Applied Groundwater Science and Engineering Solutions


Published on: July 15, 2014

On June 9, 2014, Joe Scalmanini lost his battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Joe was a tireless champion of groundwater resource protection and sustainable development, which earned him the Groundwater Resources Association of California’s (GRA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for his dedication to better understanding groundwater resources and for being a pioneer in groundwater management. In 2012, he received the Northern California Water Association’s (NCWA’s) Innovative Water Management Award in 2012 for his demonstrated innovation and creativity in advancing water management in the Sacramento Valley. Joe made innumerable contributions on California’s challenging groundwater issues during the past forty years. He advised water districts and municipalities throughout California on complex water issues, and he served as an expert witness in nearly every major groundwater dispute in California.

An obituary is located on In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in Joe’s name to the Forbes Norris ALS Clinic, 2324 Sacramento Street, Ste 150, San Francisco, CA 94115.