 1989.

“Flow of Groundwater and Transport of Contaminants through Saturated Fractured Geologic Media from High-Level Radioactive Waste” (with T.D. Steele, S.C. Way, R.A. Koenig and others), Report prepared for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NUREG/CR-5391, June 1989 (Peer Reviewed).

“A Water-Quality Monitoring Network for Assessing Impacts of Urban Development in the Cherry Creek Basin Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado USA” (with T.D. Steele and S.Z. Wemmert), In:  Regone, S. [Ed.], Regional Characterization of Water Quality, IAHS Publication No. 182, pp. 239-249, 1989 (Peer Reviewed).

“Wellfield Installation and Investigations, Creston Study Area, Eastern Washington” (with J.A. Paschis and R.A. Koenig), Report Prepared for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NUREG/CR-5251, November 1988 (Peer Reviewed).

“Comparative Evaluation of Selected Continuum and Discrete-Fracture Models with Emphasis on Dispersivity Calculations for Application to Fractured Geologic Media, Creston Study Area, Eastern Washington” (with S.C. Way and C.R. McKee), Report Prepared for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NUREG/CR-5240, November 1988 (Peer Reviewed).

“A Comparison of Individual Project-Related Water-Quality Impacts of Processed-Shale Disposal, Northwestern Colorado” (with T.D. Steele), In:  Gary, J.H. [Ed.], Proceedings of the 19th Annual Oil Shale Symposium, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, April 21-22, 1986, pp. 217-228.

“Water Balance Estimates of the Reclamation Zone of a Retorted Oil-shale Disposal Pile” (with R.B. Murphy), Paper No. 83-2504, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1983 Winter Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, December 13-16, 1983.

“An Overview of Water and Sediment Discharge in Streams of the Piceance Structural Basin, Colorado” (with T.D. Steele), In:  Li, R.M. and Lagasse, P.F. [Editors], Proceedings of the D.B. Simons Symposium on Erosion and Sedimentation, Fort Collins, Colorado, July 27-29, 1983, pp. 1.90-1.112.

 “Assessing Water-Resource Development Alternatives in the South Platte River Basin, Colorado” (with T.D. Steele and J.W. McDonald), In:  Alee, D.J., L.B. Dwarsky and R.M. North [Editors], Proceedings of the Symposium on Unified River Basin Management Stage II, AWRA, Atlanta, Georgia, October 4-8, 1981, pp. 114-128.

II.  PRESENTATIONS

“Short Course, “Curso de Prevención y Mitigación de Drenaje Ácido de Roca (DAR)” (with T.D. Steele and Saúl Montoya H.), Gidahatari SAC, Surco, Lima, Perú, November 15 – 16, 2013.

“Short Course, “Curso de Implementación de Estándares de Calidad Ambiental (ECA) del Suelo” (with C.G. Flemimg and Saúl Montoya H.), Gidahatari SAC, Surco, Lima, Perú, December 6 – 7, 2013.

“Hydraulic Conductivity Characterisation and Effects of Scale in Fractured Rock,” First International Conference on Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments, April 16, 2013, Lima, Perú, Available at www.mineinfo.com.

“Un Método Integral de Balance de Aguas para Diseño, Minería a Gran Escala,” VIII Colombia Minera, Feria Internacional Minera 2012, Medellín, 18 October.

“Water Balance Parameters Associated with Copper Heap Leaching,” and “Flow Instabilities in Copper Heaps,” A 1-Day Workshop for Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Phoenix, Arizona, 13 September 2012. 

“What You Must Know to Maintain Your P.E. License,” Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, February 24, 2010.

“El Niño y La Niña: el dúo dinámico,” Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, August 20, 2008.

“KP Wind Power Opportunities,” Brown Bag presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, April 30, 2008.

“Overview of Renewable Energy Options,” Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, April 16, 2008.

 “Marginal Ground Water in Colorado - A Study of the Hygiene Sandstone in Northern Colorado (How I Got a Subpoena from the SEC)” (with Cory Conrad), Presentation at the 49th Annual Convention, Colorado Water Congress, January 25-26, 2007, and a Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, February 14, 2007.

 “Toktoc Long Solomon Ailan (A Talk about the Solomon Islands),” Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, November 29, 2006.

“Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Highway Reconstruction:  The First Colorado Sediment TMDL,” Presentation at 48th Annual Convention, Colorado Water Congress, January 26-27, 2006.

“Compañía Ecuacorriente S.A., Hidrogeología, Proyecto Mirador,” Presented to the Ministerio de Energía y Minas, Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, y Servicio Geológico, República del Ecuador, Quito, September 14, 2005, on behalf of Corriente Resources, Inc.

 “Proyecto de Ampliación de las Operaciones Actuales de Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde – Sulfuros Primarios, Calibración del Modelo HELP y Modelo HELP Definitivo para el Botadero de Roca de Desmonte Sulfuros Primarios.” Presented to the Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MINEM), Lima, Perú, April 26, 2005 and the Colegio de Ingenieros de Arequipa, Arequipa, Perú, May 4, 2005 on behalf of Phelps Dodge Corporation.

“Hidrología e Hidrogeología, Proyecto Cerro Corona, ¿Qué Sabemos?,” Presented to the Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MINEM), Lima, Perú, February 20, 2005, on behalf of Gold Fields Ltd.

“Metals Loading from Summitville Mine Site:  Can They be Controlled? Is Control Cost Effective?” Colorado Water Congress 47th Annual Convention, Denver, CO, January 27, 2005.

