Water Resource Consulting
Water supply in the West is our greatest and most heavily-used natural resource. It is also increasingly the most complex to manage and permit. Our skilled team of engineers, hydrogeologists, aquatic ecologists, and water quality specialists offer a broad spectrum of water resource services and water rights experience to our clients. We have served private development, agriculture and ranching, municipal, industrial, and mining clients in water permitting.
Our Water Resource Services Include
Water Rights SERVICES
Water right permitting, water court adjudication support, real estate pre-buy water right evaluations, due diligence, expert testimony during legal cases
WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING SERVICES
Water well and irrigation well design, well siting, public water supply design and permitting, aquifer testing, irrigation system design and engineering, fish-friendly irrigation diversion structures, dam design, rehabilitation, and hazard analysis
DISCHARGE AND WATER QUALITY PROTECTION
Groundwater discharge permitting, surface water MPDES permitting, injection well permitting, stormwater permitting and compliance, septic approval, Level II nitrogen reducing wastewater systems, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC), Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting, water quality monitoring
BIG HOLE COOPERATIVE DITCH COMPANY
Our engineers planned and designed this fish friendly diversion to both facilitate irrigation water management and improve fish passage for endangered species. This design-build project includes a new headgate structure, measuring structure, and rock drop weirs in the river specifically designed to provide native fish safe passage.
NEW IRRIGATION WELL WATER RIGHTS
This ranch required a new reliable source of irrigation water. Our hydrogeologists provided a groundwater evaluation to identify a site, drilling depth, and design for a highly productive well. We completed a Montana DNRC closed basin water right permit for groundwater.
Ian Magruder, MS
Ian is a senior hydrogeologist with extensive experience working on subdivision and discharge permitting for a broad spectrum of commercial, residential, and industrial clients. He provides water rights support to private individuals, businesses, and government agencies, including a report prepared for Montana DNRC providing a comprehensive look at water availability in Western Montana. Ian’s environmental services include Superfund technical assistance, ESAs, and contaminated site remediation.