Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 5

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Mentors and Succession Planning

Brenda Bateman
President, AWRA
president@awra.org

AT THE BEGINNING of each calendar year, AWRA transitions to a new president, who brings in his or
her own perspective and goals. I'm honored to follow in the footsteps of recent past presidents Rafael
Frias and Martha Narvaez. As part of their leadership efforts, Martha set about strengthening
AWRA's relationships with its state sections and Rafa focused on building the capacity of AWRA's
technical committees.
My focus during the next year will be to encourage more water professionals to choose AWRA as
their professional home. This involves a number of initiatives to welcome and mentor millennials,
to provide additional opportunities to publish, participate and lead, and to spend some time focused
on succession planning. I want to start my series of president's messages with a focus on succession
planning and a note of goodbye.
Many of us have experienced firsthand the departure of water resources champions in the past
24 months. Among them, we've said final farewells to AWRA past presidents Peter E. Black, N. Earl
Spangenberg and Ari Michelson. Educators, all of them, they taught and mentored many of AWRA's
current members. In the classroom and in the field, they remained accessible and humor-filled,
sharing their knowledge and their love of water resources.
Closer to home (for me), I want to acknowledge and thank a colleague who retired at the end of
2017. Those of you in the groundwater science world may know Karl Wozniak, one of Oregon's senior
hydrogeologists. With 27 years of public service, Karl represented the state on various regional and
national technical committees. In addition to conducting field work and analysis, he also wrote many
of the programs we use to process, analyze and share groundwater data here in Oregon.
His legacy, however, is the time he took every single day to mentor other scientists, share what
he was thinking and learning, and challenge his co-workers to do the same. On occasion, when we
couldn't find our groundwater scientists, they'd be crammed into his cubicle, all 12 of them, perched
on the desk, chairs or cabinets, getting the latest impromptu lecture or tutorial from Karl. This
tendency and desire to teach is priceless, representing a lifelong commitment to water-both the
resource and the profession.
This is one great example of knowledge sharing and one of many approaches I would encourage
you to explore inside your own organizations as you go about succession planning. Please contribute
your stories about mentors and succession planning by signing in to conversations.awra.org. I know
there are more success stories out there!
As we move through the next 12 months, I plan to highlight additional success stories from
throughout the profession. One of those will focus on AWRA's own executive vice president, Ken
Reid, who has announced his retirement after 36 years at the helm. His retirement will take effect
January 4, 2019. Over the years, Ken has helped to create a space where AWRA can live up to its
mantra of "community, conversations, connections." With this as part of our tradition, the AWRA
Board will now work to identify and recruit a new executive vice president. Stay tuned for more
details throughout 2018. ■

My focus during the next year will be to encourage
more water professionals to choose AWRA as their
professional home. This involves a number of initiatives
to welcome and mentor millennials, to provide additional
opportunities to publish, participate and lead, and to
spend some time focused on succession planning.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018

President’s Message
The National Water Model Vision
Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Perspectives on the National Water Model
FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
International Conference Recap
AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
December JAWRA Highlights
In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Intro
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover1
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover2
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 4
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - President’s Message
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The National Water Model Vision
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 7
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 9
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Perspectives on the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 11
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 13
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 15
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 16
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 18
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 20
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 23
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 24
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - International Conference Recap
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - December JAWRA Highlights
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover4
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