Connie Travers, a hydrogeologist with 28 years of experience in hydrogeology, water resources, and environmental chemistry, co-leads Abt’s Environmental Science and Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDA) practice.
Travers has worked on numerous projects that integrate her expertise in groundwater and surface water characterization and assessment. She has extensive experience in the development, testing and application of models to predict the mobility of water and inorganic and organic contaminants in the environment. Travers has worked at more than 50 abandoned, active and proposed mine sites, working for the mining industry, federal and state agencies, and Native American communities. Her expertise in groundwater flow, hydrology, and transport and fate processes has been used extensively by litigation teams involved in mediation and settlements of environmental lawsuits, resulting in millions of dollars for federal and state agencies.
In the last 20 years, Travers has evaluated surface water and groundwater components of NRDA claims at multiple sites throughout the United States, including the NRDA brought by the trustees against BP on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She prepared a review of tools and methods used to evaluate the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources and coauthored an assessment of climate change impacts on U.S. fisheries. Travers has managed field investigations, including sampling of soils, surface water, sediment, waste materials, and groundwater; aquifer testing; stream flow measurements; monitoring well installation; cone-penetrometer; and Geoprobe work.