Chris Watson  

GIS/IT Manager, Geologist

Since becoming our GIS/IT Manager in November of 2015, Chris has provided GIS mapping and analysis, graphics, and tabular data management and IT management. Chris manages database design, data protection, documentation, and workflow, and provides an in-house resource for Geology. Chris performs hydrologic and other computer simulations and modeling as well as GIS analytical capabilities and is adept at bringing to bear the correct spatial data and analyses to solve complex and often multifaceted problems. Chris has spent the last 10 years working on river and habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River, and the development of the Wapato Valley Mitigation and Conservation Bank and Wapato Valley Predictive Habitat Model, has honed his various skill sets to identify suitable locations for restoration project features, model existing and proposed conditions, provide conceptual designs, and support data collection, post-processing and permitting processes. Chris has a background that includes over 20 years of consulting in the Pacific Northwest environments and has participated on over 20 NEPA project teams in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah. His experience includes multi-disciplinary project types: habitat restoration, energy development, water resources and water dependent infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, municipal infrastructure, hazardous waste, landfills, mines, CERCLA, and critical infrastructure protection. While Chris did receive an MS in Geology, he considers raising his six kids as his true education. When not at work, he spends most of his time with his kids, grandkids and his wife. He attends many high school sporting events, church activities, and volunteer work. Chris and his family also enjoy spending as much time as possible camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing in the wonderful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.