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  • GRA Presents 2006 Annual Awards
    as Senior Geologist on the State Water Rights Board working on the water rights litigation over the San Fernando Valley Also during his tenure with the DWR Glenn was requested by the U S State Department to assist in developing a water supply in East Africa For the next decade he worked in the private consulting sector for Hood Schmidt Inc Geotechnical Consultants Inc Glenn A Brown and Associates Inc LeRoy Crandall and Associates and Law Environmental His work included foreign assignments for state agencies irrigation districts water agencies and numerous private companies His expertise includes engineering geology applications such as seepage and landslides environmental audits aquifer testing and well construction groundwater monitoring networks regulatory compliance and water rights projects among many many others and he continues to provide this expertise as a private consultant Additionally since 2001 Glenn has served on the board of the Metropolitan Water District representing the City of Burbank and ten of its committees most recently chairing the Water Planning Quality and Resources Committee Perhaps his greatest contribution has been his service to the profession In 1968 he was appointed to the newly created Board of Registration for Geologists by Governor Reagan where he sat on the Professional Affairs and Technical Assistance Committees for 20 years and helped develop the first exam for the hydrogeology certification Also he served on the Engineering Geologists Qualifications Boards for the City of Los Angeles and Orange County And to all who know this fine gentleman he effervesces with enthusiasm for groundwater issues and generously offers his knowledge to those who care to visit with him No other individual seems to have as much knowledge about the geology hydrology and water resources management of the Southern California groundwater basins as well as the key issues and the people who work in them as Glenn Brown GRA is pleased to recognize Glenn A Brown for a lifetime of service to the groundwater profession Kevin J Neese Award The GRA s Kevin J Neese Award recognizes significant accomplishment by a person or entity within the most recent 12 month period that fosters the understanding development protection and management of groundwater Kevin Neese was a partner of Hatch Parent A Law Corporation and member of the GRA This year the Kevin J Neese Award was presented to CA State Senator Sheila Kuehl for her work to improve the production and availability of information about the state of our groundwater resources information on which reasonable and sensible groundwater management may be developed At the GRA s Annual Meeting and Conference in San Diego this year Dennis O Connor accepted the award on Senator Kuehl s behalf Paul Bauer Legislative Advocate for Hatch Parent presented the award and made the following remarks During the 2006 legislative session Senator Kuehl presided over the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and was actively involved in the development of significant legislation affecting groundwater resources During her tenure Senator Kuehl convened weekly meetings of the Senate Natural Resources

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  • GRA Presents 2005 Annual Awards
    the meeting his colleague and long time acquaintance Dr David K Todd made the presentation in absentia In the presentation Dr Todd recalled how the two of them met at the Darcy Centennial Symposium in Dijon France in 1956 where in addition to participating in the international conference they shared samples of Burgundy wine in the vineyards surrounding the city Dr Leopold has contributed significantly to the fields of stream and fluvial mechanics and surface water including several authored and co authored books Water A Primer 1974 Water in Environmental Planning with Dunne 1978 and Waters Rivers and Creeks 1997 Tom Mohr GRA Vice President also presented the organization s President s Awards on behalf of Tom Johnson The 2005 recipients pictured from left to right are Sarah Raker of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board Robert Van Valer of Roscoe Moss Company Tim Parker of Schlumberger Water Services and not shown Jim Strandberg of Malcolm Pirnie Elie Haddad of Locus Technology and Tom Mohr of the Santa Clara Valley Water District President s Awards are issued to those GRA officers Directors Event Chairs and other volunteers who have provided outstanding service to GRA in the past

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  • GRA Presents 2004 Annual Awards
    of groundwater sustainability and the water budget myth The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for exemplary contributions to the groundwater industry GRA also presented its Kevin J Neese Award to the California Department of Water Resources for publication in 2003 of its updated Bulletin 118 California s Groundwater The Kevin J Neese Award recognizes significant accomplishments by a person or entity within the most recent 12 month period that fosters

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  • GRA Presents 2003 Annual Awards
    Water Education Foundation Rita joined the Water Education Foundation as Executive Director in 1979 She is editor of Western Water Magazine the Layperson s Guides and several other publications the Foundation uses to reach the public and key decision makers Rita directs a staff of nine in the development and production of television documentaries school programs press executive and attorney briefings and the many other Foundation programs A former radio and television reporter and producer in San Francisco San Diego and Sacramento Rita continues to produce programming on western water issues for public television and she works with the media on reporting water stories Her award winning work has been recognized by the Public Broadcasting System and National Geographic magazine Rita currently serves as Chair of the California Educational Ground Water Consortium and serves on the steering committee of the National Groundwater Education Consortium In California she also serves on the board of directors of the University of California Water Resources Center and Archives Water for People and is chair of the California Water History Project James Carter GRA president stated Rita Schmidt Sudman is truly dedicated to helping resolve water resource issues in California and creating objective educational tools

