Charles A. Peters
Director, Wisconsin Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Wisconsin Water Science Center
8505 Research Way
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
- B.S. Natural Resources and Mathematical Economics, Biology minor - Ball State University (1978)
Areas of Expertise
- Strategic Planning
- Program and Project Management
- Water Quality Studies
- Unsaturated Zone Chemistry
- Direct the operations and science strategy of the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center
- Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council (LMMCC) Co-chair
- Lake Michigan Lake Area Management Plan (LaMP) team member
2003 to Present
Director, GS-15, Wisconsin Water Science Center, Middleton, WI
Duties – Participant in Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Wisconsin Multidisciplinary cost center manager groups, Lead scientific and operational program in the WI WSC, Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council Co-chair, Interact with leaders from other Tribal, State, Federal, Local Agencies, and Universities in the Upper Midwest
2000 to 2003
Associate District Chief, GS-14, Wisconsin District Office, Middleton, WI
Duties – Participate on WI WSC management team, National Methods Board Co-chair, Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council Co-chair, National Water Quality Monitoring Council Steering Committee, District Quality Improvement Council Member
1994 to 2000
Supervisory Hydrologist, GS-13, Wisconsin District Office, Middleton, WI
Duties – Western Lake Michigan Drainages NAWQA Chief, Multidisciplinary Water Quality Assessment Team Chief, District Management Team, National Methods Board Co-chair, Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council Co-chair, National Water Quality Monitoring Council Steering Committee, District Quality Improvement Council Member
1986 to 1994
Hydrologist, GS-11/12, Yucca Mountain Project Office, Denver, CO
Duties – Unsaturated Zone Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) Hydrochemistry Project Chief, Gas Phase Circulation Project Chief, Perched Water in the ESF Project Chief, UZ Hydrochemistry Project
Member, Committee for Advancement of Science at Yucca Mountain (CASY) team member, Perks Committee team member
1980 to 1986
Hydrologist GS- 5/7/9, Illinois District, Urbana, IL
Duties – Upper Illinois River Basin NAWQA Pilot team member, Sheffield Low-Level Radioactive Waste Project team member, Fulton County Strip-Mine Sludge Reclamation Project Chief, Coal Hydrology Project team member, Water Quality Laboratory and Personnel Quality Assurance Project Chief
1979 to 1981
Hydrologic Technician GS- 4/5, Indiana District, Indianapolis, IN
Duties – Ground water and Surface water chemistry projects team member
USGS Series publications
Peters, Robertson, Saad, Sullivan, Scudder, Fitzpatrick, Richards, Stewart, Fitzgerald, and Lenz, 1998, Water Quality in the Western Lake Michigan Drainages, Wisconsin and Michigan, 1992-95, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1156, 40 p.
Peters, editor, 1997, Environmental Settings and Implications for Water Quality in the Western Lake Michigan Drainages: Water-Resources Investigation Report 97-4192, 92 p.
Mower, Higgins, Yang and Peters, 1993, Pore-Water Extraction from Unsaturated Tuff by Triaxial and One-Dimensional Compression Methods, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Investigations Report 93-4144, 78 p.
Peters, C.A., Striegl, R.G., Mills, P.C. and Healy, R.W., 1992, Effects of Low Level Radioactive-Waste Disposal on Water Chemistry in the Unsaturated Zone at a Site near Sheffield, Illinois, 1982 - 1984, U.S. Geological Survey Water Supply Paper 2390, 74 p.
Ryan, B.J., deVries, M.P., Garklavs, George, Gray, J.R., Healy, R.W., Mills, P.C., Peters, C.A., and Striegl, R.G., 1990, Results of hydrologic research at a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site near Sheffield, Illinois: Water Supply Paper 2367, 73 p.
Zuehls, E.E., Fitzgerald, K.K., and Peters, C.A., 1983, Hydrology of Area 28, eastern region, Interior Coal Province, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 83-544, 67 p.
Fitzgerald, K.K., Peters, C.A., and Zuehls, E.E., 1982, Hydrology of Area 29, eastern region, Interior Coal Province, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 82-858, 70 p.
Bobo, L.L., and Peters, C.A., 1980, Water-quality assessment of the Cypress Creek watershed, Warrick County, Indiana: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 80-35, 71 p.
Journal articles, reports, and other publications
Ward, R.C., Peters, C.A. (Guest Associate Editor), 2003, Seeking a Common Framework for Water Quality Monitoring, Water Resources IMPACT, Volume 5, Number 5, September 2003 (view .pdf TOC)
Peters, C.A., Ward, R.C., 2003, Overview: A Framework for “Constructing” Water Quality Monitoring Programs, Water Resources IMPACT, Volume 5, Number 5, September 2003 (view .pdf TOC)
Peters, C.A., Brass, H., Diamond, J., 2000, United States Water Quality Methods And Data Comparability Board: Creating A Framework For Collaboration And Comparability, in Proceedings of Monitoring Tailor-made III, September 25 - 28, 2000, Nunspeet, the Netherlands.
Thorstenson, Weeks, Haas, Busenberg, Plummer, and Peters, 1998, Chemistry of Unsaturated Zone Gases Sampled in Open Boreholes at the Crest of Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Data and Basic Concepts of Chemical and Physical Processes in the Mountain, in Water Resources Research, Vol. 34, No. 6, June, 1998, pp 1507 – 1529.
Peters, C.A., Striffler, P.S., Yang, I.C., Ferarese, J., 1993, Field testing the effectiveness of pumping to remove sulfur hexafluoride traced drilling air from a prototype borehole near Superior, AZ, in Proceedings of Workshop V: Flow and Transport through Unsaturated Fractured Rock -- Related to High Level Radioactive Waste Disposal, NUREG/CP-0040.
Yang, Peters, and Thorstenson, 1993, Carbon Isotopic Data from Test Hole USW UZ-1, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in Proceedings of the Fourth International High-Level radioactive Waste Management Conference, American Nuclear Society, pp 401-406.
Peters, C.A., Higgins, J.D., Burger, P.A., Yang, I.C., 1992, A Preliminary Study of the Chemistry of Pore Water Extracted from Tuff by One-Dimensional Compression, in 7th International Water Rock Interaction Symposium (ed. Kharaka), pp. 741-747.
Peters, Charles A., Yang, In Che, and Thorstenson, Donald C., 1992, Monitoring Gas and Water vapor for chemical and isotopic composition at borehole USW UZ1, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, 1984-1990, for inclusion in USGS Bulletin, Selected USGS Earth-Science Studies of the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada.
Peters, C.A., and Healy, R.W., 1988, FOCUS: The Representativeness of Pore-Water Samples Collected from the Unsaturated Zone Using Pressure-Vacuum Lysimeters, Ground Water Monitoring Review, Volume 8, No. 2, Spring, 1988. PP 96 - 101.