100 Water Heroes: Gary Woodard


Water Policy & Economics Consultant at Montgomery and Associates

Gary Woodard is a Senior Water Policy and Economics Consultant at Montgomery & Associates, a company that focuses largely on hydrology, geology, soil science, water resource planning and groundwater modelling.

A large part of Gary’s work involves leading a 3-year-long study that seeks to unpack how effective the city of Tucson’s rainwater harvesting subsidies have been. Having completed the first year of this study, Gary has noted that “the first year of data gathering confirms that residential rainwater harvesting has reduced the city’s overall potable water demand” (Weiser, 2018).

Gary has been a great asset to the water sector, and has dealt with water issues as both an academic and a consultant for over 30 years. Prior to his work with Montgomery & Associates, Gary was the Deputy Director of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center. Additionally, he founded a water conservation alliance and was president of Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR). Gary has also worked closely with UNESCO water centres throughout the world, namely in the Middle East and North Africa.

Gary is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his significant contributions to addressing issues within the water sector, both as an academic and a consultant.

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