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Monday, March 23 2020 - 19:30
Groundwater Expert, Dr John Cherry, Wins 2020 Stockholm Water Prize
STOCKHOLM, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Dr John Cherry receives the Stockholm Water Prize 2020 for discoveries that 
have revolutionized our understanding of groundwater vulnerability. His 
research has raised awareness of how groundwater contamination is growing 
across the world and has led to new, more efficient methods to tackle the 

Dr John Cherry is a leading authority on the threats to groundwater from 
contamination and the creator of the academic field contaminant hydrogeology, 
which studies the leaching of chemicals and waste. A geological engineer by 
training, he pioneered highly collaborative field experiments and new 
systematic approaches to monitor, control and clean up contaminated 
groundwater. This provided keen insights into contaminant transport processes 
and made it easier to protect groundwater, the source of drinking water for 
nearly half the global population.

On receiving news of the prize, Dr Cherry said: "I'm very pleased to receive 
the Stockholm Water Prize and to get this opportunity to speak about the 
importance of protecting groundwater. Though the global water crisis is 
starting to get more attention, groundwater is often forgotten, despite making 
up 99 per cent of the planet's liquid freshwater. Many people still perceive it 
as pristine when in fact it is threatened by human activity."

In its citation, the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee said: "With the 
Stockholm Water Prize, John Cherry is recognized for his contributions to 
science, education, practice and for translating his well-earned stature into a 
passionate and highly effective advocacy for groundwater science to inform 
current and future policies, laws and collective deliberations that governments 
must establish to protect water, our most essential and yet most imperilled 

SIWI's Executive Director Torgny Holmgren comments: "Dr Cherry has made 
invaluable contributions to help us understand how we can protect the world's 
threatened groundwater."

Dr Cherry is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada, Director 
at the University's Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Research and 
Associate Director of the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research.

The prize is awarded by SIWI in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of 
Sciences and will be presented by H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, at a 
Royal Award Ceremony on 26 August, during World Water Week in Stockholm. 

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Source: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)