Scott T Prinos

Biography

Scott Prinos is a hydrologist at the Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center in Davie, Florida. He has been the lead investigator or co-investigator on a number of interdisciplinary projects that included borehole and surface geophysical surveys, geochemical examinations, mapping, statistical analysis, website development, hydrostratigraphic analysis, data collection, monitoring network design, and quality assurance. He was the Ground-Water Data Collection Program Coordinator in the data collection unit of the Miami-sub district, offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale from 1995 to 2007, and was a Supervisory Hydrologist from March, 2000 until March, 2009, when he transferred to the hydrologic investigations unit. 

 

Education

M.S., Northern Illinois University, Geology, 1995

B.S., Northern Illinois University, Geology, 1989

A.S., Lewis University, Aviation Maintenance, 1982, FAA Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic’s License

 

Work Experience

Scott Prinos began his career as a hydrologic Technician with the USGS in May 1991 in the Dekalb Sub-District Office, in Illinois. He was reassigned as a hydrologist in April 1992.  Between May 1991 and April 1995 Prinos collected hydrologic data and assisted in a number of hydrogelogic examinations of EPA Super Fund sites.

 In April 1995 Prinos transferred to the Miami Sub-District Office of the USGS in south Florida, and served as the Groundwater Data Collection Program Coordinator for 12 years. He was also assigned as a Supervisory Hydrologist from March 2000 until March 2009 when he transferred to the Investigations Unit. During this period Prinos worked closely with the partners of the USGS and the Data Section Chief to evaluate the groundwater water-level and salinity monitoring networks of the USGS in south Florida and to implement the monitoring changes necessary. He conducted numerous informal network evaluation assessments, so that USGS partners could better understand the effects of proposed network changes and how those changes might impact resource-management decision making.

 He was lead investigator in the project Design of a Real-Time Groundwater Level Monitoring Network and Portrayal of Hydrologic Data in Southern Florida, which entailed design of a prototype website that was in many ways a forrunner of the National Groundwater Watch webpage http://groundwaterwatch.usgs.gov/ . He developed the concept of correcting individual electromagnetic induction logs into time-series electromagnetic induction log (TSEMIL) data sets which improved the ability to identify changes in bulk resistivity through time.

 Prinos transferred from the Data Collection Unit to the Investigations Unit in 2009. Prinos has collaborated with other USGS hydrologists on projects in southern Florida that have included:

 

·         Geospatial salinity network evaluations. These evaluations included data from the USGS, SFWMD, FDEP, county, city, and private organizations.

·         Mapping of the saltwater front

·         Development of a plan to improve a salinity monitoring network, including improved quality assurance of data and improved sampling methodology's.

·         Mapping and statistical analysis of water levels in the Biscayne Aquifer.

·         Analysis of time-series electromagnetic induction log data sets to evaluate saltwater intrusion related to installation of a seepage barrier near Okeechobee, Florida.

·         Development of an Arc-IMS website that automatically portrays the results of the saltwater encroachment monitoring network.

·         Collection, analysis, and publication of time domain electromagnetic soundings to evaluate the presence of and depth to conductive water in the aquifer.

·         Calibration and publication of a Helicopter Electromagnetic Survey that provides detailed 3D information concerning aquifer resistivity. This in turn can be used to obtain a 3D understanding of the encroached saltwater wedge.

·         Collection of Continuous Marine Resistivity Profiles to evaluate aquifer resistivity in the vicinity of the FPL cooling canal system.  

·         Collection and analyses of geochemical samples to evaluate the sources of saline water in the aquifer.

·         Development of improved monitoring well designs to maximize the geophysical and geochemical information that can be gathered.

·         Hydrostratigraphic analyses.

·         Historical perspectives concerning saltwater encroachment in southern Florida and the development of the existing multi-organization monitoring networks.

