Susan S. Hutson

Susan S. Hutson

U.S. Geological Survey, Tennessee Water Science Center
University of Memphis, Ground Water Institute


Susan, Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Master of Science, University of Memphis,  is a Hydrologist with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Use Information Program (NWUIP) responsible, along with other team members, for developing and maintaining the framework for estimating water-use for the United States for the compilation of national water-use data. Susan was lead author for the USGS Circular 1268, “Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2000”. With the NWUIP team, Susan has worked on standardizing water-use definitions and procedures for collecting, compiling, documenting, quality assuring, and computer-storage of water-use data. As part of her responsibilities, Susan has assisted in developing and teaching Water-Use Concepts classes for the USGS and in developing and teaching workshops for the study chiefs participating in the 5-year compilation of national water-use data. As technical specialist for the Southeastern Region for water use, Susan has overseen and provided technical guidance for the water-use programs in the USGS Water Science Centers in the Southeastern United States. As part of that responsibility, Susan has been involved in reviewing water-use data and determining if standard methodology, techniques have been applied. As a study chief, Susan has been extensively involved in water-use studies that have incorporated water-use estimates, water-demand forecasts, and surface-and ground-water availability determinations. These studies have been conducted at the community, watershed, State, and multi-state level often requiring the cooperation of multiple jurisdictions. Internationally, Susan has worked as the water-use technical specialist for a USAID funded water-use project in Jordan. Susan’s 30 years of experience also includes surface-water, ground-water, and water-quality studies.

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