Career Prep Webinar with Leslie Katz
3. Career Prep Seminar with Leslie Katz - "Water Resource Consulting: Why Geology Matters"
Friday, November 6, 2020 @ 10-11 a.m.
Leslie Katz is a hydrogeologist with more than 30 years of experience designing, participating in, and managing water resources and environmental projects. After brief stints with the City of Tucson Water Department and the Pima County Wastewater and Solid Waste Division, Leslie joined Montgomery & Associates to pursue a career in water resource consulting, where she is an owner and director. While Leslie has led a range of projects, she specializes in subsurface contaminant assessment and remediation, surface water/groundwater interactions, and groundwater quantity/quality evaluations. Leslie has an undergraduate degree in Geology and a master’s degree in Hydrology, both from the University of Arizona. She currently serves on the Geosciences Department External Advisory Board. Her focus on the Board has been to support outreach to students interested in pursuing rewarding geology-related careers outside of academia.
An understanding of geologic conditions at a site has always been seen as essential “background” information for a groundwater study. However, as water resources diminish and become increasingly impacted by anthropogenic and naturally-occurring contaminants, there is a growing need to apply geologic principals to groundwater investigations. Solving the water resources challenges of today and the future requires a deeper and more comprehensive knowledge of the geologic conditions, relationships, and potential hazards. Interested geosciences graduates will find that their robust education provides a powerful launching point for a career in water resource consulting. Whether there is a need to remediate industrial contamination, evaluate surface water impacts from groundwater pumping, or site recharge and recovery facilities, geologic insights can be leveraged to improve outcomes.