Innovation and excellence to be spotlighted at the NGWA Awards ceremony

The NGWA awards ceremony brings together the entire Groundwater Expo community to celebrate those individuals who represent the industry’s best and brightest.

Join us Wednesday, December 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. as we honor these extraordinary individuals during the Opening Session.

NGWA award recipients are chosen based on their for outstanding contributions through service, innovation, research, safety, and outstanding projects of scientific and technological importance affecting the growth and well-being of the groundwater industry.

Long-time NGWA member W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, has received the Association’s top honor as the recipient of the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Laton is an associate professor of hydrogeology at California State University, Fullerton.

The other 2014 NGWA award recipients follow.

Awards of Excellence

  • Fred Molz, Ph.D., research professor and distinguished scientist emeritus at Clemson University, Anderson, South Carolina — M. King Hubbert Award for major contributions to groundwater science
  • Henry Baski, Baski Inc., Englewood, Colorado; Richard Henkle, Garden City, Kansas; Steven P. Maslansky, Maslansky GeoEnvironmental, Prescott, Arizona — Life Member Awards
  • James Rumbaugh, Environmental Simulations Inc., Reinholds, Pennsylvania — Technology Award
  • The late Ralph Cadwallader, Loop Tech International Inc., Crabbs Prairie, Texas; Miami Conservancy District, Dayton, Ohio — Special Recognition Awards
  • U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — Groundwater Protector Award
  • Beverly L. Herzog, Champaign, Illinois — Standard Bearer Award

Outstanding Groundwater Project Award

  • Essential Management Solutions LLC, former Herington, Kansas, Army Air Base Project — Groundwater Remediation Award

Divisional Awards

  • Paul Barlow, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey, Northborough, Massachusetts, and Stanley Leake, U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, Arizona — John Hem Award for significant scientific or engineering contributions to the understanding of groundwater
  • W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, California State University, Fullerton, Santa Ana, California — Keith E. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to NGWA’s Scientists and Engineers Division
  • Kris Jackson, Pentair, Delevan, Wisconsin — Manufacturers Division Special Recognition Award
  • Mark Durham, Gicon Pumps & Equipment Ltd., Abernathy, Texas — Supplier of the Year Award

Read more about NGWA awards, which honor the best of the best in the groundwater industry.

Flashback Friday Video — Reverse Circulation Drilling

As the excitement builds here at NGWA headquarters to bring you the biggest groundwater event of the year, each week we are going to offer you free access to exclusive content from past events! We’re proud of the content and are glad to have the opportunity to bring you these Flashback Friday Videos from leading industry experts to assist you in doing the best job possible in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Stay tuned each Friday for a new surprise!

Today we’re taking a look back at the 2012 Expo presentation Reverse Circulation Drilling” presented by NGWA Past President Thomas Downey, CWD/PI, CEO of Downey Drilling Inc., Lexington, Nebraska. This workshop covers proper well construction using reverse circulation drilling, support equipment, and proper setup and teardown procedures. Those new to the industry, as well asthose in need of a refresher, can benefit from this presentation.

Interested in attending a presentation similar to this at the 2014 Expo? Click here to view the complete program lineup.


How to select workshops to best meet your needs


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As a groundwater industry professional, you already know you must have unique skills to do your job. Skills learned through the generations…on the job…and in the classroom.

To help you find this year’s Expo offerings that may best meet your current needs, we categorized the workshops according to the skills and competencies found in our DACUM charts for drillers and pump installers.

NGWA’s DACUM — which stands for “developing a curriculum” — charts were developed through a consensus of industry professionals regarding what should be known to perform proper well construction and pump installation (accounting, of course, for the variation in location and procedural requirements). Those of you who have taken any of our NGWA certification exams are likely already familiar with the DACUMs, as the report you receive following the exam not only provides you with your overall score, but also includes a listing of each DACUM category and the relative percentage of questions answered correctly in each topic.

Codes listed at the end of each Expo workshop description correlate with the particular DACUM chart to which they refer — DO for drilling and PI for pumps — followed by the letter and number of the skill listed on each chart. For example, a workshop description that lists DOE2 as one of its codes indicates it deals with the skills and competencies related to section E2 of drilling DACUM — the preparation of drilling fluids.

Click on the links below to view PDFs of NGWA’s DACUM charts:

Certified Groundwater Professional core competencies are also listed in the Expo workshop descriptions as they apply. Coursework in these topics is required to earn the CGWP designation. Individuals who attend workshops marked with the core competency codes may apply these for credit toward earning the CGWP designation with proper documentation.

Note: Assessments of this year’s Expo workshops were made based on the descriptions as provided by the presenters and are not guaranteed to be complete or accurate representations of what will be covered.


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