Bill is charged with collecting and analyzing water samples, maintaining water temperature recorders and rain gauges, training crews, and completing technical analysis a variety of projects on the Forest. Bill’s long history in the area and on-the-ground knowledge has made him a critical part of the Colville National Forest Team, and his patience and willingness to help train and mentor new crewmembers is legendary. He has also served in a liaison capacity where he introduced new (and new to the area) agency and state personnel to the Forest when they arrive. In short, he’s done it all and there aren’t too many creeks on the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest that Bill hasn’t been to.
Bill’s skills as a hydrological technician over the past 21 years were built from a foundation reaching much farther back than that. After receiving a BA in Geology from Antioch College in 1968, Bill entered active service in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970, Bill went on to work for Callahan Mining Inc. and CE Minerals Inc. as a Geologist. Bill conducted mapping, sampling and environmental investigations by surface, drilling and underground techniques for industrial mineral deposit. He then came to work for the Colville National Forest in 1994.
Bill and his wife Linda of 46 years will be flying back to Washington D.C. to receive his award from the Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, on May 18, 2015 at the National Archives.
The Wagon Wheel Gap Award recognizes a high level of performance by hydrologists and hydrologic technicians in all branches of the Forest Service that are engaged in watershed management on National Forests and Grasslands or in the Regional Offices, or conducting watershed research at laboratories or in Stations, the IITF, or in delivery of hydrologic services to domestic or overseas partners as part of their normal duties. This award is named in honor of the first watershed experiments in the United States at the Wagon Wheel Gap Experimental Forest on the Rio Grande National Forest.