Cheryl A Buchwald


Cheryl Buchwald has been a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) since 2000. For most of her career, she has worked on county, regional, and national-scale hydrogeologic investigations providing research, database, and GIS support. Since 2003, she has been the Wisconsin Water Science Center (WI WSC) Water-Use Specialist, responsible for compiling, analyzing and disseminating the State’s water-use data as part of the National Water Availability and Use Science Program. She led the water-use study components for the first National Water Census pilot study of the Great Lakes Basin and the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program’s regional assessment of public-supply groundwater use glacial in the Glacial Aquifer System. She is the USGS' Site-Specific Water-Use Database (SWUDS) database technical expert and liaison between National water-use program and local Water Science Center staff.

Her other roles include being a Database Administrator for the WI WSC’s Ground-Water Site-Inventory (GWSI), Aggregated Water-Use Data System (AWUDS), SWUDS, and various Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Fish and Beach Health Databases.



B.S. Geology - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)


Areas of Expertise

  • Scholarly peer review of water-use subject matter
  • Water-use science, including developing methods for quantifying water withdrawals to improve our understanding of how water is used in order to meet current and future demands
  • Database user acceptance testing for the USGS’s National Water Information System (NWIS) water-use databases
  • Proficient in using USGS’s GWSI, AWUDS, and SWUDS databases
  • GIS support for regional hydrogeologic investigations, specifically groundwater-flow models
  • Data support and training for project data needs assessment and data collection, organization, analysis, management, and dissemination

Current Projects

  • Project lead for the public-supply groundwater-use study component of NAWQA's glacial principal aquifer study
  • Determining Wisconsin’s groundwater use by aquifer system for the 2015 water-use compilation
  • Technical expert and project assistant for the National Water Census’s development of SWUDS Public Supply records
  • Member and trainer of the USGS’s Water Use Operations Support Team (WUOST)
  • Web content manager for Upper Midwest Water Science Center-Wisconsin Office
  • Provide database management support for WDNR’s Fish Database using Oracle’s SQL Developer and Application Express (APEX).
  • Member of Wisconsin’s Groundwater Coordinating Council Data Work Group

Past Noteworthy Projects

  • Participated in more than 20 USGS hydrogeologic investigations, providing research, database, and GIS support (such as Southeastern Wisconsin, Rock River Basin, Lower St. Croix Subbasin, Dane County, Oneida Indian Reservation, and Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery)
  • Worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Water Use Section to develop data model for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact water-use database and provide input on administrative rule development about consumptive water use
  • Member of the National assessment on the availability and use of water resources within the Great Lakes Basin
  • Developed GIS method to automate process for creating Wisconsin’s Lakeshed Delineation Dataset to support the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership
  • Project team leader for Wisconsin’s interagency team to develop its Watershed Boundary Dataset
  • Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) member of National Water Quality Monitoring Council, providing database management for the National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI) and web support for Volunteer Monitoring