Charlie Besteder


Charlie Besteder is the USGS New York WSC’s Milford, PA field office chief. Charlie began his career working for the USGS Montana WSC, as a hydrologic technician in the Billings, MT field office. During his tenure in the Billings office, he spent time streamgaging, collecting water quality samples and participating in project work. Working in Yellowstone National Park, serving two field details to North Dakota during floods of 2009/2011 and exploring the Beartooth Mountains are fond memories.

In 2013, Charlie applied for and accepted a position as a hydrologist in the USGS Montana WSC district office in Helena, MT. In addition to having a streamgage trip, he served as the crest-stage gage (CSG) project chief in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation managing 88 CSG’s. He also served as the USGS Wyoming-Montana WSC’s survey specialist. Charlie was a leader among the nation surveying and computing indirect discharge measurements. He operated streamgages jointly with Water Survey Canada and overseen by the International Joint Commission. Charlie served as a charter member for the USGS National Hydrologic Data Advisory Committee (HDAC) from 2014 to 2018. He also established WY-MT WSC’s first large scale particle image velocimetry (LSPIV) site.

In 2020, Charlie accepted a position as the USGS New York WSC’s Milford PA field office chief. In his new role, he oversees many gages that have been upgraded as part of the USGS Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS). Charlie’s grateful for the tremendous mentors he’s worked with since starting with the USGS. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Watershed Management from the Pennsylvania State University.