Below are some of the great activities that will take place at the Expo, according to the NGWA website. The annual convention and exhibition will be held Dec. 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Note where tickets or registration are required below.
Dec. 10, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Following a full day of workshops and a sneak preview of the exhibit hall, join with friends, family, and NGWA President Ernest Pender, MGWC, for a grand celebration of the ground water industry. While you enjoy your dinner, we will recognize award-winning professionals and welcomes our incoming President Randy Taylor, CWD. Stay for the auction! (Ticket required)
Dec. 10, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Making a difference in other people's lives will be the focus of the keynote address at the 2003 Ground Water Expo. Sgt. Matthew Eversmann came to the aid of his fellow U.S. Army soldiers in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The mission, which was recounted in the 2001 Academy award-winning film Black Hawk Down, involved bravery, survival, and determination as the soldiers were outnumbered and surrounded for 18 hours until they were rescued. In his address, Eversmann recounts the experience as well as what he took from it, including living every day by the creed, "Never shall I fail my comrades — Rangers lead the way." Enlisting in the Army in 1987, Eversmann was in the 3/75 Ranger regiment for more than eight years. Traveling the world, he served as a squad leader, weapons squad leader, liaison sergeant, and platoon sergeant. Currently, Eversmann is a senior instructor in the Johns Hopkins University ROTC Department in Baltimore, Maryland. Eversmann has been all over the world lecturing on his life-changing experience in Somalia. Along with speaking to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he has delivered his message to groups at colleges, corporations, businesses, and associations. He has also represented the U.S. Army on CNN's Larry King Live and NBC's Dateline. His message is sure to make an impact, and let you know that you can make a difference in other people's lives too.
Dec. 10, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Ground Water Science
Dr. Richelle Allen-King will give the Darcy Lecture. An associate professor at Washington State University, she has a Ph.D. from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, and a bachelor's degree from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Her lecture topic is "A Hydrogeochemist's Perspective on Organic Contaminant Transport in Ground Water." She has served on committees for the National Research Council and presently serves as a member of the Council's Water Science and Technology Board. She also serves as an associate editor for the journals Ground Water and Water Resources Research. Allen-King's research focuses on the geochemical processes that control the fate and transport of contaminants in ground and surface waters. For more information about the Darcy Lecture Series, see: www.ngwa.org/ngwef/darcy.html
Dec. 11, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
General Membership Meeting and Breakfast
Join your fellow NGWA members for your annual General Membership Meeting over a hearty good morning breakfast. (Active NGWA membership and a free ticket are required)
Dec. 11, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cast your vote for the candidate of your choice and join other NGWA members at the Delegates Meeting. If you are a delegate, don't forget to register and pick up your credentials at the Delegates desk prior to the meeting. Delegate registration hours:
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ground Water of Florida Field Trip
Expo attendees are invited to attend a one-day field trip to view water management projects and innovative water treatment technologies developed to assist Florida water management districts in providing safe and adequate water supplies to its citizens. it will depart from the Orange County Convention Center headquarters and will include stops in the south-central region of Florida. Trip leaders will include specialists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Geological Survey. Tentative site visits include:
• Artificial storage and recharge
• Water treatment technologies for pre-injection
• Wetlands restoration
• Geological and hydrogeological parameter estimation and determination of aquifer characteristics for injection
• Large-scale passive surface water treatment for nutrients and pesticides
• Protection and management of karst aquifers
Pre-registration is required and the field trip is limited to first 50 registrants.
Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
NGWA Director Candidates School—'When will you be a leader?'
NGWA's Director Candidates School is for members considering making themselves available as future candidates for volunteer director positions. The school provides insight from your peers into what it means to serve among the distinguished ranks of the Association's 42 volunteer director leaders. If you have leadership, vision, commitment, responsibility, credibility, dependability, knowledge, and experience then you have what it takes to be an NGWA Director. You must register in advance to guarantee materials will be available for you. Space is limited
Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology
Hank Baski will give the fourth NGWA McEllhiney Lecture. Baski is president of Baski Inc., a Denver-based company that designs and manufactures equipment for the ground water industry, including products such as inflatable packers, pitless units, and downhole valves for aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) and aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES). Baski's lecture topic is "Ground Water: Fallacies and Forecasts." Baski started in the water well business while in high school when he helped build a cable tool drilling rig for the family drilling business in northern Minnesota. After earning a B.S. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota, he continued in the drilling business for a few years, then began a ground water hydrology career with a consulting firm in Denver. While working in this field, he saw a need for ground water tools and decided to develop such products himself. Currently, Baski holds seven patents and continues to develop new products. For more information on the McEllhiney Lecture Series, see: www.ngwa.org/ngwef/mcellhiney.html
Dec. 12, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
NGWA/WQA Certification Testing
For more information on the NGWA certification program, see: www.ngwa.org/certification/certification.html
NGWA will also be offering the Water Quality Association's (WQA) professional certification testing opportunities. WQA's certification program allows water treatment professionals an opportunity to achieve professional growth, enhance their credibility, and demonstrate their depth of knowledge and expertise to both customers and employers. To obtain additional information, order study materials, and to pre-register for the exams, please call WQA at (630) 505-0160, ext. 503.
Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers (AGWSE)
Annual Meeting and Conference
Ground Water in Coastal Zones: Availability, Sustainability, and Protection
AGWSE is the technical division of the NGWA and coordinates speakers, seminars, etc., for the organization's annual convention. A full listing of seminars, stage demonstrations, poster presentations, workshops and other events are also planned to coincide with the 2003 Ground Water Expo. To view the complete conference program (in PDF format), see: www.ngwa.org/pdf/AGWSEbrochure.pdf. Following are additional highlights.
Seminar Speakers (Dec. 9-12)
• Robert Mace, Director, Texas Groundwater Resources Division
• Brian G. Katz, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
• Thomas M. Missimer, Vice President, Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc.
• Robert Glennon, Ph.D., Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona
• Harold Wanless, Professor, University of Miami
• Roy L. Herndon, Chief Hydrogeologist, Orange County Water District
• David B. Zilkoski, Chief, Geosciences Research Division, NOAA/National Geodetic Survey
• Robert M. Rosen, Research Project Engineer, University of New Hampshire
• Barbara Bekins, Ph.D., National Water Quality Assessment Program, U.S. Geological Survey
Technical Interactive Presentations - TIPs (Dec. 11-12)
Live Action Demonstration Sessions
• Avoid Having Your Vehicle 'Out of Service"
• Borehole Geophysical Applications to ASR
• Demonstration of Specialized Tools and Materials for Horizontal Well Construction
• Forklift Training for Groundwater Professionals
• Grouting—The Real Picture
• Heat Fusion of High Density Polyethylene Pipe
• Improving Your Welding Skills
• Standard Penetration Test and Split Barrel Sampling with Direct Push Equipment
Troubleshooting Constant Pressure Valves
NGWA Interest Group Sessions (Dec. 8)
• Geothermal Energy—Ask the Experts
• Groundwater Availability— The Issues and How to Address Them
• Advances in Groundwater Modeling
• Lessons Learned with Horizontal Well Design & Construction
• Internet Groundwater Data—Slick Roads Ahead
• Microbial Groundwater Quality—Major Role-Players
• Regulators—Open Forum Discussion
• Transboundary Aquifers—International Borders as Positive or Negative Flow Boundaries?
• Drilling and Well Construction
• Water Quality/Treatment
• Pump Systems
• Business Management
• Safety/Compliance Issues