Water Quest: Meet the Team 7/5/12
CBS 7 News
July 5, 2012
Water Quest Inc. was formed to help find, identify and give information on water sources for the City of Odessa and Ector County.
John Bushman with ICA, has been working non-stop trying to bring in two experts to begin the work of water quest.
That task is complete, and tonight we introduce you to the key members behind the non-profit of the staff.
Dr. Wendy Gordon is the conservationist. She has spent over 30 years in education and her work background. A graduate of Brown University, she received her masters from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate at the University of Texas. Her specialty, conservation.
“This position appealed to me because I have been working on water issues for a really long time. I’ve worked on the quantity side and the quality side and there is so much happening in the state right now in respect to water," said Dr. Gordon.
Darrell Peckham is the hydro-geologist. He attended Texas Tech and graduated from Sul Ross State University. He is also no stranger to water issues. He is a second-generation hydro-geologist and his goal is finding water.
“I’ve done a lot of studies in West Texas and the Trans-Pecos region and I already have a lot of experiences in groundwater availability," said Peckham.
Water is precious commodity that we are losing more and more of, so finding new sources, or solutions to the crisis are important. Each are considered the tops in their field. And both say the challenge of finding water, and educating the public on water conservation, drew them to West Texas.
Dr. Gordon said, "So here is an opportunity to bring a lot of state of the art information and a lot of lessons learned in Texas and elsewhere to West Texas."
Peckham said, "Growing up in a household with a hydro-geologist I became very aware of the field. We’re always learning new things and so it's just that ability to learn and help people at the same time is very appealing."
The third member of the team is Nikki Wingate.
The group also wants your input.
Contact them by going to www.waterquest.org or call 550-5722.