Professor of Engineering. Dr. Weight earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in Mathematical Geology. He is a practicing hydrogeologist, a registered Professional Engineer in Montana, and President of his own Consulting Company. Dr Weight leads the Environmental Engineering track of Carroll’s Civil Engineering department and has been the Carroll EWB Chapter faculty mentor for the Guatemala Project since 2009.
He has 20 peer-reviewed articles and is most recently recognized for his newly released Hydrogeology Field Manual (2nd edition) published by McGraw-Hill. He teaches courses in Energy and Environment, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Quality, Public Health & Environment, Field Methods, and Groundwater Modeling. He has also taught over 60 professional short courses, including some in Indonesia, Peru, and Mexico.
Testimony Dr. Weight created a computerized 3-dimensional numerical model to demonstrate the affects of water extraction from the MAWC bottling plant. He was able to do in a remarkably short time what the State of MT was not able to do — generate a numerical model that simulates the hydrogeology of much of the Flathead Valley in order to better understand the consequences of water extraction on the aquifers that underlay the valley’s floor. He showed that MAWC’s well’s operation would draw water down from the surface water sources to replace the water being extracted for bottling, thereby depleting or eliminating local surface water bodies such as springs that feed creeks, wetlands, and the sloughs which are such a vital aspect of our landscape. It was an immense leap forward in understanding the nature of our valley’s water and geology, an understanding which will serve the valley residents and policy makers for many years to come.