This one-day class will provide an overview of our current understanding of the processes and principles governing groundwater flow in mountainous terrain, enabling you to more effectively investigate, remediate, and manage water resources in mountains and intermountain basins.
A growing awareness of the importance of mountain groundwater as a resource, particularly in arid and semiarid regions, has driven a surge in mountain hydrogeologic research over the past decade. Mountain aquifers are vital for storing mountain precipitation, sustaining streamflows, and transmitting groundwater to heavily utilized aquifers in adjacent basins, as well as providing water for expanding mountain communities and resorts. Increasing pressures on mountain aquifers are driving a need to better understand these often complex and poorly characterized flow systems.
In this course you will be introduced to both established and recently developed concepts related to mountain groundwater flow. Flow on various scales will be discussed, from hillslope- to watershed- to regional-scale (interbasin flow). You will learn about primary topographic, geologic, and climatic controls on recharge, flowpaths, and discharge. Effective methods of investigation will be reviewed, with an emphasis on environmental tracer applications. Potential impacts of climate change on the quantity and quality of mountain groundwater will also be addressed.
The course will consist of a morning classroom session and an afternoon field trip. On the field trip we will visit Turkey Creek in the nearby Front Range foothills, a mountain watershed containing extensive recent home development relying almost exclusively on groundwater. A recent USGS-led investigation into available water resources in the watershed will be discussed, and data collection sites for the study will be visited. The field trip will provide some real-life context and examples of concepts covered in the morning classroom session.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Who should attend?
Westin Denver Downtown1672 Lawrence StreetDenver, Colorado 80202888 627.8435303 572.9100
Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a
first come, first served basis at the group rate of $189 per night single/double
These rates apply to the NGWA room block and are valid until the April 5 cutoff, unless our block has been filled before that date. When making your reservations, be sure to mention you are attending this NGWA program to receive this group rate. Remember, you are
responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout
times, please contact the hotel directly.
800 551.7379 (614 898.7791 outside the United States)
8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday
fax 614 898.7786
PO Box 715435
Columbus, OH 43271-5435
National Ground Water Association
601 Dempsey Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
(614 898.7791 outside the US)
fax 614 898.7786