(WESTERVILLE, OH — March 14, 2012) Four short courses for hydrogeologists are being offered by the National Ground Water Association this May in Garden Grove, California. Sandwiched before and after the 2012 NGWA Ground Water Summit, which takes place May 6-10, the scheduling of these courses will help maximize attendees’ travel time and dollars, according to Kathy Butcher, CMP, NGWA’s director of professional development.
Three of the courses take place May 6 — “Contaminant Hydrogeology of Karst,” “Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists,” and “Effective Technical Writing: Principles and Strategies,” while the fourth course, “Groundwater Economics,” is scheduled for May 10-11.
Taught by Dr. David Lipson and Keith White, the “Contaminant Hydrogeology of Karst” course discusses the unique challenges professionals face in characterizing, managing, and remediating sites due to the complexities of this type of terrain. Topics of discussion include, among others, conceptual models; the fate and transport of dissolved compounds, metals, and pathogens; and remediation and management.
“Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists” is designed to acquaint, or reacquaint, groundwater professionals with the basics of water well drilling. Presented by 2012 NGWREF McEllhiney Lecturer Marvin F. Glotfelty, RG, and NGWA Past President Art Becker, MGWC, CPG, this one-day course will review various drilling methods, well design concepts, and troubleshooting techniques, as well as health and safety considerations.
Attendees will learn how to adapt and communicate technical information for different purposes in the “Effective Technical Writing” course taught by Dr. Steven Youra. The course is designed to help attendees understand and appreciate the importance of effective writing for regulatory reports, research, and industry; identify essential characteristics of successful writing; and develop documents aimed at the right technical level for the target audience.
“Groundwater Economics,” presented by Charles Job, examines the costs and benefits of uses of groundwater. In addition to providing an overview of economic frameworks in which to make such evaluations, the course reviews examples using a range of methods, and provides attendees with the capabilities to initiate economic evaluations of their own groundwater projects.
To learn more about these courses, the 2012 NGWA Ground Water Summit, and the many other NGWA educational offerings available, visit the events/education section of our Web site or call 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791).
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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