Dr. Herman Bouwer
He is being awarded for his work on artificial recharge of groundwater.
He developed design and management criteria for optimum performance of infiltration basins and for best SAT, especially nitrogen removal.
He and his co-worker, R.C. Rice developed the Bouwer and Rice slug test for measuring hydraulic conductivities of aquifers, and improved cylinder infiltrometer procedures to correct for divergence below the cylinder to obtain a better estimate of vertical infiltration rates as occur in basins.
He also developed procedures for predicting groundwater mound formation below infiltration systems and its effect on infiltration rates. These concepts were also applied to predict effects of groundwater pumping on stream flow.
He has served on several US National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council committees, has consulted on numerous recharge projects, received an OECD Fellowship in 1964 for studying recharge in The Netherlands and Germany, and has given seminars and short courses on artificial recharge in the U.S., India, Jordan, Tunesia and Morocco.
Currently he is giving 2-day short courses with David Pyne, where he does surface systems and David well injection systems.
He has also been involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers for developing recharge standards, and with local, national, and international recharge conferences.
He has had faculty positions at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University where he gave semester groundwater hydrology courses for about 20 years.
He has written about 300 publications (mostly as senior author), 12 book chapters and one text book: Groundwater Hydrology, published by McGraw-Hill.
Above all, he tremendously enjoys recharge work because it is so important and interdisciplinary.
I am deeply touched by the honor you bestowed on me by giving me the prize for groundwater and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank the dedicated people that nominated me for this award. They spent a lot of time and effort to prepare a prize winning nomination. Also, the congratulatory responses I have been receiving from my friends and colleagues all over the world have been very rewarding.
Again, I wish you a successful program and conference, and again I thank you very much for the honor.
Bouwer, H., "Integrated Water Management for the 21st Century: Problems and Solutions", Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 128(4), 193-202, 2002.
Bouwer, H., R.C. Rice, J.C. Lance, and R.G. Gilbert, "Rapid-infiltration research at Flushing Meadows Project, Arizona" Journal of Water Pollution Control, 1980.
Bouwer, Herman, Groundwater Hydrology, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. (book)