Joan Blainey’s expertise is focused on developing groundwater flow and solute transport models at regional and local scales in support of environmental restoration activities, water resource management, and licensing and permitting of radioactive and hazardous waste disposal facilities. Her experience includes working with state, regional, and municipal water management agencies to help determine the nature and extent of subsurface contamination, evaluate remedial alternatives, define regulatory boundaries for corrective actions, and design long-term monitoring well networks. As a Group Manager in INTERA’s Richland office, she leads a team of scientists and engineers in providing modeling and other technical services to support the environmental cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, a large and complex site involving the cleanup of legacy contamination resulting from the production of plutonium. To complete this work, Joan applies experience with a wide variety of groundwater flow and transport codes, geostatistical and mathematical software, programming languages, optimization codes, and geographic information system (GIS) software.
Joan Blainey, PhD
PhD, 2008, Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
MS, 2000, Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
BS, 1997, Mathematics, University of Washington
Professional Geologist (CA, WA)