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Richard C Peralta, P.E.

Richard C Peralta, P.E.

Civil & Environmental Engineering


Contact Information

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10-11 A.M.
Office Location: ENGR 228
Phone: 797-2786



Richard Peralta is a Professor of Groundwater Management, and of Irrigation Engineering. He is an expert at using formal mathematical optimization to solve water and environmental management problems. He has led development of deterministic and stochastic simulation / optimization (S/O) models for a wide range of physical problems. Selected optimization examples include: detailed vadose zone contaminant transport control; dynamic stream-aquifer conjunctive use; large-scale long-term sustained yield conjunctive water resources planning; groundwater contamination remediation by pump-and-treat and enhanced bioremediation; aquifer storage and recovery; integrated water resources assignment, conveyance, allocation and use. Many of his developed optimal designs have been constructed, all operating successfully. He conducted numerous groundwater flow and contaminant transport simulation projects for domestic and international locations and organizations. His real-world applications of formal mathematical optimization total at least a dozen pump and treat systems, and at least 12 water supply projects/sites. Resulting optimal strategies were up to 57 percent better than those developed without optimization, according to clients. Twenty percent improvements in pump-and-treat performance are common.

Dr. Peralta has led many evaluation and support teams for enhancing performance of groundwater contamination remediation systems. He is credited with savings of many millions of dollars at numerous sites. For water supply, he is recognized for aiding the systematic evolution of water law to allow implementing optimal safe or sustained yield groundwater and conjunctive use strategies. He has developed an optimization model for regional and national integrated water distribution and allocation based upon policy, economic, and hydrologic criteria.