A day in the life of an environmental hydrologist

Jacob Dow, an environmental hydrologist for Dakota Gas, examines a water sample he delivered to the Dakota Gas chemistry lab on-site at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

Jacob Dow, an environmental hydrologist for Dakota Gas,
examines a water sample he delivered to the Dakota Gas
chemistry lab on-site at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

Jacob Dow is an environmental hydrologist with Dakota Gasification Company, a for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric.

Dow, originally from north-central Iowa, has worked at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, for more than a year. He’s featured in the May-June 2013 issue of Basin Today magazine as part of the “A Day in the Life of…” series that puts the spotlight on cooperative employees.

Read the article that takes you through a sampling of Dow’s duties on the Synfuels Plant site.

An excerpt:

It’s a breezy, overcast April day and Dow is already busy doing what only he does at the Synfuels Plant – he’s sampling water. As the only environmental hydrologist on the plant site, Dow samples drinking water, groundwater and storm water, and reports those test results to various state regulatory agencies.

While his job description sounds fairly consistent and straightforward, his workdays are not.

“There are weekly and monthly tasks, and that’s about as regular as it gets,” Dow says. “Otherwise it depends what’s going on, and what’s a priority.”

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