New Director of Academic Affairs & Director of Communications Join the AIH Board

AIH is happy to announce the Board of Directors is now complete with the election of our last two open director seats for Academic Affairs and Communications.

Director of Academic Affairs – John J. Ramirez-Avila
Dr. John J. Ramirez-Avila is the new Director of Academic Affairs. He is an Agricultural Engineer (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) holding a Master’s degree in Soils (University of Puerto Rico) and a PhD in Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources (Mississippi State University). John is an Associate Professor at the Watersheds and Water Quality Research Lab, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University.

Director of Communications – Jonathan Quebbeman
Dr. Jonathan Quebbeman is the new Director of Communications. He is a hydrologist and water resources engineer with more than 24-years of experience. He is currently the Director of Water Resources, South Asia, in addition to leading the Hydrologic Risk program with RTI International, a non-profit research institute. 

Meet the 2024 AIH Awardees

Each year, AIH recognizes individuals for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of groundwater, surface water, water quality, and institute development. These awards are named after prominent hydrologists, who have made numerous lasting contributions to the hydrologic sciences. Watch our LinkedIn video and send congratulations to the attendees!

Ray K. Linsley Award for Surface Water – Deborah H. Lee, SES, PH, PE, BC.WRE, F.ASCE, ENV SP

Ms. Deborah H. Lee serves as the Director of the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory where she advances state-of-the-science prediction capabilities. The practical tools her teams developed forecast the movement of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie to allow for advance management and health protection. Her peer nominations cited her exceptional leadership, creativity, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for women in STEM

Charles Vernon (C.V) Theis Award for Groundwater – Dr. Rao Govindaraju

Dr. Rao Govindaraju is the Bowen Engineering Head and Burke Professor at Lyles School of Civil Engineer at Purdue University. Dr. Govindaraju heads up the Bowen Engineering Department in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering and a prolific author, he has made substantial contributions to the areas of water well design, basin-wide management, infiltration investigative methods, assessment of climate change, and artificial neural networks for groundwater applications. 

New Treasurer and Director of International Affairs Join the AIH Board

Treasurer – Dr. James J. Connors
James brings over 39 years of hydrology and geology, university administration, research, and expert witness experience to his position on the Board. As a successful business owner, he has first-hand experience with budgeting and accounting, and in his first month in office he has already coordinated a budget approval meeting!

We also thank Chance Fulk for his service as Treasurer, and for being part of the team that first established the DEI Scholarship Fund.

Director of International Affairs – John R. Gray

John is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Scientist Emeritus and Principal at GraySedimentology LLC. As the USGS National Sedimentologist for nearly 20 years, he was responsible for national and international coordination of fluvial-sediment monitoring and research.

We thank Yige Gao for her valued service as Director of International Affairs! Yige’s engagement of new AIH members and coordination with international hydrology organizations leaves a lasting legacy.

Welcome to the Newest AIH Members!

We’re pleased to welcome the following AIH members who’ve chosen to take the next step in their hydrology career with an AIH certification!

Hydrologist-In-Training

  • Marcoluis Garcia – February 2024
  • Molly Adams – April 2024

Professional Hydrologist – Surface Water
March 2024

  • Erica Betts
  • Daniel Black
  • Katherine Dunn
  • Euan-Angus MacLeod
  • Kenneth Peterson
  • Ryan Troy

New! AIH Offers Continuing Education Center

The AIH Continuing Education Center gives its members, other hydrologists, and students access to live presentations and on demand recordings with content focused on important hydrology topics. Presented by experts, these programs offer timely and valuable insights that keep you up-to-date and qualify for PDH/PDC hours for professional hydrologists.

Each viewing (live or recording) is free for AIH members and qualifies as credits toward maintaining your AIH certification.

Browse the new Continuing Education Center offerings today!

Earth Day 2024: Be a part of AIH’s story week.

Earth Day 2024 | April 22 | Planet vs. Plastics

Be a part of AIH’s Story Week!

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. It is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries.

AIH wants to showcase members’ Earth Day activities to help educate others about the importance of our environment.

Be a part of the AIH story week and tell us how you, your company, and/or your community, are actively participating in an Earth Day activity.

