Hale Barter, the leader of our Hydrologic Modeling team, began consulting in 1988 and joined M&A in 1994. Much of his time has been spent overseeing, designing, and implementing groundwater flow-and-transport models to support a variety of projects. A substantial focus of Hale’s work has entailed characterizing and modeling fractured bedrock and basin-fill aquifer systems for mining clients in the U.S. and South America. He recently developed models to support EIS studies for the Mt. Hope molybdenum mine in Nevada and the Rosemont copper mine in Arizona. Hale has extensive experience developing models to assess mine-supply feasibility and pumping impacts, as well as to support Arizona Aquifer Protection Permits (APPs) for mine discharge.
Another area of focus includes MAR; Hale has developed numerous predictive models to assess the feasibility of storing treated effluent or surface water in aquifers and then withdrawing it for future use. In addition, he has also applied his modeling and analytical skills to support large-scale groundwater management efforts and to address environmental problems such as optimizing cleanup strategies or assessing the feasibility of proposed remedial actions.