(LAS VEGAS, NV — December 4, 2012) The world’s largest gathering of groundwater professionals has inundated the Las Vegas Convention Center for the National Ground Water Association’s 64th Expo and Annual Meeting.
“There’s a lot of excitement around this year’s show and for good reason,” said NGWA® Chief Executive Officer Kevin B. McCray, CAE.
Among the highlights:
Today got underway with a full slate of workshops in areas ranging from groundwater supply and groundwater quality to business management and geothermal operations. Among the offerings is an all-day “Fundamentals and Refresher Course on Groundwater and Wells,” which is maxed out in attendance.
Wednesday marks the start of the general sessions with the Keynote Address and Awards Ceremony in the morning. The keynote will be given by Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, a groundwater industry employee-turned-PGA Tour golfer. During the ceremony NGWA will convey its Awards of Excellence and Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards. Following the general session, the exhibit hall opens for its first day.
Also taking place on Wednesday is the farewell presentation of the 2012 NGWREF Darcy Lecture, “Transport of Viruses in Partially Saturated Soil and Groundwater,” by Utrecht University hydrolgeology professor S. Majid Hassanizadeh, Ph.D., and the kickoff of the 2013 NGWREF McEllhiney Lecture, “Keeping the Pump Primed: Aquifer Sustainability,” by John Jansen, Ph.D., PG, of Cardno ENTRIX.
On Thursday, the exposition floor will be open again, another slate of workshops and classes are being offered, and NGWA delegates will meet to fill two positions on NGWA’s Board of Directors.
The 2012 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting concludes on Friday.
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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