Olsson Associates


Griffin contributes skills for state’s Water Funding Task Force

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Last month, we reported that Olsson was selected by the State of Nebraska as the consultant who will help a 34-member task force produce funding recommendations to help maintain Nebraska’s water sustainability. Olsson has teamed with Vireo, FYRA, and LakeTech on this project, and leading Olsson’s efforts in this endeavor is Karen Griffin, PG.

Karen Griffin, PGKaren has 23 years of experience managing multidisciplinary projects focused in the fields of geology and hydrogeology. As the project manager for the Water Funding Task Force, Karen is coordinating and managing meetings across the state to allow task force members the opportunity to see first-hand some of the issues facing those who work and live in each of the state’s major watersheds. Karen will help the group prioritize goals that will lead to project and funding recommendations.

In addition to her groundwater technical expertise, Karen has also successfully completed both large-scale Superfund remediation projects and soil and groundwater investigations for industrial and municipal clients. Her experience includes collecting and evaluating hydrogeologic data, developing conceptual models of the site hydrogeology, designing and implementing test hole drilling and well sampling programs, and designing and evaluating aquifer tests. She’s also practiced in developing groundwater models and running model simulations, developing maps and geologic cross-sections for interpreting and visualizing hydrogeologic data, preparing technical reports, and facilitating public meetings.

In addition to her work with the statewide task force, Karen is also currently co-managing Olsson’s efforts as the consultant for the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District’s (NRD) Integrated Water Management Plan (IMP). As the groundwater technical leader, Karen is facilitating stakeholder advisory committee meetings to develop goals and objectives for the IMP. Her efforts are performed in coordination with the Papio-Missouri River NRD and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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