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Wallace McKay
Emeritus

Professional Interests

Mr. McKay’s research experience reflects his interest in a broad range of hydrogeologic topics. Past research interests have included: hydrogeochemical investigations of thermal springs in southern Nevada; the application of surface geophysics to groundwater studies on atoll islands; and the application of petroleum exploration methodologies to hydrogeologic problems in the eastern Great Basin. Through an interagency agreement, Mr. McKay served as a technical consultant to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection on the Division’s Underground Injection Control Program for one year. Mr. McKay is currently the project manager for research projects sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency which relate to nonpoint source pollution from agricultural and mining activities in western and northern Nevada. Mr. McKay received his Master’s Degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada in 1991 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Nevada, Reno Hydrological Sciences Program.

Research Areas

  • Hydrology of the Unsaturated Zone
  • Integrated Watershed System

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
M.S.University of Nevada, RenoHydrogeology
B.S.University of Nevada, RenoGeology

Publications
2013
Naranjo, R. C., Pohll, G. M., Niswonger, R. G., Stone, M. C., McKay, W. A. (2013). Using heat as tracer to estimate spatially distributed Mean Residence Times in the hyporheic zone of a riffle-pool sequence, Water Resources Research, 49 (6), 3697-3711 , 10.1002/wrcr.20306
2012
Naranjo, R. C., Niswonger, R. G., Stone, M. C., Davis, C. J., McKay, W. A. (2012). The use of multi-objective calibration and regional sensitivity analysis in simulating hyporheic exchange, Water Resour. Res., 48, W01538, 10.1029/2011WR011179
Shope, C., Constantz, J. E., Cooper, C. A., McKay, W. A., Pohll, G. M., Reeves, D. M. (2012). Influence of a large fluvial island, streambed, and streambank on surface water-groundwater fluxes and water table dynamics, Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2011WR011564
2011
Naranjo, R. C., Niswonger, R. G., Stone, M. C., McKay, W. A., Davis, C. J. (2011). The development of a longitudinal 2D heat and flow model through the hyporheic zone, Water Resources Research
2009
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2009). Sustainability of ground water in Mali, West Africa, Environmental Geology, 58, 1441-1450, 10.1007/s00254-008-1646-9
2007
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., McKay, W. A. (2007). Groundwater resource sustainability in the Nabogo Basin of Ghana, West Africa, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 49, 61-70, 10.10116/j.jafrearsci.2007.06.004
Bohm, B., Thomas, J. M., Dahan, O., Ralston, J., McKay, W. A. (2007). Ground water chemistry evolution under unsaturated zone sulfate salt dissolution in a Great Basin lacustrine aquifer, western United States, Journal of American Water Resources Association, Submitted.
2006
Kish, S. M., Bartlett, J. A., Warwick, J. J., McKay, W. A., Fritsen, C. H. (2006). Long-term Dynamic Modeling Approach to Quantifying Attached Algal Growth and Associated Impacts on Dissolved Oyxgen in the Lower Truckee River, Nevada, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 132 (10), 1366-1375
2005
McKay, W. A. (2005). A Brief History of Ancient Pyramid Lake, Southwest Hydrology, 4, 3, 18-19
Sada, D. W., Brock, J. T., Fritsen, C. H., Rosamond, C. L., Shope, C., Benner, S. G., McKay, W. A. (2005). Baseline Hydrologic and Biological Monitoring, McCarran Ranch Restoration Project, Lower Truckee River, Nevada (2003-2004), DRI Report No. 41220
2004
Dana, G. L., Panorska, A., Susfalk, R. B., McGraw, D. S., McKay, W. A., Dornoo, M. (2004). Suspended Sediment and Turbidity Patterns in the Middle Truckee River, CA, DRI Report No. 41196
2001
Tracy, J., Humberstone, J. A., McKay, W. A. (2001). Potential Impacts of Water Banking on Water Quality and Hydrologic Conditions Within the Walker River Basin — Volumes I, II, III, and IV, DRI Report No. 41171
