Sunday, December 27, 2009

Changes in AZGS Earth fissure mapping program

The AZGS' Earth fissure mapping program is undergoing changes. Geologist Joe Cook is taking over as project manager from Dr. Todd Shipman, who relocated to Edmonton, Alberta for family reasons. Joe will lead the fissure mapping team along with other duties including mapping of Holocene river alluvium for the AZ Dept. of Water Resources.

With recent budget cuts, Todd's position will not be replaced and we have to scale back state-funded activities.

Thanks in large part to Todd's dedication and perseverance, the fissure mapping is ahead of where we projected, with all of the original study areas complete in Maricopa and Pima counties, and only a few left in Pinal County. We have well-established guidelines and procedures in place that are the most comprehensive and thorough in the country.

So, we express our graditude to Todd for his tremendous contributions and wish him well.

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