UCOWR is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2016 Education and Public Service Awards are Dr. Todd Jarvis, Oregon State University; Tom Cech, Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Dr. Christopher Obropta, Rugers, The State University of New Jersey. Congratulations to all for receiving this award!
Dr. Todd Jarvis, Oregon State University
Todd Jarvis is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Oregon State University initially as a graduate student, later with the Institute for Water & Watersheds, and currently as an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, he worked for global water/wastewater engineering and specialized groundwater engineering firms. With professional licenses as an engineering geologist and water rights examiner, he later became enlightened as a licensed and insured mediator and specializes in dispute prevention and conflict resolution related to groundwater resources and water well construction. No groundwater conflict too small to capture his attention, his current research and outreach activities focus on groundwater flooding and guerilla trenching in Falls City, Oregon, a rural community located in the lush Willamette Valley. A consummate devotee of linking science and engineering to professional communication and conflict resolution he serves as adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon Law School teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution and a consultant to UNESCO in their Shared Waters training program where he engages in debates focusing on “who owns the subsurface?”
Tom Cech, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math Education, and later received a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He was Executive Director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, taught water undergraduate and graduate level water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, and is now the Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Dr. Christopher Obropta, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E. is the Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a M.S. and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Obropta has a background in watershed management, water quality, hydrologic, and hydraulic modeling, and coastal engineering. His specific experience includes watershed restoration, onsite wastewater treatment system design and management, wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport, computer-aided design, and geographic information systems (GIS).