Alison is a Hydrologic Technician with the USGS Colorado Water Science Center (COWSC), in Lakewood, CO.
Alison started her career with the USGS in Tacoma, WA as an independent contractor during the 2013 federal hiring freeze. As part of the Tacoma Studies division, she worked on a diverse set of projects including suspended and bedload sediment sampling in various coastal and large inland rivers, water quality monitoring and tidal mapping in the Nisqually Delta, and supporting the decades long NAWQA groundwater sampling effort in Eastern Washington. In 2018 she joined the Western Washington Field Office in Tacoma as a surface water hydrographer where she ran a small network of stream gages in the south Puget Sound region. She transferred to the COWSC in 2021 to continue work as a hydrographer specializing primarily in water quality data collection and analysis.
Science and Products
Groundwater and surface-water data collection for Mason County, western Washington, 2016–18
Simulation of groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, Washington
Magnitude, frequency, and trends of floods at gaged and ungaged sites in Washington, based on data through water year 2014
Uranium concentrations in groundwater, northeastern Washington
Science and Products
Groundwater and surface-water data collection for Mason County, western Washington, 2016–18Groundwater levels and surface water flow measurements were collected from August 2016 to September 2018 to provide the Mason Conservation District and other stakeholders with basic knowledge of existing water resources in Mason County, Washington. Additionally, the data were collected with the intent of contributing to informed decision making about groundwater use, management, and conservation t
Simulation of groundwater storage changes in the Quincy Basin, WashingtonThe Miocene Columbia River Basalt Group and younger sedimentary deposits of lacustrine, fluvial, eolian, and cataclysmic-flood origins compose the aquifer system of the Quincy Basin in eastern Washington. Irrigation return flow and canal leakage from the Columbia Basin Project have caused groundwater levels to rise substantially in some areas. Water resource managers are considering extraction of
Magnitude, frequency, and trends of floods at gaged and ungaged sites in Washington, based on data through water year 2014An investigation into the magnitude and frequency of floods in Washington State computed the annual exceedance probability (AEP) statistics for 648 U.S. Geological Survey unregulated streamgages in and near the borders of Washington using the recorded annual peak flows through water year 2014. This is an updated report from a previous report published in 1998 that used annual peak flows through th
Uranium concentrations in groundwater, northeastern WashingtonA study of uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington was conducted to make a preliminary assessment of naturally occurring uranium in groundwater relying on existing information and limited reconnaissance sampling. Naturally occurring uranium is associated with granitic and metasedimentary rocks, as well as younger sedimentary deposits, that occur in this region. The occurrence and distrib