Jeff H

The Wisconsin Groundwater Monitoring Network is the only source of statewide information on groundwater levels and is playing an increasingly important role in providing needed data to support groundwater quantity management. As a hydrogeologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), I frequently work with the data provided by this network and recognize its importance in contributing to our understanding of the causes and effects of changing groundwater levels. Unfortunately, the network has seen its funding levels decrease in recent years. Stepping up, several Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (UWEX) staff members have gone well beyond what could be reasonably expected in order to support this network. Mike Parsen has been invaluable in leading the efforts to coordinate with USGS, DNR and other partners to assure that the network runs efficiently and meets our needs. Mike has worked tirelessly to provide groundwater network information to the disparate partners that rely on it, coordinate communication between those partners, make the most of a minimal budget, and investigate opportunities for improving the network. It is always a pleasure to work with Mike as he is helpful, personable, and knowledgeable. Pete Chase is also a great person to work with on the network. A rare combination of technical expertise, communication skills, and willingness to go above and beyond expectations makes Pete's contributions unique. Also helpful have been Ken Bradbury and Bill Batten who play important roles and deserve recognition. I thank all of the above for providing exceptional know-how and service and for contributing to an essential component in our protection of Wisconsin's groundwater, our buried treasure, for us, and for future generations.