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Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.

Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.

April 23, 2003

Dr. Lehr received the nation's first Ph.D. in Ground Water Hydrology from the University of Arizona in 1962, following a degree in Geological Engineering from Princeton University and a few years in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineering Corps in the Western Pacific. After Graduate school he taught both at the University of Arizona and The Ohio State University before serving 25 years as head of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers where he was editor of the Journals of Ground Water and Ground Water Monitoring Review. During that period he continued to perform academic sponsored research in many areas of environmental science.

From 1968 through 1982 he assisted the federal government in establishing a safety net of environmental regulations involving surface water, ground water, air pollution and waste disposal, testifying before congressional committees on more than three dozen occasions.

Dr. Lehr has published 13 books and over 400 journal articles relating to ground water science. His two most recent books are McGraw-Hill's "The Standard Handbook of Environmental Science Health and Technology", published in August of 2000 and McGraw-Hill's Handbook of Complex Environmental Remediation Problems published in November 2001. His newest book due out from John Wiley & Sons Publishers in 2003 is titled Satellite Investigations of Ground Water Resources. He is also in the final stages of completing "The Encyclopedia of Water" for John Wiley & Sons that will be published in 2004 and also "The Handbook of Field Monitoring Instrumentation ".

Lehr is an outspoken proponent of sane environmental regulation that does not overly distort problems to the economic detriment of society. His textbook "Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns", published in 1992 by Van Nostrand Reinhold, established a milestone for the publication of objective science by the world's leading environmental experts.

Lehr is currently the Science Director with the Heartland Institute and President of Environmental Education Enterprises, which teaches advanced technology short courses for environmental professionals.

He is an avid cyclist, ice hockey defenseman, lacrosse goalie and nine-time Hawaiian Ironman finisher. He is also a "serious" skydiver having completed over 1200 jumps and has not missed a month of diving in 25 years.

He spends a considerable amount of time on the road consulting and addressing meetings and conventions on environmental and agricultural issues. Lehr's greatest achievement is in teaching freedom loving organizations that our environment is excellent and getting even better and that they can be confident that retaining personal freedom while advancing environmental goals can be mutually inclusive rather than exclusive.

Jay Lehr
6011 Houseman Rd
Ostrander OH 43061

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Conference Speech

"A Legislative Plan to Replace the United States Environmental Protection Agency
With a Committee of the Fifty State Environmental Protection Agencies" - Speech from the Eighteenth Annual Conference
"Shaky Foundations — The Exaggerated Basis for Environmental Land-Use Controls" - Speech from the Third Annual Conference

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