Division of Water Environmental Scientist receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association (SWPBA) awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to John Brumley, an environmental scientist in the Division of Water (DOW).  Brumley received the award at the association’s 41st annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia on Nov. 3, 2014.

The SWPBA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term achievements and contributions of a member biologist (state, tribal or federal) to the science of water pollution biology. 

Nineteen of Brumley’s present and former Untitledcolleagues in DOW nominated him for this award based his vast knowledge and dedication over the past 26 years.  His work placed Kentucky on the leading edge of advancements in water quality monitoring and assessment.  In the 1990s, he was instrumental in the early development of DOW’s indices used to assess the health of fish, macroinvertebrate, and algae communities.  In his present role as lead environmental scientist in the Water Quality Branch, Brumley is involved in nearly every critical water quality issue in the Commonwealth.

Gregory J. Pond, aquatic biologist, EPA Region III, nominated him, “for his career-long dedication to improving and protecting southeastern streams and rivers.  John is a tremendous field biologist, naturalist and teacher and has always served as an inspiring mentor to incoming biologists at DOW.”

Founded in 1973, the Southeastern Water Pollution Biologists Association is a non-profit organization that exists to promote further understanding of the aquatic biological communities and the impact of pollutants on the aquatic ecosystems and to provide a medium for exchange of appropriate information among the membership.  The membership of SWPBA is comprised of state regulatory and tribal water pollution biologists whose programs are funded through EPA Region IV.

For more information, please contact John Brumley at 502-564-3410 or John.Brumley@ky.gov .