INTERA Hires Peter Castiglia
INTERA is pleased to announce that Peter Castiglia has joined our water resources group in Albuquerque. Peter will serve as a Senior Scientist responsible for conducting and managing hydrogeologic and water planning studies involving water-supply development, water desalination, surface-water quality, water rights, and environmental assessments. His experience includes managing publicly contested drinking water projects, leading the public scoping and Native American Consultation process on behalf of federal and state agencies, coordinating environmental permits, and directing a variety of regulatory permitting and planning studies. Prior to joining INTERA, he served as the Project Manager for the Alamogordo Regional Water Supply Project in southern New Mexico where he led the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts of pumping up to 10,000 acre-feet-per year of brackish water from the Tularosa Basin, constructing and operating a reverse osmosis desalination facility, and installing a 30-mile long pipeline system. Because of its potential impacts on existing water rights, this project is highly controversial, requiring Peter to focus a large part of the EIS on public involvement and exploring alternative water rights acquisitions. Peter has a M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico and a B.S. in Geology from Union College, New York. Peter also served as President of the New Mexico Section of the American Water Resources Association from 2005 to 2007.