Mike Gannon, Hydrologist

What are your responsibilities with the IGS?

I’m a groundwater hydrologist who works with water quantity and sustainability studies, drought forecasting, and source water assessments. My work involves both regional and local scale groundwater flow modeling to assist Iowa’s communities, industries, and agricultural communities.

What are your project interests?

Most of my project interests involve the use of numerical methods to help predict future water supply availability and collective well interference. Other interests include the development of drought strategies at public water supplies, and the potential impact of these strategies on public drinking water.

What is your academic and professional background?

I have a MS degree in hydrology from the University of Arizona. I have over 30 years of work experience with various engineering firms, state agencies, and the University of Iowa.

At about what age and why did you decide to become a hydrologist?

I began my college career as a civil engineer, but became fascinated with both surface water and groundwater through my course work.

What field activity is your favorite?

Conducting large-scale aquifer pump tests involving multiple production and observation wells, and observing an aquifer’s response to pumping stress.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and five children attending sporting events, music concerts, and traveling. I’m also an avid swimmer, bicyclist, and hiker.

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How can your influence in your areas of interest improve the quality of life in Iowa?

“Everyone in Iowa depends on an abundant and safe water supply for drinking water, industrial processes, livestock, and irrigation. My expertise assures Iowans will have enough clean water today and into the future.”—Mike Gannon