Many of these efforts were team efforts that utilized the expertise of numerous USGS specialists. But each of these efforts were conducted under projects or programs that Prinos oversaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Prinos, Scott T.; Valderrama, Robert, 2015. Changes in the saltwater interface corresponding to the installation of a seepage barrier near Lake Okeechobee, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1256, Report: vii, 24 p.; 2 Appendixes [Link]

Prinos, Scott T.; Wacker, Michael A.; Cunningham, Kevin J.; Fitterman, David V., 2014. Origins and delineation of saltwater intrusion in the Biscayne aquifer and changes in the distribution of saltwater in Miami-Dade County, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5025, Report: xi, 101 p.; Appendix 1-12: XLS and PDFs; Downloads [Link]

Prinos, Scott T., 2014. Using state-of-the-art technology to evaluate saltwater intrusion in the Biscayne aquifer of Miami-Dade County, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014-3050, 6 p. [Link]

Prinos, Scott T., 2013. Saltwater intrusion in the surficial aquifer system of the Big Cypress Basin, southwest Florida, and a proposed plan for improved salinity monitoring. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1088, viii, 58 p.; Downloads; 2 Appendix Figures; Tables for Appendix 2 [Link]

Prinos, Scott T., 2013. Is a salinity monitoring network "Worth its salt"?. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013-3079, 2 p. [Link]

Fitterman, David V.; Deszcz-Pan, Maria; Prinos, Scott T., 2012. Helicopter electromagnetic survey of the Model Land Area, Southeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1176, viii, 77 p.; Downloads Directory (39 Plates) [Link]

Fitterman, David V.; Prinos, Scott T., 2011. Results of time-domain electromagnetic soundings in Miami-Dade and southern Broward Counties, Florida. U.S. Geological Society Open-File Report 2011-1299, ix, 42 p.; Appendices; Supplemental Files Download [Link]

Prinos, S.; Irvin, R.; Byrne, M., 2006. Water resources data, Florida, water year 2005 Volume 2B: South Florida ground water. Water Data Report FL-05-2B, 566 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Irvin, R.; Byrne, M., 2005. Water resources data Florida, water year 2004 volume 2B: south Florida ground water. Water Data Report FL-04-2B, 617 p. [Link]

Prinos, Scott T., 2005. Correlation analysis of a ground-water level monitoring network, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Open-File Report 2004-1412, 3 p. online publication, illus. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Irvin, R.; Byrne, M., 2004. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 2003 Volume 2B: South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-03-2B, 644 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Overton, K.; Byrne, M., 2003. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 2002, Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-02-2B, 620 p. [Link]

Prinos, Scott T.; Lietz, A. C.; Irvin, R. B. , 2002. Design of a Real-Time Ground-Water Level Monitoring Network and Portrayal of Hydrologic Data in Southern Florida. Geological Survey (U.S.) Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001-4275, 108 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Overton, K.; Byrne, M., 2002. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 2001, Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-01-2B, 606 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Overton, K.; McGuire, E., 2001. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 2000. Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-00-2B, 307 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Overton, K., 2000. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 1999. Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-99-2B, 542 p. [Link]

Kay, Robert T.; Yeskis, Douglas J.; Prinos, Scott T.; Morrow, William S.; Vendl, Mark , 1999. Geology, hydrology, and results of tracer testing in the Galena-Platteville aquifer at a waste-disposal site near Byron, Illinois. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 98-640, iv, 49 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Overton, K., 1999. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 1998. Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-98-2B, 558 p. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Richards, T.; Krulikas, R., 1998. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 1997. Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-97-2B, 560 p. [Link]

Kay, Robert T.; Yeskis, Douglas J.; Bolen, William J.; Rauman, James R.; Prinos, Scott T., 1997. Geology, hydrology, and ground-water quality at the Byron Superfund site near Byron, Illinois. U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4240, vi, 83 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Prinos, S.; Richards, T.; Krulikas, R., 1997. Water Resources Data, Florida, Water Year 1996. Volume 2B. South Florida Ground Water. Water Data Report FL-96-2B, 628 p. [Link]

Duwelius, Richard F.; Kay, Robert T.; Prinos, Scott T., 1996. Ground-water quality in the Calumet Region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois, June 1993. U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Information Services [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4244, vii, 179 p., [8] folded p. of plates :ill., maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Lietz, A. C.; Prinos, S.; Richards, T.; Krulikas, R., 1996. Water resource data for Florida, water year 1995; Volume 2B, South Florida ground water. Water Data Report FL-95-2B, 724 p. [Link]

Kay, R. T.; Prinos, S. T.; Paillet, F. L., 1994. Geohydrology and ground-water quality in the vicinity of a ground-water-contamination site in Rockford, Illinois. U.S. Geological Survey ; USGS Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 93-4187, iv, 28 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm. [Link]