About Us

 

Dr. Gordon McCurry, P.G., has more than 30 years experience as an environmental consultant in hydrology relating to  water resources evaluations and groundwater contamination.  His  experience includes the investigation, characterization and modeling of  watersheds and aquifer systems for projects nationwide, from site- to  basin-scale.  His areas of technical expertise include:

  • Quantitative analyses of groundwater flow and contaminant transport
  • Designing and evaluating aquifer remediation systems
  • Characterizing stream/aquifer interactions 
  • Conducting aquifer testing and analyses 
  • Conjunctive use planning
  • Evaluating climate change impacts on hydrology and water availability 
  • Preparing source water and wellhead protection plans 
  • Analyzing water rights

Dr. McCurry has successfully managed  large projects and staff for more than 25 years and served as lead  scientist for more than 30 years. Past clients  include municipalities,  local and state governments, EPA, and a variety of industrial  entities.  


He  has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in groundwater management, groundwater modeling, hydrogeology and field methods in hydrogeology since 1991. Dr. McCurry has been a member of many  technical advisory committees, including the ASCE Managed Aquifer  Recharge Standards Committee, for which he is the corresponding editor,  and the City of Boulder, CO, South Boulder Creek Flood Mapping project.
 

He earned a  Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Geology from  West Virginia University and a B.S. in Geology from the Pennsylvania  State University. He is a registered Professional Geologist in Texas.


In  his spare time, Gordon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including  trail running, mountaineering, 24-hr orienteering events, mountain  biking, cross- country skiing, rock climbing and adventure racing. His work and play  are based out of Boulder, Colorado.

Selected Publications

McCurry, G., Barkman,  P., Bartlett, D., Sheng, Z., Stanin, P., and McGrane, D. 2014. Status  on Updated ASCE/EWRI Guidelines on Managed Aquifer Recharge In Proceedings, 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference, Baltimore, MD. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association


McCurry, G. 2011. Climate change impacts on western water rights. In Proceedings, AWRA 2011 Spring Specialty Conference: Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources, Baltimore, MD. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association.


McCurry, G., Moore, A. 2010. An evaluation of potential aquifer storage in eastern Colorado. In Proceedings, 2010 Ground Water Summit, Denver, CO. Westerville, OH: National Ground Water Association.


McCurry, G. 2009. Estimated increases in Colorado municipal demands due to climate change. In Proceedings, 2009 Summer Specialty Conference on Adaptive Management of Water Resources, Snowbird, UT. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association.


McCurry, G.,  Nyznyk, Y., Pickus, W., Slater, G. 2008. Comprehensive evaluation of  pump-and-treat system performance, Fresno sanitary landfill. In Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, Monterey, CA. Columbus, OH: Battelle Press.


Nyznyk, Y., McCurry, G., Terberg, R., Slater, G. 2008. Long-term monitoring program optimization, Fresno sanitary landfill Superfund site. In Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, Monterey, CA. Columbus, OH: Battelle Press.


Bliss, M., McCurry, G., McCluskey, M. 2007. Correlating specific capacity based hydraulic conductivity values to aquifer pumping test based values. In Proceedings, 2007 Annual Water Resources Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association.


McCurry, G., Horn, A., Smith, N., Moore, A. 2007. Results of a regional underground water storage study in Colorado. In Proceedings, 2007 Annual Water Resources Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association.


McCurry, G., McCluskey, M. 2007. Evaluating land use effects on nitrate concentrations in groundwater and receiving streams. In Proceedings, WEFTEC’07, 80th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, San Diego, CA. Alexandria, VA: Water Environment Federation.


Smith, M.J., McCurry, G., Alvarado,  R., Bennett, R., Ahrens, B., Moore, A. 2006. Designing a data-centered  groundwater modeling process for the South Platte decision support  system, Colorado. In Proceedings, MODFLOW and More 2006: Managing Ground-Water Systems. Golden, CO: International Groundwater Modeling Center, CO School of Mines.


