Monday, August 17, 2015
William Spitz, PG, Water Resources
Fluvial geomorphologist” is not a job title that inspires much excitement in the masses.
But understanding what a fluvial geomorphologist actually does can pique some interest.
Olsson’s fluvial geomorphologists, simply put, are experts who understand how the landscape is affected by flowing water. But, in practice, our work can take us from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the dry washes of the desert. Doing my work in these various locations has led to some exciting adventures for me. I’ve nearly collided my work boat with a sea lion; had a 7-foot alligator stand up on its hind legs and hiss at me and my crew; and have carefully shared the same space with elk, wild burrows, coyotes, poisonous snakes, bears, and mountain lions.
Olsson’s fluvial geomorphology services can be invaluable when dealing with anything that is impacted by water flow, such as floodplains, flood control levees, or urban drainages. Other structures that can be impacted include railroads, highways, bridges, oil and gas production sites, urban development areas, and urban and commercial infrastructure.
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Fluvial geomorphologists are extensively involved in investigations of fluvial systems throughout the United States. They work closely with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies, as well as public and private entities.
In my own experience, I have worked with residential land developers to identify erosion hazards and setback needs. I’ve evaluated erosion impacts on levee systems for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I’ve also assessed the potential impacts of saline waters that could be released by coal bed methane producers during drilling.
Olsson’s investigations on how water flows impact the land has led to a multitude of rich and interesting experiences for Olsson’s staff members to draw upon for their clients’ needs. For assistance with geomorphology projects, please contact me at 303.237.2072 or email@example.com.