National Ground Water Association (NGWA)

USGS’s Paul Barlow and Stanley Leake receive NGWA Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering

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WESTERVILLE, OH -- Dr. Paul Barlow of the U.S. Geological Survey in Northborough, Massachusetts, and Stanley Leake of the USGS in Tucson, Arizona, have received the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering from the National Ground Water Association.

The John Hem Award honors significant scientific or engineering contributions to the understanding of groundwater. The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barlow and Leake won the award for their contributions to the understanding of groundwater. Collectively, they have more than 60 years of experience in the investigation of groundwater/surface water exchange and numerical simulation.

They have used their experience and research, and the work of others, to produce a new report, Streamflow Depletion by Wells — Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow (U.S. Geological Circular 1376 available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1376/). The report is written for a wide nontechnical audience interested in the development, management, and protection of the nation’s water resources.

The primary objective of the report is to summarize insights developed over seven decades of scientific research directed at understanding the effects of groundwater pumping on streamflow. Complex scientific concepts are presented in simple graphs that can be used to understand and manage streamflow depletion. The report also highlights several common misconceptions about streamflow depletion and explains why these misconceptions are inaccurate.

NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.

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