Professor Emeritus Alex Horne (CEE 1971-2003, B. Sc. University of Bristol, England, Ph. D. University of Dundee, Scotland) and co-authors were awarded the “Best paper of 2018-19” by the editorial board of the N. American Lake and Reservoir Management Journal – the top one in the field.
The “paper” was actually a series of three papers on the use of deep-water pure oxygenation to solve water quality and fish kills in the Mokelumne River salmon hatchery and the large Camanche Reservoir just above. Camanche Reservoir is about 70 miles northeast of Berkeley and is part of the East Bay Municipal Water District’s water supply system which includes the Berkeley Campus. The project has increased the Mokelumne River Salmon run by 4,000 returning 19 lb adults per year, which is worth about 6.5 million per year to the State of California’s economy while costing only $0.3 million per year to run. Three more papers on the win-win solution are either now published or in press.
Horne’s co-authors were Marc Beutel (BS, UCLA 1990, MS & Ph. D. UCB, 1994 & 2000, currently Professor of CEE at UCM), Bill Faisst, BS UCD, 1971, MS & Ph. D. Caltech, 1971 & 1976, now Vice-President, Brown & Caldwell, Walnut Creek), Rodney Jung (BS, Humboldt State, 1976, MS, UCB, 1977, now a professional mentor for Engineers without Borders, USA), and Hubert Lai BS U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,1973, and MS U. Michigan, Ann Arbor,1975 (recently retired from EBMUD). The edition of the journal with the first three papers had Prof. Horne (yellow shirt) and EBMUDS oxygenation shore system at Camanche Reservoir on the cover.