James K. Adamson, PG, CPESC

About James

Mr. Adamson is a results-oriented geoscientist with a specialization in hydrogeology, water supply development, and water resources management and has worked in over 30 countries. He has diverse US and global experience that also spans civil/environmental/geological engineering, geophysics, landform stability and natural hazards.  Prior to joining Northwater in 2010, he served nearly a decade at an ENR-ranked top 500 international engineering firm based out of Chicago, USA.  In 2010, he was recognized as Alumni of the Year at the University of British Columbia and he is the co-recipient of national and state-level awards from ACEC for his role in the discovery of a regional aquifer in an arid region of northwest Haiti.  He is a licensed geologist, published author, and peer-reviewer for scientific journals, and currently serves on the board of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

Mr. Adamson is a subject matter expert, consultant, researcher, and advisor for a broad range of clientele and partners; including Fortune 500® firms, national and local governments, mining companies, multi-lateral agencies, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, and charities.

His experience extends throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America & Caribbean, South America, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, and Asia. He has been working throughout Haiti since 2006, and the country and its people hold a large place in his heart.  He lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife, daughter, and dog Tuya and enjoys paddling, climbing, skiing, fly-fishing and backpacking.

Our Team

The AFT has been working with Northwater since 2014 and have been impressed with their work ethic and technical watershed management expertise. This prompted us to engage Northwater to build a water quality model to support our initiates in the Upper Macoupin Creek watershed. After researching other water quality models, we determined that their SWAMM system was the most applicable to our project needs. We are utilizing it to determine cropland areas where in-field management measures, precision outreach, and conservation practices will have the greatest impact on improving water quality. The model has quickly become a reliable tool to support our ongoing efforts. The staff at Northwater are a pleasure to work with and we will continue to engage them to support other AFT initiatives in the Midwest.

- Kris Reynolds, Midwest Deputy Director, American Farmland Trust

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