Whether lacking or in abundance, surface and groundwater resources can influence the development of a project. And since water is critical to the sustenance of all life and “the bottom line” is critical to project feasibility, impacts to these resources must be carefully but cost-effectively mitigated.
EarthFax hydrologists and hydrogeologists have extensive experience in the evaluation and modeling of surface and groundwater resources. We use both time-honored and innovative approaches to characterize existing hydrologic systems and to determine the impacts of various alternatives on those systems. Utilizing the available data and the professional judgment that comes from decades of experience, we then design systems and approaches that will mitigate impacts in a cost-effective and technically-sound manner.
Our hydrologists rely on their strong technical background to analyze the hydraulics of surface-water systems, rainfall-runoff phenomena, low-flow and peak-flow attributes of streams, and sediment-yield characteristics of watersheds. We use this information to design runoff- and sediment-control facilities, drainage channels, reservoirs, and other surface-water structures. We also have extensive experience in the design of stream-channel and stream-bank stabilization methods using techniques that are geomorphically compatible with the natural channel system.
EarthFax hydrogeologists have examined groundwater conditions in a variety of environments, including unconsolidated media as well as fractured and unfractured bedrock. We have conducted detailed field and modeling evaluations to determine groundwater hydraulic conditions in isotropic and anisotropic media, rates and directions of groundwater and contaminant movement, and the locations of recharge and discharge zones. Using this information, we have designed mitigation plans, dewatering plans, and resource development plans that allow maximum resource utilization with minimal impact on surrounding water users. We have broad experience in contracting and field supervision of drilling and well-completion activities to evaluate, monitor, intercept, and produce groundwater.
Whether the project calls for cursory or detailed investigations and designs, we have the necessary water-resource experience to assist our clients in reaching their end goals. Following are a few highlights of that experience: