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  • GRA Presents 2014 Annual Awards
    Senator Fran Pavley and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and their staff also played monumental roles in this success as did a number of other leaders in the Brown Administration It was the willingness of all those involved to collaborate partnered with the strong leadership of Governor Brown that made this reform possible Governor Brown clearly represents what the Neese Award celebrates The Neese Award recognizes significant accomplishment by a person or entity that fosters the understanding development protection or management of groundwater Thank you Governor Brown for your vision and leadership Lifetime Achievement Award Joined on stage by his family Dr David Huntley was presented the GRA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 GRA Annual Conference The GRA Board of Directors selected Dr Huntley as the recipient of the 2014 GRA Lifetime Achievement Award for his mentorship to so many successful individuals that permeate the groundwater industry in California and for his countless career accomplishments in hydrogeology Sam Williams was given the honor of presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr Huntley With numerous former students in the audience Williams led the audience through a colorful and thoughtful presentation spanning three decades of Dr Huntley s life as an instructor innovator editor writer mentor consultant and expert witness as well as a sailor race car driver and successful triathlete Attendees were entertained by pictures from the early 1980s long hair and beards and moved by Dr Huntley s influence on society through his efforts with the Challenged Athletes Foundation Dr Huntley spent most of his career at San Diego State University He has a B A in Geology from the University of California Santa Barbara and his Ph D in Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines He taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in groundwater hydrology for over 30 years

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  • GRA Presents 2013 Annual Awards
    Resources at the University of Arizona Dr Neuman was selected in recognition of his lifelong commitment to research on groundwater hydraulics fracture flow and modeling and to teaching quantitative courses in subsurface hydrology and fluid dynamics numerical methods and pumping test analysis to graduate hydrology students He is credited with blazing the complexities of numerical solutions to be applied to well testing some methods of which bear his name and have been incorporated into software packages such as AQTESOLV Dr Neuman has advised nearly 40 doctoral graduates and 30 master level graduates who now serve as university faculty researchers and consultants throughout California and worldwide A longtime hydrologist and Ph D who was Dr Neuman s first doctoral student stated Shlomo has very few peers of his caliber as a scientist as a teacher and as a human being The 2013 Kevin J Neese Award was given to the Santa Clara Valley Water District s SCVWD Domestic Well Testing Program The SCVWD Domestic Well Testing Program was selected for implementing a free voluntary testing program that supplements the District s regional groundwater monitoring and provides domestic well owners with information on their water quality The information helps domestic well owners

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  • GRA Presents 2012 Annual Awards
    Groundwater Rights in California The report remains the leading exposition on groundwater law and is cited often Her deep passion for groundwater and natural resources issues across the West led her to be a pioneer and at the forefront of California s groundwater issues Joe Scalmanini stated In the water law community Anne was unparalleled in her drive to always explore and in her ability to understand the technical and scientific aspects of all groundwater matters on which she worked To view all of Joe Scalmanini s remarks about Anne Schneider click here GRA Recognizes David L Orth General Manager of the Kings River Conservation Districtwith the 2012 Kevin J Neese Award Mr Orth was selected in recognition of his leadership in the development of the Upper Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and his dedication to collaborative initiatives in water and groundwater management He has twenty plus years of experience working in the water industry from managing one of California s largest water districts to currently managing over one million acres within the Kings River Conservation District Mr Orth was involved in the formation and administration of the Southern San Joaquin Valley Water Quality Coalition addressing the Irrigated

