Speakers for Keepers of the Water VI: Our Waters are One
September 26-29, 2012 · Fort Nelson, BC
Hydrogeologist, GW Solutions

Gilles Wendling, PhD, PEng has over twenty-five years experience in hydrogeology and water management. He started the firm GW Solutions Inc. in 2005, focusing his work on aquifers at the watershed scale. He particularly focuses on groundwater and surface water interaction.

GW Solutions is working on projects both for the City of Dawson Creek and the Custodian of the Peace Society to characterize the hydrogeological conditions both in the shallow aquifers and in the deep rock formations. An objective of these projects is to assess how shale gas-related activities (drilling, hydraulic fracturing, disposal of liquid wastes, etc.) may affect aquifers and watersheds.

GW Solutions was retained by the Pembina Institute to perform a study of the potential impacts of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) extraction on Salmon and Salmon habitat in the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers, locally referred to as the Sacred Headwaters. These watersheds include the Klappan and Groundhog coalfields, which are within the Shell Canada CBM tenure. A large part of the study consisted of identifying possible impact on streams and groundwater level (surface-groundwater interaction).

GW Solutions was part of the team which produced the Action for Water, the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)-proposed ten-year plan for protecting regional water resources and improving understanding of RDN's watersheds. Dr. Wendling is a member of the RDN Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Advisory Committee.

GW Solutions has worked since 2009 with the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES) to define the interconnection of the aquifers and the Englishman River, near Parksville, Vancouver Island. Aquifer monitoring is on-going.

Dr. Wendling is regularly consulted by Radio Canada and CBC to provide opinions and interviews about water and watershed related matters. He is a contributing author on groundwater sustainability to Groundwater Resources in Canada, a technical book on groundwater in Canada to be published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2012.

» VIDEO: Groundwater Mapping: Keepers of the Athabasca (7:24 YouTube) · Part 2 · Part 3 · Part 4 · Part 5 · Part 6 · Part 7
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