“A New, Dynamic Internet-based Reservoir Water Management Tool,” Presentation at Colorado Water congress, 52nd Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, Thursday, January 28, 2010.

“Diseño Probabilístico de Pozas usando un Modelo Dinámico de Manejo de Agua en Sitios Mineros” (with Victor Lishnevsky), Presentation at the 29th PERUMIN – Mining Convention, Arequipa, Peru, September 16, 2009.

“Knight Piésold Minder™ - Dynamic Water Balance and Solute Forecasting Tool,” (with Victor Lishnevsky), Presentation in Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown Hotel to Invited Guests, February 23, 2009.

“Knight Piésold Minder™ - A Web-based Water Balance and Solute Forecasting Tool” (with Victor Lishnevsky), Brown Bag Presented to Knight Piésold and Co. Employees, February 4, 2009.

“Heap Leach Lixiviant Flow – Myth Versus Reality,” Presented at Tailings and Mine Waste ’08, October 21, 2008, Vail, Colorado.

“Introducción al Modelo HELP,”  Presented to the Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MINEM), Lima, Perú, August 25, 2004 and the Colegio de Ingenieros de Arequipa, Arequipa, Perú, August 13, 2004, on behalf of Phelps Dodge Corporation.

“A Probabilistic Analytical Method to Calculate Dispersion Coefficients in Fractured Rock,”  Second International Symposium on Dynamics of Fluids in Fractured Rock, February 10-12, 2004, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California.

“Short Course, Practical Application of Unsaturated Zone Hydrology,” (with Peter D. Duryea), Association of Engineering Geologists 46th Annual Meeting, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa, Vail, Colorado, September 15, 2003.

 “The Money Trail-How to Fund your Water Resources Project”, Presentation at the 1st Annual Convention, Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance, February 26-28, 2003, Durango, Colorado.

“Un Método Robusto de Balance de Agua para el Diseño de Pozas de Solución y Embalses,” Presentation at the XXV Convention of Peruvian Mining Engineers, Ariquipa, Peru, September, 12, 2001.

“Basics of Hydrology (as Related to In-Situ Products), Short Course Presented to Foreign Suppliers, In-Situ, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming, July 16, 2001.

“Erosion and Sediment Control - The Nitty Gritty,” Presented at the Colorado Water Congress 43nd Annual Convention, Northglenn, Colorado, January 25, 2001.

 “Erosion and Sediment Control Design, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Highway” (with J. Glavan and M.R. Donner), Presented at the Annual Symposium of the American Water Resources Association - Colorado Section, March 17, 2000, Golden, Colorado.

“Water Resources: Challenges of the New Century,” Presented at the 42nd Annual Convention, Colorado Water Congress, Northglenn, Colorado, January 27, 2000.

"A Robust Calculation Method for Sizing Heap Leach Solution Ponds and Water Reservoirs Using a Water-Balance Approach," Presented at the Annual Symposium of the American Water Resources Association - Colorado Section, March 13, 1998, Golden, Colorado.

"De Minimis Assessment Methodology for Mine-Impacted Watersheds - A Case History," (with S.A. Smith and T.D. Steele), Presented at the Second Annual Symposium on Watershed Planning and Management, American Water Resources Association - Colorado Section, March 14, 1997, Thornton, Colorado.

"Statistical Analysis of Water-Quality Data," Management of Hydrologic Issues for Mine Closure, 2-hr Lecture at a 1996 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit Short Course, March 8-10, 1996, Phoenix, Arizona.

"Water Balance Approach:  Conceptual Models, Operational Models, Leachate Minimization and Monitoring," Management of Hydrologic Issues for Mine Closure, 2-hr Lecture at a 1996 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit Short Course, March 8-10, 1996, Phoenix, Arizona.

"Basics of Ground Water Flow and RCRA," Teaching 2.5-Hour Mini-Symposium for 20 Environmental Managers for Various General Motors' Plants, Inland Fisher Guide (Delphi Automotive Group), 6600 East Twelve Mile Road, Warren, MI 48092-5905, March 9, 1995. 

"Monitoring Wells in Saturated and Unsaturated Porous Media and Fractured Rock," 3-Hour Guest Lecturer for Geotechnical Aspects of Hazardous Waste Management (GEGN 574A), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, April 18, 1994.

"Biodiversity and Water-Resources Development, Cuatro Ciénegas Region, Coahuila, México," Presentation at the AWRA-Colorado Section 1994 Annual Symposium, March 18, 1994, Denver, Colorado.

"Soluciones Analíticas para el Transporte de Gasolina en la Zona Vadosa" (Analytical Solutions for Gasoline Transport in the Vadose Zone), Seminar presented to the faculty and graduate students of the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Saltillo, Coahuila, MEXICO, June 16, 1993.

"Restoration of Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Soils and Ground Water," ECOMEX '92 Seminar on Soil/Groundwater Remediation Technology -- New Remedies for Old Problems, Alliance for International Environmental Studies, Inc., Mexico, D.F., MEXICO, July 28, 1992.

"Case Study of a Petroleum Hydrocarbon Remediation Site, Puerto Rico Air National Guard," ECOMEX '92 Seminar on Soil/Groundwater Remediation Case Studies, Alliance for International Environmental Studies, Inc., Mexico, D.F., MEXICO, July 29, 1992.

"Chemical-Constituent Load Removal Efficiency of an Urban Detention Pond-Wetlands System in the Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado" (with T. D. Steele and B. Urbonas), Paper presented at the North American Lake Management Society, 11th International Symposium, Lake, Reservoir, and Watershed Management in a Changing Environment, November 11-16, 1991, Denver, Colorado.

