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Mary Kay Foley, P.E., PMP

Mary Kay Foley is the Center Director of the US Geological Survey Maryland-Delaware-DC Water Science Center (WSC).

The WSC includes approximately 80 scientists and technicians engaged in collecting and interpreting water data including surface water, groundwater, water use, and water quality including site remediation. 

Mary Kay joined the USGS in 2015 after twenty three years with the US Army. As Director for the MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, high profile projects include Chesapeake Bay water quality trend analysis, National Water Quality Assessments and data collection and analysis for multiple Federal, State, County, local governments and research partners.

Professional Experience

  • Mary Kay spent eleven years with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Buffalo District) working as hydrologist, project engineer, and project manager for water resource and hazardous waste cleanup projects. She spent four years as Environmental Division Chief at the Department of Public Works US Army Garrison Mannheim Germany.

  • Before joining the USGS, Mary Kay ran the US Army European Region Cleanup program, including 119 sites with a $160M cost to complete.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional.

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