The Herman Bouwer Award is given out at both the Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (BSMAR) and the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR) to the person or agency that has significantly advanced the understanding or utilization of MAR.

The eleventh ISMAR (ISMAR 11) is being held in Long Beach, California in April 2022.

Nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2021, for consideration for ISMAR 11. Nominations received after this date are ineligible for ISMAR 11 but may be retained for consideration for future BSMAR or ISMAR symposia. Sitting Directors and Branch Officers of the Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) and the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) are ineligible to be nominated for the award.

Please fill out this form and provide a detailed explanation of why the nominee should be considered for the award. Supporting documents, such as; resume, newspaper clippings or articles, letters of support, published articles, and project reviews are welcome.

The recipient of the 2022 Herman Bouwer Award will be selected by the ISMAR 11 planning committee and will be presented at ISMAR 11 in Long Beach, CA.

Herman Bouwer

Herman Bouwer had a long and distinguished career and was one of the world’s leading researchers in water resources management, particularly in the area of managed aquifer recharge. He authored more than 300 publications including 12 book chapters and the textbook Ground Water Hydrology (McGraw-Hill, 1978). He served on several US National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council committees, consulted on numerous recharge projects, received an OECD Fellowship in 1964 for studying recharge in The Netherlands and Germany, and gave seminars and short courses on artificial recharge in the U.S., India, Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco.

He was a native of The Netherlands, where he survived World War II and the Nazi occupation. He received his MS from Wageningen University in drainage and irrigation in 1952, and his Ph.D. in 1955 from Cornell University in soil and water management. After five years in the Agricultural Engineering Department of Auburn University, Alabama, he joined the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for 43 years and served 18 years as Director. He retired in early 2002.

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