IA Names Ronald Marlow
, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, ‘Person of the Year'
Falls Church, VA - The Irrigation Association® (IA) has named Ron Marlow
, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as its 2003 Person of the Year Award recipient.The award will be presented to Marlow
at the IA's 24th Annual Irrigation Show in San Diego during the annual Keynote Breakfast on November 19, 2003.
Established in 1952, this distinctive honor is awarded to a person outside of the irrigation industry who has made outstanding contributions toward the further acceptance of sound irrigation practices.IA members and the irrigation industry nominate candidates for this prestigious award to the IA Awards and Honor Committee
supervises guides and provides oversight of technical activities to over 100 engineering and related discipline specialists in the NRCS Conservation Engineering Division, National Water and Climate Center, National Water Management Center, and National Design
, Construction and Soil Mechanics Center.Marlow
is deeply involved in the development and dissemination of engineering and water resource technologies and standards for the prevention of flooding and pollution, as well as the development, protection and enhancement of the environment.Prior to 2001, Marlow served as a National Water Management Engineer at the NRCS where he provided technical expertise, leadership and coordination for its water management activities.His
involvement in water management included activities linked to irrigation, drainage, protection and restoration of wetlands and related water resource issues.Marlow
was active in the updating and development of technologies used nationally in the field of water management, including handbooks, technical materials and software.His
additional career accomplishments include the coordination of USDA activities with the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission
among all USDA agencies.He also served as the NRCS liaison to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the "Bridging-the-Headgate" Partnership and managed the USDA role in the establishment of the Western Drought Coordination Council.Marlow
provided exemplary service to the industry in his
role as NRCS
liaison to the Irrigation Association
in the early 1990s.Marlow was an Honors Graduate from North Carolina State University, earning a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 1971.He spent four years in the Air Force, serving as a Captain at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas as a Titan II ICBM Combat Crew Commander.He has also been a Registered Professional Engineer, North Carolina, since 1981.Marlow
is greatly respected in the industry for establishing and cultivating a partnering and liaison role with universities, private organizations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.Family and community involvement is also important to Marlow, who serves as a Sunday school instructor and Little League Coach in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
willingness to serve both professionally and personally, Marlow
has advanced the industry and its end-users by promoting sound irrigation practices.