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What does a hydrogeologist do?

By - Miori
01/31/2022 10:32 AM

They protect the environment and raise the quality of life for all of us.

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What does a hydrogeologist do? Because hydrogeologists can wear many hats and work for various companies and agencies, there is no short answer to this question. Hydrogeology is a subcategory of geology that explores water moving through the pore spaces in rocks and soil layers beneath the land surface.

Hydrogeologists might be the ones overseeing a stock well being drilled, they might be finding lithium mineral deposits in Peru, or they might be doing cleanup injections for a gas station’s underground leak.

The work is always rewarding whether it is finding the minerals we need to power our lives or helping to clean up our environment both above and below ground. 

Hydrogeologists work at:

-Your local water utility (water supply planning)

-Your regional landfill (environmental compliance; checking water depth, flow direction, and ensuring methane capture)

-Your state’s Department of Environment and Health (permitting)

-US Geological Survey (research)

-Mining companies (mineral exploration and mine planning)

-Themselves (independent consultants)

-Environmental Protection Agency (e.g. Superfund site environmental cleanup)

-National labs across the country (e.g. geothermal energy)

-Consulting firms (e.g. Worley, Jacobs, Golder, AECOM)

-A host of other public and private entities

The bottom line is that hydrogeologists are everywhere! If you are alive today, a hydrogeologist's work has certainly touched your life in some way, shape, or form.

What do they do? They protect the environment and raise the quality of life for all of us.

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