WERC Student Wins Prestigious Presentation Award

Congratulations to WERC student Bridget Eckhardt who received the Farvolden Award at the National Groundwater Association's (NGWA) annual Groundwater Summit that was held on December 4-7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Bridget presented her work on groundwater flow in discontinuous permafrost. Using chemical and physical tracers, this study investigates the quality and source of above- and sub below-permafrost groundwater. Gaining a better knowledge of the flow dynamics in these complex systems is essential for groundwater sustainability and modeling.

Co-authors on this project are David Barnes (WERC & UAF Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michelle Barnes (WERC) and Ronald Daanen (DGGS).

About the NGWA Farvolden Award:
Farvolden Awards are given to the best student presentations at the Groundwater Summit. The four Farvolden Award winners are each given a $1,000 prize.

Robert N. Farvolden, Ph.D., was one of the early pioneers in the development of modern hydrogeology as both a science and a profession. A Canadian, he studied at the University of Illinois and worked at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, focusing on regional hydrogeologic issues and the interaction between groundwater and surface water. In the early 1970s, he moved to the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he founded what would grow to be one of the largest and most progressive institutions for the study of groundwater science in the world. The vast majority of his work focused on the development and management of safe water supplies for populations in underdeveloped areas. Farvolden also served as senior scientist for NGWA.
(Source: NGWA)

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