Meet Joel Purdy, LG, LHG
Associate Hydrogeologist

Aquifer testing
Water supply
Water rights
Groundwater/surfacewater interaction
CARA studies
Wetland hydrology

Tacoma, WA


Joel is a senior hydrogeologist who identifies clean water for drinking and irrigation supplies, conducts hydrogeologic studies and helps clients with the water-right process.

Clients appreciate Joel’s easygoing style and ability to communicate in straightforward, non-scientiffic terms. “I am not going to sell clients something they don’t need—I have their best interests at heart,” he notes. He also likes challenging projects that help people use a valuable resource wisely. The ongoing Mid-Columbia Coho Salmon Restoration Project is indicative of his approach: “I’m bringing nearly all of my skills to help a client with restoring coho salmon runs to the Methow and Wenatchee River Basins. I get to use my water supply development, well design, regional hydrogeology and water rights experience, and I have learned a lot about local hydrogeolgy while investigating numerous potential sites along two beautiful river courses.”

Life is sweet for Joel when he gets to combine hydrogeology with his main passion, golf. He explains, “I have worked on the water-related phases of new golf courses, and have also developed better relationships with clients through golf, often building long-term friendships through the game.”

Joel admits that his free-time activity is “golf, golf and more golf.” He plays after work and on the weekends, about four to five times a week. “Anytime I leave the office, people think I am going to play golf. I used to fight it, but now I just go with it.”

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • “Development of a 3,500-gpm Groundwater Supply for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s New Salmon Hatchery,” presented at the Washington Hydrogeologic Symposium, Port Angeles, WA, 2011