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"Hydrology" means a science that involves the study of the waters of the earth, including the study of the occurrence, circulation, distribution, chemistry or quality of water or its role as a natural agent that causes changes in the earth, and the investigation and collection of data concerning waters in the atmosphere or on the surface or in the interior of the earth, including data regarding the interaction of water with other gases, solids or fluids.

The practice of professional hydrology means the performance or offer to perform any hydrologic service or work in which the public welfare or the safeguarding of life, health, environment or property is concerned or involved. "Practice of professional hydrology" includes the collection of hydrological data, consultation, investigation, evaluation, interpretation, planning or inspection relating to a service or work that applies hydrology.

No person may engage in or offer to engage in the practice of professional hydrology, designate himself or herself as a professional hydrologist, use or assume the title "professional hydrologist" or any other title, letters, or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a professional hydrologist unless the person is licensed by the professional hydrologist section under Chapter 470 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

In order to qualify as a professional hydrologist in Wisconsin, applicants must have the education and experience, and pass the examinations indicated below, and detailed in Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 470 and Chapter GHSS 3 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code .

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Examing Board of Geologists, Hydrologists & Soil Scientists
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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