NGWA Workshop on Groundwater in the Northwest (#5043)

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Date: July 30-31, 2020
Location: Virtual online event
CEUs: See continuing education section below
Education level: Introductory to advanced


Originally planned as an in-person event in Boise, Idaho, the decision has been made to take the NGWA Workshop on Groundwater in the Northwest virtual as our top priority is for the health and safety of participants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

But please be assured that the essence of this regionally focused event is not changing.

This virtual workshop will still share experiences and lessons learned — and discuss potential solutions to the Northwest’s most critical groundwater challenges — among a wide range of individuals involved in the issues in this region that encompasses Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, northern Nevada, and western Montana.

Population pressures, agriculture, mining, and energy development are intensifying interest in groundwater availability and quality in this diverse and economically important region.

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Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists and engineers
  • Public health officials
  • Water management district and water supply utility personnel
  • Land-use managers
  • Agricultural and private industry concerns.

Keynote speaker

Todd Halihan“Deep Thoughts on the Future of Water” will be presented by Todd Halihan, Ph.D., P.Gp., professor of geology at Oklahoma State University and chief technical officer for Aestus LLC.

In addition to his positions at OSU and Aestus, Halihan currently serves on the Oklahoma governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and as chair of the Hydrogeology Division and the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. Halihan has also been an associate editor for Groundwater® and was the 2018 McEllhiney Lecturer. His professional interests center in subsurface characterization and sustainable water supply.

Program advisers

  • Bill Alley, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Bleha
  • Debi Farber
  • Mike Krautkramer
  • Taryn McKnight
  • Yen-Vy Van

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Continuing education

This event is recognized by the following agencies for continuing education:

  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality (0.71 CEUs for Drinking Water Operators)
  • Utah State Engineer’s Office, Division of Water Rights (7 credits for Utah licensed contractors).

This event has been submitted for continuing education consideration to the following agencies:

  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (Drinking Water Operators)
  • Idaho Groundwater Association (Idaho licensed contractors)
  • Oregon Health Licensing Office (Environmental Health Specialists)
  • Oregon Water Resources Department (Well Constructors)
  • Washington Department of Ecology (Well Drillers).
Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this conference are available. For information, please contact the NGWA sales department at


On/before July 17

  • NGWA member — $95
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $95
  • Nonmember — $245
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $95

Starting July 18

  • NGWA member — $145
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $145
  • Nonmember — $295
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $145

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