John "William" Lund

William Lund is a Hydrologic Technician for the USGS, Upper Midwest Water Science Center located in Mounds View, Minnesota.  Will started his career in early 2014 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management with an emphasis in Water Resources.  Will is currently a member of the River and Coastal Processes Team at the UMidWSC. 


His work as a Hydrologic Technician in the Investigations Section focuses on suspended-sediment and nutrient transport for a network of sites around Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Analysis techniques for these sites include Dimensionless Sediment Rating Curves, single and multi frequency Hydroacoustic and Turbidity surrogate relationships for computing continuous suspended-sediment concentrations and real time streamflow.  Will's work supports projects for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lower Minnesota Watershed District, Rice Creek Watershed District, and the Institute for Technological Research in São Paulo, Brazil.

Work & Research Experience:

2014- Present: Hydrologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Minnesota Water-Science Center, Mounds View, Minnesota

  • Use USGS protocols to collect water quality, suspended sediment, bed load, bed material, and total suspended solids samples
  • Assist with Multi-Beam bathymetry surveys to compute bedload transport
  • Perform RTK and Total Station GPS surveys
  • Perform gage inspections and streamflow measurements
  • Design, fabricate, install, and operate index-velocity streamgages
  • Install, calibrate, and maintain continuous water quality sensors and archive, analyze, and review data sets
  • Complete Velocity Mapping Surveys using ADCP and RTK GPS
  • Worked as Drillers Assistant on drill rig and Geoprobe to install various wells, extract vadose zone, and saturated zone cores using freezing drive shoe at the National Crude-Oil Contamination Research Site in Bemidji, Minnesota


Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Water Resources Emphasis, University of Minnesota, 2013.

USGS Training:

  • Acoustic Index Method for Estimating Fluvial Suspended Sediment, 2017
  • Streamflow Measurements Using ADCPs, 2017
  • Field Methods for the Collection of Sediment and Water-Quality Samples with Large Samplers from Boats on Large Rivers, 2016
  • Introduction to Streamgaging, 2015
  • Motorboat Opperators Certification Course, 2014