Our Team

John B. Rice, P.G.

Senior Geologist, President

MS, Geology, Utah State University
BS, Geology, James Madison University

Mr. Rice has years of professional experience in environmental consulting and hydrogeology. He has managed and conducted numerous environmental site assessments, subsurface site investigations, remediation projects, and groundwater and surface water studies during his career. Mr. Rice is a registered Professional Geologist (PG) in Idaho, Wyoming, and Virginia. His work experience has been diverse and has included projects on the east and west coasts, in the Midwest, and in the Rocky Mountain region. Throughout his career, Mr. Rice’s experience has routinely included the overall responsibility for the management of contractors and sub-consultants, including drilling firms, various specialty consultants such as wetland and wildlife experts, and analytical laboratories. Mr. Rice has managed and conducted literally hundreds of ASTM Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) at a wide range of sites across the nation. Over the years, Mr. Rice has efficiently and successfully taken many commercial and industrial sites from the initial identification of a problem, to investigation of that problem, and ultimately the successful design and implementation of cleanup efforts. Mr. Rice’s career has also included time in the non-profit sector, including 3 years as Research Director with the Friends of the Teton River (FTR) in the Teton Valley of Idaho, and 3 years in private land conservation. This work included scientific studies related to surface water – groundwater interaction, hydrologic alteration and impacts to fisheries, and irrigation-related diversion measurements and management. Mr. Rice’s non-profit service, and the relationships developed with persons in the conservation community, as well as in the key regional public agencies and other regional non-profits, has been of particular benefit on projects where credibility with diverse groups has been necessary to reach compromise and implement mutually beneficial solutions.

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W. Roger Warner

Senior Hydrologist, Vice President

MS, Hydrology, University of Idaho
BS, Geology, Brigham Young University
AS, Brigham Young University-Idaho (formerly Ricks College)

Mr. Warner has years of professional experience over a wide range of geologic and environmental projects. His work experience has been split between consultation services, governmental agency representative, and academia. He has managed and conducted many varied site investigations over the course of his career and brings to the table a diverse working knowledge of environmental and geological issues. Mr. Warner is a Masters Degreed Hydrologist from the University of Idaho. His project thesis focused on evaluation of conceptual models for spring flows in the American Falls area of Idaho; a topic that continues to be of great concern given today’s water right climate in southern Idaho.

Mr. Warner’s work experience has been unique in the development of a broad range of relationships with agency professionals throughout Eastern Idaho. Mr. Warner worked closely with regional Department of Fish and Game, Department of Environmental Quality, and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel while performing stream protection oversight duties, which also enabled opportunities for interaction with federal agencies such as the U.S Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and others.

Mr. Warner’s water right experience has included numerous opportunities to interact with the region’s top expert water- and water-law professionals where he participated in the formation of reasonable and fundamentally sound solutions to water right problems.

Board Memberships

  • President, Eastern Idaho Water Rights Coalition,
  • Associate Director-Business Caucus, Idaho Water Users Association,
  • Founding Board member, Upper Snake Mitigation Solutions, LLC,
  • Founding Board Member, Recharge Development Corporation,
  • Chairman, Brigham Young University-Idaho Geology Department Advisory committee
  • Commissioner, City of Rigby Planning and Zoning

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Patrick N. Naylor, PE, PG,

Senior Hydrogeologist, Vice President


MS, Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
BS, Engineering Geology, Brigham Young University

