Joseph E. Becker LHG RGPrincipal Hydrogeologist | President | General Manager
Joe is highly experienced at conducting hydrogeologic assessments and fulfilling regulatory needs for groundwater studies. He is also recognized for developing numerical models of complex hydrogeologic settings to assist in the understanding and management of groundwater flow systems. With over 31 years of experience as a hydrogeologist, Joe provides oversight and QA/QC functions for most of Robinson Noble's hydrogeologic and environmental projects. He is a mentoring volunteer for the National Ground Water Association and peer reviews technical papers for the journal Ground Water. Joe is a Licensed Hydrogeologist in Washington and Professional Geologist in California and Idaho.
John F. HildenbrandPrincipal Environmental Scientist | Environmental Division Manager
John's expertise covers a wide array of environmental, health, and safety areas. As a local environmental official in both Montana and Washington, he managed a wide range of environmental programs including drinking water, waste water, solid waste, and disaster response issues. John served as a technical lead in UST and hazardous materials programs. He developed the first, local 2-year community and technical college program directly focused on the environmental industry. He has been responsible for over 500 environmental projects and is a voting member on three ATSM technical committees.
Rick B. Powell PEPrincipal Geotechnical Engineer | Geotechnical Division Manager
Rick Powell has over 25 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering field, with a background in geotechnical and structural engineering. His many years of construction experience in the Northwest includes a variety of large residential developments, commercial, industrial, and municipal projects. Reinforced slope and wall designs are one of Rick's specialities and he has consulted on over 80 bridge abutments adjacent to overpasses on State roadways. He also specializes in slope stability investigations and landslide analysis and repair, which commonly include the use of fill buttresses, drilled piers, reinforced soil walls, and drainage improvements. Rick is a Professional Engineer in Washington State, Idaho, Alaska, and California.
Charles P. Couvrette PEPrincipal Geotechnical Engineer
Chuck has been practicing geotechnical engineering, mainly in the greater Puget Sound region, since 1978. Building on the skills established with his design and construction experience, he is relied upon by the insurance industry for the forensic evaluation of geotechnical-related damage to structures and hillsides. In addition to stormwater management and slope stabilty projects, Chuck’s consulting experience includes participation in the design and construction of residential, commercial, and industrial projects, such as warehouse facilities, many of which required construction over soft ground and the need for surcharges or preloads with pile support for sensitive areas. Chuck is a Professional Engineer in Washington State.
F. Michael Krautkramer LHG RG CPGPrincipal Hydrogeologist | Vice-President
With over 44 years of experience, Mike's technical expertise in both water rights and regional planning are widely recognized, and he is active in the regulatory and political aspects of water resource management. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee for the Washington State Ground Water Association and is the Chair of the Ground Water Availability Committee of the National Ground Water Association. In 2008, Mike was honored as the National Ground Water Association’s McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer throughout North America and was also awarded their Robert Storm Interdivisional Cooperation Award. Mike is a Licensed Hydrogeologist in Washington, a Registered Geologist in Oregon, and a Professional Geologist in Alaska.
James E. Hay LHG CPGPrincipal Hydrogeologist | Marketing Manager
Jim has broad technical and management expertise in water resources investigations and specializes in projects involving surface and groundwater interaction. With over 21 years of professional geologic and hydrogeologic experience, he has assisted federal, tribal, county, and municipal agencies—as well as numerous water districts and commercial clients—to achieve their water supply, protection, and management goals. Jim's project experience includes: the drilling, development, testing, and maintenance of wells; regional groundwater resource delineation; water rights consulting; stream gaging; and groundwater flow modeling. He is a Licensed Hydrogeologist in Washington State and a Certified Professional Geologist in Alaska.
Michael F. Piechowski LHGPrincipal Hydrogeologist
Mike's extensive experience with groundwater monitoring networks and instrumentation has been integral to many successful water supply and contaminant remediation projects. He has directed and conducted the testing of monitoring and production wells for numerous public, commercial, and industrial clients. Mike performs regional groundwater resource evaluations, groundwater flow modeling, all phases of wellhead protection plans, and downhole geophysical surveys. He has a background in environmental hydrogeology: identifying, delineating, and remediating soil and groundwater contamination. Mike is a Licensed Hydrogeologist in Washington State.
Douglas C. Dow LHGSenior Associate Hydrogeologist
Doug has worked in the groundwater industry as a professional hydrogeologist for over 41 years. He has used his knowledge to design, test, rehabilitate, and evaluate hundreds of test wells and dozens of major production wells in the Pacific Northwest. He has designed and operated multiple well data collection programs for the evaluation of aquifer characteristics, contaminant migration, saltwater intrusion, and artificial recharge. Doug has assisted many clients with water right issues by conducting audits, evaluating current water resources, and optimizing the use of those rights. He performs hydrogeologic investigations, all phases of field project work, and specialized geophysical analyses.