Short Course on Environmental Concepts, Planning, and Regulations Related to the Mineral Industries.  Three, 2-hour Lectures on:  (1) Design Storm/Flood for Sizing of Hydraulic Structures - Applications to Mining; (2) Estimation and Control of Water and Wind Erosion; and (3) Water Quality and Mining, One, 2-hour lecture on Hydrologic Monitoring Related to Mining was prepared but presented by Dr. T. D. Steele, Short course conducted by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines for the Director General of Mines, Government of Mexico, May 20, 21, 22 and 27, 1991.

"Shop Creek Stormwater Quality Enhancement Project" (with K. Wegener and J. T. Wulliman), Paper presented at the 26th Annual AWRA Conference The Science of Water Resources:  1990 and Beyond, November 4-9, 1990, Denver, Colorado.

"Monitoring Wells in Saturated and Unsaturated Porous Media and Fractured Rock," 3-Hour Guest Lecturer for Geotechnical Aspects of Hazardous Waste Management (GEGN 574A), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, April 17, 1990.

"Application of Data-Logger/Pressure-Transmitter/Conductivity-Probe Instrumentation in Long-Term Salt-Tracer Studies in a Fractured, Saturated Geologic Medium" (with J.A. Paschis, R.D. Koenig and T.D. Steele), Paper presented at the NWWA Conference on Field Techniques for Quantifying the Physical and Chemical Properties of Heterogeneous Aquifers, Dallas, Texas, March 20-23, 1989 (abstract published in Conference Program). 

"Introduction to Flow and Transport in Fractured Geologic Media," 3-Hour Guest Lecturer for Advanced Hydrogeology (GEGN 581A), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, November 28, 1988; November 13 and 27, 1989.

"Ground-Water Modeling," Presentation to Marathon Oil Company at the Ground-Water Workshop, Denver, Colorado, November 1-3, 1988.

"Phosphorus Removal by an Existing Wet and Dry Pond in the Cherry Creek Basin, Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado", Paper presented at the Urban Runoff Water Quality Seminar--Reality in the Face of Chaos, Denver, Colorado, September 8-9, 1988.

"Introduction to Flow and Transport in Fractured Geologic Media," 3-Hour Lecture on Introduction to Flow and Transport in Fractured Geologic Media, Presented to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado, August 25-30 and September 8 and 12, 1988.

"Benthic Respirometer Data for Cherry Creek Reservoir, Denver Metropolitan Area, Colorado," Paper presented at the North American Lake Management Society Regional Workshop on Lake and Reservoir Management, Denver, Colorado, June 8-11, 1988.

"Comparison of Discrete-Fracture and Continuum Models in Contaminant Transport through Saturated Fractured Geologic Media" (with R. E. Ewing, S. C. Way, C. R. McKee and T. D. Steele), International Conference on Groundwater Contamination:  Use of Models in Decision-Making, Organized by the International Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 26-29, 1987 (abstract of paper approved, paper not presented).

"Comparison of Discrete-Fracture and Continuum Models in Contaminant Transport through Saturated Fractured Geologic Media" (with S.C. Way, C.R. McKee, R.E. Ewing and T.D. Steele), Poster paper presented at the 1987 AGU Spring Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, May 18-21, 1987 (abstract published in Transactions, AGU, v. 68, no. 16, April 21,  p. 327).

"Response of a Small Man-Made Reservoir to Changes in Streamflow Inputs" (with R. B. Murphy and T. D. Steele), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Symposium on Scientific Procedures Applied to the Planning, Design and Management of Water Resources Systems, Hamburg, Germany, August 22-24, 1983 (abstract published in Symposium Program).

"Historical and Future Undeveloped Streamflows, South Platte River, Colorado" (with T.D. Steele), Paper presented at the AWRA 18th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, October 10-15, 1982 (abstract published in Conference Program).

"Ground Water/Surface Water Interactions," One-day Lecture as part of the U. S. Geological Survey Training Course:  Hydrologic Techniques for International Participants, June 21-August 13, 1982, Denver, Colorado.

"Water Use and Development Alternatives, South Platte River Basin, Colorado" (with T.D. Steele, C.S. Curtis and W.B. Lord), Paper presented at the ASCE Western Conference on Water and Energy:  Technical and Policy Issues, Fort Collins, Colorado, June 27-30, 1982 (abstract published in Symposium Proceedings, p. 450).

"Prediction of Dam-Break Floods," Paper presented at the Colorado Natural Hazards Research Meeting, Lakewood, Colorado, April 1981.

"Modeling of a Tailings Dam Failure" (with R.S. Lytle), Paper presented at the National Weather Service Dam-Break Model Symposium/Workshop, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 15-19, 1979.

III. OTHERS

The University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, Tucson, AZ, 1974, 265 p.

Dr. Kunkel also has authored or co-authored over 200 engineering and hydrology reports for public and private clients.  Many of these reports were submitted for review to federal, state and local regulatory agencies. 

IV.  THESES PREPARED UNDER DR. KUNKEL

Predicting Flow Characteristics of a Lixiviant in a Fractured Rock Mass,  Thesis by Nadia C. Miller submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science (Engineering Ecology), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, April 9, 1992.

Estimation of Groundwater Recharge using Neutron Probe Moisture Readings near Golden, Colorado, Thesis by Nicholas J. Kiusalaas submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science (Geological Engineer), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, November 12, 1992.

