Researches the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; studies the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Designs and conducts scientific hydrogeological investigations to ensure that accurate and appropriate information is available for use in water resource management decisions.
- Prepares written and oral reports describing research results, using illustrations, maps, appendices, and other information.
- Studies and documents quantities, distribution, disposition, and development of underground and surface waters.
- Installs, maintains, and calibrates instruments, such as those that monitor water levels, rainfall, and sediments.
- Studies public water supply issues, including flood and drought risks, water quality, wastewater, and impacts on wetland habitats.
- Prepares hydrogeologic evaluations of known or suspected hazardous waste sites and land treatment and feedlot facilities.
- Conducts research and communicates information to promote the conservation and preservation of water resources.
- Applies research findings to help minimize the environmental impacts of pollution, waterborne diseases, erosion, and sedimentation.
- Evaluates research data in terms of its impact on issues such as soil and water conservation, flood control planning, and water supply forecasting.
- Evaluates data and provide recommendations regarding the feasibility of municipal projects, such as hydroelectric power plants, irrigation systems, flood warning systems, and waste treatment facilities.
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