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Support the Quentin Martin Award Endowment


An EWRI Endowed Award has been initiated to honor the memory of Dr. Quentin Martin, an innovative and successful water resource planner and frequent contributor to ASCE water resource planning and management committees, conferences, and journals.

At his death on May 11, 2003, Dr. Martin was Chief Water Resources Planner of Texas' Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Among his many contributions in 18 years at LCRA, he led development of the first water management plan in Texas in 1989, followed by the first drought management plan in 1991. In the late 1990s, Dr. Martin was instrumental in developing a regional long-term water plan under a statewide planning process required by the Texas Legislature. Prior to joining the LCRA, he was employed for 13 years by the Texas Water Development Board and its predecessor, the Texas Department of Water Resources. Dr. Martin also served as a consultant on United Nations water resource projects in Brazil, Spain, and India, and generously shared his knowledge and experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Naming the award for the best practice-oriented paper in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management after Dr. Martin is particularly appropriate, because he won this award for his paper, "Drought Management Plan for Lower Colorado River in Texas," published in 1991. He later served as Associate Editor and then Editor of the Journal. In 2001, he received the ASCE Julian Hinds Award for his distinguished service and contributions advancing the field of planning, development, and management of water resources.

The Quentin Martin Award will be presented annually to the author(s) of the outstanding practice-oriented paper in the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

The Quentin Martin Award was first presented in 2009 to the following individuals:

Arjumand Zaidi
Sharon deMonsabert
Raed El-Farhan