Pohll, G. M., McGraw, D. S., Ralson, J., Bohm, B., Thomas, J. M., McKay, W. A., Widmer, M., Minor, T. B., Lamorey, G., Dahan, O., Carroll, R. W., Cupp, K., Jacobson, E., McDonald, E. V., Stevick, E., Huntington, J. L. (2001). Evaluation of Groundwater and Solute Transport in the Fernley-Wadsworth Area, DRI Report No. 41173
1999
McKay, W. A., Zhan, H. (1999). A Solute Transport Model of Nitrate Occurrence in Washoe Valley, Nevada, 6, DRI Report No. 41162
1995
Minor, T. B., Russell, C. E., Chesley, M., Englin, J., Sander, P., Carter, J., Knowles, R., Acheampong, S., McKay, W. A. (1995). Application of Geographic Information System Technology to Water Well Siting in Ghana, West Africa: A Feasibility Study, DRI Report No. 41145
Cockrum, D., Warwick, J. J., McKay, W. A. (1995). Characterization of the Impact of Agricultural Activities on Water Quality in the Lower Truckee River, DRI Report No. 41147
1994
Petersen, R., Pohlmann, K. F., McKay, W. A. (1994). Final Documentation Washoe Valley Groundwater Model, 39, DRI Report No. 41138
1990
Chesley, M., McKay, W. A., McKenna, S. (1990). The 1988 Truckee River Water Quality Monitoring Project Report, DRI Report No. 41128
1989
McKay, W. A. (1989). Analysis of Groundwater Quality in New Washoe City, Nevada, 37, DRI Report No. 41120
1988
McKay, W. A., Kepper, J. (1988). Estimating Hydraulic Parameters Using Wildcat Oil and Gas Data: A Feasibility Study in East-Central Nevada, 48, DRI Report No. 41117
1983
McKay, W. A., Zimmerman, D. (1983). Hydrogeochemical Investigation of Thermal Springs in the Black Canyon – Hoover Dam Area, Nevada and Arizona, 40, DRI Report No. 41092
McKay, W. A., Zhan, H. (1983). Nitrate Occurrence and Transport Model in Washoe Valley, Nevada, DRI Report No. 41160
Conference Proceedings
2011
Johnson, Z. C., Schumer, R., Warwick, J. J., McKay, W. A. (2011). Hyporheic exchange in geomorphically distinct sections of the Truckee River, NV, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco
2010
Naranjo, R. C., Niswonger, R. G., Stone, M. C., McKay, W. A., Davis, C. J. (2010). Using Measurements of Heat and Pressure to Characterize Hyporheic Exchange through a Riffle-Pool Sequence in the Truckee River, NV, Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. H32C-07
McKay, W. A. (2010). The West Africa Water Initiative: Lessons Learned for University-Based Researchers, Presented, as a Plenary Speaker, at the 2010 UCOWR Meeting in Seattle
McKay, W. A. (2010). The West Africa Water Initiative: Lessons Learned for University-Based Researchers, 2010 Summer UCOWR Meeting: Seattle, WA
2009
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2009). Ground Water Level Monitoring in Mali and Ghana, West Africa – Ground Water Management Under Climate Change: Implications for Developing Countries, National Ground Water Association, Ground Water Summit: Tucson, New Mexico, April 22, 2009-April 22, 2009
2007
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Pohll, G. M., Keita, M., Apambire, W. B., McKay, W. A. (2007). Ground Water Resource Sustainability in the Bani Area of Mali: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W. B., Keita, M., McKay, W. A. (2007). Groundwater Resource Sustainability in Mali, National Ground Water Association Groundwater Summit: Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29, 2007-May 3, 2007
2006
Bohm, B., Thomas, J. M., Dahan, O., Ralston, J., McKay, W. A. (2006). Ground water chemistry evolution under unsaturated zone sulfate salt dissolution in a Great Basin lacustrine aquifer, western United States: San Francisco, CA
2005
Shope, C., Brock, J. T., Benner, S. G., McKay, W. A., Svetich, T., Brisbin, M. (2005). Baseline hydraulic relationship and water quality of the McCarran Ranch restoration: Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W. B., Ayamsegna, J. A., McKay, W. A. (2005). Groundwater resource sustainability in the Nabogo Basin of Northern Ghana: San Antonio, Texas
Lutz, A. D., Thomas, J. M., Apambire, W. B., Ayamsegna, J., McKay, W. A. (2005). Groundwater resource sustainability in a small watershed in northern Ghana, National Groundwater Association: San Antonio, TX
2004
Warwick, J. J., Kish, S. M., Bartlett, J. A., McKay, W. A., Fritsen, C. H. (2004). Modeling linkages between groundwater, surface water, and periphyton-driven oxygen dynamics in the lower Truckee River, Nevada: Orlando, FL