National Ground Water Association Announces New Editor-in-Chief for Groundwater

Oct 21, 2019, 11:43 AM
Oct 7, 2019, 09:00 AM


Dr. Leonard Konikow Approved to Lead the Groundwater Industry’s Top Research Journal

(WESTERVILLE, OH — October 7, 2019) The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is excited to announce Dr. Leonard “Lenny” Konikow as the new editor-in-chief of their flagship research publication Groundwater. In publication since 1963, Groundwater is the leading international journal focused exclusively on groundwater.

A renowned hydrogeologist, Konikow worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for more than 40 years. As a leading scientist and researcher, Konikow studies groundwater depletion and developed one of the first widely used generic solute transport models for groundwater.

“I feel this is an enormously important job — one that affects the careers of a multitude of scientists, engineers, and students of groundwater hydrology and hydrogeology,” Konikow said. “I am up for the challenge and will strive to continue the efforts of previous editors to keep this the leading and ‘must-read’ journal in groundwater.”

Retired in 2013, Konikow continues his research at USGS as an Emeritus Scientist. Konikow’s research has a long history of publication in Groundwater.

Groundwater is one of the most important journals for publishing my research results, and I have published a number of articles in Groundwater over the years,” Konikow said. “When I wanted my results to reach a broad and large audience of groundwater practitioners, academics, and research, this was the place to go.”

As a member of NGWA, Konikow served as director of the Scientists and Engineers Board. He was the recipient of NGWA’s M. King Hubbert Award for major scientific contributions to the understanding of groundwater in 1989 and NGWA’s Life Member Award in 2013.

In 2011, Konikow was elected Fellow to the American Geophysical Union; in 2001, he received the President’s Award from the International Association of Hydrogeologists; and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Konikow has previously served as associate editor and advisor to the editor for Groundwater. He will begin his first three-year term as editor-in-chief January 1, 2020.

“Lenny Konikow is an esteemed groundwater scientist and I am thrilled he has accepted the position as the next editor-in-chief of Groundwater,” said NGWA Director of Publications Thad Plumley. “Groundwater is the top publication in the world focusing exclusively on groundwater and I am excited to see where it goes under Lenny’s guidance.”

To arrange a potential interview with Konikow, please contact Ben Frech at, or call (614) 898-7791, ext. 1570.


The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.