When Gary was a 10-year-old farm boy, his family drilled a new well, dredging up lots of limestone cuttings in the process. Gary recalls, “The cuttings were great for building dams and rivers and filling with water. I guess I had engineering and geological tendencies even then.” When he got to college, Gary was a civil engineering major until he took his first geology course, which influenced him to switch majors and go on to earn bachelor and master’s degrees in geological engineering.
In 2010, Gary joined GeoEngineers to build an environmental practice for the company in the Midwest and now leads the Springfield, Missouri office. Gary says he appreciates GeoEngineers’ technical capabilities, use of technology and high level of collaboration among its offices and professionals. He reflects, “This collaboration is very unusual. We can put a team together for almost any project. It may be a 300-person firm, but our synergy makes us a lot bigger.”
Gary’s reputation is based in part on his success on the Eastern Missouri Dioxin Clean-Up project, also known as Times Beach: “It was a massive project with a lot of governmental and community involvement and solved a major problem for the state of Missouri. There were 29 dioxin sites in eastern Missouri and about a dozen in southwest Missouri. We returned all these sites to beneficial use.”
His experience is proving invaluable on the large Missouri Carbon Sequestration Project, which Gary began working on prior to joining the company. GeoEngineers is now the Co-Principal Investigator for the project, which is investigating the feasibility of capturing and storing carbon dioxide generated by coal-burning power plants in geological formations beneath individual power plants rather than emitting the carbon dioxide into the air or transporting it to distant sequestration sites.
For both work and fun, Gary likes to hike, camp and visit geological sites. He admits, “It’s hard for me to drive by a new highway road cut—where you can see all of the rock exposed—without stopping and taking a look.” At home, Gary says he’s always building something or working on home projects.
“Political Transitions at MDNR and USEPA and What to Expect,” presented at the 2017 Missouri Air Compliance Seminar, Columbia, MO, March 2, 2017.
“CCR Rule: Geophysical Techniques to Certify Utility Waste Landfill Stability and Groundwater Monitoring Systems in Karst,” presented at the Energy, Utility and Environmental Conference, San Diego, CA, February 9, 2017.
“Geophysical Methods for Screening and Investigating Utility Waste Landfill Sites in Karst Terrain,” presented at the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Annual Meeting, Kona, HI, September 22, 2016.
"Preliminary Geophysical Investigation: City Utilities John Twitty Energy Center," for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri and GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc., Springfield, MO, December 21, 2015.
"CCR Rule: What Location Restrictions Mean for Missouri," presented at the Missouri Waste Control Coalition Environmental Conference, July 14, 2015.
"USEPA Coal Combustion Residuals Rule:Impact on Utilities and CCP," presented at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference, Overland Park, KS, May 13, 2015.
"The Missouri Carbon Sequestration Project – A Model for State Assessment of Carbon Sequestration Feasibility," presented at the Washington Hydrogeology Symposium, Tacoma, WA, April 14, 2015.
"Carbon Capture & Sequestration Feasibility Report," presented at the Mid-America Environmental Compliance Conference, Overland Park, KS, April 3, 2014.
"New Environmental Regulations Facing EGUs and What This Means for Missouri," presented at the 2014 Missouri Air Compliance Seminar, March 11, 2014.
"Shallow Carbon Sequestration Demonstration Project," with David M. Fraley, William A. Alter and Steven D. Bodenhamer, September 30, 2013.
“The Missouri Carbon Sequestration Project—A Model for State Assessment of Carbon Sequestration Feasibility,” presented at the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists 54th Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK, September, 2011.
“Investigation and Remediation of the 2006 Nixa, Missouri, Collapse Sinkhole,” with Douglas Gouzie, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XV, No. 1, February 2009.