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William E Baldwin

Biography

I have worked for USGS since 2002. Prior to working at USGS, I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health Sciences and a minor in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1998 and then went on to work for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LADEQ) from 1999 to 2002. While at LADEQ, I collected water quality and quantity for the development of Total Maximum Daily Load regulations around the state of Louisiana. When I joined the USGS Arkansas Water Science Center in 2002 I was assigned several streamgaging and water quality field trips. Through these assignments, I was given the opportunity to take on new responsibilities and roles.

I am currently in charge of the USGS Arkansas Little Rock streamgaging program (125 gauging stations) and water-quality program. I am the Little Rock Field Services Unit Chief, one of the Arkansas Water Science Center's Data Base Administrators, and the Arkansas Water Science Center Flood Coordinator. I supervise 15 technicians and trainees, which involves planning and directing the schedule for collection of physical, chemical, biological, sediment, and other water-quality and related data needed to meet project objectives.

Responsibilities related to my position include, but not limited to, developing and maintaining numerous stage-discharge ratings; working and reviewing discharge records for yearly publication; training employees on the proper methods of making discharge measurements and computing discharge records; determining site location for new installations of streamflow gages, water quality gages and cableway sites; and, leading field crews in the planning and construction of these installations.

 

Education

1993-1998                     University of Arkansas; Little Rock, AR

Bachelor of Science; Environmental Health Science

Minor; Biology 

 

Related Courses

 

Limnology, Surface Water Hydrology, Water Resources Management, Environmental Regulations,  Environmental Sampling, Statistics, Communications and Writing

 

 

Awards

 Exemplary Act Award    (2007)

 

Work Experience

 

5/98-7/98                      Arkansas Natural Resources Conservation

                                    Intern

Duties: Inspection and entry of water well forms

 

7/98-8/99                      Arkansas Natural Resources Conservation

                                    Water Quality Lab Technician

Duties: Collected water-quality samples; assisted in Bioassessments; entered and analyzed data; fish shock and seine, performed streamflow data collection; installed and maintained gages; assisted with sedimentation project; identified both macro inverterbrates and fish; aided in preparing 404 projects; established SOP in 319 water quality section.

 

8/99-4/02                      Louisisana Department of Environmental Quality

                                    Environmental Scientist

Duties: Collected and analyzed surface-water data; installed and maintained water quality monitors and gages; collected surface-water quality samples and discharge as part of the TMDL program; worked on reaeration studies using fluoroscene dyes and propane; establishing Standard Operating Procedures for field work procedures and to become ISO certified; Set-up, collection (seine and electroshocking) and identification of fish for Use Attainability Analysis(UAA).

 

 

4/02-07/08                    U.S. Geological Survey, WRD; Little Rock, AR

Hydrologic Technician

Duties: Collected and analyzed surface-water data; installed and maintained streamflow gages; responsible for surface-water/water quality field trips; installed cableways and other complex instrumentation;

 

07/08-06/10                  U.S. Geological Survey, WRD; Little Rock, AR

                                    Acting Little Rock Field Services Unit Chief

                                   

 

 

 

 

06/10-Present                U.S. Geological Survey, WRD; Little Rock, AR

                                    Little Rock Field Services Unit Chief

Duties: Currently Supervise 15 technicians and trainees
Plan and direct the scheduling of staff for the collection of physical, chemical, biological, sediment, and other water-quality and related data needed to meet project objectives. 
Design and budget monitoring networks to collect data; select sampling equipment and techniques; and monitor entry into appropriate data bases, and the publication of all related data. 
Maintain and operate a network of surface water and water quality stations throughout Arkansas Implement hydroacoustic measurement technologies, handheld computers, and hydrologic software analysis programs into the section's routine operations. Develop improved methods and practices for more efficient field and office procedures.

Serve as Office Flood Coordinator for the Arkansas WSC. Coordinate fieldwork in obtaining discharge measurements, and water quality samples during floods. 
Reviews and analyzes real-time radar, satellite, and rain gage data; and identifies clear anomalies due to equipment malfunctions, interference, and misread gages. 
Make reconnaissance surveys to determine best locations for water resources data collection stations. Design and develop cost estimates for site construction. Prepare necessary documents for new data collection installations. Design and prepare plans and specifications for structures used in the collection of hydrologic data and serves as party chief during construction. Train personnel in the proper methods of construction. 
Reviews work and provides in-house training in data collection, compilation, processing, and publication. 
Make complex equipment and instrument modifications for special projects or unique problems. Develop plans for new gaging stations, artificial controls, and other supporting structures; and for the rehabilitation of existing stations.