NGWA Life Member Award winner Herman Bouwer, Ph.D., of Tempe, Arizona, passed away on July 28. Bouwer turned 86 on July 11.
Bouwer was chief engineer with the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was also adjunct professor at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. His research focused on in situ measurement of hydraulic properties of soils, vadose zones, and aquifers; characterization of underground flow systems; renovation of sewage effluent by groundwater recharge; effect of irrigated agriculture on groundwater; and effect of groundwater pumping on streamflow.
He received his B.S. and M.S. in land drainage and irrigation from the National Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in hydrology and agricultural water management from Cornell University.
Bouwer published Groundwater Hydrology in 1978. He also authored or coauthored a variety of other texts, and was a regular contributor to NGWA’s scientific journal, Groundwater®. He enjoyed writing about groundwater hydrology and artificial recharge.
In 1992, Bouwer was a recipient of NGWA’s Life Member Award, which is presented to retired members, or members of retirement age, who have contributed a special service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry or to NGWA.
In 1997, Bouwer received the Arizona Hydrological Society Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has contributed to AHS, the science of hydrology within Arizona, and/or has received national fame for their contributions in the hydrology field. The Herman Bouwer Intern Scholarship was created in 2000 to give students enrolled in a hydrology-related discipline at any Arizona college or university the opportunity to gain practical experience in the multidisciplinary field of hydrology and water resources.
Bouwer's colleagues have expressed their admiration for him, including Floyd Marsh of Sustainable Water Solutions LLC in Phoenix, Arizona, who had this to say, “Herman was a giant of a man in our profession and his contributions, accomplishments in hydrology, and friendship will be missed.”
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
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