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Workshop spotlight: The Biogeochemical Toolbox: Enhancing Natural Remedial Processes

Take a sneak peek into one of the many informative educational offerings slated to take place at this year’s NGWA Groundwater Expo!

Today we’re spotlighting “The Biogeochemical Toolbox: Enhancing Natural Remedial Processes” being presented by Karen Kinsella, Ph.D., a biogeochemist at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. in Glastonbury, Connecticut, on Wednesday, December 10, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

For more information on this workshop, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Register today!

 


Flashback Friday video — Five Easy Ways to Promote Your Business and Groundwater Stewardship

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 2011 Expo presentation “Five Easy Ways to Promote Your Business and Groundwater Stewardship” presented by NGWA’s Public Awareness Director, Cliff Treyens. This session covers how to use existing NGWA events and materials to become an information leader in your area when it comes to groundwater and wells.

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

 


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The NGWA Groundwater Expo is right around the corner!

Stay on top of the latest NGWA Groundwater Expo news here. And be sure to also connect with us on our social media channels for the latest announcements, programming spotlights, contests, updates, and more.

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Room upgrade and dinner package winner announced!

2014 NGWA Expo - Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino -- Benihana

 

Congratulations to Bruce Reichmuth of Garden City, Kansas, winner of the hotel room upgrade and dinner package made possible by the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formerly the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino). He will receive an upgrade to a premium Napa one-bedroom suite and dinner for two at world-famous Benihana! Planning on attending the biggest groundwater industry event of the year? Click here to make your hotel reservations and be sure to mention you are attending the NGWA Expo.

 

Win two free tickets to a Vegas show on us!

Register by September 30 and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to a Vegas show of your choice! Click here to register.

And be sure to stay tuned for more news and contests! Stay connected with our weekly Expo news page and be sure to like us on Facebook and join us on Twitter. We’ll keep you up to speed regarding news and contests leading up to, as well as during, Expo.

See you in Vegas!


Flashback Friday Video — The Misuse of Chlorine in Wells and Pipelines

We have another free video for you! 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 2013 Expo presentation The Misuse of Chlorine in Wells and Pipelines” presented by David T. Hanson of Design Water Technologies, Shorewood, Minnesota. This workshop covers the disadvantages of “more” chlorine and the dangers of usage; pH of well water and its effect on success; placement of chlorine in wells; the issue of physical well problems; and local lab tests to better understand your problems. Those new to the industry, as well as those 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.

 


Flashback Friday Video — Employee Oversight for Companies and Nonprofits

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 Employee Oversight for Companies and Nonprofits” presented by Mark Van Benschoten, CP,A of Rea & Associates Inc. in Dublin, Ohio. This workshop covers the importance of overseeing employees who are responsible for conducting and recording financial transaction.

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

 


Special offer — register early and win tickets to a Vegas show

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Are you planning on attending the biggest groundwater industry event of the year? Why not plan some fun while you’re in town?

Register to attend the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo on or before September 30 and your name will be entered into a random drawing to win two tickets to a Vegas show of your choice such as Cirque du Soleil — Mystère or the Blue Man Group! Stay tuned for more fun surprises in the coming weeks.

Register today: http://groundwaterexpo.com/register/


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.


Next Gen Groundwater Professionals Meet Up

Tuesday, December 9, 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Looking for an opportunity to meet up with others who are getting ready to start their groundwater careers or have recently done so? Here’s your chance. Share your concerns and solutions with others who may be struggling with similar challenges, as well as unexpected successes. Then plan to go to the Attendee Welcome Party at 5:30 p.m.

Register today!


Flashback Friday Video — Making NGWA Business Tools Work for You

As we count down to this year’s Expo, we’ve been taking a look back at some of the workshops, courses, photos, and more 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, “Making NGWA Business Tools Work for You – Business Management,” presented by NGWA Past President John Pitz, CPI, NL Pitz Inc., and NGWA Marketing Director David Evener.In this presentation, Pitz and Evener review a variety of tools you can use to increase bidding efficiency, employee productivity, and your bottom line.

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

 

 


The Expo schedule is now live!

 

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The Expo schedule is now live! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from the innovators who are leading the way for a thriving future. Just a few of the exciting workshops, sessions, and discussion groups on this year’s lineup include:

 

Explore the full 2014 NGWA Expo schedule here >>


Convince your boss

Here are tips for securing approval to attend the 2014 Groundwater Expo.

You know the education you will receive at the 2014 Groundwater Expo is an investment that will pay for itself many times over.

However, in today’s economy, many travel budgets have been cut. Yet, there’s still the need for education and training — and often the best way to receive that is in person, which often means traveling.

A catch-22 you say? We understand your challenge and to help you secure approval from the higher-ups in your organization to attend the Expo, we’ve developed this toolkit to help you out! Click to learn more.

 

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Flashback Friday Video — Hydrogeology 101

Each week, we plan to take a look back at some workshops, courses, photos, and more from past Expos. We’re proud of the content and are glad to have the opportunity to bring you leading experts in their field 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 a 2013 Expo presentation by NGWA member W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CPG, of California State University, Fullerton, Santa Ana, California.

Hydrogeology 101 gives a better understanding of the implementation and result of proper well design and construction, which also provides an introduction/refresher on hydrogeology and the hydrologic cycle. The session also covers various types of aquifers and groundwater quality.

A little background on Laton…. An NGWA Scientists and Engineers Division member and active Association volunteer, he’s currently an associate professor of hydrogeology in the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Fullerton. Passionate about teaching students practical knowledge they can apply to real-world circumstances, he teaches classes ranging from hydrogeology, environmental sampling, and groundwater modeling to oceanography and geology. Laton has also taught at the Western Michigan University Field Camp for the past 15 years. Topics covered during these 50-hour, weeklong intensive courses include drilling techniques and sampling, aquifer testing, and remediation technologies.

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

 


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