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Joseph M Richards

Joseph Richards is a Hydrologist with the Central Midwest Water Science Center in Rolla, Missouri. 

Joe has worked on many hydrologic studies and tasks throughout his career including: routine and
flood discharge measurements; routine monitoring and event driven groundwater and surface-water
water-quality studies in lakes, rivers, and wetland areas; groundwater modeling; bathymetric and land
surface mapping and map production with data collected using single-beam and multibeam
fathometers, ADCP equipment, RTK GPS equipment, and tripod lidar; UAS data collection and
mapping; basin characteristics determination for low-flow and flood frequency analysis, EPA project
assistance, and many others. Joe serves at the GIS specialist providing GIS support and report
assistance to staff when necessary. Joe serves as Missouri's USGS groundwater specialist interacting
with USGS hydrologists, state cooperators, and the public concerning Missouri groundwater topics and


Professional Experience

  • 1990-Present USGS, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Rolla, Missouri

Education and Certifications

  • M.S., Geology, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1990

  • B.S., Geology & Mathematics, Southwest Missouri State University, 1987

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Heimann, D.C., Richards, J.M., and Wilkison, D.H., 1997, Agricultural chemicals in alluvial aquifers in Missouri after the 1993 flood: Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 26, no. 2, p.361-371

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