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A warm welcome to new Upper Midwest Water Science Center Director, Steve Peterson.

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Steven M. Peterson

Starting October 1, 2023, Steve Peterson joined the Upper Midwest Water Science Center (UMid) as the new Center Director. Steve spent the past three years as Center Director of the Nebraska Water Science Center and will brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership and management to UMid.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Hydrogeology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Master of Science in Geology from Northern Illinois University.  Steve moved to Nebraska in 1999 to work on a groundwater availability project, collaborating with USGS colleagues.  In 2005, he joined the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, where he continued to work on a variety of groundwater availability studies, including groundwater-flow modeling to assess streamflow depletion and related topics.  Steve later served as Groundwater Modeling Team Lead and Hydrologic Investigations Chief.  After becoming Center Director in 2020, Steve focused on empowering staff, engaging stakeholders, and increasing the recognition of the excellence of the center, and he’s been a regular participant in Bureau efforts such as the Water Policy Advisory Council, the Joint Business and Field Leaders Team, and the Fundamental Science Practices Advisory Council.  

Steve is excited to build new relationships with UMid staff, partners, and collaborators, while continuing to build upon the Center’s reputation for excellence.  He is located in the St. Paul, Minnesota, office.

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