Study of Hydraulic Properties and Recharge of the Unsaturated Alluvial Aquifer at the Rocky Flats Plant, Jefferson County, Colorado, Master's Report submitted by Laurie A. Host in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Environmental Science, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, November 17, 1993.

"Public Law 92-500 and the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator," Presented before the Central Section, New Mexico Water Supply and Pollution Control Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 10-12, 1975.

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James R. Kunkel, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Consultant

 

Education

Ph.D., Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, 1974, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1969, Storrs, Connecticut, U.S.A.
BSCE, Civil Engineering, St. Martin’s University, 1967, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.

 

Specializations

Characterization, Flow, Monitoring, Modeling, and Transport in Unsaturated Porous Media and Fractured Rock

Statistical Hydrology, including Surface Water, Groundwater, and Water Quality Data

Mining Hydrology, including Surface Water, Groundwater, and Water Quality

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design, including Flood and Sediment Control 

 

Specific Relevant Experience


Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, Erosion and Sediment Control Facilities, Colorado.  Project manager and engineer of record for design and construction of erosion and sediment control facilities in seven priority basins.  The design and construction included 39 sediment control structures comprised of 9 sediment ponds, 26 riprap weir sediment detention ponds, and 4 rock check dams.  Dr. Kunkel is the engineer of record for this project.

Summitville Mine Superfund Site, Colorado.  Project manager and engineer of record for design and construction of water management structures and improvements.  The facilities included a sediment/water detention pond to control water and sediment discharge from the mine highwall.


Big Springs Heap Leach Pad and Tailing Storage Facility Closure, Nevada, USA.  A series reclamation cover options were assessed for the closure and reclamation of the heap leach pad and tailing storage facilities at the mine.  The U.S. EPA HELP model was used to design the pad and tailing storage facility covers.  SedCAD was used to design both a short-term and long-term water and sediment control plan, which included BMPs.

Yanacocha Mine, Peru. Site-wide water, erosion, and sediment control designs for the Yanacocha mine complex, Perú at elevation of 4,000 masl.  The project involved over 10 km of heavy-duty roadway, design of water and sediment control structures using CDOT-recommended BMPs.  Construction drawings and structure details were provided.


San Cristóbal Mine, Bolivia. Sediment control designs for the San Cristóbal mine complex, Bolivia at elevation 3,800 masl.  The project involved over 5 km of heavy-duty access roadway, design of water and sediment control structures using CDOT-recommended BMPs.  Construction drawings and structure details were provided.


Various Copper Mines in USA and Peru. Theoretical and practical laboratory testing and modeling of air and lixiviant flow in large heap leach pads. Direction of laboratory testing and interpretation of laboratory results for air and lixiviant movement. Heap leach pad operational recommendations and published technical papers on two-phase flow in heaps.


Various ESIAs for Gold Mines in Colombia. Environmental manager for one large-scale and one small-scale gold mine projects in Colombia, and participation in two other large- and small-scale gold mine permitting efforts.


Mirador Mine, Ecuador. Environmental management system (EMS) audits for data collection, processing, and reporting for a large copper mine in Ecuador.  Results of the EMS audit resulted in a commitment to utilize a computer program to store, analyze, and report data for environmental purposes. Changes in the methods used to collect environmental data also resulted. 

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Timothy D. Steele, Ph.D.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TDS Consulting Inc. (1996-Present), President/Hydrologist

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institut für Geographie, Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik, Geohydrologie und Modellierung. (2001-2011), Guest Lecturer and Research Fellow [supported during 2007-2011 by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung]

Exponent Inc. (Failure Analysis Associates). (1998-1999), Managing Scientist, Boulder, CO

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft (1998-2001), Research Fellow [Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung support 1998-1999] and Guest Lecturer

HSI GeoTrans Inc./Simons Li & Associates, Inc. [Tetra Tech Inc. affiliates]. (1996-1998), Principal Hydrologist, Lakewood and Westminster, CO

Balloffet and Associates, Inc. (B&A) (1994-1996), Principal Associate (Water Resources) and Denver Office Director; Associate Consultant; Senior Consultant, Denver, CO

Advanced Sciences, Inc. (ASI) (1989-1994), Manager/Director, Water Resources/Physical-Sciences Department; Manager, Water-Resources Group; Director, Physical-Sciences Group, Lakewood, CO

In-Situ, Inc. (1983-1989) Manager, Consulting Division; Water Resources Manager and Associate

Woodward-Clyde Consultants (WCC). (1980-1983), Senior Project Hydrologist and  Chief, Water Quality Group, Denver, Colorado

Universität Bayreuth, Lehrstuhl für Hydrologie, Bayreuth, FDR (West Germany). (1979), Guest Professor and Research Fellow [Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung]

U.S. Agency for International Development. Water-Quality Technical Advisor Indus River Basin SCARPs, Lahore, West Pakistan (May-August 1972) [TDY from U.S. Geological Survey, WRD]

U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division (USGS, WRD). (1966-1980), Research Hydrologist (California, District of Columbia, and Virginia) and Project Chief, Yampa River Basin Assessment Study, Colorado and Wyoming

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Chairman, Upper Clear Creek Watershed Association (UCCWA) [Calendar Year 2001]

Life Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Hydrology Section [Secretary, 1970-72]

Member, International Water Resources Association (IWRA)

Member, International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Commission on Water Quality (ICWQ) [U.S. National Correspondent, 1983-87]

