Tuesday, March 27, 2007

AZGS opens Phoenix office

In the 126 years since the first Territorial Geologist was appointed in 1881, the Arizona Geological Survey (under a variety of names) has always run our operations out of Tucson. [AZGS Phoenix office is in the ADMMR building, right]

This week, however, we opened our first branch office, in Phoenix. Mimi Diaz, a geologist formerly with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, is now serving as our Phoenix manager. She is housed at the Arizona Dept of Mines and Mineral Resources at 1502 W. Washington (in the Mining & Mineral Museum). This is one of the most important results of the renewed cooperation between our two state agencies and a particularly generous arrangement. DMMR Director Dr. Madan Singh has been unselfish in accommodating our office needs.

Mimi will be focusing primarily on natural hazards, especially earth fissures, and groundwater resources. We expect this office to grow in the coming years to better meet the needs of state and local agencies and of the public in this large and rapidly growing market.

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