Fate of PFAS: From Groundwater to Tap Water (conference #5010)

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Date: June 21-22, 2022
Location: Westerville, Ohio


This NGWA conference focuses on the fate and transport of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated sites through groundwater and other environmental media to drinking water systems.

The chemistry and environmental behavior of PFAS, combined with regulatory changes and toxicological uncertainties, create significant challenges for project planning, risk communication, and programmatic management. Nonetheless, much has been learned about how to address the challenges of PFAS both with respect to its unique physicochemical properties, as well as applying knowledge gained from legacy contaminant sites.

This conference is intended to provide an opportunity to share lessons learned and present state-of-the practice in scientific and management approaches to addressing this high-profile and rapidly evolving issue.

A call for abstracts is in effect, with submissions due by January 8, 2022. Please click on the “Call for abstracts” tab below for more information and to make a submission.

Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists and engineers
  • Public health officials
  • Toxicologists
  • Federal, state, and local environmental regulators
  • Remediation site managers
  • Laboratory testing personnel
  • Environmental project planners
  • Water systems administrators.

Program advisers

  • William Alley
  • Nicole Bolea
  • Avram Frankel
  • Jeffrey Hale
  • Taryn McKnight
  • Dan Opdyke
  • Kevin Svitana
  • Shalene Thomas

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Call for abstracts

Abstracts for this conference are being solicited in these three general topic areas with an emphasis on those addressing:

  • Toxicology, regulations, and risk management
    • Beyond litigation: Orchestrating broad-based programs for cleanup and management
    • Global perspectives on contribution vs. risk
    • PFAS toxicology as related to various regulatory approaches
    • Risks of PFAS compared to other toxic substances in groundwater
  • Site investigation
    • Fate and transport complexities issues
    • Field techniques and innovation
    • PFAS chemical forensics to identify different/multiple sources of PFAS contamination in groundwater plumes
    • Role and impact of precursors
  • Remediation
    • In situ treatment of PFAS in groundwater vs. aboveground treatment for drinking water, including cost
    • State actions progressing from monitoring and sampling to treatment and management.

Abstracts must be submitted online via our conference management platform and are due by 11:59 p.m. ET January 8, 2022.

Sponsorship opportunities

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


On/before May 20

  • NGWA member — $495
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $495
  • Nonmember — $645
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $100

Starting May 21

  • NGWA member — $595
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $595
  • Nonmember — $745
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $150

The registration fee includes daily lunch, and a daily morning and afternoon beverage break for this in-person event.

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

Venue and accommodations


The Point at Otterbein University
60 Collegeview Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081


You will need to secure your own overnight accommodations. We recommend you check your preferred hotel and travel site or with a travel professional for the property that best meets your needs.