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

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 organize technical sessions around three core topics:

  • Contaminated large plumes
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Water supply.

A call for papers is in effect, with submissions due by January 20, 2019. Please click on the “Call for papers” tab below for more information and to make a submission.

Program advisers

  • John Horst, PE
  • John Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Tyler Gass, PG, PHg
  • Thomas K.G. Mohr, PG, HG, EG
  • Patricia Reyes




Call for papers

Abstracts are being solicited on the following core topics:

  • Contaminated large plumes with focus on the characterization, remediation, and/or management of contaminated groundwater plumes that can be characterized as “large” due to the total lifecycle costs, sheer physical size, or complexity
  • Emerging contaminants with focus on threats to groundwater resources and best practices/new approaches when addressing these issues
  • Water supply with focus on threats to drinking water supply and where it fits with restoration by developing appropriate treatment technologies.

Abstracts must be submitted online via our conference management platform and are due by January 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 June 28

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

Starting June 29

  • 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

  • Register online.
  • Register by phoning NGWA customer service at (800) 551-7379 — (614) 898-7791 outside the United States) — Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
  • Register by fax or maildownload the registration form.
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 8, 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.