Member, American Chemical Society (ACS) (1990-95)

Member, Colorado Ground Water Association (CGWA) [1994-1996]

Member, Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association (CLRMA) (1997-2003)

American Water Resources Association (AWRA), Colorado Section [Secretary, 1996-98;        President Elect, 1998-99; President 1999-2000; Past President, 2000-2001]

Phi Beta Kappa and other academic honorary societies

Treasurer/Board of Directors, Colts Neck Cluster Association (1973-75)

Board of Directors, Evergreen Metro District (1989-90)

Mountain Area (Jefferson County) Junior Science Fair Judge (1993-97)

Field Monitoring Task Force, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (1994-95)

Treasurer, West Meadow Road Committee (2000-2007)

Inductee, North Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame (May 27, 2008)

President, Lafayette Square Homeowners Association (2008-2010)

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Hydrology, Stanford University, 1968

M.S., Hydrology, Stanford University, 1965    

A.B. magna cum laude, Chemistry, Wabash College, 1963

 

SHORT COURSE AND ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Advanced Certificate of Accomplishment in Accounting, USDA Graduate School, 1973

Water Resources Systems Short Course, Case Western Reserve University, 1974

USGS Short Courses: Decision Theory, 1975; Economic Analysis, 1977

Advanced Management Seminar, U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1977

ASI P*R*O*J*E*C*T (Project Managers') Course, Maggie Valley II, April 1992

OSHA Haz-Waste Operations Health-and-Safety Review, 1999; First Aid, 1997; CPR, 1997

 

REGISTRATION

Professional Hydrologist: #88-H-715 Member, American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) [1988-2002]

 

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Water-Resources Evaluation & Development

319 Grant to the Upper Clear Creek Watershed Association (UCCWA), in further development of trace-metals stream standards (with CERCLA-regulatory interface), a watershed plan, and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) assessments. Principal Investigator, (2004-present).  Statistical analyses for a use-attainability (UAA) study of the upper Clear Creek watershed associated with revised stream standards (2007-2008); input for regulatory stream-standards deliberations.

Statistical/graphical evaluation of long-term (1980-81; 1988-present) climatological and water-temperature data. Assessor, near Vathi, Ithaca, Greece (Fall 2011)

Restoration and sustainable management of Laguna Verde, State of Oaxaca, Mexico. Consultant, 2-week consultancy funded by the World Bank’s PREMIA effort on behalf of the Government of Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA), December 2008 – January 2009.

Literature review of hydrological-modification impacts on streamflows, downstream channel characteristics, and aquatic habitat, with reference to the Fraser River and upper Colorado River basin. Principal Investigator, (2006); review of Windy Gap Firming Project’s WQ aspects (2008).

Upper Eagle River watershed assessment of suitability of proposed trace-metals standards and modified stream segments for protection of aquatic life. Technical Advisor, on behalf of the Eagle River Watershed Council (ERWC, 2005-2006 and 2008-2009).

Design of a water-quality surveillance system for urban potable-water supplies. Project Manager, (SVCAPU, in collaboration with Ing. Eugenio Barrios and Ing. Arturo Tapia of Mexico), Government of Panama’s Ente Regulador de los Servicios Publicos (ERSP), funded by The World Bank (WB) through the UNDP (6-month project, 4 trips between July 2003 and January 2004).

Snake River watershed water-quality data assessment (Phase I), with evaluation of historical-mining impacts. Principal Hydrologist, collaboration with Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) and The Keystone Center (USEPA 319 grant), on behalf of the Snake River Task Force (SRTF), during 2003-2004.  A Phase-II 319 Grant project looking at trace-metals loads-reduction impacts and remediation benefits was incorporated into a draft use-attainability analysis (2005-2007).  Data-analysis updates have been prepared for inclusion in the Snake River Watershed Plan (USEPA 319 grant, 2008) and are planned for a third USEPA 319 grant (2010).

Rural-area potable-water surveillance-system planning and design. Project Manager, (in collaboration with Ing. Eugenio Barrios and Ing. Arturo Tapia of Mexico), Government of Panama’s Ministry of Health, funded by The World Bank through UNDP (3 trips between November 2002-May 2003).

Development of a use-attainability analysis (UAA), mine-impacted stream reaches, including French Gulch and the Blue River near Breckenridge, Summit County, CO. Principal Investigator, (in collaboration with NWCCOG and Walsh Aquatic Consultants), funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) through a 319 grant from the CDPHE-WQCD (2002-2003).

Assessment of proposed mitigation criteria associated with wellhead protection of a municipal water supply’s infiltration gallery. Principal Investigator, River Place Co-Housing project, Steamboat Springs, Routt County, northwestern Colorado (2003).

Regional aquifer characterization and salinity issues, Mendoza Province. International Ground-Water Consultant, Argentina, on behalf of the UN’s Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) -- 3 missions: September-October 2001, November-December 2001, and March 2002.

Regional groundwater protection and water-supply project (Phase-II) and study (Phase-III). Principal Investigator, (water-quality aspects), Teller County, Colorado (2000-2001).

Water-quality aspects of groundwater monitoring program and permit requirements, Western Mobile Lyons Pit, northern Boulder County, Colorado. Technical Advisor, (2000-present).

National groundwater planning and groundwater-quality network design, Assessor, Government of Chile, Dirección General de Aguas (DGA), Ministry of Public Works, in anticipation of proposed integrated water-resources management project (August 2000).

