Portrait of Kelsey McLaughlin

Kelsey McLaughlin PG, QISP

Staff Geologist

Ms. McLaughlin is a Staff Geologist at LACO Associates and has been a geology consultant since 2011. Ms. McLaughlin provides clients with environmental, engineering geologic and hydrogeological expertise throughout Northern California. Ms. McLaughlin’s multidisciplinary background makes her an asset to LACO’s Geo-Environmental team. Some of the highlights of her experience include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Project management; 
  • Proposal and cost estimate preparation;
  • Project scheduling and coordination; 
  • Preparing and reviewing reports to regulatory agencies for environmentally regulated sites; 
  • Preparing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments for real estate transactions;
  • Preparing permits for boring and monitoring well installation, destruction, and encroachment;
  • Field exploration, supervise boring and monitoring well installation and destruction for environmental and geotechnical explorations, field characterization of soils, field screening, and sampling;
  • Septic suitability evaluation and system design;
  • Percolation testing;
  • Water Quality and Quantity Evaluations; 
  • Surveying rock quarries for the presence of naturally occurring asbestos;
  • Calculating soil loss from vineyard tree removal using the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) and the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) program; and, 
  • Performing site inspection for best management practices (BMPs) for sites that require a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Inspections include visual observations of a site’s BMPs to prevent and address illicit stormwater discharges, preparing inspection reports, and sampling.

Team Member Spotlight

Hometown? Years in Profession?
“Fort Bragg, California / Gamboa, Panama, 9.”
How has LACO helped you in your career development?
“Since LACO offers our community so many different types of professional services, I’ve gotten to learn and develop a wide range of skills working on different types of projects.”
What has been your favorite type of project to work on?
“Rural road evaluations. Not only do these evaluations help prevent sediment delivery to our waterways which can have a negative impact on our environment, the outcome is a better, well-performing and drivable road. Groundwater resource evaluations take a close second though. Anytime you get to play with geophysics to help find a location to drill a water well in water scare areas is very cool.”
What is the best advice you can give to a new hire?
“Ask questions, know what your resources are, and bring your dog into the office on Fridays! (but the last one is more of a personal request).”
How do you define success?
“Helping others.”
Least favorite food?
“Maraschino cherries…gross!”
You are happiest when?
“I’m out in nature.”
What is your favorite holiday & why?
“Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus!”