Missouri Geological Survey

Meet Geological Survey Program Director - Carey Bridges, RGCarey Bridges photo

Carey Bridges, RG is the director of the Geological Survey Program located in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Missouri Geological Survey. Bridges holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is licensed in Missouri as a Registered Geologist and holds a restricted monitoring well drillers permit.

Bridges began her career with the department in 1999 in the Hazardous Waste Program overseeing investigation and cleanup activities at Superfund sites and later Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program sites. She served as chief of the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Unit for more than five years before joining Missouri Geological Survey as chief of the Wellhead Protection Section in November 2011. In May 2012, Bridges became Director of the Geological Survey Program, which manages geological investigations in the areas of groundwater protection, environmental geology and waste disposal, economic geology and natural resource evaluation, and geologic hazards.

As program director, Bridges serves as staff director for the Missouri State Oil and Gas Council, the Well Installation Board and the Industrial Minerals Advisory Council. From 2008 to 2011, she represented the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 states as a member of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Greener Cleanups Task Force.

Bridges currently serves on the Development Board for the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia and is a member of the Association of Missouri Geologists.