Rick Krause's Bio

Rick KrauseRole: Rick's role is to attempt to find early adopters for what appear to be much more productive approaches for achieving organizational missions, using his many contacts and skills. This has been a tricky task, due to the fact that most environmental organizations are reluctant to abandon their present paradigms. Networker with US environmental organizations and the concepts at Thwink.org. Although “raised” on classic activism, he has embraced the new way of thwinking.

Nationality: United States. Born in the middle of Nebraska farm country and raised in Western Washington state.

Qualifications: BS in Geology and graduate work; more than 32 years with the U.S. Geological Survey in a variety of scientific, engineering, and managerial positions; and an additional 5 years consulting in the hydrogeology industry. Author and co-author of numerous reports, proposals, and papers, member and volunteer in many environmental and other organizations, accomplished birder, gardener, and xeriscaper, and recently the proud new owner of a hybrid car.

Comment: "It seems clear that what the environmental community has been doing lately has not been working. In all fairness to the environmentalists, however, is the fact that in the United States most ideals and causes, fair and decent and constitutional, are under attack and are failing under the current administration, the congress, courts, and most unfortunately, the majority of Americans.  It definitely is time for a change. I hope that it’s not too late."

The Person:- Rick is a self-employed hydrogeologist, although he is mostly retired from that profession today. But perhaps more importantly, he is also an avid conservationist, nature lover, birder, gardener, and devout liberal and freethinker. His idols are Charles Darwin, Rachel Carson, John Muir, and E.O. Wilson among others. He continues to participate regularly in hands-on grassroot work for the environment, such as stream and road cleanups, plant rescues, recycling, publicity, and marketing.

Although steeped in techniques of classical activism for nearly 40 years, he has recently been exposed to a new way of thwinking, and has joined a small group with similar interests. Under the direction/tutelage of Jack Harich of Thwink.org, Rick participated in an attempt to introduce the Thwink philosophy and model to the Sierra Club at their national level for their use. Unfortunately, the timing was poor, as the Club, after more than a century in existence, had just recently decided to undertake some direction setting of its own. They expectedly thought it unwise to scrap their national and collective endeavor in favor of a yet-untried model. But the door remains open, especially if we can gather experimental proof that some of the concepts at Thwink.org do indeed offer a better way forward.

Rick's Story: This starts more than 60 years ago, where he was born in a small town in the middle of Nebraska farm country. When he was 3 years old, his mother’s wanderlust took him and his parents and brothers to Western Washington State, where he grew up on a ranch. His life was idyllic there, and he enjoyed nearly every minute of it. At school, he was a scholar and an accomplished athlete, gaining scholarships in both. After 2 years of college at then-Centralia Junior College, he, together with his mother and brother moved to Tucson Arizona, where Rick attended the University of Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University in 1967, and also completed graduate-level course work in the field of hydrogeology and petroleum geology at the U. of Arizona.

He took his first career job with the U.S. Geological Survey as a Hydrologist, and re-located to Albany, New York. After 2 years in Albany, essentially in a training mode, he transferred to Brunswick, Georgia and began work on a problem dealing with saltwater intrusion. He developed the first groundwater flow model and solute transport model in the Southeast and applied them to the problem there. There too he met and married his wife of now more than 35 years. He developed or assisted in the development, documentation, and publication of seven groundwater flow models of aquifers in the Coastal Plain of Georgia and adjacent parts of Florida and South Carolina. His work at USGS would define much of the water resource use and management in Georgia and adjacent States from the 70’s to the present. He conducted, directed, and/or managed nearly all groundwater investigations in Georgia for the USGS during the last 15 years of his career there.

For the last 2 years at USGS, he managed all District (state of Georgia) technical, administrative, managerial, and support operations and programs as District Chief of Georgia. In this position, he expanded the overall USGS program for Georgia from $7 million to more than $9.5 million in less than a year. He worked more than 32 years with the U.S. Geological Survey, retiring from the USGS in November 1999.

Rick has also participated in panel discussions, led field trips, and has been on many advisory groups, including the Natural Resources Committee of the Governor’s Growth Strategies Commission; the Technical Advisory Group and Technical Advisory Committee of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint, Alabama-Coosa-Talapoosa River Basin Study; the Technical Advisory Committee of the Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Authority; the Joint Senate-House Groundwater Study Committee regarding Scientific Studies and Costs to Protect Coastal Georgia from Saltwater Intrusion; and the Technical Working Group of the Aquifer Committee, Stakeholder Evaluation Group for addressing the feasibility of Savannah Harbor Expansion, to name a few.

From December 1999 to April 2004, he was Manager of Groundwater Resources Programs for the Norcross hydrogeologic consulting firm HydroVision Inc. He also is a Volunteer for Science with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, and volunteers for such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, The Georgia Conservancy, Center for a Sustainable Coast, and The Sierra Club. He belongs to another dozen environmental organizations.