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Services B.C. Water Sustainability Act Regulations Groundwater Supply Development Well Maintenance and Management Stormwater Management Environmental Services Baseline Environmental Assessment & Permitting Contaminated Sites Wastewater Disposal to Ground Rural Subdivision Servicing Source Water Assessment & Protection Environmental & Water Quality Monitoring Groundwater Modeling Policy & Guideline Development Geo-thermal/Geo-exchange Systems

OUR PEOPLE

Doug Geller, M.Sc., P.Geo., P.Geol. – Principal, President

Mr. Geller is a registered professional across Western North America, including BC, Alberta, and Washington and Oregon States, with 27 years hydrogeological experience and holds a master’s degree in hydrogeology. Doug brings extensive knowledge of hydrogeological applications within a variety of geologic, climatic, regulatory, governance, and geopolitical environments, both as a consultant and, previously, as a senior water manager with the City of Portland.
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Working with municipalities, water purveyors, engineers, developers and First Nations, he has assisted with the location, design, installation, and testing of high capacity production wells and well fields, and in developing sustainable management and protection strategies for groundwater resources. His projects with WWAL involve groundwater supply development throughout the B.C. Interior, groundwater and source water protection planning, and hydrogeological senior review services for local, provincial and federal government clients and First Nations. Doug has been an invited speaker at professional conferences on a variety of groundwater related topics in both the U.S. and Canada. Originally drawn to geoscience by his love of the outdoors, Doug enjoys trail running, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and mountaineering.

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Ryan Rhodes, B.Sc., P.Geo., P.Geol – Principal

A registered professional in both B.C. and Alberta, Mr. Rhodes provides reliable hydrogeological expertise, advice and management for a variety of projects. With more than 10 years of experience practicing Geoscience, he applies his broad knowledge of hydrogeology to a wide range of projects, involving both "getting water out" and "putting water back" into the ground. Read more...

Specializing in groundwater exploration, evaluation and development, Ryan has overseen the siting, construction and testing numerous water supply wells for water purveyors, First Nations and industry. Ryan has also completed several investigations to support the design and permitting of large wastewater disposal facilities and has specialized experience in the evaluation and design of Rapid Infiltration Basins. He has designed and managed construction of well fields for two large, multi-well open loop geothermal systems, and has completed numerous site evaluations and impact assessments for stormwater infiltration. Ryan has the ability to tackle complex hydrogeological projects, some of which have required understanding and balancing interests of multiple, and sometimes conflicting, groundwater users. Ryan likes to fish and ski, and enjoys getting outdoors with his wife and two children.

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Bryer Manwell, M.Sc., P.Eng. – Principal

With her environmental engineering background, Ms. Manwell has applied her hydrogeological expertise to projects involving environmental monitoring for community water supply systems and landfill sites, groundwater supply evaluations, mine site water balance evaluation, solute transport analysis, Groundwater Under the Direct Influence of Surface Water (GUDI) assessments, and wellhead protection plan development. Read more...

Her previous academic work involved a detailed study of surface water – groundwater interactions in the Lower Elbow River, Alberta, and she continues to develop her interest in this topic as applicable to relevant projects. Bryer was part of the core team who completed the groundwater resource assessment for the Okanagan Basin Water Board groundwater study, providing input pertaining to valley bottom water interactions, and was a final report co-author for the Phase 2 Water Supply and Demand Project. When she’s not thinking about water, Bryer keeps herself busy enjoying family time with her two sons, playing roller derby, hockey and practicing yoga.

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Chad Petersmeyer, M.Sc., P.Geo. – WWAL Partner

A registered professional in B.C., Mr. Petersmeyer is a Senior Hydrogeologist with WWAL and has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant based mainly in his home town of Victoria. He manages our coastal B.C. branch operations from the Victoria office.
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Chad holds a B.Sc. degree in geoscience from UVic and a M.Sc. degree in hydrogeology from UBC and specialises in physical and contaminant hydrogeology, with major water supply project experience both on the Island and in the Interior of B.C. Chad has served as the hydrogeologist of record on a number of high profile and technically challenging groundwater projects and is well respected in the groundwater industry and with regional and provincial regulators. He is currently serving as the Professional and Technical Director with the B.C. Groundwater Association. Chad enjoys cycling and getting outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