In addition to supporting EARTHDAY.ORG’s 2024 goal to demand a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040, there are lots of ways you can take part. Example activities might include:

To participate in our story week, please email admin@ahydrology.org the following by Friday, April 12:

  • Brief description of your activity/event.
  • Event date.
  • Relevant photos.
  • Your social media handles for X (twitter), Facebook, and/or LinkedIn. We’d love to tag you so users can see your good work.

We’ll highlight your work during our story week between April 17-22, 2024! Thank you for being a part of this important initiative that is so impactful for our hydrology community.

AIH announces a Call for Nominations for its Board of Directors

The organization seeks candidates for three open positions. Nominations are due March 1, 2024.

  1. Director of Academic Affairs
  2. Director of Communications
  3. Director of International Affairs
The terms for each position will begin as soon as elected. The term of the elected position is for four years.
 AIH invites and encourages its members to consider applying for these positions. You may nominate yourself or another eligible member.  Learn more about the materials needed to submit a nomination under each description below.

AIH appreciates your interest. If you have any questions, please contact the AIH Board Office at (540) 500-1933 or admin@aihydrology.org.
Director of Academic Affairs

Candidate Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for this position, the candidate must be an AIH member in good standing, and must be either a P.H. or a Hydrologic Technician Level III.

Responsibilities:
The Director of Academic Affairs shall have general responsibility for the certification program of the Institute; oversee student membership; and, in coordination with the Director of Institute Development, establish collaborative relationships with academic institutions to support the mission of the Institute.

Director of Communications

Candidate Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for this position, the candidate must be an AIH member in good standing, and must be either a P.H. or a Hydrologic Technician Level III.

Responsibilities: 
The Director of Communication shall have the responsibility for review of correspondence to members and prospective members; assist the President with strategic planning; provide guidance to the newsletter and website committees; and generally, explore and present to the Board of Directors potential opportunities that increase the visibility of the Institute.

Director of International Affairs

Candidate Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for this position, the candidate must be an AIH member in good standing, and must be either a P.H. or a Hydrologic Technician Level III.

Responsibilities:
The Director of International Affairs shall promote the Institute internationally through collaboration with organizations supporting the mission of the Institute, represent international members of the Institute, and assist in the planning for international activities.

AIH Announces its Call for Award Nominations

The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) recognizes individuals for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of groundwater, surface water, water quality, and institute development. These awards are named after prominent hydrologists, who have made numerous lasting contributions to the hydrologic sciences.

The Call for Award Nominations is now open!  Nominations can be self-made or for someone else. AIH membership is not required.

To make a nomination, email a separate nomination packet for each nominee by February 29 to admin@aihydrology.org. Each packet must contain the following:

  1. A formal nomination letter by the nominator which contains:
    • The name of the award for which the nomination is being made.
    • The first/last name, email address, and phone number of the nominee.
    • The nominee’s education, career, and a record of performance detailing accomplishments and noteworthy impact achieved by the potential candidate.
  2. A current resume of the nominee.
  3. A minimum of two and maximum of four supporting letters with a limit of three pages each.
    • The supporting letters should include a brief statement about how they know the nominee and describe why the nominee is deserving of the award.
    • Award winners will be notified by AIH and the awards will be presented at an upcoming conference to be determined later in the year.

Click here to review the award categories, candidate criteria, and more details.

AIH announces a Call for Nominations for its Board of Directors: Treasurer

The organization seeks candidates for the position of Treasurer. Nominations are due February 9, 2024.

Candidate Eligibility:
In order to be eligible for the Treasurer position, the candidate must be an AIH member in good standing, and must be either a P.H. or a Hydrologic Technician Level III.

Treasurer Responsibilities:
The Treasurer will work with the future AIH Executive Director, AIH President and hired accountant to prepare and submit to the Board of Directors an annual budget and annual financial report, secure audits of Institute financial records, work with the accountant to prepare and file all documents required by the Internal Revenue Service and other state and federal agencies, actively seek gifts and grants for the Institute and generally manage financial affairs and resources of the Institute as directed by the Board of Directors.

Position Terms:
The terms for the position will begin as soon as elected. The term of the elected position is for four years.

Nomination Process:
AIH invites and encourages its members to consider applying for this position. You may nominate yourself or another eligible member. To be considered, please submit your nomination to admin@aihydrology.org by Friday, February 9, 2024.

A complete submission must include:

  1. Your name, professional title, email address, and preferred phone number.
  2. A statement that you are nominating yourself or another member. If nominating another member, please also provide their name, professional title, email address, and preferred phone number.
  3. The nominee’s statement of interest (maximum 150 words).
  4. The nominee’s professional biography (maximum 150 words).

