D.C. Debrief

Posted May 26, 2010

By Dr. Nicholas Pinhey, Director of Utility Planning and Projects, City of Modesto California

 

 

I was very pleased to be able to participate in the May 21, 2010 congressional briefing entitled Contaminants in Sources of Drinking Water from Public Supply Wells http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2462 .  The briefing was cosponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey along with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (http://www.eesi.org/contaminants-sources-drinking-water-public-wells-21-may-2010) and the Water Environment Federation.  The main topic of the briefing was the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment  Program’s release of the new publication on naturally occurring and man-made contaminants in public water supply wells around the country (http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/).  Additionally, the briefing included presentations on the quality of water in public supply wells in Modesto California and Modesto’s use of the USGS data in its water supply program.

 

I have been involved in managing groundwater systems for many years and have dealt with both naturally occurring contaminants and man-made contaminants in groundwater. I was invited to the briefing by the USGS because Modesto is using their assessment to help manage our groundwater resources.  

 

We are using the USGS information for well design and construction, locating new well sites, designing recharge programs, well field operations and groundwater master planning.  A key element of the study involves naturally occurring uranium in the upper zone of our aquifer being mobilized by flood irrigation and migrating into lower aquifer zones.  This can have significant long-term impacts our drinking water quality and the USGS information is very valuable for our management of groundwater.

 

The briefing took place in the Capitol Building Visitor Center and it was an exciting experience presenting at our nation’s capitol.  Coincidentally, I had been in Washington D.C. the week before the USGS presentation to meet with legislative staff to secure authorization for a regional recycled water project so I was able to present in D.C. on two of my favorite programs: drinking water and recycled water. If anyone would like to share a related experience, please post it here.

 

 

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Posted May 26, 2010

I was very pleased to be able to participate in the May 21, 2010 congressional briefing entitled Contaminants in Sources of Drinking Water from Public Supply Wells. The briefing was cosponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey along with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Water Environment Federation.

 

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D.C. Debrief

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D.C. Debrief

Posted May 26, 2010

By Dr. Nicholas Pinhey, Director of Utility Planning and Projects, City of Modesto California

 

 

I was very pleased to be able to participate in the May 21, 2010 congressional briefing entitled Contaminants in Sources of Drinking Water from Public Supply Wells http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2462 .  The briefing was cosponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey along with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (http://www.eesi.org/contaminants-sources-drinking-water-public-wells-21-may-2010) and the Water Environment Federation.  The main topic of the briefing was the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment  Program’s release of the new publication on naturally occurring and man-made contaminants in public water supply wells around the country (http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/).  Additionally, the briefing included presentations on the quality of water in public supply wells in Modesto California and Modesto’s use of the USGS data in its water supply program.

 

I have been involved in managing groundwater systems for many years and have dealt with both naturally occurring contaminants and man-made contaminants in groundwater. I was invited to the briefing by the USGS because Modesto is using their assessment to help manage our groundwater resources.  

 

We are using the USGS information for well design and construction, locating new well sites, designing recharge programs, well field operations and groundwater master planning.  A key element of the study involves naturally occurring uranium in the upper zone of our aquifer being mobilized by flood irrigation and migrating into lower aquifer zones.  This can have significant long-term impacts our drinking water quality and the USGS information is very valuable for our management of groundwater.

 

The briefing took place in the Capitol Building Visitor Center and it was an exciting experience presenting at our nation’s capitol.  Coincidentally, I had been in Washington D.C. the week before the USGS presentation to meet with legislative staff to secure authorization for a regional recycled water project so I was able to present in D.C. on two of my favorite programs: drinking water and recycled water. If anyone would like to share a related experience, please post it here.

 

 

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City of Modesto California

Dr. Pinhey served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Modesto since January 2006, and as the Director of Utility Planning and Projects since November 2009.  The Modesto Utility Planning and Projects Department was created to best position the City to meet the future needs of the community.  The department addresses the future needs of the community through strategic initiatives, master planning, financing, and project implementation related to water resources.

Dr. Pinhey has over thirty-three years of municipal experience and has served as the Director of Public Works for the California cities of Patterson, Merced, Tracy, and Modesto.  He was responsible for the overall management of the public water systems and wastewater collection and treatment for these cities.  He also worked for the City of Turlock’s  Water Quality Control Department.

Dr. Pinhey has a Doctorate from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development.  His dissertation is on groundwater banking in California, and he also completed extensive research into conjunctive-use water management in California for the Natural Heritage Institute.  Dr. Pinhey also has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California, a Masters Degree from California State University, Stanislaus and is certified by the State of California as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator, and a Water Distribution Operator.

Dr. Pinhey has served as President of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and as a CWEA Board member for nine years.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Water Environment Federation (1999-2002).

 


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