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USGS’s Barlow and Leake receive NGWA award


November 17, 2014
By Ground Water Canada

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Nov. 17, 2014, Westerville, OH – Two USGS scientists have received an
award from the National Ground Water Association, in part for their
report on the development, management and protection of water
resources
.

Nov. 17, 2014, Westerville, OH – Two USGS scientists have received an award from the National Ground Water Association, in part for their report on the development, management and protection of water
resources
.



Dr. Paul Barlow of the U.S. Geological Survey
in Northborough, Mass., and Stanley Leake of the USGS in Tucson,
Ariz., were awarded the John Hem Award, which honours significant scientific or engineering
contributions to the understanding of ground water. The award will be
presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual
Meeting in Las Vegas.

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Collectively, Barlow and Leake 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 United States' 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 ground water 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.