AIH appreciates your interest. If you have any questions, please contact the AIH Board Office at (540) 500-1933 or admin@aihydrology.org.

President’s Corner – Fall 2023

Julé Rizzardo, PH, AIH President, 2023-2024

The change of seasons is upon us, and with that, I’d like to announce some changes in our management team. We are grateful to Smith Moore and Associates for three years of management services as we transitioned our organization headquarters to Sacramento, published our first digital newsletter, and launched our webinar series. Now, we are poised to continue growing our organization and connecting with members with the help of a new management team. The new team is handling all aspects of administering AIH, including membership, certification, exams, marketing and financial services.

Please meet the team!

Ginger Tinsley, Membership and Certification Database Manager 

Ginger brings extensive association management and business development experience to AIH. She has managed associations for medical professionals for over a decade, including member engagement, board facilitation, database management, strategic planning, and legislative initiatives.

Megan Balkovic, MHB Services, Owner 

Megan is the owner of MHB Services, a consulting company for small nonprofits, and provides digital marketing and communication expertise for AIH. She manages our social media platforms, and develops digital content to market our newsletter, webinars and member communications.

Angie Agrey, Lethert, Skwira, Schultz and Co. LLP, Partner 

Angie provides financial and accounting services for AIH, including monthly financial reports, accounts receivable and payable, and will be assisting us with separating and tracking funds for the upcoming DEI Scholarship Program.

Upcoming Exam Schedule

February 2, 2024: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST, Fundamentals Exam (Hydrologist in Training )
March 15, 2024: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST, Professional Hydrologist Exam

Annual Membership Renewal

We are grateful to have you as a part of the AIH community and recognize that your commitment to us has been instrumental in shaping who the organization is today. We are ready to assist you in renewing your membership for the year ahead! 

Our goal is to provide you with excellence in member services, impactful educational offerings, timely and applicable communications, and opportunities to connect and network with others in hydrology. That’s why now is the best time to renew your membership and keep your certification active. Renew now before it expires on January 15, 2024 – it only takes a few minutes!

AIH offers you numerous reasons to continue to keep your membership current:

  • Maintain your certification as a professional hydrologist or hydrologic technician
  • Build your career as a hydrologist-in-training or student member
  • Earn continuing education credits with free access to AIH webinars
  • Nominate yourself or colleagues for AIH annual awards
  • Receive recognition by your peers and employer for achieving professional competence in hydrology
  • Contribute to the work of AIH Committees and submit articles for the AIH Bulletin
  • Belong to a community of colleagues with common professional interests and opportunities to collaborate
  • Take leadership roles in the Board of Directors and Board of Registration

Our dedication and commitment to you and the hydrology industry is unprecedented – you won’t want to miss what’s next! 

We’re improving our database operations in an effort to make renewing your membership easier and more accessible. To get started online:

  1. Log into Certemy online at https://app.certemy.com/entry/login. You’ll need your email address and password associated with your Certemy account.
  2. Can’t remember your password, click “Forgot Password?”, enter the correct email, and a link to reset your password will be emailed to you.
  3. Can’t remember which email you use for Certemy (hint: it’s the same email that this Bulletin was sent to) or need more assistance? Contact Ginger Tinsley at admin@aihydrology.org or call (540) 500-1933.

If you are still unable to renew your membership, then you can renew on our website and select your membership type:

  • Professional Hydrologist Membership ($150/annually)
  • Hydrologic Technician Membership ($90/annually)
  • Hydrologist-In-Training ($100/annually)
  • Student Membership ($20/annually)
  • Emeritus ($50/annually)

Call for Committee Volunteers!

AIH needs you to support a variety of AIH’s volunteer committees. Read below for more information on how to get involved.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
If you are interested in joining the DEI Committee and helping launch our very first DEI scholarship program in 2024, please contact co-chair John Ramirez-Avila (jramirez@cee.msstate.edu) or Matt Naftaly (mnaftaly@dudek.com). The Committee is finalizing scholarship application criteria and planning to make the first scholarships available for application in late 2024.

Communications Committee
This committee helps the Director of Communications with reviewing the technical articles for the AIH Bulletin. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the Director, Communications, Brennon Schaefer (brennon.schaefer@state.mn.us).