Water-quality assessment, Tarryall Creek watershed, Park County, Technical Advisor, on behalf of Centennial Water & Sanitation District’s 1041-permit application, Cline Ranch Water Project.

Reservoir/watershed data and surface-water/reservoir model-evaluation assessments, Principal Investigator, Chatfield Watershed Authority, Colorado (October/December 2000).

Various projects involving technical litigation support, water-quality impacts of water-resources development and QUAL2E and/or STREAMDO model review, Clear Creek watershed and South Platte River, Colorado, Water-Quality Technical Advisor, (confidential client).

Litigation support and document review and summaries, impacts of extreme-event flooding in Central California, levee-construction and maintenance aspects, Principal Investigator, (confidential client).

Design and implementation of surface-water monitoring network, Turkey Creek watershed, Colorado, Project Manager and Principal Investigator, [assessment of U.S. Highway 285 road-construction related impacts, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)] (1999-2004).  Technical Advisor for Hoop Creek (U.S. Highway 40) annual surface-water monitoring program reports through Clear Creek Consultants on behalf of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (2001-2006).

Environmental Protection Council (EPC) support, International Consultant, Republic of Yemen, planning and implementation of activities for a working group on water-resources protection (three monthly overseas missions: December 1998; April 1999; and September-October 1999).

Litigation support, impacts of extreme-event storm-runoff flows on pipeline crossing and right-of-way, due to changes in flood diversion-control structures along a U.S. highway in southeastern California, Principal Investigator, (confidential client).

Review of proposed sediment and nutrient total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), upper Newport Bay and San Diego Creek watershed, Principal Investigator, City of Newport Beach, California.

Phase-IV QUAL2E model applications and source-code enhancements (EPA 319 Grant), Project Chief, design/implementation of model workshops, upper Clear Creek watershed, Colorado.

Design and operation of groundwater-quality monitoring network and Agreement terms and deliberations, stormwater-quality detention and runoff issues, Principal Hydrologist, Chatfield Green Subdivision, near Chatfield Reservoir, Colorado.

Design of groundwater-quality monitoring networks (primary and secondary) and associated special-studies methodologies, Assessor for the Government of Mexico's National Water Commission (CNA), under the auspices of The World Bank's PROMMA project; preparation of annotated outline - practitioners' manual (1996-97), review of PROMMA program on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (1998-2002), and strategy formulation of a regulation (Norma) for control of indirect wastewater discharges to the subsurface (groundwater protection).

Review and evaluation of potential water-quality concerns: The Pinery SW Subdivision, near Parker, Colorado. Project Chief; Plum Creek Wastewater Authority, near Sedalia, Colorado.

UNDP/UNEP-funded water-resources development master plan in North Xinjiang, China. Environmental Analyst (2 overseas missions: October 1994 and March-April 1995).

Seminar/Workshop on Water-Quality Monitoring Networks - Design Concepts and Evaluation Approaches. Lecturer, Summit Water Quality Committee and Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, CO.

Assessment of water-quality impacts (including preparation of expert testimony) for a water-development project in the southeastern Denver. Project Manager, Denver metropolitan area, Colorado.

Assessment of wastewater-treatment plant water-quality (nutrients and trace metals) impacts and evaluation of model-application results (preparation for expert testimony). Principal Investigator, North Fork Clear Creek and mainstem Clear Creek, City of Blackhawk, CO.

Compliance assessments of U.S./Illinois EPA stormwater prevention plan regulations. Principal Investigator, industrial sites in the Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois.

Preliminary assessment and selection of reservoir-impoundment water-quality models. Principal Investigator, (for Knight-Piesold), Alfaville development, Lagoa Dos Ingleses, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Lake Valsequillo reservoir-restoration study (water-quality data-analyses and modeling-review aspects). Principal Investigator, Angelopolis, City and State of Puebla, Mexico (funded by U.S. Department of Commerce, Trade Development Agency [TDA]).

Hydrological monitoring programs, monitoring-data interpretative reports, or regulatory-agency and legal-counsel interfacing for Clear Creek/Standley Lake, Cherry Creek Basin and Reservoir, Chatfield Basin and Reservoir, Chatfield Green Subdivision (Denver metropolitan area), Eagle River/Gore Creek near Vail, and Allen Homesite Homeowners Association near Crested Butte, Colorado. Project Manager, Technical support for in-Reservoir modeling, non-point-source plan, Reservoir control-regulation revision regulatory hearings, and data-analysis/monitoring-program review, Chatfield Basin.  Preliminary study of interfacing of QUAL2E and WASP4/META4 models for application to the upper Clear Creek watershed, CO; technical assistance to CDPHE on RI/FS (OU4); additional statistical evaluation of trace-metals data (2009).

Assessments of total-phosphorus/nutrient receiving water-body impacts: Waucondah wastewater facility, Perry Park Water & Sanitation District, near Larkspur, Colorado. Principal Investigator for; upper Clear Creek basin/Stanley Lake water-quality monitoring program and stream (QUAL2E) model study; feasibility study of expansion of Town of Empire wastewater treatment plant, and Plum Creek Wastewater Authority, near Sedalia (all in Colorado).

Wastewater trace-metals monitoring program and source-assessment investigations. Principal Investigator, City of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bottom-sediment chemistry survey and impact assessment of toxic and hazardous substances. Principal Investigator, Laguna de Bay Lake, near Manila, the Philippines (URS International).

Study of the confined aquifer system of the San Luis Valley. Project Manager, San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Hydrologic impacts (monitoring, modeling of stream waste-assimilative capacity) of ski-area developments in central and south-central Colorado. Project Manager, central and south-central Colorado.

