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. 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 Natalia and dog Tuya and enjoys paddling, climbing, skiing, fly-fishing and backpacking.

Our Team

When choosing a consultant one of the first places I turn to is Northwater Consulting. They have provided our organization with the technical expertise needed to define, prioritize and pursue watershed management goals for Illinois’ coastal, riparian habitats. Using their data analysis and visualization/mapping skills, we have developed and standardized a quantitative methodology for data collection and project prioritization…. Multiple municipal, park district and county agencies use this information to secure funding for project implementation. Further, when it comes to development of grant proposals and project implementation Northwater’s relationships and understanding of federal and state entities is a valuable asset. Northwater has the interpersonal skills needed to garner the support of varied stakeholders spanning multiple jurisdictions and geographic scales. Lastly, Northwater is nothing but professional….punctual, good humored and consistently available. I recommend Northwater without reservation.

- Angela Larsen, Coastal Project Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes

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