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  • GRA Presents 2002 Annual Awards
    91 He has devoted 75 years of his life to mapping California geology crisscrossing one fourth of the state on foot John Powell President of the Dibblee Geological Foundation has been quoted as saying Most field geologists aspire to produce one map or a small section of a map in their career Mr Dibblee has mapped more than 500 quadrangles of California geology Joe Birman GRA s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2000 stated I can t think of anyone Tom Dibblee who has contributed more to those of us who must try to figure out where the groundwater comes from where it is and what happens to it on its way through the geology My first reflex when starting a new groundwater project in California is to ask Has Tom Been Here Tom Dibblee previously received the U S Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award 1967 presented by Stewart Udall then Secretary of the Interior who praised Dibblee s highly accurate geologic maps technological papers in some of the nation s leading scientific journals and a wide spectrum of contributions in the publications series of the state of California and the Geological Survey He has also received the Presidential Volunteer Action Award in 1984 from President Reagan for volunteer work in mapping the entire Las Padres National Forest for the Forest Service and the Human Needs Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Scott Slater GRA Director Bill Menke Glenn Colusa Irrigation District and Bob Van Valer GRA Director The Glenn County Water Advisory Committee was selected as the Kevin J Neese award recipient for formulating a significant groundwater management ordinance that was adopted by the Glenn County Board of Supervisors The ordinance was a noteworthy achievement in that it required that management objectives be identified for

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  • GRA Presents 2001 Annual Awards
    12 month period that fosters the understanding development protection and management of groundwater The 2001 awardee is the American River Basin Cooperating Agencies and Sacramento Groundwater Authority Partnership Carl Hauge currently works with local agencies and the public through the DWR Office of Planning and Local Assistance providing expertise and information on groundwater groundwater management well construction and standards Carl started his career as a scientific aide at the US Geological Survey Shortly thereafter he joined DWR and worked on the State Water Project When the Project was completed Hauge was among 100 geologists that were out of work Carl joined the California Department of Forestry and studied soil erosion landslides and stream protection zones He then moved to the California Division of Mines Geology where he worked on earthquake analysis urban geology geologic publications and transitioning the Mineral Information Series into the current California Geology publication of CDMG Hauge eventually returned to DWR and became involved with studies on water supply and demand dam site exploration and construction groundwater and land subsidence and well construction Because of Hauge s extensive and lifetime career in water resources his guidance on managing groundwater in California is highly sought after He is actively involved with the Association of California Water Agencies ACWA Groundwater Committee the California Groundwater Association CGA and the American Water Well Association AWWA in addition to GRA The American River Basin Cooperating Agencies and Sacramento Groundwater Authority Partnership was selected as the Kevin J Neese award recipient for significant accomplishments in fostering the understanding and development of a cooperative approach to regional planning protection and management of groundwater Water purveyors in southern Placer County and northern Sacramento County formed the American River Basin Cooperating Agencies ARBCA to initiate work on implementation of the regional conjunctive use program envisioned by

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  • GRA Presents 2000 Annual Awards
    their exemplary contributions to the groundwater indusrty contributions that have been in the spirit of GRA s mission and organization objectives The individuals that receive the Lifetime Achievement Award have dedicated their lives to the groundwater industry and have been pioneers in their field of expertise This year s recipient is Joseph H Birman Ph D President of Geothermal Surveys Incorporated Professor Emeritus Occidental College Joe Birman was a professor at Occidental College Los Angeles from 1950 to 1984 and has inspired hundreds of students do pursue a career in geohydrology Three GRA board members and many GRA members are former students of Joe I should digress here for just a moment to expand on geohydrologist Joe gave the GRA Keynote Address at our 1996 Annual Meeting and the title of his address if I remember correctly was Why I Hate Hydrogeology It was a very interesting well articluated thesis to the geologist to keep in mind that other disciplines can enhance and refine but never replace the portion of geological understanding that only the geologist can provide Joe s areas of research have included Pleistocene and glacial geology including late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic effects on drainage alluviation and groundwater systems Surface temperature processes as applied to groundwater resources and environmental hydrology He has numerous publications in the journals of the Geological Society of America California Division of Mines and Geology American Society of Civil Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Hydrology Joe has provided contributions to the Handbook of Groundwater Development and AEG s Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California Joe has received the Outstanding Educators of America Award is a member of Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Society and has received Research Grants from NSF GSA and Southern California Edison Joe Birman is

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  • GRA Presents 1999 Annual Awards
    his studies were put on hold when he joined the Air Corp as a weather forecaster After finishing his undergraduate studies he pursued his Master of Science in Meteorology During the war he mastered his contouring technique He was given one data point for the Atlantic Ocean and had to create a map of isobars for the entire ocean Using limited data would help him later as a groundwater hydrologist contouring groundwater basins Todd started his career at the University of California Berkeley in 1950 At Berkeley he taught all of the hydrology courses and was in charge of the graduate program in Water Resources Engineering He has held the position of Instructor Lecturer Assistant Professor Associate Professors and currently is Professor Emeritus Todd decided to pursue the study of groundwater hydrology when he attended in 1956 the Darcy Centennial Symposia in Dijon France This conference helped to focus his studies on groundwater He thought the study of groundwater hydrology was a natural combination of his engineering and meteorology studies He would try to quantify the natural movement of groundwater in 1959 he published his text book Ground Water Hydrology This text book is used by over 52 American universities and is translated into six foreign languages Hindi Malaysian Persian Portuguese Spanish and Turkish Chances are if you studied groundwater hydrology in college you used Todd s book Todd has published six other books and over 120 technical papers A review of his publications has a number of titles dealing with conjunctive uses and sea water intrusion A few titles made us wonder if we were giving the award to a mad scientist A few of the papers were titled Economics of Ground Water Recharge by Nuclear and Conventional Methods 1964 Nuclear Crater for Ground Water Recharge 1965 and Nuclear

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