(WESTERVILLE, OH — October 23, 2013) Dr. Leonard Konikow, a hydrogeologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, has received a Life Member Award from the National Ground Water Association for special service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry and NGWA.
The award will be presented in December at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Konikow has worked in the groundwater industry for 42 years, serving the entire time with the USGS. He started in the USGS’s Colorado office in 1971 and since 1978 has been in Reston. His initial opportunity at USGS came about while attending a 1970 National Water Well Association (now NGWA) conference as a student. Konikow’s introduction to hydrogeology was as a summer student employee of the consulting firm, Geraghty and Miller.
He considers one of his major career achievements as having helped develop and document one of the first widely used generic solute transport models for groundwater.
Konikow has served in a number of industry leadership positions including as:
He also is a former recipient of NGWA’s M. King Hubbert Award for major science contributions to the understanding of groundwater and the Geological Society of America’s O.E. Meinzer Award.
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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