(WESTERVILLE, OH — August 7, 2012) William M. Alley, Ph.D., has been named director of science and technology for the National Ground Water Association.
Alley recently retired after 18 years as chief of the Office of Groundwater at the U.S. Geological Survey. He will assume his NGWA post November 13, 2012.
“NGWA aspires to be the leading groundwater association advocating for the responsible development, management, and use of water. Bill Alley will help us get there,” said NGWA Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE.
“I can think of no one better equipped to help NGWA be a 21st century international leader in the dissemination of groundwater-related scientific and technical information. Bill’s depth and breadth of experience will be a real asset in NGWA’s development of policy to wisely use and protect the planet’s groundwater resources.”
Alley’s NGWA job responsibilities will include:
During his USGS career, Alley was a hydrologist in the Colorado District’s Surface Water Branch, Systems Analysis Group. He also served as the groundwater coordinator in the National Water Quality Assessment Program (1986 to 1990) and coordinator of the Regional Aquifer System Analysis Program (1992 to 1993).
A long-time NGWA member and volunteer, Alley has been a director of the NGWA Scientists and Engineers Division, served on various committees and task groups, and cochaired the 2007 NGWA Ground Water Summit.
His honors include serving as the 2012 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer for the Groundwater Resources Association of California, being named Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2009, and receiving the E. Benjamin Nelson Government Service Award of the Groundwater Foundation in 2007, the NGWA John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award in 2001, and a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2006.
Alley earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a master’s degree in hydrogeology from Stanford University, and a doctorate in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Preceding Alley in this NGWA position was Dr. David R. Wunsch, now state geologist of Delaware.
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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