Design and operation of monitoring programs for urban runoff and development in the Denver metropolitan area (Chatfield and Cherry Creek basins), Colorado. Project Manager, assessment of non-point sources affecting the water quality of streams and impoundments, submittal of annual monitoring reports, and expert testimony; stormwater-quality deliberations and negotiations; Principal Investigator, technical monitoring-program evaluation, Chatfield Reservoir and watershed.

Expert testimony on water-diversion system sediment-related impacts. Project Manager, Medicine Bow National Forest lands, south-central Wyoming.

Regional water-resources assessment of the South Platte River basin. Project Manager, assessment including evaluation of un-appropriated streamflows, in northeastern Colorado.

Groundwater-supply feasibility in the southern Front Range (City of Colorado Springs). Project Manager of a groundwater-supply feasibility in the southern Front Range (City of Colorado Springs) area of Colorado.

Planned and managed the Yampa River Basin assessment. Project Chief with the USGS, WRD in Colorado.Three-year multidisciplinary project for the evaluation of regional impacts of coal development on water resources in Colorado and Wyoming.  Among the techniques used in this assessment were regional input/output economic analysis; field investigations of ambient streamflow water quality, water law and institutions; reservoir modeling techniques; groundwater solute-transport modeling; analysis of streamflow waste-assimilative capacity, studies of travel time and re-aeration; determinations of sediment yield; and several remote-sensing applications of LANDSAT imagery and aerial photography. He also completed a study for the Water Resources Council's 13(a) assessment program to evaluate potential impacts of synfuels development on water quality in the Upper Colorado River Basin (1975-1980).

Design and management of several national hydrologic programs. Research Hydrologist at the USGS headquarters in the Washington, D.C.  Reviewed the design and management of several national hydrologic programs and conducted a trend-analysis study of long-term water-quality data on behalf of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).  On short-term loan for the USGS to U.S. AID in Pakistan, he served on a four-member team to evaluate salinity control and reclamation project (SCARP) areas of the Indus River Basin (May-September 1972).

 

Environmental Assessments

Pollution Control Plan (PCP) component and Final Report, two estuarial bays near Concepción. Technical Advisor, Pollution Control Plan (PCP) component and Final Report, two estuarial bays near Concepción, Chile, through PCI-Americas with funding support from Inter-American Development Bank (IBD) on behalf of the Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente (CONAMA).

Water-resources aspects for Hanford remedial-action (HRA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Task Manager, Washington.

Water-use/water-quality aspects, Nuclear Electric Propulsion space test Environmental Impact Statement, using the Topaz-II reactor. Task Manager, Florida and California.

Water-resources baseline and impact-analysis sections, Pease Air Force Base Reuse Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Task Manager, New Hampshire.

White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) hazardous landfill-site soils-sampling plan. Principal Investigator and/or Task Manager for White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) hazardous landfill-site soils-sampling plan; HELSTF groundwater sampling/analysis plan and diesel-spill IRM report; White Sands Missile Range Installation Comprehensive (Range Wide) EIS; Theater Missile Defense (TMD) ground-based radar (GBR) EA; Hawk Missile EA; Feral-horse and NASA-WSTF environmental resources document (ERD), near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Wastewater treatment plant upgrade EA, Air National Guard facility, Wisconsin. Task Manager, reconnaissance survey of phenol sources in fuels or solvents, Air National Guard facility, Arizona.

Hydrological baseline characterization, proposed molybdenum mine in south-central Colorado. Project Manager, input sections to Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (1980-82).

 

Mining Hydrology & Permitting

Water-quality characterization study, waste-rock piles, stream sediments, and mine-drainage impacts in the Gilson Gulch area of the upper Clear Creek watershed, Colorado. Principal Investigator, (CCWF, 2005).  This has led to a pending remediation-related 319 grant with the CDPHE-WQCD.  A similar study is pending for the upper Trail Creek subwatershed of Clear Creek (CCWF, 2006).  Review/technical-assistance, lower Trail Creek subwatershed (USEPA targeted grant, 2007).

Water-quality aspects, including field protocols and QA/QC procedures, environmental and groundwater-quality monitoring plans, Compañía Minera Antamina S.A. (CMA). Reviewer of water-quality aspects in mine and PPL (port-loading facility), near Huaraz, Peru (2005 and 2008, respectively).

Water-quality impacts and monitoring-program audit review, Exxon (Los Bronces and Disputada) and Cyprus-Amax El Abra mine facilities. Principal Investigator, Chile.

Field monitoring plan, gold-mine operations, design/implementation of water-quality monitoring courses. Peer Reviewer, Principal Investigator, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Juneau, Alaska.

Mining-related water-quality monitoring-program evaluations and impact assessments. Principal Investigator for several mines located in Colorado, South Dakota, and California.

Groundwater-discharge plan for copper secondary recovery for the Phelps Dodge Corporation Tyrone Mine. Project Manager, project located near Silver City, New Mexico.

Water-quality impacts analysis. Principal Investigator, Torata River Flood Control Project, Peru

 

Remedial Investigations/Feasibility Studies/General Site Investigations

Groundwater-restoration assessment, uranium mill tailings pond, Shirley Basin, central Wyoming. Project Manager, Wyoming, USA

Clear Creek/Central City (CO) Superfund OU4 RI/FS. Technical Reviewer, under contract to and on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), Hazardous Materials & Waste Management Division (HMWMD).[2002-2004]

Water-resources/hazardous-wastes aspects and integrated environmental monitoring workshop. Principal Investigator, Denver Federal Center EIS and integrated studies task orders.