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Trina Koch, B.Sc., R.P.Bio

Trina Koch is a registered Professional Biologist with over eleven years of experience working as a water science professional serving all levels of government, First Nations and private businesses. A graduate of the Okanagan University College (now UBCO) Freshwater Science Program, her skill set includes aquatic chemistry and biology, limnology, hydrology, fisheries, water sampling and reporting, and biostatistics.
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Trina has extensive experience in project management and biophysical assessment. While with the B.C. Ministry of Environment (2004-2008) she managed and provided technical input on hydrogeological assessments, and completed routine pumping tests and sampling as part of Observation Well Network maintenance. Since 2008, Ms. Koch has been involved in stream and wetland restoration projects and environmental permitting processes including Section 9 Water Act approvals, DFO Project Reviews, Land Tenure Applications, Navigable Waters Protection Act notifications, Wildlife Hazard Tree Assessments, and Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) Assessments. She has developed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Environmental Management Plans, Residential Stormwater Plans and Mitigative Planting Plans. She routinely conducts electrofishing, water sampling, benthic invertebrate sampling, fish salvages and carries out environmental monitoring. Complementing her technical skills, Trina also has solid community outreach experience, which includes organizing volunteer resources, creating brochures and newsletters and conducting presentations.

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Warren Grafton, B.Sc., P.Geo – WWAL Partner

Warren is an environmental geoscientist with a diverse range of experience operating in Northern British Columbia. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia and has spent the last decade pondering the “ecstatic skin of the earth” and everything below it. Having been born and raised in the Prince George area, Warren prides himself on approaching projects from a Northern perspective to ensure quality and efficiency. Read more...

Mr. Grafton’s experience includes contaminated site assessment and remediation, groundwater supply, and landfill hydrogeology. He has completed Stage 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments and remediation projects in numerous locations throughout northern BC, and has experience in delineating contaminated soil and groundwater at sites impacted by heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and inorganic contaminants. Much of Warren’s project work has included project management and supervising field crews. He has supervised drilling and excavation contractors during test pitting, groundwater sampling, sitedecommissioning and remediation system installation projects. Warren has also designed and installed multiple high capacity water wells for drinking water sources and industrial uses. Warren is an avid mountain biker and competitive karate athlete, but when water is plentiful above ground in frozen forms, he can be found skiing in the local mountains.

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Morgan Jackson, B.Sc.

Morgan Jackson is a graduate of UBC Okanagan, receiving her Degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Morgan has experience in data collection, statistical analysis and groundwater sampling. Morgan has conducted land use and water well surveys in the north and south Okanagan and is currently the fieldlead for annual groundwater monitoring programs at five landfill sites and ten foreshore communities within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. Read more...

Morgan Jackson is a recent graduate of UBC Okanagan, receiving her B.Sc. Degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Morgan has experience in data collection, statistical analysis and maintains an interest in up to date research developments. Morgan brings her enthusiastic, hardworking attitude, eagerness to learn and love for water to the Western Water team. Morgan is extremely passionate about our water resources and has focused her education towards the study of hydrogeology and is involved in environmental monitoring, groundwater monitoring and groundwater supply projects throughout the B.C. Interior. She truly enjoys being in the field and travelling to new places. Morgan enjoys outdoor activities like boating, camping, mountain biking and snowboarding. Morgan has lived in the Okanagan for over 14 years and has lots of family in the area, including two nephews and a niece, who she loves spending time with.

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Amanda Ross, Bookkeeper, Office Administration

Ms. Ross joined Western Water Associates Ltd with more than twelve years of experience in all levels and areas of accounting; including many years of full charge bookkeeping, as well as experience as a Corporate/ Real Estate Legal assistant. Amanda is proficient in several versions of QuickBooks, Simply Accounting and thoroughly knowledgeable in accounts payable, receivables, invoicing, payroll, HR, general ledger, journal entries, assets depreciation, taxes, month-end and year-end processes. Read more...

Additionally she has solid experience working in the specialized accounting of multiple industries including construction, subcontracting, retail, medical, hospitality, consulting services and non-profits. Amanda is passionate about pursuing personal and professional development in every area possible. Having two beautiful children and a wonderful husband, Amanda is able to teach a fitness dance class, go camping and enjoy many more activities with her family.

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