Lotic Hydrological works with municipalities, county governments, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations involved in water resource management and conservation. Our staff employs a diverse technical skill set, strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, and a broad knowledge base for considering the multi-faceted nature of natural resource management issues and generating high-quality and timely work products.


 

Seth Mason, M.S.

seth_emailPrincipal Hydrologist

Expertise & Biography

Expertise

Seth received his M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University and his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He specializes in hydrological modeling; stream characterization; deployment and operation of data collection and management systems; and development and coordination of water quality monitoring and assessment activities. Seth works extensively with city and county governments, federal agencies, and 501(c)3 organizations. Seth currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eagle Mine Ltd., a non-profit organization established to monitor and disseminate information about the Superfund cleanup efforts at the Eagle Mine Site near Red Cliff, Colorado.

Biography

When he’s not finger painting, eating dirt or jumping in puddles with his two young sons, Seth enjoys getting outside on skinny skis, fat skis, mountain bikes and various types of river craft. A retired member of the U.S. Men’s Whitewater Raft Team, Seth still spends many summer days seeking out whitewater or floating through one of Colorado’s scenic river canyons. In the winter, you will often find him Nordic skiing on the Roaring Fork valley’s numerous cross-country skiing trails, or chasing face shots in the Aspen Highlands Bowl. Seth serves as a board member on the Mount Sopris Nordic Council and the United States Rafting Association—organizations focused on making frozen and liquid water sports more accessible and enjoyable to the communities they serve.

Publications and Presentations

Mason, S.J.K., Cleveland, S., Izurieta, C. Llovett, P., Poole, G.C. (2014)  A Centralized Tool for Managing, Archiving, and Serving Point-In-Time Data in Ecological Research Laboratories. Environmental Modelling and Software. 51: 59-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.09.008

Mason, S.J.K., B.L. McGlynn, and G.C. Poole, (2012) Hydrologic response to channel reconfiguration on Silver Bow Creek, Montana. Journal of Hydrology 438-439: 125-136.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.03.010

Mason, S.J.K., Cleveland, S., Izurieta, C., Llovet, P., Poole, G.C. (2012) The Virtual Observatory and Ecological Informatics System (VOEIS): Using RESTful architecture and an extensible data model to provide a unique data management solution. Spring Runoff Conference (April 3-4, Logan, UT)

Mason, S.J.K., B.L. McGlynn, and G.C. Poole, (2010). Hydrologic behavior in restored streambeds: Does function follow form? Montana Section AWRA Conference (October 14-15, Helena, MT).

Mason, S.J.K., B.L. McGlynn, and G.C. Poole, (2010). Assessing hydrologic response to channel reconfiguration. RRNW Annual Symposium (February 1-4, Stevenson, WA).

Mason, S.J.K., B.L. McGlynn, and G.C. Poole, (2009). Assessing groundwater-surface water interactions before and after stream channel reconstruction: science to inform the restoration process, Silver Bow Creek, Montana. Montana Section AWRA Conference (October 1-2, Missoula, MT).

Jessica Mason, P.E., M.S.

jessica_email Water Resources Engineer

Expertise & Biography

Expertise

Jessica completed her M.S. in Civil Engineering at Montana State University where she focused on water resources engineering. She has a background in hydrological analysis of surface and groundwater systems, hydraulic modeling, analysis and design, floodplain delineations, water quality sampling and evaluations, water supply and water rights engineering, stormwater management design, field instrumentation and measurement, and remote data collection. When she is not working on rivers in a professional capacity, Jessica can often be found volunteering with groups like the Eagle River Watershed Council on stream bank cleanup and restoration projects.

 Biography

Jessica was an Amazonian woman in a past life. When she is not solving the world’s problems with intricate hydrological models, she likes to work on her guns via intensive calisthenics and juggling two squirmy young boys. Jessica recently retired from the U.S. Women’s Raft team, although anyone who has paddled with her since would agree that she hasn’t really retired. Sometimes Jessica dreams of leaving Seth and the boys in quaint Carbondale so that she can trek across the Alaskan wilderness. Come to think of it, it’s been two weeks since we last saw Jessica in the office…

Bill Hoblitzell, M.S.

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Expertise & Biography

Expertise

Bill completed a M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Northern Arizona University where he focused on watershed science and GIS. He originally received a B.A. in Economics and a B.A.in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in hydrology at the University of Virginia. Falling in love with rivers early on while growing up in West Virginia, to date he has worked as whitewater guide across the US and India. Between seasons in California, Montana, and Arizona, Bill has called central Colorado home on and off for the last decade. He is familiar with many of the region’s conservation and environmental issues through work with watershed groups in Crested Butte and Eagle County.

Biography

Bill calls the Eagle River valley near Vail his home.  He’s an avid mountain biker, boater, and backcountry skier, taking advantage of the great peaks and rivers within short driving distance.  Bill manages to squeeze in a few dozen days each season guiding rafts on the whitewater of the Arkansas, Eagle, and Colorado with Lakota Guides.  He is an AIARE-certified avalanche educator, working with local groups and schools to teach safe winter travel.  Bill recently joined the board of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association where he works with land agencies and local governments to increase mountain biking opportunities and singletrack miles in the community.