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How to get your certificate afterwards, and is there a test?

By Robert V. Sobczak

Many have asked:

Am I eligible for an advanced degree (or equivalent certificate, even a plaque) upon completing a Go Hydrology lecture?

Never perfect, always interesting

Good news: The answer is yes.

And even better, it’s all based on the honor system.

Here at Go Hydrology we know that many people like to decorate their walls with commemorative plaques, framed photographs and other paraphernalia that touts who they are, what they’ve done and why they are so qualified. No such wall is complete without a hydrology certificate. Sure, you could go for a Master’s Degree, a professional license, or even get your Ph.D., but not matter how ornately framed any of those certificates, wouldn’t the wall always be a little bit bare without a Go Hydrology certificate tying it all together.

Frankly folks, you can’t be properly educated without updated and locally-relevant water cycle credentials. If you were previously accredited in a water cycle outside of your current watershed or in a different state, it complements but does not replace local water cycle credentials.

And that’s where Go Hydrology steps in to help.

Please print upon completing a lecture

Recent Lectures

Mid summer soliloquy
Origin story of a hydrologist

When exactly does a hydrologist …

Become a hydrologist?

Bob explains his origin story

In this video, I dive deep into my past to try to figure it out. What I learned? While there was possibly one magical moment “when it all clicked,” it was as much a gradual process as it was instant success. As for my greatest hydrologic achievement. While many may say Go Hydrology, I am very confident that moment has yet to come, and — if it shapes up like I hope it will — it will be nothing short of a total reinvention of the water wheel. Hint: Think sundial meets and an underground cloud.

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Question: Everyone has some hydrologist in them. What’s your water origin story?

My brother (right) introduced me to water. My first boss Dom (left) taught me how to mix water to make mud (i.e. liquid cement) for laying brick and block.

The waterman speaks

What I like best about this pitch:

The waterman’s brashness, optimism and salesmanship.

Coming to a train station near you

Some might even say its a borderline con. But the truth is when it comes to getting people to believe you have to be willing to go out on a limb of what’s possible and why it’s worth the risk. In a modern-day world where improvements to the water happen inch by inch, if at all — isn’t it fun to be swept away in a grand vision where everything can be restored. I’m not saying we’ll get it all back.

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More about the speech: For the longest time I never wrote it down, I just memorized it piece by piece. It’s an amalgam of speeches from several movies.



Intro to the Water Cycle Approach
A step by step guide

Everyone loves the water …

But how do you stay in rhythm with it?

Bob explains the water cycle approach

Answer: It’s called the water cycle approach. In a nutshell, the water cycle serves as proxy and/or handy complement to the seasons. That’s particularly important in south Florida because we don’t have the traditional winter, spring, summer and fall that they enjoy Up North. For one, we don’t have snow. Two, spring is a time of drought not flood. Three, our clouds move the wrong way. The list goes on.

Make no mistake: The water cycle approach works in all climes, and for any watershed. But it also makes sense that it was invented in the Big Cypress Swamp. Why? For one, it took a National Park Service hydrologist to incubate on and implement the idea. Who else has one foot in the water and one in the data as much as me? Two, the swamp has an intermittently hyperactive and dyspeptically dormant water regime. Feast and famine happens every year, without fail. It’s called the wet and dry season. If water is life, the water cycle is also part sport in south Florida.

In my opinion, the water cycle is even more enjoyable (and rewarding) to tune into than your favorite home team. Disclaimer: I am both a Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins fan, although my hometown team and the team I love most is the Baltimore Colts.

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About Go Hydrology: We didn’t invent the water cycle, we make the water cycle better.

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Training Certificates
How do I get credit for water courses?

Many have asked:

Am I eligible for an advanced degree (or equivalent certificate, even a plaque) upon completing a Go Hydrology lecture?

Never perfect, always interesting

Good news: The answer is yes.

And even better, it’s all based on the honor system.

Here at Go Hydrology we know that many people like to decorate their walls with commemorative plaques, framed photographs and other paraphernalia that touts who they are, what they’ve done and why they are so qualified. No such wall is complete without a hydrology certificate. Sure, you could go for a Master’s Degree, a professional license, or even get your Ph.D., but not matter how ornately framed any of those certificates, wouldn’t the wall always be a little bit bare without a Go Hydrology certificate tying it all together.

Frankly folks, you can’t be properly educated without updated and locally-relevant water cycle credentials. If you were previously accredited in a water cycle outside of your current watershed or in a different state, it complements but does not replace local water cycle credentials.

And that’s where Go Hydrology steps in to help.

Please print upon completing a lecture

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Go to Power Points

History of Go Hydrology

Origins of a blog
On your mark, get set, Go Hydrology!

Ecosystems evolve over time …

But it’s the initial conditions that sometimes matter most of all.

The Power Point was originally presented at a conference

Here’s the story (above video) of how Go Hydrology got its start, plus some lessons learned along the way, and as always the unexpected twists. What was the biggest lesson? Probably the Rule of the Ninja: “Never fear, never doubt and never overthink.” Another lesson learned was that appetite comes while eating, or in other words, getting started is the hardest part.

As for the twists? I go back to the beginning: I never set out to be a blogger. It just happened over time, or rather all of a sudden. Am I a good blogger? I think it’s a skill I’ve refined over time. But I can write until the cows come home. The bigger trick is organizing the information that it becomes a helpful and enriching resource, which brings me full circle to where I am today. In the early years I shunned the word blog and blogger, fancying myself a more serious writer and the website being less about the words and more about the charts. Fast forward to today, and I’ve embraced the blog for all it’s worth. A blog is a powerful way to organize and share information in ways I am only starting to learn.