Ken Bradbury honored by Wisconsin Water Association

kenneth_bradburyContact: Carol McCartney, WGNHS Outreach Manager, 608.263.7393,

A hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) has been honored by the Wisconsin Water Association for his research on the state’s drinking water.

Ken Bradbury, a researcher and professor with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin-Extension, was selected for the Wisconsin Water Association Research Award. Each year, the Wisconsin Water Association recognizes an individual for advancing the scientific knowledge of drinking water in Wisconsin. The award committee noted that Bradbury “has extensive experience with water aquifers across the entire state and has contributed to multiple national and state agencies in the area of groundwater science.”

The Wisconsin Water Association ( is a section of the American Water Works Association–the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. (Learn more at

“Over the past 30 years, Ken has become a leader in communicating technical information to inform water policy and management decisions across Wisconsin,” according to the award nomination. “Ken’s expertise has informed our deliberations on topics as diverse and important as manure spreading, agricultural irrigation, siting large dairies, pesticide regulations, impacts of mining and mine dewatering, highway expansion, periods of drought and flooding, changing lake levels, and sustaining water levels in our well-used aquifers.”

Bradbury’s current research interests include virus transport in groundwater; groundwater flow in fractured media; the groundwater recharge processes; wellhead protection; regional groundwater simulation; and the hydrogeology of glacial deposits.

Bradbury serves as the assistant director of the WGNHS and leads its water and environmental programs. He has written numerous scientific papers and reports, is a Fellow in the Geological Society of America; has chaired the National Research Council Committee on Water Resources Research for the U.S. Geological Survey; and is a former member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board.

To learn more about Bradbury’s work, visit


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