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Gustavo brings over 25 years’ experience in the geosciences, with a focus on groundwater exploration and water supply management for public and private sectors. Gustavo has been involved in a wide variety of projects throughout California and his native Guatemala. Born in Guatemala, has lived in Minnesota, Canada, and New Mexico. Has worked in Geotechnical Engineering, at an oil exploration Guatemalan regulatory agency, and at Balance 20 years. Gustavo has been involved with California community groups that work to protect local watersheds; has also volunteered with Spanish hydrogeological non-governmental organizations in Guatemala. He finds personal satisfaction in assisting clients locate, drill and evaluate drinking water wells, and then manage often-limited water resources. He has been involved in non-profit hydrogeologic assessments of the Lake Atitlán basin in Guatemala. He has participated for many years on the annual fish count at beautiful south fork of the Smith River in northern California.

  • B.S. Geological Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1988
  • Hicks Mountain Ranch, Mark Solit, Pritzker family agent, Marin County, CA
  • Montara Water and Sanitary District, San Mateo County, CA
  • The Mosaic Project Water Supply, Alameda County, CA

Hecht, B., Porras, G., and White, C., 2004, Maintaining recharge to springs and seeps downgradient from residential developments - an analysis from Bodega Bay, California: presented at the 2004 Groundwater Resources Association Annual Meeting and Conference, Rohnert Park, California, September 23-24, 2004

I find assisting clients find and manage drinking water very fulfilling on a personal and professional level. The work that we do at Balance often takes us to pristine environments that we work to preserve or improve.

The Smith River, one of the largest undammed watersheds in California drains a rugged area of the western Klamath Mountains and Northern Outer California Coast Ranges, just south of the Oregon border. The Smith is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River program. I have participated many times in the fish count that takes place every summer in the South Fork of the Smith.

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