LOOKING BACK ...
What were you doing in 1991? The Oscars were dominated by Silence
of the Lambs that won for best picture, best director (Jonathan
Demme), best actor (Anthony Hopkins), best actress (Jodie Foster) and
Best Writer/Screenplay (Ted Tally). (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
by Bryan Adams topped the Billboard 100 rankings. Superbowl XXV was won
by the New York Giants, the NBA Championship by the Chicago Bulls, and
the World Series by the Minnesota Twins. The year began in the midst of
the 1st Gulf War and the Soviet Union officially dissolved on December
It was also the year that AWRA stopped publishing HYDATA and began publishing
Water Resources IMPACT.
After serving 5+ years as HYDATAs Editor, Earl Spangenberg took
over as the Editor-in-Chief of IMPACT and he served in that role from
January 1991 to December 2013. We honored Earl as best we could at AWRAs
Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, in November 2013 and the torch
was passed on to me.
Hi, Im Eric Fitch, the new Editor-in-Chief of Water Resources IMPACT.
I grew up on a farm outside the village of Monroeville, Ohio. I received
a B.S. in Biology from St. Meinrad College (Indiana), an M.En. in Environmental
Science from Miami University (Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Resource Development
from Michigan State University specializing in Environmental Policy and
Law and Public Policy. I directed the Coastal Zone Studies Graduate program
at the University of West Florida (Pensacola) from 1991 to 1997, and have
been on the faculty of Marietta College (Ohio) directing the undergraduate
program in EnvironmentalScience since. Ive served as an Associate
Editor of IMPACT for over a decade. I hope over the next few months and
years that the AWRA staff, our volunteer associate editors and myself
will continue to produce a product that you, the members will enjoy, learn
from, and hopefully be surprised by on occasion. I look forward to hearing
from you, our members, and will strive to live up to the great example
of my predecessor.