Tom Gallagher is a native of Reno, Nevada and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of Nevada, College of Agriculture in 1980.  He began his professional career in 1981 as a Hydraulic Engineer with the Nevada Division of Water Resources in Carson City, and has been a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Nevada since 1989.  His vast knowledge stems from over 31 years of public service experience at the DWR, working for six different State Engineers in nearly every aspect of water law and regulatory requirements.  Tom recalls one of those special days with one of the state water engineers, (whom he had nicknamed “Yosemite Sam”), where, after much yelling and screaming had transpired, shouted “Now get out of my office before you make me mad!” and he thought, “…too late for that, Pete.”

Tom has traveled the State extensively, personally resolving numerous water related problems and conflicts.  He worked closely with operators and other agencies to promote and regulate geothermal and oil and gas development in Nevada and drafted the state’s first-ever decision in a contested geothermal development at Brady’s, much to the chagrin of the neighboring protestant.  Additionally, he has worked extensively with farmers, ranchers and miners to facilitate their water needs.

Nevada waterfall

Tom is a long time member of the National Ground Water Association and served on a number of their steering committees.  He was instrumental in developing minimum standards for well construction and decommissioning, both with the Nevada regulation and with NGWA’s recently published National Water Well Standard.  He assisted the Nevada Division of Minerals in developing new oil and gas regulations to address hydraulic fracturing in Nevada.  He serves on the Board of the Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society, is the Acting State Leader for the Nevada Groundwater Association and is on the Board of Trustees of the Nevada Water Resources Association.  Less than a year after his retirement from the State Engineer’s Office in 2012, Tom began his own consulting venture and is now assisting clients in getting water for their projects.