Jonas Bernasconi

About Jonas

Mr. Bernasconi studied environmental engineering (BSc) at the University of Applied Sciences of Vaud (HEIG-VD), and recently earned his masters (MSc) in Hydrogeology and Geothermal Energy from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.  He led an integrated water resource management project while living in Nicaragua for the ministry of Environment (MARENA) which earned him professional and academic awards. Jonas’ masters thesis involved characterizing an alluvial aquifer in Switzerland and modeling the hydrodynamics, transport and fate of micropollutants in the aquifer.  

Jonas is a Swiss national and is fluent in French, English and Spanish and offers a unique and valuable perspective having lived and worked in many countries spanning Central America, South America, Africa and Europe.  He is actively engaged on projects in Haiti, Nicaragua, Africa, and the United States.

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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