Board Member Spotlight


Karin Peternel

Nevada Water Resources Association would like to introduce its membership to Board Member, Ms. Karin Peternel.  Ms. Peternel is the newest representative on the NWRA Board.  She currently works for Michael Baker International (Reno).

Ms. Peternel has a M.S. Hydrologic Sciences;  B.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences/Hydrology, (both University of Nevada, Reno).  “After receiving my Master’s degree in 2005, I worked for a couple of consulting firms, and for Douglas County as their first Stormwater Program Manager.  I have been with Michael Baker for almost 2 years.   My work primarily involves water quality issues, particularly surface water contamination, floodplain modeling and management.”

Ms. Peternel became involved with NWRA by attending the UNR/NWRA Dinner Forums.  Her goals for NWRA as a Board Member is to, “Continue to proceed as a leader in the state’s water resources – recognition of importance of ground and surface waters, quality and quantity, and importance of keeping the next generation of scientists actively involved.”

“I am excited for this opportunity to participate in NWRA; It is finally the right time in my life and career to devote time and energy into making a worthwhile contribution to an organization which I respect and support.”

During her time off, Karin enjoys, “hiking, rock hunting, going to the creek – any activity that being outside and includes my 2 dogs (Shadow and Bear).  I am a pilot (airplane and UAS), and enjoy aerobatic flying, and have been taking lessons to get my seaplane certification, as every self-respecting hydrologist should be able to land an airplane on water!!!”

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