Groundwater and Public Health Symposium (#5075)

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Date: December 7, 2020
Location: Online virtual event, 11 a.m.-4:35 p.m. ET


While not known to be transmitted in groundwater, COVID-19 has brought the issue of public health to the forefront of our everyday activities. Groundwater provides slightly more than 40 percent of our drinking water supplies — always a public health concern in one form or another.

This symposium — led by William Alley, Ph.D., Steven Wilson, Karen Kinsella, Ph.D., Michael J. Schnieders, PG, PH-GW, John Farner, Curtis Cooper, Ph.D., Flint Hall, and Sara Brock — is designed to share fundamental information about the groundwater resource, its occurrence and vulnerabilities, and current issues of public concern.

Please click on the “Program” tab below to view the symposium lineup.

Who should attend?

  • Private well owners
  • Public health officials
  • State and local regulators
  • Water testing laboratory personnel
  • Agriculture industry personnel
  • Land use and community planners
  • Water systems managers and customers
  • Realtors
  • Environmental scientists.


11:00 a.m. ET — Welcome

11:05 a.m. — Groundwater Overview by William Alley, Ph.D.

  • Hydrologic Cycle
  • Availability
  • Sustainability

11:45 a.m. — Private Wells by Steven Wilson and Karen Kinsella, Ph.D.

  • Wellhead Protection (Siting)
  • Water Testing
  • Well Maintenance
  • Water Quality Issues
    • Health vs. Aesthetics

12:30 p.m. — Break

1:30 p.m. — Land Use Planning by Michael J. Schnieders, PG, PH-GW

  • Hydrogeologic Ordinances
  • Competing Demands

1:55 p.m. — Agricultural Challenges by John Farner, Curtis Cooper, Ph.D., and Flint Hall

  • Groundwater Withdrawals and Irrigation
  • Nitrates
  • Pesticides

2:40 p.m. — Emerging Contaminants by William Alley, Ph.D., and Karen Kinsella, Ph.D.

  • What’s Out There (PFAS, etc.)
  • Establishing, Evaluating, and Communicating Risk

3:25 p.m. — Break

3:40 p.m. — Resources for the Public/Well Owners by Steven Wilson

4:00 p.m. — Increasing Groundwater Awareness to Youth by Sara Brock

4:30 p.m. — Wrap-up

4:35 p.m. — Adjournment


On/before November 6 — $40

Starting November 7 — $50

Connections are limited and registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET December 9, unless the capacity is reached before then.

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