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Phil O'dell, Director

Phil O’dell



Phil is a KY Registered Professional Geologist and has been a member of the National Speleological Society since 1973. He has been involved with studies and groundwater issues in the Hidden River/Gorin Mill/Bear Wallow basin since the fall of 1974 when he worked for the late Dr. James F. Quinlan. He Joined the Kentucky Division of Water in 1985 and has worked on groundwater quality, groundwater contamination and groundwater studies statewide up until he retired in 2015. He has sat on Boards for the Bluegrass Grotto, Kentucky Water Well Association, Kentucky Groundwater Association and his local neighborhood Association. He has held a variety of officer positions in the Indiana University Spelunking Club, the Bloomington Indiana Grotto and the Blue Grass Grotto. He has 2 sons William and Nicholas. He lives in Lexington, KY with his youngest son, Nicholas.

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Phil O’dell, Director