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Klint Reedy

2014 Water Leaders Alumni

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I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, but mother is from Grand Junction, Colorado and father from California.
My father is a civil engineer who spent much of his career focused on water issues in the western U.S.
My parents are apparently not excited about variety, because from 1978 to 1992, we did the same two
family trips every year: 1) a summer road trip from Phoenix to Grand Junction to escape the Arizona
heat and visit extended family and 2) a winter trip from Phoenix to Southern California to visit the other
half of the family.

Although the destinations were always the same, we rarely drove the same route. Having a keen
interest in water and southwest geography, my father took the family on many side trips to see water
features such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Powell, Gunnison Canyon, Havasupai falls, etc.
Even with this strong connection to western water as a child, I had no intentions of entering a career
focused on water. This is because an influential family member bought me an Apple computer in the
summer of 1984. I was 10 years old at the time and my passions were playing competitive sports or
honing my computer programming skills. I was going to be a professional baseball or basketball player,
but my backup plan was computer science.

10 years later, I had just finished my second year of junior college. Those two years I learned that I was
good enough to play baseball and basket ball at the junior college level, but not good enough to play
either sport for a major university. I also learned that writing computer code to develop mostly
uninteresting software is not as fun as using computers to model complex engineering and ecosystem

Therefore, I retired from collegiate sports and set aside my programming passions and enrolled in the
civil engineering program at Arizona State University. A few years later I graduated from ASU with a
degree in civil engineering with a strong emphasis in hydraulics, hydrology and decision support
modeling. That summer (summer of 1995) I was lucky enough to get a job with a global engineering
consulting firm (Black & Veatch).

For the following 10+ years I got paid to travel the world and build computer models of water system to
help water leaders make engineering, operations, and social decisions related to water use. Specifically,
I lived and worked along much of the coast of California as well as worked and lived in Singapore, Hong
Kong and Australia. About 7 years ago, while on an assignment in Colorado, I met the love of my life
(Jennifer). A few years ago we got married and now own a home in South Denver and are raising two
dogs (Rigby and Miles).

About four years ago I was assigned to a large Colorado River Basin Watershed Study sponsored by the
Bureau of Reclamation. As part of that assignment, I have since been regularly traveling to all of the
major cities and many of the key watershed areas in the mountain and southwest regions of the U.S.
Ironically, my father is now retired, but he laughs out loud every time I tell him where I have recently
traveled since the destinations are often somewhere he took me (sometimes begrudgingly) when I was
just a child.

reedyka (at) bv.com 



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