ISU Agronomy Meteorologist Named National Environmental Hero

April 26th, 2007

AMES, Iowa — Daryl Herzmann, a meteorologist in the Iowa State University agronomy department, was honored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with its Environmental Hero Award.

Herzmann was among 10 individuals and groups honored by the NOAA on April 20 in Washington D.C. for their efforts to preserve and protect the environment. He received the award for creating the Iowa Environmental Mesonet (IEM) at Iowa State. 

The IEM Web site provides current atmospheric and hydrological observations, weather, roadway pavement data, agricultural soil information and climatology. It is located at:

Established in 1995, the annual Environmental Hero Awards commemorate Earth Day by recognizing individuals and organizations that volunteer to help NOAA carry out its mission. For more information on the awards and a complete list of recipients visit

Herzmann received his bachelor's degree in meteorology from Iowa State in 2001. 

Note to editors: A photo of Herzmann receiving the award is available from Melea Reicks Licht (515) 294-1890


Daryl Herzmann, Agronomy, (515) 294-5978,
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