Mr. Naylor is a Senior Hydrogeologist and Water Resource Engineer with years of experience in hydrogeology, geology, environmental permitting and studies, mining, water resources, civil engineering, and environmental engineering. This experience has been with projects primarily in the West, but has included multiple projects across the U.S., Canada, South America, Africa, and the Pacific region. He has been based in Idaho for most of his professional career and is a demonstrated technical leader and project manager. Mr. Naylor’s approach to his clients’ projects is straight-forward: What is the simplest, most efficient way to solve this problem?
Project work and areas of expertise include hydrogeology; surface water hydrology; water supply for potable, industrial, mining, oil/gas, agricultural and fisheries applications; aquifer recharge; industrial, municipal, oil/gas, and mining permitting; geothermal development and management; geologic characterization; water resource development and management; liner systems; and stream channel realignment, stabilization and restoration. He is experienced in permitting and planning, including NEPA, NPDES, TMDL, SPCC, SWPPP, 401/404 permits, feasibility and baseline studies, source water assessment and protection plans, and water management planning.
Mr. Naylor has a B.S. Degree in Engineering Geology and an M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering, both from Brigham Young University. His M.S. Thesis focused on hydraulic modeling of perched water zones of the Snake River Plain Aquifer underlying the Idaho National Laboratory. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Idaho and Utah, and a licensed Professional Geologist in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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Bryce A. Contor

Senior Hydrologist

MS, Hydrology, University of Idaho
BS, Agricultural Economics, Brigham Young University
AS, Farm Crops Management, Ricks College

Mr. Contor has worked in the hydrology field for years, including ten years with the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute where he served as a research hydrologist, and five years with Idaho Department of Water Resources where he served as a Senior Water Resource Agent. Prior to that he farmed and served on the board of directors of a small canal company.

With the Institute, Mr. Contor served as principal investigator on hydrologic projects as diverse as preparing water budgets for large numerical aquifer models, investigating remote sensing of evapotranspiration on irrigated lands, developing tools to calculate the economic demand for irrigation water, and investigating managed recharge of aquifers. He has published in national peer-reviewed scientific journals and has authored numerous technical completion reports for the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute. At Idaho Department of Water Resource, Mr. Contor measured flow in pipelines and open channels, investigated water-right claims and made water-right recommendations in the Snake River Basin Adjudication.

Mr. Contor holds an M.S. Degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho. His hydrologic specialties include groundwater/surface-water interactions and MODFLOW aquifer modeling, water-budget analysis, pipeline and open-channel flow measurement, and statistics. GIS specialties include aerial photography interpretation and manipulation of remote-sensing data. Economics specialties are water banking and economic demand for irrigation water.

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Mike Hagen

Senior Geologist

B.S., Geology, Boise State University

Mr. Hagen has years of experience working as a Project Manager, geologist and hydrogeologist in Idaho and Alaska. He has extensive administrative experience as a project manager and also operates as a skilled field geologist. His broad professional experience includes remote drill site management, exploratory drilling, well log interpretation, geotechnical investigations, thermal and hydraulic finite element analysis model development, contaminated site investigations, liquefaction studies, ground water studies, Title V Air Permit compliance, Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plans, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans, and Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments. As a field geologist, he has extensive experience with a variety of drill methods in both urban and remote locations. His field experience includes sample collection for surface water, soil, soil-gas and groundwater as well as installation of both shallow and deep multi-zoned monitoring wells. He is technically skilled and proficient at collecting data in difficult subsurface and/or weather conditions. Understanding the value of field data he is meticulous at following procedures that best suit the subsurface conditions and sample collection methods. His extensive field and drill experience enables sophisticated communication with drilling contractors, allows the anticipation of adverse soil conditions, and safe and effective completion of the field activities.

Professional Memberships, Certifications, & Qualifications

  • National Groundwater Association
  • Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
  • Geological Society of America
  • Alaska Geological Society
  • IADC Well Control Certified
  • Troxler Nuclear Densometer Operations
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER
  • 24-Hour HAZWOPER
  • Delayed Care and CPR Training
  • H2S Awareness Training
  • North Slope Training Course Badge
  • British Petroleum Security Badge
  • Alyeska Pipeline Security Badge

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Kristin M. Moore

Water Rights Analyst

BS, Geology, Brigham Young University, Idaho

Ms. Moore has years working in water rights and GIS analysis. She has a BS in Geology from Brigham Young University — Idaho that she earned in 2004. Prior to joining for RMEA in 2007, she worked as a GIS analyst for Idaho Water Resources Research Institute in carbon sequestration research. This introduction led Ms. Moore to a position with Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) to aid in the Snake River Basin Adjudication process. As an employee of IDWR, she worked with Idaho Code regarding water rights and water law and she built relationships with agency employees that have proven to be invaluable in the consulting business today.

