Bob Bower
Principal Hydrologist / Regional Manager, New Zealand
CHCH

Bob has over 20 years of experience in the field of applied water resource research including hydrology, hydrogeology and the biophysical sciences in both the public and private sectors. He joined WGA in 2017 as a Principal Hydrologist and WGA’s Regional Manager in New Zealand.

Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to act as a catalyst for the implementation of innovative solutions to water management issues. Through his award-winning stakeholder consultation and leadership skills he has developed ‘first of their kind’ catchment-scale aquifer restoration projects in North America and Australasia. In the Pacific Northwest (USA), he led the first Managed Aquifer Recharge groundwater replenishment programme aimed at restoring aquifer levels and riverine baseflows for the recovery of critically endangered salmonids. 

Since relocating to New Zealand in 2010, Bob has spearheaded the development of two nationally recognised MAR pilot testing programmes by working closely with multi-stakeholder partnerships on both the North Island (Gisborne) and the South Island (Canterbury). These New Zealand projects focus are the first of their kind in developing Groundwater Replenishment Schemes (GRS).