McCurry, G. 2005. Integrated modeling of water rights diversions, recharge and return flow. In Proceedings, 2005 NGWA Ground Water and Environmental Law Conference, Baltimore, MD. Westerville, OH: National Ground Water Association.


McCurry, G. 2004. Comparing methods of estimating stream depletions due to pumping. SAHRA Program of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Southwest Hydrology 3 (2: March).


McCurry, G.,  Borchert, C., Shomaker, J. 2004. Evaluating stream depletions due to  pumping from the Buckman wellfield. In Geologic and Hydrogeologic  Framework of the Espanola Basin – Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Espanola  Basin Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2-3, 2004, M. Hudson, ed.  Open-File Report 2004-1093. US Geological Survey.


McCurry, G.,  Horn, J.A., Paschall, D.T. 2004. Techniques for developing an effective  field monitoring program for groundwater data in the South Platte basin  of northeast Colorado. In Proceedings, 2004 GSA Annual Meeting. Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America.


Paschall, D.T., Smerud, L.M., Smith, M.J., McCurry, G., 2004. An enhanced understanding of the Denver basin aquifer configurations. In Proceedings, 2004 GSA Annual Meeting. Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America.


McCurry, G., Doremus,  D., Smerud, L., Shomaker, J. 2003. Developing a groundwater flow model  to evaluate hydrologic effects of pumping from the Buckman wellfield. In  Proceedings, 2nd Annual Espanola Basin Workshop. Santa Fe, NM: USGS Espanola Basin Technical Advisory Group.


McCurry, G., Morea, S., Rehring,J., D. Doremus, 2002. Water Supply Planning for Drought Conditions in Northern New Mexico. In: Proceedings, 2002 Annual Water Resources Conference. American Water Resources Association, Philadelphia, PA. November.


McCurry, G., Strzepek, K. 2002. Water Management in Prior Appropriation State Under Changing Hydrologic Conditions. In: Proceedings, Ground Water/Surface Water Interactions. American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference, Keystone, CO, July.


McCurry, G., Strzepek, K. 2001. Modeling water rights diversions, recharge, and return flow in the western US with the MODRIGHT package. In Proceedings, MODFLOW 2001 International Conference. Golden, CO: International Groundwater Modeling Center, CO School of Mines.


McCurry, G.  2000. Modeling the effects of climate change on the hydrology and water  rights of a semi-arid irrigated watershed. Ph.D. dissertation. Boulder:  University of Colorado.


Batchelder-Adams, L., McCurry, G. 1997. Improving leachate generation modeling. Solid Waste Technologies (November/December).


Bouvette, T., McCurry, G., Odland, S. 1995. Evaluating soil cleanup levels with mixing cell models. In Proceedings, AIChE 1995 National Meeting, Planning for a Responsible 21st Century, Boston, MA. New York, NY: American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


McCurry, G.  1995. Evaluating infiltration-related water quality impacts associated  with land application of biosolids in arid and semi-arid settings. In Proceedings, Effects of Land Application of Biosolids in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments. Ft. Collins, CO. Sponsored by EPA, Colorado State University, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment, and RBD Inc. 


McCurry, G., Bandeen, R., Dentler, P. 1995. Aquifer testing to characterize preferential flow pathways in a stratified aquifer. In Proceedings, New Mexico Section Annual AWRA Conference. Middleburg, VA: American Water Resources Association.


McCurry, G. 1994. Appropriate use of fate and transport modeling in risk assessment. EPA Risk Assessment Conference, Lakewood, CO.


McCurry, G., Reilly, K. 1993. Ground water basin management through wellhead protection programs. In Proceedings, Basin Planning and Management: Water Quantity and Quality,  D.K. Mueller, ed. Colorado Water Resources Research Institute  Information Series No. 73. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University.


McCurry, G.  1985. Characterization of ground water contamination associated with  coal mines in West Virginia. M.S. thesis. Morgantown: West Virginia  University.