George Kraft

George KraftProfessor
Water Resources
Director, Center for Watershed Science and Education
UW-Stevens Point and UW-Extension


Ph. D., Soil Science with a minor in Geology, 1990

UW-Stevens Point
M.S., Natural Resources – Land Use Planning and Soil Science, 1982
B.S., Soil Science, 1978

Research areas:

Groundwater Management and Sustainability, Watershed Contamination Analysis, Groundwater Policy

Selected Publications:

Kraft, G.J., B.A. Browne, W.D. DeVita, and D.J. Mechenich. 2008. Agricultural Pollutant Penetration and Steady-State in Thick Aquifers. Groundwater Journal. Available early on-line at

Browne, B.A., G.J. Kraft, W.D. DeVita, and D.J. Mechenich. 2008. Collateral impacts of groundwater N enrichment. Accepted to J. of Env. Quality.


George Kraft is a Professor of Water Resources and Director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education.

Dr. Kraft's position is largely dedicated to serving the citizens, businesses, and governments of Wisconsin. He is passionate about outreach in the Wisconsin Idea tradition: the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the state. His is the Governor’s representative on the Groundwater Coordinating Council, a Technical Advisor to the Groundwater Advisory Council (a governor and legislature appointed body tasked with recommending next steps in implementing Wisconsin’s groundwater pumping laws), and was appointed by Sen. Kedzie and former Rep. Jonsrud to serve on the body that worked on Wisconsin’s first groundwater pumping laws.

Dr. Kraft's research interests revolve about questions of water resource sustainability, particularly about questions about profitable agriculture and water impacts.