Nolan Friday

Nolan Friday is a Hydrologic Technician in the Riverton Field Unit of the WY-MT Water Science Center.


After he was honorably discharged from the Army, he started service with the USGS on December 18, 1987 on a two year interagency agreement with the Shoshone and Arapahoe tribes on the Wind River Reservation in Central Wyoming. After two years of training in collecting water samples and measuring streamflow, he took a position as a Hydrologic Technician with the USGS while concurrently serving with the National Guard for five years. Early in his career, he also worked on a superfund site in Cheyenne as a driller's helper on a crew installing monitoring wells. During this time, he learned how operate the drill rig, and not only completed wells for the project, but also colleced samples, slug tested wells, and provided data management for the project.

He has collected thousands of water-quality samples and streamflow measurements. He has served on flood details such as the Red River in North Dakota, where he collected water-quality samples and numerous receding flow measurements to help redraw ratings at sites affected by the flood. He helped make a one million cfs measurement on the Red River near Pembina, North Dakota. He analyzes and reviews data for surface water, water-quality monitors, groundwater elevation and water-temperature records. He has helped construct cableways, installed, removed and maintained streamgages and has been the lead on the Water Quality team during most of his career with the Survey.