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Wade Oliver’s professional experience has focused on the characterization of groundwater systems and the development and application of numerical flow models to analyze these systems. His experience includes characterizing the structure, water quality, and water levels of aquifers, updating aquifer management plans for groundwater conservation districts (GCDs), and developing groundwater availability models to support water planning strategies for both public and private entities. He also has extensive experience characterizing brackish aquifer resources in water-scarce areas of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma for energy companies to help them secure reliable water for operations while protecting local fresh water supplies. Prior to coming to INTERA and during his time working for a Texas state agency, he led more than 90 projects involving evaluations of aquifer recharge, groundwater-surface water interaction, inter-aquifer flow, and future groundwater conditions and availability for local and regional groundwater management entities in Texas. This information was frequently used to evaluate various water management strategies by GCDs and groundwater management areas (GMAs) and included presenting results and fielding questions at public meetings. Through this experience, Mr. Oliver has in-depth knowledge of the Texas Groundwater Availability Modeling Program and groundwater laws and regulations in Texas, especially the desired future condition (DFC) process. In modeling and data analysis studies, he has experience with groundwater codes, including MODFLOW, as well as the application of PEST for calibrating and optimizing numerical models. In the environmental area, his experience includes characterizing sites with underground storage tanks, evaluating the fate and transport of contaminants in surface water, and modeling complex long-term groundwater conditions in support of mine closures. He is adept at working with geographic information system software (ArcGIS) and is a skilled Perl programmer.