After the Drought (#5048)

Presented on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gain insight into what efforts were found to work, and which didn’t, in mitigating the effects of the United States’ recent drought — and what can be done going forward — during this three-hour virtual conference. The last 10 years have proven especially challenging with decreased rainfall, diminished runoff, insufficient groundwater recharge, and shifting populations. At one given time, 47 states were deemed to be in a state of drought — far beyond the “usual suspects” of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. While the situation has eased, it has not disappeared. It is incumbent we explore what measures taken and policies implemented were most effective in altering human behavior and managing both surface water and groundwater resources during these distressed periods. This virtual conference will explore what efforts, at all governing levels, were most effective, as well as measures failing to perform as expected — and how the lessons learned can help us improve our overall water resource planning now and in the future.

  • Robert Mace, Ph.D. — Texas Drought Response
  • Molly Magnuson, PE — New Mexico Drought Response
  • Helen Dahlke, Ph.D. — Impacts and Responses to California’s Drought
  • Ken Bradbury, Ph.D. — Drought and Water Challenges in Central Wisconsin
  • John Stomp, PE — Albuquerque’s 100-Year Water Plan: Water 2120
  • Todd Halihan Ph.D. — Petroleum Water Management and Drough

Robert E. Mace, Ph.D.,
Texas Water Development Board
Robert E. Mace, Ph.D., is a Deputy Executive Administrator at the Texas Water Development Board and leads the agency’s Water Science & Conservation office, a department of 79 scientists, engineers, and specialists dedicated to better understanding groundwater and surface water resources; advancing water conservation and innovative water technologies such as desalination, aquifer storage and recovery, reuse, and rainwater harvesting; and better preparing Texas for floods. Prior to joining the Texas Water Development Board in 1999, Robert worked for almost nine years at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin as a hydrologist and research scientist. Robert has a B.S. in Geophysics and an M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from The University of Texas at Austin. His residential

Molly Magnuson, M.S.
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, Santa Fe
Molly Magnuson is with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and is the Bureau Chief for the Water Use and Conservation Bureau in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Major tasks include the quantification of irrigation water requirements for adjudications and litigation efforts, water conservation efforts, and drought-related planning/monitoring. She has been the bureau chief for about two years and has worked in that bureau since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission in the Colorado River Bureau. In addition to working for the State of New Mexico, she has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. She has an master’s in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from New Mexico State University.

Helen E. Dahlke, Ph.D.
Integrated Hydrologic Sciences at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
Helen E. Dahlke, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Integrated Hydrologic Sciences at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on contributing to a better mechanistic understanding of hydrological processes and their links to climate and biogeochemical cycling. She holds a master’s degree in Geography, Geohydrology, and Geoinformatics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Helen’s current research interests include surface water–groundwater interaction, water resources management, vadose zone transport processes, hydrologic response functions, and applications of DNA nanotechnology in hydrology.

Kenneth Bradbury, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, Madison, WI
Kenneth Bradbury (Ph.D., Hydrogeology, UW-Madison, 1982) is Wisconsin’s State Geologist and Director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin-Extension. Ken became the Survey’s Director in September, 2015. Prior to this Ken has been a Research Hydrogeologist with the Survey since 1982. His research interests include virus transport in groundwater, groundwater flow in fractured media, aquitard hydrogeology, groundwater recharge processes, wellhead protection, regional groundwater simulation, and the hydrogeology of glacial deposits. Ken is the author of numerous scientific papers and reports, is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America, has chaired the National Research Council Committee on Water Resources Research for the U.S. Geological Survey, and is a former member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board.

John Stomp, M.S.
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, Albuquerque
John Stomp is the Chief Operating Officer for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. He is responsible for managing the operations of the water and wastewater utility that provides service to more than 650,000 residents and businesses in the metropolitan area. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2010, Stomp was the Water Resources Manager for more than 13 years and was the Project Manager for the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project that provides up to 90 million gallons per day of purified San Juan-Chama surface water. Stomp has been involved with western water issues for more than 25 years and is currently serving on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Municipal and Industrial Water Conservation group which is part of the Colorado River Basin-wide study. Stomp is a native New Mexican and holds a holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is also a registered professional engineer in New Mexico and is certified as a Level IV Water and Wastewater Operator.

Todd Halihan, Ph.D., P.Gp.
Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Todd Halihan, Ph.D., P.Gp., is a Professor of Geology at Oklahoma State University and Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC. Halihan’s professional interests center in subsurface characterization and sustainable water supply. He has been an associate editor for Ground Water and has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He served as the Chair of the Hydrogeology Division and the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. He currently serves on the Oklahoma governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity.

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