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Kara M. Watson

810 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 206

West Trenton, NJ 08628

609-771-3919

kmwatson@usgs.gov


Education


B.S., Geology; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, August 1996


Employment History


U.S. Geological Survey, New Jersey Water Science Center, Hydrologist, January 2002- present


March 2010 to present: Project Chief- Estimation of selected monthly low-flow ecological indices at ungaged sites on streams in New Jersey. Developing techniques for estimating low-flow statistics for ungaged sites under both undeveloped and current conditions of land use on streams in New Jersey. The statistics for which values will be calculated are: 25th percentile, median, and 75th percentile of minimum daily flows, by month, monthly 7Q10, monthly Q75, Q85, Q90, Q99, August and Sept. Q75, August and Sept. Q90, and August and Sept. Q99. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and statistical methods for the analysis.


February 2010 to present: Co-Project Chief- Saddle River flood inundation pilot study. Using existing HEC-RAS surface water models and GIS analysis tools, we have been able to map out areas of flood inundation for the Saddle River around Lodi, New Jersey. The products of this project are static maps for 1-foot increments of stage level at the USGS streamflow-gaging station 01391500 Saddle River at Lodi, NJ.


March 2007-June 2010: Project Chief- Methodology for estimation of flood magnitude and frequency for New Jersey streams. Developed regional peak discharge relations for ungaged drainage basins in New Jersey by evaluating the stream gage data collected from the cooperative New Jersey gage network. The specific study included development of regional peak discharge equations for non-tidal streams in New Jersey that are not heavily regulated by reservoirs for the 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, 100- and 500-year recurrence intervals for five regions in the State. Used Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and statistical methods for the analysis.


February 2006- present: Project Chief-StreamStats Web Development project. This effort entailed preprocessing and preparation of the NHD (National Hydrologic Dataset), HUC14, and NED (National Elevation Data) datasets for implementation in the National StreamStats web page for the State of New Jersey. ArcInfo, Spatial Analyst, and ArcHydro tools were used to calculated channel slope (10/85), channel length, basin shape index, percent land use, and population density. Work with flow accumulation grids, flow direction grids, was useful in setting up basin delineation routines.


January 2004- June 2009: GIS specialist for the Pinelands project. GIS analysis along with RockWorks to process water level data, GPR data, and log data to determine thicknesses and tops of underlying aquifers and confining units. Used ArcInfo and Spatial Analyst to determine percent sand content in the underlying units. Another product of this project was a shared Access database linked to GIS using an ArcMap file, creating a dynamic link between the database and GIS.

February 2002- September 2005: Project Chief-Streamflow characteristics project. Trend tests on high and low-flow data and rainfall data using Kendall’s Tau. Use of MOVE1 correlations for low-flow data analysis.


Experience using GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) equipment as well as the data processing and interpretation using GroundVision software.


Various map making for figures in reports, displays, and analysis. Developed a GIS metadata template for documenting geospatial datasets.


South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida, May 1999- December 2001


Systems Analyst/ Programmer: Everglades Regulation/ Everglades Stormwater Program; Water quality/quantity database development and maintenance.


U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, Hydrologic Technician, March 1997- June 1998


Bridge Scour assessment project; included surveying of bridge and stream channel geometry through the use of a Total Station. Geomorphic site assessment and GPS data collection. Supervision and training of new interns. Quality review of data for report preparation.





Publications

Watson, K.M. and Schopp, R.D., 2009, Methodology for estimation of flood magnitude and frequency for New Jersey streams: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5167, 52 p.

Walker, R.L., Reilly, P.A., and Watson, K.M., 2007, Hydrogeologic framework in three study areas in the New Jersey Pinelands, 2004-06: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5061, 149 p.

Watson, K.M., Reiser, R.G., Nieswand, S.P., and Schopp, R.D., 2005, Streamflow characteristics and trends in New Jersey, water years 1897-2003: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5105, 131 p.


Reiser, R.G., Watson, K.M., Chang, M., and Nieswand, S.P., 2002, Surface-water data and statistics from U.S. Geological Survey data-collection networks in New Jersey on the World Wide Web: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-109-02.


Other Works Published


Streamstats New Jersey- An interactive web application that allows users to easily obtain basin characteristics and streamflow statistics for user selected sites along New Jersey streams. This can be accessed at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/streamstats/new_jersey.html


Surface-water coverages with full FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee) metadata. The metadata was reviewed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The coverages are published in the NJGIN (New Jersey Geographic Information Network) and on the NJ DEP website: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/.

The published coverages are:

USGS Continuous Stream-Flow gages

USGS Low Flow gages

USGS Crest-Stage gages

USGS Continuous Tide gages

USGS Tidal Crest-Stage gages

USGS Surface-Water-Quality gages

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