Hydrologist certification: Two views



I recently received a letter regarding the registration of hydrologists but paid little attention. Now with Peter S. Eagleson's, president of the Hydrology Section, comments in Eos (Jan. 10, 1984, pp. 9–10) I realize there must be quite a controversy. I would like to comment, particularly with regard to the argument that registration will protect the public.

I am a registered professional forester in California. Therefore I am qualified to practice there. Correct? Legally, yes. Professionally, in most regards, no. I have never done the type of forestry work for which the registration law was primarily designed. My experience has been primarily with brushfields and rangelands or with tree species of the subtropics.