“Having worked on Nevada water issues for more than 31 years, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with a broader understanding of issues within the state than Jim Thomas,” DRI President Dr. Stephen Wells said.
Thomas spent 19 years with the U.S. Geological Survey in Carson City before joining DRI in 1999. He earned a Ph.D. in hydrology/hydrogeology from the University of Nevada, Reno Mackay School of Mines in 1996. As the CWES director since 2005, Thomas played key roles in developing large interdisciplinary research programs in the Lake Tahoe and Walker Lake basins, as well as providing support for projects in southern Nevada. In the Walker Basin, Thomas has been administering $16 million in federal funding in collaboration with UNR.
Thomas oversees DRI’s West Africa Program, which has done work in Ghana, Mali and Niger, which has focused on improving well drilling for clean water sources. DRI recently received a new five-year $1.2 million contract to continue this work.