IDAWRA Officers 2022
David Hoekema, Idaho Department of Water Resources
David graduated from University of Idaho with a B.S. Civil Engineering in 2002. He worked for several years as a civil engineer in Boise, Idaho for Toothman-Orton Engineering Company before returning to school and completing an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Boise State University in 2011.
David has been working for the Idaho Department of Water Resources for 10 years, he serves on the East Snake Plain Hydrologic Committee, has helped watermasters track water right allocation in the Boise and Payette basins, and helped develop a water right accounting system for the Big Lost River. He also develops and utilizes reservoir operations models for various planning studies on behalf of the Idaho Water Resource Board. David is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the Water Resource program on the University of Idaho and plans to graduate in the 2023. His research focuses on how climate change and other anthropogenic factors impact Idaho’s groundwater and surface water supplies.
Andy Weigel, Environmental Specialist, Idaho Materials and Construction
I worked in consulting in the Treasure Valley for 11 years before moving to private industry in 2020. I am currently based in the Magic Valley, but I travel around the intermountain west a lot for work, which gives me the opportunity to keep up with friends across the state and explore new streams and trails in my down time.
My work now is focused on supporting environmental regulatory planning and permitting activities for IMC's asphalt and concrete production facilities as well as our sand and gravel mining and crushing operations. Water resource focuses in this work include stormwater and groundwater quality management along with water use and conservation planning and monitoring. When opportunities come up I also enjoy participating in community education, outreach, and cleanup efforts, especially when events engage young people in hands on demonstrations of protecting and conserving our natural resources.
Kendra Kaiser, Affiliated Faculty, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Boise State University
I moved to Boise about a year and a half ago after finishing my PhD in Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry at Duke University. I had been dreaming of moving back west ever since leaving Bozeman after completing my B.S. in Soil and Water Science at Montana State University. In the interim, I also had an opportunity to intern with the USGS at the Idaho Water Science Center and do field work in the Upper Boise Basin.
My previous research involved examining spatial variability of soil moisture and greenhouse gas flux in a small watershed in central Montana, and using remote sensing data to assess hydrologic controls on the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. My current research at Boise State is aimed at incorporating human decision-making into hydrologic models to improve water and land use decisions in a changing climate. Through this work I have met various water users and managers in the Treasure Valley, enhancing my understanding of the human influence on the water cycle.
While at Duke, I served on various committees for the AWRA NC state chapter and served on the board for the Duke Water Network, connecting students with community members and professionals in water management and science. As Vice President of the ID AWRA chapter I look forward to continuing to foster this community by sharing ideas, tools, and excitement about our work in water resources.
Vice President of Student Affairs:
Mac is a graduate student in the Boise State University Department of Geosciences. He was born and raised in Boise and received his bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from Boise State University in 2021. Beyond school he has worked as a wildland firefighter, civil engineer intern, and hydrologic field technician.
With a passion for water resources and hydrology, he is continuing his education pursuing a PhD. in Geosciences at Boise State University where his current research is focused on stream intermittency in the Dry Creek Experimental Watershed. He hopes to expand on this research by helping Idaho face current and forecasted water resource challenges.