Tess Hanson, EIT
Tess Hanson, EITWater Resources EIT
Tess’ love for the outdoors was born amongst the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon where she was raised backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, fishing, and running. After high school, her fascination with river science motivated her to pursue a degree in Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University. During her undergraduate studies at OSU, she spent her summers working with the Bureau of Reclamation on river restoration projects near her hometown of La Grande. These summers solidified her passion for river restoration and inspired her to obtain a Masters degree in the field. Tess’ vast love for the mountains drew her to Colorado, where she completed her Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in 2016. Outside of her studies and graduate research, she spent her time in the mountains skiing, rock climbing, and trail running. Tess was attracted to River Design Group because of its stout reputation in the river restoration field. She started working for RDG in August 2016 after completing her degree. Tess spends her free time in Whitefish training for ultramarathons with her border collie, skiing at Big Mountain, and learning to fly fish on the amazing local rivers.

Tess’ contribution to RDG includes design support in the form of hydraulic calculations, numerical modeling, and drafting. She is currently working towards earning her professional licensure in Civil Engineering and is excited to learn more about the complexities of river restoration design.

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

–Teddy Roosevelt

Tess has completed long distance runs in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado ranging from 20 to 50 miles and has competed in two 30+ mile races.

Tess met her husband Kody on a river restoration project in Eastern Oregon while they were both working as interns.

LaGrande, Oregon

Wallowa River