Happy Earth Day! Today is a friendly reminder that American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) was founded on the purpose of enhancing and strengthening the standing of hydrology as a science and a profession by establishing and maintaining ethical standards to protect the public from irresponsible work. This guiding principle also pertains to our environment as a whole!
At the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) Executive Committee’s Annual Meeting, leadership unanimously approved an initiative to create a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are inviting AIH members who are interested in this important topic to join the DEI Committee and help guide AIH’s current and future policies.
What will the DEI Committee Do?
As AIH members, you can help guide the activities and mission of this inaugural DEI Committee. It is anticipated that DEI Committee members will come up with ideas on ways to engage the AIH membership and the water community at large on diversity, equity and inclusion topics related to hydrology. Initial activities could include, but would not be limited to, member surveys, social media strategies, newsletter outreach and developing AIH-wide DEI initiatives.
How to Get Involved with the DEI Committee
Get involved with the DEI Committee by participating as a member and/or as a Co-Chair! We encourage AIH members to volunteer time for the Committee as much as their schedule allows, but a long-term commitment or official position is not required. Please indicate your interest in joining the DEI Committee by emailing email@example.com by May 7, 2021.
AIH’s executive leadership team is very interested in empowering all AIH members to provide leadership and creativity for this important effort! Thank you in advance for your interest.
AIH was founded 40 years ago in 1981 by Sandor Csallany, Alex Zaporozec, and Roman Kanivetsky as a non-profit scientific and educational organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of professionals in the field of hydrology. AIH’s goal is to promote hydrology as a science and profession and to help protect public interest from non-professional practices. This still holds true today
The AIH Executive Committee (EC) recently held Day 2 of its Annual Meeting virtually on March 21. The EC heard updates from the breakout groups that were formed regarding member engagement, collaboration with other organizations, collaboration with universities, and public relations and media strategies. The EC also finalized and approved the annual budget for the coming year. Keep an eye out for several new, exciting initiatives and updates in the coming year!
AIH’s Executive Committee kicked off its Annual Meeting during Pi Day! A key outcome of the day was the establishment of an AIH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee that will be composed of EC members and AIH members. Breakout groups will convene over next week to address key initiative areas related to member engagement, collaboration with other organizations, collaboration with universities, and public relations and media strategies. Strategies and tactics for addressing the initiatives will be the focus when the Executive Committee reconvenes for the Annual Meeting Day 2 on March 21, 2021.
The American Institute of Hydrology is dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the standing of hydrology as a science and a profession. In 2021 our focus will be to dive even deeper into membership engagement, legislation and advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, our public relations and media strategies as well as our collaboration and partnerships with other organizations.
The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) recognizes its members for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of groundwater, surface water, water quality, and institute development. These awards are named after prominent scientists and engineers, who have made numerous lasting contributions to the hydrologic sciences. AIH Awards include:
- Charles V. Theis Award for Groundwater
- Ray K. Linsley Award for Surface Water
- Robert G. Wetzel Award for Water Quality
- Founders Award for Institute Development
The nomination packet for each award should contain the following:
- A formal nomination letter by the nominator, outlining the education, career, and a record of performance detailing accomplishments and noteworthy impact achieved by the potential candidate.
- A current resume of the nominee.
- A minimum of two and maximum of four supporting letters with a limit of three pages each.
The supporting letter writers should state briefly how they know the nominee and describe why the nominee is deserving of the award. Please submit your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Award winners will be notified and the awards will be presented at an upcoming conference to be determined later in the year.
The Charles Vernon (C.V.) Theis Award was established in 1986, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in groundwater hydrology. Charles V. Theis graduated with a PhD from the University of Cincinnati in June 1929 and made numerous contributions to the field of groundwater science throughout his life.
The Ray K. Linsley Award was established in 1986, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in surface water hydrology. Dr. Linsley made numerous contributions to surface water hydrology and was the principal author of the textbook Applied Hydrology, published by McGraw-Hill in 1949. He directed the PhD dissertations of 35 students at Stanford University covering research on mechanics of overland flow, rainfall synthesis, stochastic hydrology, and modeling of the hydrologic cycle. These efforts led to the development of the Stanford Watershed Model, a state-of-the-art tool of hydrologists worldwide.
The Robert G. Wetzel Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of water quality. This award was dedicated in 2006, to the family of the late Robert G. Wetzel. Dr. Wetzel was a true leader in the field of freshwater science. His thoughts and brilliant synthesis of all aspects of lakes and streams are included in more than 30 books and 400+ publications including the definitive college textbook of this field, Limnology.
The AIH Founders Award was established in 1990, to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding, long and dedicated service to the Institute. It was established to honor the AIH founders Sandor Csallany, Alex Zaporozec, and Roman Kanivetsky. The award is given at the discretion of the AIH Executive Board to a member in good standing.
Congratulations to Salam Murtada on his election to the Vice President of Institute Development position! His professional biography below provides some background on your newly elected AIH leader.
VP of Institute Development
Salam Murtada is a Professional Hydrologist, Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager with over 20 years of experience in the areas of natural system restoration, H&H modeling, groundwater protection and wastewater treatment and disposal. He has served as AIH’s Treasurer since January of 2020. Salam is currently a Floodplain Hydrologist with the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological and Water Resources. He utilizes hydrologic models to assess land use changes and floodplain evaluation, as well as performing floodplain ordinance reviews. Salam received his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. from West Virginia University, all in the field of engineering. He is excited to assist with expanding the membership base and promoting AIH through other technical organizations and affiliations.