WESTERVILLE, Ohio — National Ground Water Association Director of Science and Technology William M. Alley, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), according to a press release.

NDWAC supports the EPA in performing duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program.

Created through the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, NDWAC provides advice, information, and recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, policies and regulations required by the act, stated the release.

"Dr. Alley is an internationally recognized groundwater scientist who will contribute greatly to the work of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council," said NGWA Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE. "He will provide a valuable perspective regarding groundwater, which constitutes about 45 percent of the nation's drinking water supply sources, as well as an overwhelming majority of the available freshwater in our nation and the world."

Alley served as chief, Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1993 to January 2012. Early in his career with the USGS, he served as national groundwater coordinator for the pilot National Water-Quality Assessment Program, where he developed the initial concepts and plans for the full-scale NAWQA, noted the release.