Meeting the Challenges of Groundwater in Fractured Rock (conference #5017)

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Date: September 23- 24, 2024
Location: Burlington, Vermont


This NGWA conference, held every two to three years, has become the leading forum bringing together a broad spectrum of experts to discuss the most effective approaches to deal with the most challenging geologic environment to characterize and remediate — fractured rock, including karst.

To meet these challenges, environmental science has progressed significantly in this realm in recent years. New tools and technologies provide numerous options that groundwater professionals can employ to characterize even the most challenging sites for remediation and sustainable water supply. However, much work remains to be done.

A call for abstracts is open with submissions due by April 12, 2024. Please click on the "Call for abstracts" tab below for more information.

Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists and engineers
  • Federal, state, and local government personnel
  • Researchers, academics, and students
  • Local water districts/agencies
  • Water supply providers and utilities
  • Public health officials
  • Policymakers.

Optional event: TBA

Wednesday, September 25

An optional field trip is in the planning stages and will be posted here once the details are finalized, including the pricing.

Call for papers

This conference solicits abstracts on all aspects of fractured rock hydrogeology (water quantity and quality), including those addressing:

  • Understanding the Geologic Framework
    • Conceptual site models and 3D visualization
    • Application of structural geological analysis
    • Application of sequence stratigraphy
  • Characterizing Flow and Contaminant Transport Properties
    • High-resolution characterization in fractured rock
    • Role of geophysics in fractured rock characterization
    • Role of geochemistry in characterizing fractured rock
    • State-of-the-art or advances in site assessment in fractured rock
    • Innovative/cost-effective contaminant assessment strategies in fractured rock
  • Groundwater Remediation
    • State-of-the-art in groundwater remediation in fractured rock
    • Monitoring remediation effectiveness
    • Innovative/cost-effective remedial technologies and strategies in fractured rock
    • Lessons learned: What didn’t work and why?
  • Water Supply and Quality
    • Water supply and recharge in fractured rock
    • Addressing PFAS in fractured rock
    • Arsenic and other natural contaminants in fractured rock
    • Karst flow and contaminant transport properties
  • Other
    • Groundwater modeling for process quantification and/or decision-making
    • How to streamline approaches at lower budget bedrock sites.

Abstracts must be submitted online via our conference management platform and are due by April 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact the NGWA sales department at for information on sponsorship opportunities for this conference.


Conference fees

On/before August 23

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

Starting August 24

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

Optional September 25 field trip

Fees TBA.

Please note: Accepted paper/poster/panel presenters will receive 25% off their registration fee; a discount code will be included in the abstract acceptance notification.

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

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

Venue and accommodations

Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
60 Battery Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 658-6500

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rate of $249 per night, plus any applicable taxes and fees, for the nights of September 21-25. This rate applies to NGWA room block and is valid until the September 1 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before then. To get this special discounted rate, click here to make your reservations online or phone the central reservations office at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and mention the group name “NGWA Meeting the Challenges of Groundwater in Fractured Rock — September 2024”. Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.