Pantex Plant (Texas) environmental-resources support (Mason & Hanger - Silas Mason Co., Inc. BOA008000, Area 11). Program Manager, coordinated proposals for biological-assessment, cold-war context literature, and natural-resources support-services task orders.

NEPA-related wetlands/threatened-and-endangered species studies; zero-offsite water-discharge study; non-point source/stormwater NPDES permit-application monitoring program. Task Manager and Principal Investigator; technical support and reviews of surface-water and groundwater monitoring programs; and various task-report and standard operating procedures peer reviews involving the Rocky Flats Plant (RFP, later named RFETS) near Denver, Colorado.

Multifaceted study for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of groundwater flow and contaminant transport through saturated, fractured geologic media from high-level radioactive waste. Project Manager of a three-year investigation, This study involved interactive field investigations at a research wellfield site west of Spokane, Washington, evaluations of theoretical aspects of aquifer hydraulic properties, and innovative as well as state-of-the-art modeling applications.

Specialized water-quality problems involving gypsum-disposal fields. Principal Investigator, Florida.

Evaluation of steel-mill groundwater contamination. Principal Investigator, southern California.

 

Hydrocarbon Investigations

Potential hydrocarbon-contamination assessment and other sources and types of pollutants, airport facilities and nearby area, Bamako. Principal Investigator, Bamako, Mali (Millenium Challenge Corporation).

Potential gas-field impacts on groundwater contamination. Principal Investigator, western Nebraska.

Hydrocarbon-contamination characterization/remediation. Peer Reviewer, Colorado and Kansas.

 

Landfill Services

Ground-water monitoring plan, landfill sites near Albuquerque. Principal Investigator, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Water-quality data-assessment and hydrogeological-characterization reports: supporting documents and legal-counsel interfacing involving a wastewater lagoon-system closure plan. Task Manager, Hall's Bayou Ranch, Galveston County, Texas.

 

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Use of hydrologic instrumentation for long-term monitoring (groundwater levels and water quality) in an arid environment. Technical consultation in Saudi Arabia, 1986.

Setting effluent-standards guidelines, synthetic-resins manufacturing sector. Principal Investigator for SEDESOL, Government of Mexico (1995).

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Lecturer for Colorado’s Watershed Cookbook – Recipe for a Watershed Plan. Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Water Quality Control Division, Nonpoint Source Program (2005).

Affiliate Faculty, Colorado State University (CSU), Department of Civil Engineering [1983-2008] Instructor, Short Course on Design of Water Quality Monitoring Networks, 1979-2005, & Member, Ph.D. dissertation committee, Program in Water-Resources Planning and Management.

Affiliate Faculty, Colorado State University, Department of Earth Resources [2001-2003]. Guest lecturer, Department of Natural Resources’ departmental and various course seminars (1983; 1987; 1995-96, 1998, and 2000) and Earth Resources Career Day (2000), and Member, Ph.D. dissertation committee, Department of Natural Resources.

Affiliate Faculty, Colorado State University (CSU), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering [2010-2011]. Member, Ph.D. dissertation committee, Department of Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering.

Guest Professor at German universities under research grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Conducted research, gave seminars, developed a short course, and collaborated with Institute staff and doctoral students (including review/comment on dissertations) involving various aspects of water-resources assessments and on water-quality investigations:

  • Universität Bayreuth, Lehrstuhl für Hydrologie, Germany, January-September 1979 (9 months), and
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft (IWHR), September-October 1998 and May-June 1999 (2 months’ extension, water-resources research).
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institut für Geographie, Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik, Geohydrologie und Modellierung, research plan involving comparative critical evaluations of the EU’s water-framework directive (WFD) and the U.S. Clean Water Act and other water-quality regulations, during mid-March-mid-April 2007 and 2008, mid-August-mid-September 2009, and March 2011 (3+-months’ extension, applied research on water policy).

 

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Wasserversorgung, Abwassertechnik, Abfalltechnik, Umwelt, und Raumplanung (IWAR). Principal Lecturer, Block-Course on Integrated Watershed Approaches – The 3M Concept (Monitoring, Modeling, and Management), April 25-May 11, 2000 and April 30-May 17, 2001.

 

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institut für Geographie, Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik, Geohydrologie und Modellierung, Guest Lecturer. Seminars and Short-Course on Integrated Watershed Approaches – The 3M Concept (Monitoring, Modeling, and Management): March 1-13, 2001; March 4-15, 2002; March 10-21, 2003; March 22-April 2, 2004, March 7-18, 2005, and March 20-31, 2006.

 

Guest Lecturer, Integrated Water-Resources Management (IWRM) concepts. Course for Arab water-resources professionals, Hessenwasser and affiliated German universities (May 23, 2008).

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS           

Dr. Steele has authored or co-authored a total of 110 papers, technical publications and book chapters; has written or contributed to 270 major consultant reports; and has made 215 oral presentations at technical meetings and symposia, university seminars, training courses and workshops, civic meetings, public meetings, and litigation support or formal proceedings (depositions and trial/expert testimony).  A full Bibliography can be provided upon request.

 

LANGUAJES    

Dr. Steele’s mother tongue is English.  He is fluent in German and has studied Spanish (technical working knowledge, good reading, fair speaking), along with past courses and/or language instruction in French, Greek, Russian, and Latin.

Posted on January 10, 2014 .