Howard W Reeves
Howard W. Reeves is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center. Recent work includes regional assessment of groundwater availability for the U.S. Great Lakes Basin and the glacial aquifer system.
- University of Notre Dame Chemical Engineering B.S. 1983
- University of Notre Dame Environmental Engineering M.S. 1985
- The University of Michigan Environmental Engineering Ph.D. 1993
- 2011 – present U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Michigan Water Science Center, Research Hydrologist
- 2010 – 2014 Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, Ad Hoc Graduate Faculty, Department of Geological and Mining, Engineering and Sciences
- 2007 – 2014 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Adjunct/Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
- 2003 – 2011 U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Michigan Water Science Center, Research Hydrologist, Groundwater Specialist
- 2002 – 2003 U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Discipline, Michigan District, Hydrologist
- 1994 – 2001 Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
- 1991 – 1994 University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
- 1996 – 1997 Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, Faculty Appointment, Environmental Research Division
- 1991 – 1994 U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, South Carolina District, Hydrologist, Faculty Appointment
Science and Products
The glacial aquifer system is present in parts of 26 states and is subject to a range of climatic conditions from humid to semi-arid. Groundwater availability in the system may be constrained by climatic conditions, poor water quality, hydrogeology, concerns of conflicts with current groundwater users, or the desire to maintain or restore environmental streamflows.
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Continuing progress toward a national assessment of water availability and use
Executive SummaryThe Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111—11) was passed into law on March 30, 2009. Subtitle F, also known as the SECURE Water Act, calls for the establishment of a “national water availability and use assessment program” within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS issued the first report on the...Evenson, Eric J.; Jones, Sonya A.; Barber, Nancy L.; Barlow, Paul M.; Blodgett, David L.; Bruce, Breton W.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle; Farmer, William H.; Fischer, Jeffrey M.; Hughes, William B.; Kennen, Jonathan G.; Kiang, Julie E.; Maupin, Molly A.; Reeves, Howard W.; Senay, Gabriel B.; Stanton, Jennifer S.; Wagner, Chad R.; Wilson, Jennifer T.
Simulation of potential groundwater recharge for the glacial aquifer system east of the Rocky Mountains, 1980–2011, using the Soil-Water-Balance Model
An understanding of the spatial and temporal extent of groundwater recharge is critical for many types of hydrologic assessments involving water quality, contaminant transport, ecosystem health, and sustainable use of groundwater. Annual potential groundwater recharge was simulated at a 1-kilometer resolution with the Soil-Water-Balance (SWB)...Trost, Jared J.; Roth, Jason L.; Westenbroek, Stephen M.; Reeves, Howard W.
Measuring and evaluating ecological flows from streams to regions: Steps towards national coverage
Living aquatic communities are largely determined and maintained by the volume and quality of flowing waters, both within lotic systems and in receiving waters of coastal systems. However, flow is one of the most frequently and extensively altered features of rivers and streams; alteration effects are likely to be exacerbated by climate change....McKenna, James E.; Reeves, Howard W.; Seelbach, Paul
Generalized hydrogeologic framework and groundwater budget for a groundwater availability study for the glacial aquifer system of the United States
The glacial aquifer system groundwater availability study seeks to quantify (1) the status of groundwater resources in the glacial aquifer system, (2) how these resources have changed over time, and (3) likely system response to future changes in anthropogenic and environmental conditions. The glacial aquifer system extends from Maine to Alaska,...Reeves, Howard W.; Bayless, E. Randall; Dudley, Robert W.; Feinstein, Daniel T.; Fienen, Michael N.; Hoard, Christopher J.; Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Qi, Sharon L.; Roth, Jason L.; Trost, Jared J.
Maps and grids of hydrogeologic information created from standardized water-well drillers’ records of the glaciated United States
As part of the National Water Availability and Use Program established by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2005, this study took advantage of about 14 million records from State-managed collections of water-well drillers’ records and created a database of hydrogeologic properties for the glaciated United States. The water-well drillers’...Bayless, E. Randall ; Arihood, Leslie D.; Reeves, Howard W.; Sperl, Benjamin J.S.; Qi, Sharon L.; Stipe, Valerie E.; Bunch, Aubrey R.
Estimation of monthly water yields and flows for 1951-2012 for the United States portion of the Great Lakes Basin with AFINCH
Monthly water yields from 105,829 catchments and corresponding flows in 107,691 stream segments were estimated for water years 1951–2012 in the Great Lakes Basin in the United States. Both sets of estimates were computed by using the Analysis of Flows In Networks of CHannels (AFINCH) application within the NHDPlus geospatial data framework....Luukkonen, Carol L.; Holtschlag, David J.; Reeves, Howard W.; Hoard, Christopher J.; Fuller, Lori M.
Groundwater availability as constrained by hydrogeology and environmental flows
Groundwater pumping from aquifers in hydraulic connection with nearby streams has the potential to cause adverse impacts by decreasing flows to levels below those necessary to maintain aquatic ecosystems. The recent passage of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact has brought attention to this issue in the Great...Watson, Katelyn A.; Mayer, Alex S.; Reeves, Howard W.
U.S. Geological Survey Water science strategy--observing, understanding, predicting, and delivering water science to the nation
This report expands the Water Science Strategy that began with the USGS Science Strategy, “Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges—U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007–2017” (U.S. Geological Survey, 2007). This report looks at the relevant issues facing society and develops a strategy built around observing, understanding, predicting, and...Evenson, Eric J.; Orndorff, Randall C.; Blome, Charles D.; Böhlke, John Karl; Hershberger, Paul K.; Langenheim, V.E.; McCabe, Gregory J.; Morlock, Scott E.; Reeves, Howard W.; Verdin, James P.; Weyers, Holly S.; Wood, Tamara M.
Strategic directions for U.S. Geological Survey water science, 2012-2022 - Observing, understanding, predicting, and delivering water science to the Nation
Executive Summary This report expands the Water Science Strategy that was begun in the USGS Science Strategy, “Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges—U.S. Geological Survey Science in the Decade 2007–2017” (U.S. Geological Survey, 2007). The report looks at the relevant issues facing society and develops a strategy built around...Evenson, Eric J.; Orndorff, Randall C.; Blome, Charles D.; Böhlke, John Karl; Hershberger, Paul K.; Langenheim, V.E.; McCabe, Gregory J.; Morlock, Scott E.; Reeves, Howard W.; Verdin, James P.; Weyers, Holly S.; Wood, Tamara M.
Examining the contradiction in 'sustainable urban growth': an example of groundwater sustainability
The environmental planning literature proposes a set of 'best management practices' for urban development that assumes improvement in environmental quality as a result of specific urban patterns. These best management practices, however, often do not recognise finite biophysical limits and social impacts that urban patterns alone cannot overcome....Zellner, Moira L.; Reeves, Howard W.
Using models for the optimization of hydrologic monitoring
Hydrologists are often asked what kind of monitoring network can most effectively support science-based water-resources management decisions. Currently (2011), hydrologic monitoring locations often are selected by addressing observation gaps in the existing network or non-science issues such as site access. A model might then be calibrated to...Fienen, Michael N.; Hunt, Randall J.; Doherty, John E.; Reeves, Howard W.
Water Availability and Use Pilot-A multiscale assessment in the U.S. Great Lakes Basin
Beginning in 2005, water availability and use were assessed for the U.S. part of the Great Lakes Basin through the Great Lakes Basin Pilot of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) national assessment of water availability and use. The goals of a national assessment of water availability and use are to clarify our understanding of water-availability...Reeves, Howard W.