Harvey O. Banks: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
“Groundwater looms very large in the total water picture in California and the formation and implementation of plans to meet our needs for water in the future. We are seriously lacking in the data and information necessary for planned utilization of groundwater.” — Harvey O. Banks, DWR Director, 1957
The above quote was published in “Overdrawn at the Bank: Managing California’s Groundwater,” the Water Education Foundation’s most recent issue of Western Water (January/February 2014).
Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Harvey O. Banks, whose bio is included in the Historical Water People section of the Foundation’s vetted, interactive online water encyclopedia.
“Harvey O. Banks (1910-1996), a lifelong civil engineer, played an integral role in the development of water projects in California,” according to an excerpt from the Aquapedia entry. “He became the first director of the state Department of Water Resources, appointed by Governor Goodwin J. Knight on July 5, 1956 — the date the department was officially established. … The Delta Pumping Plant, which marks the start of the California Aqueduct, was renamed in his honor as the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant. After leaving state service, he became an engineering consultant on water issues. He was also a member of the Water Education Foundation Board of Directors.”