Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources Conference (#5013)

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Date: August 6-7, 2019
Location: Arlington, Virginia


Building on the success of the 2017 event, this symposium will reignite the dialogue around synergies between solutions to large groundwater plumes, strategies to address emerging — and legacy — contaminants in groundwater, and protection of our drinking water supply.

While the patchwork of regulatory standards and developing understanding of toxicology associated with emerging contaminants is often outpaced by the need to respond, collaboration among the regulatory and stakeholder communities is occurring more effectively now than in the past. This fosters innovation on multiple fronts — such that we can be optimistic that the challenges of emerging contaminants will be shorter-lived than our past experience with more-established contaminants.

The goal of this event is to create a unique forum where all who work in, and serve, the groundwater and drinking water communities — owners, regulators, academics, and utilities — can collaborate on appropriate and pragmatic solutions for the response to, evaluation of, and restoration of, compromised groundwater. The symposium will focus on state-of-the-art science and innovative new approaches to address questions such as:

  • How can we apply good science and harness innovation to develop best practices for short-term situational management when drinking water supplies are affected?
  • How do these work into longer-term solutions for restoration of impacted groundwater?

The conference will be held over two days, include keynotes and panel discussions with relevant thought leaders, and be organized into technical sessions around three core topics:

  • Contaminated large plumes
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Water supply.

Click here to view the conference program.

Program advisers

  • Bill Alley, Ph.D.
  • Richard Anderson
  • Michelle Crimi, Ph.D.
  • Tyler Gass, PG, PHg
  • John Horst, PE
  • Thomas K.G. Mohr, PG, HG, EG
  • Patricia Reyes
  • Ken Stelman, PG, CHg
  • Mark Varljen
  • John Wilson, Ph.D.


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Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this conference, inclusive of a tabletop exhibit and one free registration, are available. For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact the NGWA sales department at

Fees and registration


On/before July 12

  • NGWA members — $595
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $595
  • Nonmembers — $745
  • Full-time students (ID required) — $150

Starting July 13

  • NGWA members — $695
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $695
  • Nonmembers — $845
  • Full-time students (ID required) — $200

*Please note those registering as government employees must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click here for more details.

Four ways to register

Attention international attendees

While international travelers generally need a visa to enter the United States, those from certain eligible countries may be able to visit the United States without a visa through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

If, however, you are from a country that does not participate in the VWP, you will need to make an appointment with your U.S. Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa. As a reminder, the U.S. government has instituted new, tighter visa requirements and it’s recommended you apply two to three months before your scheduled trip to help avoid delays in processing.

In addition, documentation such as an invitation letter will aid in demonstrating that the purpose of your trip is to either attend or exhibit at NGWA’s Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources Conference and that you intend to return home.

After registering for the Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources Conference, you will have the opportunity to request a letter of invitation by clicking here. After you print your personalized letter, you can attach a copy of your conference registration confirmation to use in your visa interview.

Please note that the letter of invitation will ONLY be sent via email to the email address you provide; it cannot be emailed or sent to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. We also recommend you review your U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for any special requirements.

Venue and accommodations

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(703) 413-1300

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rate of $199 per night, plus taxes. This rate is valid until July 11, unless our room block has been filled before that date. To receive this group rate be sure to mention you’re attending the NGWA Groundwater Solutions Conference when making your reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.