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Aaron L Pugh

Biography

Biography

Aaron Pugh (Hydrologist - Geol. Eng.) – United States Geological Survey (USGS) – Aaron began his career with the USGS in 1987 as at student with the Missouri Water Science Center working on the Ozark Stream Geomorphology Project. After graduation in 1992, Aaron transferred to the Arkansas Water Science Center working with the National Water Quality Assessment Program – Ozark Plateaus Study Unit.  In 1995, Aaron became project chief for the Arkansas Basic Groundwater Data Program. From 1996 through 2007, Aaron was detailed to the NRCS-National Water Management Center working nationally with NRCS State offices on groundwater and fluvial geomorphology projects. In 2007, Aaron returned to the Arkansas Water Science Center where he was the Ozark NAWQA groundwater and database specialist; project chief for the Arkansas StreamStats program, and project chief for the GW-QW Data Exchange. In 2012, Aaron became project chief for the Arkansas Water Use Program and the Arkansas Rainfall – Runoff Study. In 2015, Aaron became part of the multi-state Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center and project chief of Ouachita and Boston Mountains Regional Hydraulic Geometry Characteristics projects.

 

2015-Present: Became part of the multi-state (AL, AR, LA, MS, & TN) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center and project chief of Ouachita and Boston Mountains Regional Hydraulic Geometry Characteristics projects. The objective of these projects is to collect, analyze and publish stream channel geomorphic observations made at gaged stream reaches in the Ouachita and Boston Mountains of Arkansas and develop regional hydraulic geometry curves that express the mathematical relation between the bankfull channel dimensions and the contributing drainage areas. Additional task include; assisting the Alabama Bridges project and identifying high-water marks following flooding.

 

2012-2015: Project chief for the Arkansas Water Use Program and the Arkansas Rainfall – Runoff Study. Duties as project chief of the Arkansas Water Use Program included working closely with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) to maintain the Arkansas Water-Use Database (AWUD) and Water Well Completion Database (WWCD); working with County Conservation Offices (AACD) to enter annually reported irrigation water-use information into the Reported Water Use Network; and developing the Real-Time Water-Use and Alluvial Aquifer Flow Meter Networks. The Arkansas Rainfall – Runoff Study was conducted to update a previous study with 30 years of additional information as part of the States effort to update the Arkansas Water Plan.

 

2007-2012: Returned to the Arkansas Water Science Center. Duties include Ozark NAWQA groundwater and database specialist; project chief for the Arkansas StreamStats program, developing the statewide ArcHydro model for the Arkansas StreamStats web application; and project chief for the GW-QW Data Exchange, a mapping and retrieval web application that retrieves groundwater water-quality data from both the USGS’ NWIS database and USEPA’s SRORET database. Additional activities included, conducting annual aquifer testing and potentiometric surface mapping for the groundwater program and assisting NRCS-NWMC on regional hydraulic geometry curve development.

 

1996-2007: USGS Hydrologist detailed to the newly created USDA-NRCS-National Water Management Center (NWMC) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Duties included providing direct assistance to NRCS State offices across the country in the areas of hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, groundwater and geology. In 1996, received the USDA-Certificate of Merit Award for extra effort in helping to establish the new National Water Management Center.

 

1995-1996: Project Chief for the USGS – Arkansas Water Science Center Basic Groundwater Data Program. Duties included designing and executing groundwater level monitoring program for Arkansas’ eight major aquifers, administering the ground-water portion of the Center’s Collection of Basic Data (CBR) program, administering the Center’s Master Well program, responding to groundwater data request and coordinated the publication of the USGS-Arkansas fact-sheets.

 

1992–1995: Served as groundwater and geographic information system (GIS) specialist for the Ozark Plateaus National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program. Duties involved collection and analysis of groundwater data for the Ozark Plateaus NAWQA study area and provided GIS analysis of surface-water, groundwater, and biological data for the study.

 

1987-1992: Student with the USGS – Missouri Water Science Center working on the Ozark Stream Geomorphology project. The project involved studying the effects of changing climate and land-use on Ozark geomorphology and aquatic habitat. The program was a cooperative effort between the Missouri Department of Conservation, the National Park Service, the Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS) and the USDA Forest Service.

 

Born in Columbia, Missouri (1960), raised in the small town of Norwich, along the Chenango River, in the Central Leatherstocking region of New York, received a B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1984, a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1989 and a M.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1992.