October 2, 2013

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In Memoriam: Geosyntec Remembers Colleague Bill Ward

Geosyntec is saddened to announce the loss of colleague and friend Bill Ward. Bill died on Monday, March 2, 2009. Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 in Homer Glen, Ill. As an Associate of the firm based in the Oak Brook, Ill., office, he worked tirelessly during his 24-year career to develop watershed management plans, nonpoint source best management practices, and total maximum daily load assessments. In particular, his practice focused on water resource management, watershed restoration, drinking source water protection, and Great Lakes issues.

Bill joined Geosyntec in 2004 and played an instrumental role on evaluating and implementing projects to improve water quality throughout the Great Lakes region. Through his efforts, Geosyntec expanded its client portfolio throughout the region to include local governments, regional agencies, and foundations with interests in conservation and restoration. Early in his career, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters and as a Research Director at a non-profit Great Lakes institute. Since then, he spent the majority of his career in environmental consulting. In that capacity, he worked with several federal agencies, over 20 states, and many local governments and Tribes on Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development, source water assessments, stormwater management, monitoring guidance, watershed management and low impact development, environmental risk assessment, pollution prevention, and training.

During his career, Bill managed over 200 environmental program reviews, regulation development, permitting, technical guidance development, hazardous waste compliance, environmental reporting, and technical conference support that included scientific analyses, financial and economic impact assessments, survey research, data collection, and field research. In addition, Bill supported a variety of environmental management programs with water quality implications including mine waste management, solid waste recycling, statewide watershed protection frameworks, and comprehensive state ground water protection programs. Lastly, he delivered scores of presentations, authored or co-authored book chapters, and delivered training on a variety of water resource topics throughout the United States and overseas.

Bill earned his MS in environmental science/water resources and MPA in environmental policy analysis from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also earned his BS in biology and BA in philosophy from the University of Illinois.

Bill is survived by his wife, Liane, and their two daughters, Errin and Rachel.