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  • GRA Presents 2011 Annual Awards
    Downey Brand LLP and Chris Sanders of Ellison Schneider and Harris LLP presented the award to Mr Scalmanini GRA Recognizes the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department for its Abandoned Well Program with the 2012 Kevin J Neese Award The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department was selected for its Abandoned Well Program The Program identifies and properly closes abandoned unused water wells Such wells may be conduits for groundwater contamination many older hand dug wells and open casings pose a physical falling in hazard It is the property owner s responsibility to properly close abandoned wells Properly sealing abandoned wells protects groundwater quality and mitigates safety hazards Also because of the County s outreach efforts the public has become more aware of the presence and potential liabilities of abandoned wells This awareness has resulted in substantial savings to prospective property buyers especially in cases of foreclosed and or bank owned properties where the buyers and sellers may be unaware of the existence of abandoned wells Val Siebel Director of the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department accepted the award on behalf of the Department GRA 2011 Legislative Leadership Awards Presented to Senator Fran Pavley and Assembly Member Jared Huffman Senator Pavley and

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  • GRA Presents 2010 Annual Awards
    O Connor expressed deep appreciation on behalf of Senator Pavley and also appreciation to GRA on continued efforts to provide information to the legislature on groundwater related issues Dr John Cherry Awarded GRA s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Dr John Cherry Emeritus Professor at the University of Waterloo and Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph has been awarded GRA s 2010 Lifetime Achievement award for his many contributions in the field of contaminant hydrogeology Dr Cherry co author of the wellknown textbook Groundwater and more than 200 peer reviewed technical papers received the award in person at GRA s Annual Meeting in Burlingame on September 16 2010 Presenting the award were Bill Pipes GRA President and Murray Einarson both from AMEC Geomatrix Murray Einarson one of Dr Cherry s former graduate students summarized some of Dr Cherry s many attributes that have made him the father of contaminant hydrogeology and a unanimous choice for receiving GRA s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award Vision Throughout his career Dr Cherry has had an uncanny ability to identify and focus his research on topics that turned out to be crucial to the field on contaminant hydrogeology This started with field studies that shed light on the key processes that control the fate and transport of dissolved solutes flowing in sand and gravel aquifers The next chapter in his field research focused on aquitards an area of study largely ignored by water resource professionals at that time because he recognized the importance of aquitards in controlling groundwater flow systems and protecting groundwater resources Dr Cherry and his team then studied the behavior of dense non aqueous phase liquids DNAPLs in the subsurface and the dissolved plumes emanating from DNAPL source zones Most recently Dr Cherry and his colleagues have performed key laboratory modeling and field studies that have advanced our knowledge of the behavior and significance of organic contaminants in fractured rock environments Commitment to field research At a time when most contaminant hydrogeologists were performing laboratory sand tank experiments or building analog computer models Dr Cherry and his team designed and performed some of the most elegant and well monitored controlled release field experiments that have ever been performed As a result Dr Cherry and his team made many of the key discoveries in the field of contaminant hydrogeology Those field experiments were ambitious in scope and were made possible by using innovative subsurface characterization and monitoring technologies that Dr Cherry s team developed These technologies include direct push DP soil coring equipment multi level monitoring wells and the Waterloo Groundwater Profiler These technologies have since been commercialized which has made high resolution characterization and monitoring possible at non research sites Collaboration Many attribute Dr Cherry s early successes at the University of Waterloo to the strong spirit of collaboration that he fostered He assembled diverse teams of researchers consisting of geologists engineers geochemists and numerical modelers to work on research projects that he conceived Many who know him remark on his generosity

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  • GRA Presents 2009 Annual Awards
    the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley Dr Narasimhan was selected because of his 50 years of experience as a field practitioner researcher and professor in groundwater hydrology and water resources His career has been devoted to the study of water including its scientific engineering cultural human and policy aspects The study of water as a natural resource has led him to recognize the delicate linkages that exist among the Earth s hydrological erosional and nutritional cycles that sustain all life He is passionate about the major challenges that lie ahead for our technological society to sustain water resources on local and global scales Dr Narasimhan is the principal organizer of the California Colloquium on Water a campus wide distinguished lecture series devoted to education about water among faculty students and the public He has authored more than 110 technical publications 36 reports and contributed to nine published textbooks in the field of hydrology and water resources during his career The 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 The 2009 recipient