Since coming to work for RMEA, Ms. Moore has been a key player in numerous water right transfers, appropriations of new water rights, and developing sound mitigation plans for a variety of water right issues. She has been involved in pioneering new and exciting water right solutions for municipalities, commercial companies, and local farmers.

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Chad Jensen

Staff Geologist

BS, Geology, Brigham Young University, Idaho

Mr. Jensen has years working in Geology. Mr. Jensen attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology. From 2001 to 2008, he worked as the instrument man on a survey crew with Mountain River Engineering, of Idaho Falls. In 2008 he began working as a wellsite geologist in the petroleum industry for NorAm Wellsite Services, of Billings, Montana. Mr. Jensen worked as lead geosteerer and senior geologist, directing steering operations for horizontal well drilling and hydrofracturing in Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. In 2015 he began work at RMEA, where he works with senior staff to complete Phase I, II, and III Environmental Site Assessments, groundwater monitoring, site investigations and cleanups, aquifer tests, and water-rights studies.

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Rachel Geringer

Staff Geologist

MS, Geophysics, Washington State University
BS, Geology, University of Idaho.

Mrs. Geringer has years of experience. She earned a MS in Geophysics from Washington State University and a BS in Geology from University of Idaho. Mrs. Geringer has experience as a Geothermal Scientist at the INL, a Consulting Geologist at Clearwater Geosciences, and as Field Geologist at Midas Gold Inc. Mrs. Geringer has experience in both numerical and conceptual modeling, analyzing geothermal reservoir decline, overseeing drilling activity, water and sediment sampling, overseeing pumping tests, and field mapping. Mrs. Geringer MS research broadly explored how the cooling and thickening of the Earth’s lithosphere lead to the formation of cratons, the stable cores of continents. This research provided Mrs. Geringer with an understanding of how both subsurface and near surface dynamics are expressed at the Earth’s surface. Through Mrs. Geringer education and work experience, she has a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to critical thinking and problem solving.

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Sue Vilord

Senior Staff Biologist

BS, Wildlife Management.

Ms. Vilord holds a bachelors degree in wildlife management and has years experience conducting habitat assessments and wildlife surveys, including threatened and endangered species surveys, ecological inventories, and preparing wildlife habitat management plans. Her background also includes conducting wetland delineations, preparation and submission of permit applications to state and federal entities, and wetland and stream design used for mitigation of impacts. She is also experienced in conducting compliance evaluations, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and environmental construction oversite.

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Keith C. Wilson

Senior Water Rights Analyst, Emeritus

BS, Agricultural Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
BS, Zoology, Louisiana Tech University

Mr. Wilson finished his career with over 35 years of professional experience in water rights in eastern Idaho. He worked for over 26 years as a Senior Resource Agent in the Eastern Regional Office of the Idaho Dept. of Water Resources (IDWR), assisting with the Snake River Basin Adjudication, completing water right licensing recommendations, complex transfers, conducting water supply related research, working with individual water right owners, municipalities, commercial and industrial water users, and the regional water districts. Mr. Wilson holds two B.S. degrees, in Agricultural Engineering and Zoology, both from Louisiana Tech University.

Mr. Wilson retired in 2016 and he and his wife Eileen enjoy their time with their grandchildren and Keith’s love of motorsports and, of course, all things relating to Amsoil. Keith’s emeritus status allows him to be a part of our work community when warranted. We appreciate Keith and celebrate his contributions to the water right community of eastern Idaho.

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