About the writer – Bruce K. Darling

TBKD2his project is a resurrection of a blog (Southwest Water Economics) that I started in 2009. I stopped posting to that site in 2011 because I travelled a lot … spending much time in Kenya and in Germany. (Ich bin Berliner!) I still travel, but my interest in managing a site such as this has been rejuvenated, and I look forward to sharing with others what I have learned over many years and to learning from anyone who takes the time to respond to my posts.

The original blog, as indicated by the title, was principally about matters related to water resource economics, planning and policy. My interests, however, reach far beyond the topics addressed on the older site, and so I have decided to “begin again” with a blog that addresses a much broader range of topics of interest to water-resource professionals … hydrogeologists, engineers, planners, economists and attorneys.

My consulting practice encompasses the fields of groundwater exploration, development, management, and planning; water-resource economics, water rights, and geochemistry. Having worked as a professional geologist for 34 years, I have been involved in many challenging projects in the petroleum, mining, water supply, radioactive waste and environmental industries. In October 2012, I accepted an offer to join Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Consultant and Geochemist. My “home” office is in Austin, Texas.

Readers of this blog are welcome to submit their comments for discussion, or to write to me at:

bdarling@geosyntec.com or aquadoc@bkdarling.net

I am also a licensed professional geologist in Texas (P.G. #57) and Louisiana (P.G. #16).


B.A. Philosophy and M.S. Geology – University of Louisiana at Lafayette

M.A. Energy & Mineral Resources (Mineral Economics) and Ph.D. Hydrogeology – The University of Texas at Austin.


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