Jeffrey Arnold, an agricultural engineer and research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in Temple, Texas, has received the 2010 Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award from the St. Joseph, Mich.-based American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The award is sponsored by Findlay, Ohio-based stormwater management system manufacturer Hancor, and it recognizes Arnold's contributions to the advancement of watershed research, planning and design.

Arnold is the author of numerous articles and developer of many conservation management programs, including the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), which is used by the USDA to determine the environmental impact of its programs, by the Environmental Protection Agency in its management plans, and for estimating the impact climate change can have on water supply and quality throughout the world. Arnold also is a 26-year member of ASABE.

As the agricultural engineer and research leader with USDA-ARS, Arnold is responsible for developing models and model components to characterize, manage and protect soil and water resources, and for research and administrative leadership at the USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory.

“Since the late 1960s, Hancor has been pleased to participate in ASABE's recognition of those who have been devoted to improving soil and water management,” said Tori Durliat, Hancor's director of marketing. “Mr. Arnold is a very dedicated engineer who has made it his professional mission to explore new ways to improve and protect our resources. The programs and techniques he personally developed from his research have been proven to provide powerful, positive results.”

The Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award recognizes noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, or materials development. Hancor has sponsored the ASABE award since 1966.