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Impacting How Hawaii Manages its Water

Steve Anthony ’83 has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Honolulu since 1999, and currently serves as associate director of the Pacific Islands Water Science Center. He received a B.S. in geoscience from Hobart College and his research interests are currently focused on understanding the relationship between water quality and land-use in tropical island settings.

Water resources are of significant economic importance to Oahu, since they provide all municipal and domestic water for its increasingly expanding population. Streams, in particular, provide habitats for threatened species and affect the aesthetics of estuaries and bays, which are critical to Hawai’i’s tourism-based economy. Anthony’s research results allow administrators to implement effective aquatic management through evaluation of long-term changes in water quality.

“HWS provided me with a solid academic background that included field and laboratory research. I owe a tremendous amount to Professors Don Woodrow (geosciences) and Ken Carle (chemistry) for helping me to discover my career interests and encouraging me to take risks.” After HWS, Anthony received a M.S. in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

“USGS is a wonderful place to work. Over the years, I have noticed that when new employees are hired, they often begin their careers saying ‘I need this’ or ‘I believe.’ Somewhere along the lines, that same person begins to say ‘we need this,’ ‘we want,’ ‘we believe.’ This is when they become part of the team, when a feeling of ‘esprit de corps’ develops, when everyone becomes equally important and equally appreciated.”

Anthony has authored more than 15 scientific papers on ground-water hydrology and water quality.