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Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey, LHG

Senior Associate, National Well Services Director

As Shannon & Wilson's National Well Services Director and a corporate lead on groundwater supply initiatives in all the company’s offices across the country, Jim Bailey draws from more than three decades experience in water supply development and ground water management. His water resource work focuses on municipal water supply, including water rights, well design/construction, and well performance evaluation. He has extensive experience coordinating and supervising well drillers, designing drilling programs, selecting and overseeing analytical services, and controlling costs.  He has extensive experience evaluating and addressing well performance issues, identifying operational issues that impact well aging, and developing rehabilitation approaches that optimize the opportunity to regain lost well capacity. Since 2000, he has worked on more than 1,000 wells across the U.S. and Canada. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of well design, construction and rehabilitation, and a frequent speaker at workshops on well performance across North America.

Jim also has extensive experience evaluating subsurface hydrogeologic conditions and regulatory requirements for local stormwater management and infiltration.  He routinely works with clients to develop site-specific infiltration studies and evaluations that minimize the long-term risk of stormwater facility failure.  Jim is providing technical input on new proposed stormwater regulations related to underground injection control (UIC) wells and is assisting the City of Seattle develop a comprehensive UIC well design and maintenance program.


  • MS, Hydrogeology, Washington State University, 1984
  • BS, Biology, University of North Carolina, 1979


  • Licensed Hydrogeologist, Washington
  • Registered Geologist, Idaho
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