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We welcome your interest and input. Share your ideas, questions, or comments in person, through e-mail, or give us a call. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a meeting on the CTMRD program for your group. We are available to meet with community and private groups to provide information on the CTMRD program and how it relates to the central Truckee Meadows groundwater system.

Address: 
Central Truckee Meadows Remediation District Program
1001 E. 9th Street, Building C, Room 130
Reno, NV 89520

Main line: (775) 954-4600 (Mon-Fri, 8a-5p)
Fax: (775) 954-4610

Program Staff

CHRIS BENEDICT, REMEDIATION DISTRICT PROGRAM MANAGER 
Chris joined Washoe County in 2003.  He earned his Bachelor's (Western Washington University) and Master's (Colorado School of Mines) degrees in geology and his Doctoral degree (University of Nevada) in Hydrology/Hydrogeology.  Chris is registered with the State of Nevada as a Certified Environmental Manager.  Prior to joining Washoe County, Chris’ work experience included extensive work on the environmental fate and transport of hazardous materials and on water resource related issues.

Chris is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and overseeing the technical, administrative, and outreach activities of the Remediation District program. Chris works closely with CTMRD stakeholders (including the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Washoe County Health District, City of Reno, and City of Sparks) to prepare and implement actions to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to groundwater in the central Truckee Meadows due to PCE releases to the environment. 

Chris is the point of contact for any CTMRD program technical, administrative, or policy questions. Please feel free to contact Chris at (775) 954-4642 or by e-mail

BRIAN BASS, SENIOR HYDROGEOLOGIST
Brian joined Washoe County and the CTMRD program in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, both in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech. Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Nevada and Montana, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Environmental Manager in Nevada. Prior to joining Washoe County, Brian’s work in the private sector involved groundwater characterization, remediation, and monitoring projects, as well as environmental site assessments and regulatory compliance projects. He is also experienced in construction management and renewable energy and energy conservation.

Brian is responsible for managing the CTMRD’s Groundwater Monitoring Plan (GMP). Brian can be reached at (775) 954-4637 or by email. Connect with Brian on LinkedIn.

BEN JESCH, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER
Ben has worked for Washoe County and the CTMRD program since 2012. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University. Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer in Nevada and California. Prior to joining Washoe County, Ben’s work in the private sector involved stormwater treatment, environmental assessment and restoration, and erosion and sediment control.

Ben works closely with Truckee Meadows Water Authority to manage operations and maintenance of County-owned PCE treatment facilities installed at municipal water supply wells. He also oversees the CTMRD program’s Sewer Monitoring Program (SMP), working collaboratively with City of Reno and City of Sparks to ensure dry cleaner compliance with sewer discharge regulations. In addition, Ben supports the ongoing characterization, evaluation, and mitigation activities as part of the Potential Source Area (PSA) investigations in the central Truckee Meadows. Contact Ben at (775) 954-4635 or by email. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

WYN ROSS, SENIOR HYDROGEOLOGIST
Wyn has worked in water resources for 40 years, the last 19 with Washoe County. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Hydrology from University of Arizona and a Master's degree in Hydrogeology from University of Nevada. He has worked as a hydrologist for Desert Research Institute, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

While new to the CTMRD program in 2015, Wyn's expertise in water sampling and field methods is a big asset to the Remediation District program. Contact Wyn by email or at (775) 954-4644.

BRENT THOMAS, TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS DEVELOPER II
Brent joined the Washoe County Department of Water Resources in 1995 after graduating from the University of NevadaReno in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. 

Brent’s responsibilities include managing the CTMRD program’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, implementation of CTMRD program annual billing project and supporting program staff with GIS analysis and display. Prior to joining the CTMRD program, Brent’s responsibilities for the Department of Water Resources included the development and maintenance of the GIS databases and departmental support for GIS analysis and display of County and department GIS data. Brent can be contacted at (775) 954-4633 or by e-mail.