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Steven M. Peterson

Steve is the Center Director for the Upper Midwest Water Science Center. 

Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Hydrogeology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Master of Science in Geology from Northern Illinois University. Steve moved to Nebraska in 1999 to work on a groundwater flow model of west central Nebraska for a group of stakeholders. In 2005, Steve started work as a hydrogeologist for the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center (NE WSC); in this position he worked on a variety of groundwater availability studies, including groundwater-flow modeling to assess streamflow depletion and related topics. Steve worked his way to Groundwater Modeling Team Lead, and later, was named NE WSC Hydrologic Investigations Chief. As Hydrologic Investigations Chief, Steve mentored staff on modeling concepts and processes, oversaw studies related to water-quality, surface-water, and other aspects of hydrogeology, and guided program development. Steve was the Center Director for the NEWSC and is now the Director for the Upper Midwest Water Science Center.