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Donald Bills

Don joined the USGS Arizona Water Science Center in 1978 and is currently a Scientist Emeritus.

Donald Bills is a Scientist Emeritus with over 34 years of experience in basic data programs and projects studying the surface water, groundwater, and water chemistry of Northern Arizona and the western US. Don’s recent works include regional groundwater flow and contaminate hydrology (uranium and trace metals) of the Grand Canyon watershed, geohydrology of large regional flow systems in Northern Arizona, and groundwater-resources assessment and development support for Tribal Lands in Northern Arizona. 

Don’s special interests are in large regional groundwater-flow systems and regional springs. Don has an interest in borehole and surface geophysics. 

Professional Experience

  • In 2009, Don was appointed to a national team developing observation well and streamflow-gaging station abandonment guidelines for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

  • In 2011, Don was selected as a team member for the Energy and Minerals Mission Area Strategic Science Planning Team.

Education and Certifications

  • BS, Physical Science, California State University-Chico, 1976.

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • USGS representative to the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council since 2000.

  • Member, International Association of Hydrogeologists, since 2001

  • Reviewer, Hydrogeology Journal, 2007, 2008

  • Member, the Groundwater Foundation, 1996-2009

  • Member, American Water Resources Association since 1992

  • Reviewer, Journal of American Water Resources, 1996-98, 2005-06, 2009-2012

  • Member, Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers, NWWA since 1992.

  • Reviewer, Groundwater, 1996-97, 2002, 2009, 2011

  • Member, Arizona Hydrological Society since 1989.  Flagstaff Chapter Officer 1989- 2007. Corporate officer 1990-1991,1994-1996, and 1998 to 2005. Corporate Treasurer 1998-2002. 

  • Member, Ground-Water Resources Association of California since 2003.

  • Member, American Geophysical Union since 2012.

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government