Water Well Journal

November 2022

Water Well Journal

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and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, tell his life sto- ry—a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battlefields of Viet- nam—that has held audiences in rapt attention for years. The motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, is the definition of success. Bleier will take attendees from his early years through his professional career and talk about the lessons he learned along the way— lessons that all can benefit from—in his speech, "Be the Best You Can Be." The morning is also when NGWA will award individuals and companies who have made a significant contribu- tion to the groundwater industry. Award recipients are recognized for their con- tribution through service, innovation, re- search, safety, and projects of scientific and technological importance affecting the growth and well-being of the industry. Exhibit Hall The Exhibit Hall will be packed with the latest products from the groundwater industry's manufacturers and suppliers on thousands of feet of exhibit space. Make sure you leave plenty of time to be in the hall during the 11 hours it is open. Exhibit Hall hours: • Wednesday, December 7 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • Thursday, December 8 10 a.m.–3 p.m. While in the Exhibit Hall, make sure you head to the Learning Center in the hall to see manufacturer product demon- strations both days. Affiliate Organization Peer-to-Peer Meeting Wednesday, December 7 10–11:30 a.m. An annual meeting of Affiliate Or- ganization executives and officers, this open forum is a great place to discuss issues facing your state and provides the opportunity to receive feedback from fel- low association leaders on how they have managed similar situations. (Open to Affiliate State executives and officers.) NGWA Delegates Meeting Wednesday, December 7 5–6 p.m. The NGWA Delegates Meeting is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the state of the Association and industry, hear from candidates seek- ing election to the NGWA Board of Directors, and to consider any pro- posed changes to the NGWA Code of Regulations. All are welcome to attend, but only credentialed delegates may sit in the delegate-seating area and cast a vote. To be eligible to serve as a delegate, you must be a current NGWA member and register on-site at the delegates' sign-in desk located in the attendee registration area and pick up the appropriate creden- tials. Hours are: • Tuesday, December 6 11 a.m.–5 p.m. • Wednesday, December 7 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. McEllhiney Lecture Thursday, December 8 8:30–9:15 a.m., N116/N117 This kickoff presentation of the 2023 McEllhiney Lecture by Fred Rothauge, CWD, is titled "Are We Creating Long- Term Groundwater Assets or Just Install- ing Wells?" In it, he will point out that the consumer is often concerned only about the bottom line, so the contractor must clarify the true nature of the water supply asset to produce a change in mindset. The contractor must actively educate the cus- tomer that they will be purchasing a long- term groundwater supply asset. Rothauge, the technical advisor for Hydro Resources Inc. in Fort Lupton, Colorado, will cover this educational process that includes sharing the well con- struction measures and materials that will extend the life of the well and augment the groundwater resource drawn from it. He states that a well is evaluated within a life cycle that includes planning and extends to the construction vs. daily operation and maintenance, and replacement costs. Such planning and execution also require rethinking of well development and re- habilitation needs and costs. This change in perspective requires everyone to adjust their perspectives from "well" to "asset." Young Professionals and Early Career Exhibit Hall Tour Thursday, December 8 12:30–1:15 p.m. Relax and Revive area in Exhibit Hall Wonder what all of that equipment in the Exhibit Hall does or curious how you fit in with all of those tools? If you're a young professional or early in your groundwater-related career, take part in this tour of the Exhibit Hall that will be led by seasoned groundwater professionals. The guides will lead you through the hall, pointing out what some of the equipment and tools from the industry's manufacturers and suppliers does while also explaining how they are used in the day-to-day jobs of those in our industry. Brewfest Thursday, December 8 1:30–3 p.m. Celebrate the conclusion of Ground- water Week 2022 in high style! Visit with fellow attendees in the Exhibit Hall while having a beer and noshing on complimentary snacks. Twitter @WaterWellJournl WWJ November 2022 n 29 Science & Engineering Forum What was formerly the Groundwater Summit is now the Science & Engineering Forum and a part of Groundwater Week 2022. All Ground- water Week attendees can sit in on the sessions that will take place all three days and cover: • Geophysical techniques and applications • Groundwater data management • Groundwater management and governance • Groundwater modeling • Groundwater monitoring • Groundwater quality and sustainability • Groundwater remediation • Managed aquifer recharge. More information is available at www.GroundwaterWeek.com.

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