Environmental Science and Leadership professor to be recognized by AWRA

One look at Dr. Eric Fitch’s office and it’s easy to see you have a person who loves his work.

Better yet, his work is a passion. His zeal for the environment is not lost on his colleagues around the world.

Fitch, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership at Marietta College, will receive the Icko Iben Award from the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) during its annual conference Nov. 1-4 in Philadelphia.

“It honors the late Dr. Icko Iben, a co-founder of AWRA, who contributed extensively during his lifetime to the understanding and communication between those involved in the diverse disciplines related to water resources,” says Fitch, who joined Marietta’s faculty in 1997. “Past recipients of the award have included such luminaries in the field of water resources as Gilbert F. White, Ruth M. Patrick, William Goldfarb and Helen Joyce Peters. I am both honored and humbled to stand with these giants in the field of Water Resources.”

The Icko Iben Award was established in 1971 to recognize persons who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of communication among the various disciplines concerned with water resources problems.

Fitch has been active with AWRA for most of his career, though most consistently over the past seven years since he became an associate editor of Water Resources Impact and over the last five years by writing a regular column “What’s Up With Water?”

He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and its current president. He is a fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and he serves as a member of the Board of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education.

Fitch is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Environmental Council, and served in all of the executive positions of that board including president. He has more than 20 years experience as an environmental professional. He has published dozens of articles over his career, and has served as a consultant and expert witness.

Fitch received his B.S. in Biology at St. Meinrad College in Indiana, his Masters in Environmental Science at Miami University in Ohio, and his Ph.D. at Michigan State in Resource Development, specializing in Environmental Policy and Community and Economic Development. His primary areas of research are water policy, coastal zone management and policy options for addressing climate change impacts on water, energy and coastal resources. He is also an author on issues of religion, public policy and the environment.

From 1991, he served as the director of the Coastal Zone Studies program at the University of West Florida. In 1997, he returned to Ohio to become the first director of a new program in Environmental Science at Marietta College.