1998 Legend

Ronald R. Shields

Retired Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey
3162 Bozeman Avenue
Helena, MT 59601-6456
ph. 406-457-5900
fx. 406-457-5990

The Water Legend Award honors a dedicated individual who, through time, dedication and hard work, has significantly contributed to water resource activities in Montana. Ronald R. Shields, a retired Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, is the year 1998 awardee.

This 1998 Montana Water Legend received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry and Forest Hydrology from Penn State University during the 1960s. Ron began his career with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in 1966 in Albany, New York as a project hydrologist. He transferred to the Helena, Montana District office in 1969 and soon thereafter became the Chief of the Hydrologic Surveillance and Analysis Section. Ron has supervised and planned the Montana streamflow network that currently includes more than 250 stations on Montana’s streams, lakes, and reservoirs.

Ron will be retiring from the USGS at the end of 2001. His 35+ years of committed experience with Montana’s streams, droughts, and floods have certainly earned him the fine rank of a Water Legend.