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  • GRA Presents 2008 Annual Awards
    water quality education and international awareness of the importance of groundwater He received his M S and Sc D in sanitary engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959 and was awarded an Honorary Engineering Doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines in 1992 He joined Stanford in 1962 to develop the Environmental Engineering and Science Program and Chaired the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1980 to 1985 Legacy of Innovation and Contributions to Environmental Engineering and Science His research interests and enthusiasm for problem solving reside at the interface of all aspects of water resources and cover a tremendous breadth of issues with social relevance From early years to the present his research includes aerobic and anaerobic biological processes for control of environmental contaminants including nitrogen removal advanced wastewater treatment processes wastewater reuse contaminant fate and transport and groundwater remediation including in situ biodegradation of chlorinated solvents and other hazardous chemicals His combined knowledge of physical chemical biological and microbiological processes and engineering solutions for water treatment laid the groundwork for regulatory confidence in worldwide technological development of surfacewater groundwater and wastewater treatment technologies His efforts have been instrumental in building the necessary scientific foundation for water recycling and the use of recycled water in California the Nation and the world McCarty has enormously influenced research that focuses on the importance and understanding of contaminant fate and transport in soil and groundwater and groundwater remediation methods He was instrumental in developing a focus on groundwater research at Stanford in the early 1970s this was one of the Nation s first groundwater research programs McCarty led early work on the Palo Alto Baylands project to research the creation of a saltwater intrusion barrier to protect the aquifer used to supply drinking water to the City of Palo Alto The project s goal was to create a saltwater intrusion barrier by injecting clean recycled water from the Palo Alto Water Quality Control Plant McCarty has commented that reverse osmosis technology was considered just a laboratory curiosity in the early 1960s In October 1976 his work with the Orange County Water District OCWD led to the first program to inject treated wastewater into a potable supply aquifer from the District s reverse osmosis plant Water Factory 21 which blended the recycled water with deep well water to create a full scale saltwater intrusion barrier The project was a great success and with OCWD s new Groundwater Replenishment System the legacy of this groundbreaking plant lives on During the early years of groundwater research at Stanford McCarty and others collaborated with the University of Waterloo including John Cherry now Emeritus Professor at Waterloo to conduct research at the Borden site in Canada The experience gained through collaborative work at the Borden site brought new insights to the Stanford researchers on field techniques Subsequent field experimentation led to path breaking discoveries and new methods including The identification of organic chemical biological degradation and sorption mechanisms occurring in the subsurface The fate

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  • GRA Presents 2007 Annual Awards
    recipient is Dr Herman Bouwer for his outstanding career in education pioneering work in soil aquifer treatment SAT and artificial recharge and dedication to providing clean water to the people of the world In 1959 he started work at the new U S Water Conservation Laboratory of the USDA in Phoenix AZ Dr Bouwer and his team began modeling surface groundwater interaction groundwater mounding of artificial recharge basins and infiltration rates He developed the double tube method of measuring vertical hydraulic conductivities and the Bouwer and Rice slug test method for measuring aquifer hydraulic conductivity in wells Recharge and reuse was the focus of much of the rest of Dr Bouwer s career He became adjunct professor at Arizona State University in 1970 and published his Groundwater Hydrology textbook in 1978 Dr Bouwer became director of the U S Water Conservation Lab in 1972 and he was the founder of Biennial Symposia on Artificial Recharge in Arizona Dr Bouwer retired in 2002 after 42 years with the USDA and over 300 publications The 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 The 2007 recipient is the University of California Cooperative Extension UCCE Groundwater Hydrology Program The UCCE Groundwater Program was chosen in recognition of its efforts to engage scientists regulators farm advisors dairy industry representatives and dairy farmers to better understand the effects of dairy operations on water quality Research carried out by the UCCE Groundwater Program centers on understanding the role of dairy manure management on groundwater pollution with nitrate salts pharmaceuticals hormones and pathogens and includes extensive field studies and hydrologic modeling In giving the award to UCCE GRA recognizes the group s persistence in engaging both

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