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Steven Menkveld

Steven Menkveld

History: Young Expert at Waterschap De Dommel - Colombia
YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

Position after YEP

Consultant Geohydrology at Centro de Investigacion de la Cana de Azucar de Colombia

YEP Role

As an expert in the field of hydrology, I will be working for the Dutch Water Authorities at its Colombian partner organisation, the environmental authority CVC in Cali. I will do this in the light of the convenant the Dutch Water Authorities have signed with the CVC, which includes an exchange in knowledge, with a focus on the themes of governance, dike maintenance and wetland conservation. This last theme will be my main focus, with the Laguna de Sonso as focal point. This is the largest remaining wetland in the region, but under severe stress of sedimentation and contamination. With my knowledge of hydrology and from my work within Dutch water board De Dommel I will assist in this project for conservation of this important wetland. Part of this work will be modelling the Laguna de Sonso and adjacent Cauca river, and helping in structuring the project to make it possible to take action and to stop further deterioration of the area. Furthermore I will assist in other activities the Dutch Water Authorities will be conducting within Colombia, as also with other Colombian environmental authorities contacts are being established to exchange knowledge on water management between The Netherlands and Colombia. 

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  • Technical knowledge on hydrological processes

  • Consultancy on and working in integrated water management projects

  • Hydrological modelling of ground- and surface water

  • Analysing and quantifying impact of spatial plans

  • Structural thinker

  • Team player


Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc. Earth and Environment, specialisation Soil and Ecosystem Hydrology, Wageningen University
  • BSc. Soil, Water, Atmosphere, Wageningen University


Experience before YEP

Hydrologist at Water Board De Dommel:

  • Development and application of groundwater modelling instruments for quick setup of local and regional groundwater models
  • Consultancy within the organization on stream restoration projects, management and maintenance of the water system and on spatial effects on ground- and surface water of external plans

Thesis at Vitens, The Netherlands:

  • Setup of a hydrogeological model in GMS-Modflow to determine cause and possible measures against salinization of the Garyp well field in the Dutch province Friesland

Internship at Wayaká Advies, Bonaire:

  • Conducting research to determine the probability of salinization for a new irrigation scheme using treated wastewater, via modelling exercise and field tests
  • Quantifying water use in the new irrigation system, to define the size of a storage facility needed on site
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Organisation: Waterschap De Dommel
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