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Alley will assume his post in mid-November
William M. Alley, Ph.D., has been named director of science and technology for the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).
Alley recently retired after 18 years as chief of the Office of Groundwater at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He will assume his NGWA post Nov. 13, 2012.
“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,” said NGWA CEO Kevin McCray, CAE.
Alley’s NGWA job responsibilities will include: assuring the scientific and technical accuracy of information disseminated by NGWA; being the scientific liaison between NGWA and government agencies, international organizations and related nongovernmental organizations; and assisting in the development of conferences and other professional development programs.
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 from 1986 to 1990, and as coordinator of the Regional Aquifer System Analysis Program from 1992 to 1993.
A long-time NGWA member and volunteer, Alley has been a director of the NGWA Scientists and Engineers Div., served on various committees and task groups, and co-chaired the 2007 NGWA Ground Water Summit.
His honors include serving as the 2012 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer for the Groundwater Resources Assn. of California and being named Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2009. He also received 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.