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Dec 2017


Music City Center 201 5th Ave S Nashville , Tennessee 37203
Tel: (615) 401-1400
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NGWA 2017 Groundwater Week - National Ground Water Association (Formerly Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting)

5,000 300 $


Event Overview:

From education to exhibits and everything in between!

Make your plans and register today!

Just a few reasons you don‘t want to miss this year’s Groundwater Week!

You will have 12 full hours over two days to explore the newest in products and services from hundreds of exhibitors.

You can choose from more than 50 hours of educational offerings designed to help you do your job more efficiently, easily, and cost-effectively.

You will have the opportunity to learn from real-life industry experts.

You can earn your CEPs by attending workshops, the NGWREF McEllhiney and Darcy lectures, optional short courses, and even for visiting the trade show floor.

You can improve your skills and learn new ones in the NGWA Activity Area.

You will have the chance to join in congratulating the best of the best during the NGWA Awards presentations.

You will be able to connect with old friends and form new partnerships at Groundwater Week - the one event that brings together professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry.

Exhibitor Information:

Highlight your products and services at the Expo! 

The Expo is the only event bringing together the top groundwater industry decision-makers in one place! Make sure your company is part of the action! 

Why exhibit?

Build your brand and increase awareness
Generate publicity
The NGWA Groundwater Week is the largest groundwater industry event of the year and a powerful medium for building and growing your business.
Connect with current customers and form new partnerships - the one event that brings together professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry.

NGWA’s Groundwater Week is the premier annual event for groundwater professionals to gather for education workshops, dynamic speakers, knowledge sharing, networking, and, of course, product and service shopping.

About NGWA:

NGWA is the leading organization for anyone affiliated with the groundwater industry. A nonprofit organization, NGWA is composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals - contractors, scientists and engineers, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers. Our purpose is to provide guidance regarding the responsible use of groundwater.


Dec 5   

7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

First Timer/ New Member Orientation

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Speaker Ready Room

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Excavation Safety in Drilling Operations

David Bowers, CVCLD

Mud Rotary Drilling

Roger E. Renner, MGWC, NGWAF

Next Generation Water Treatment - Simple, Eco-friendly, Legal and Good for Business

Gabe Ergler

Nominating Committee Meeting

Permanent Magnet Motors: Utilizing Efficiency to Appeal to the Market

Mike Stockman

Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Meeting

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Water Systems Primer Express

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Well Rehabilitation & Maintenance Solutions - Better Life Through Chemistry

Kevin McGinnis

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Contractors Section Board Meeting

Energy Subcommittee Meeting

Professional Designations Oversight Subcommittee Meeting

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Air Rotary Drilling

Richard Thron, MGWC

Difficult Well Problems May Require Well Forensics

Roger Miller

Interpreting Financial Statements: It's More Than Just the Numbers

Daniel T. Meyer, CPA, MGWC, CVCLD

Roadside Inspections: What Enforcement Officers Look For


Water and its Effects: Importance of Well Tanks, and Filtration Systems for the Home

Joel Voytek

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Education and Awareness Subcommittee Meeting

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Electronic Logging Devices: Complying with the New Federal Law

Tony Verillo

Introduction to Well Asset Management: Not Just for Utility Water Supply

Stuart A. Smith, CGWP

Pump Curve Basics

Daniel Featherstone

Reverse Circulation Drilling

Thomas Downey, CWD/PI

Solar Water Pumping: Strategic Partnerships in Untapped Markets

Jeff Frank

Understanding Coliform and E-Coli Bacteria

Michael Hanten

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Water Resources Subcommittee Meeting

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

MGWC Luncheon

12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Nashville Fontanel Lunch/Tour - FEE BASED

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Borehole Geophysical Logging

W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Electrical Safety in the Water Well Drilling and Pump Service Industry - or How to Not be "Electrified"

Jim Wright

Leaving Your Business on Your Terms - Know your Options

Tim McDaniel

Monitoring Well Construction

Arthur E. Becker, MGWC, NGWAF

Tips And Tricks To Minimize Callbacks on VFD Systems

Tom Stephan

Well Water - Best Testing Practices For The 21st Century

George Bailey

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

2018 Federal Tax Update

Brent Ardit, CPA

7 Pillars of Customer Service

Kevin McCray, CAE

Best Suggested Practices for Water Well Disinfection Work Session

Jessica Michell

Drilling in Developing Nations: Contractor and Equipment Challenges

Dwight Hanson

Toxic Levels of Lead and Copper in Groundwater Can Be Caused by Stray Electrical Current

Todd Giddings, Ph.D., PG

Uncovering the Mystery of VFD Filters-How, Why, and When?

Matt Clark

3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

A New Type of Hybrid Groundwater Energy System

Todd Giddings, Ph.D., PG

Flowing Artesian Wells: Control and Closure In British Columbia

Thierry Carriou, PE and Richard Cronin, Qualified Well Driller (BC & Alberta)

Groundwater Rule - Using UV to Achieve Virus Treatment Compliance

Anthony Oosterveld

Leveraging Application-Based Sizing Software

Jeff Frank

Manufacturers Section Board Meeting

NSF Certification and the Responsible Groundwater Steward

Douglass Keller

Suppliers Section Board Meeting

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Standard Development Oversight Task Group Meeting

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Boosting your Water Systems Earning Potential with Aeration Systems

Jim Hartmann

Introduction to Drilling Fluids, Back to Basics

Jeff Blinn

Managing Your Data in the 21st Century

Bill Mann

Scientists and Engineers Section Board Meeting

The Economic Case for Using Flexible Drop Pipe in Water Supply Wells

Carlos Guerra

Update: Water Supply Cost Savings Act Law and other Important Legislative and Legal Issues

Margaret Martens and Jesse J. Richardson Jr., J.D.

4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Informal Early/New Career Meet Up

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Safety Subcommittee Meeting

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Franklin Electric Welcome Party

Dec 6   

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Speaker Ready Room

8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

General Membership Meeting

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation and Awards of Excellence Ceremony

John Carter Cash

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Manufacturers Section Meeting

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Advancements in Thermally Enhanced Grouts for Ground Sourced Heating and Cooling Systems

George Dugan

Hybrid Solar Powered Pumping System

Eric Macias

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Past Presidents Luncheon

12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Multi Meters, and Megohm Meter Usage and Understanding

Daniel Featherstone

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Borehole Geophysics - Gamma Ray (GR)

Bruce Manchon, PG and John Sciacca, PG

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Darcy Lecture

Kamini Singha

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


Jim Wright

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Best Suggested Practices for Well Operation and Maintenance

Jessica Michell

Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture

F. Edwin Harvey, Ph.D.

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Borehole Geophysics - Resistivity

Bruce Manchon, PG and John Sciacca, PG

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Early Career Success Panel

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Anatomy of a Groundwater War: Mississippi v. Tennessee

Jesse J. Richardson Jr., J.D.

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Continuous Improvements in Low-Flow Sampling Techniques, Equipment and Software

Bill Mann

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Groundwater Contaminants - What Does the Future Hold?

Peter S. Cartwright, PE

Introduction to Geophysics: Resistivity 101

Dwight Hanson

Small Water System Business Opportunities

Charles Job

The Biogeochemical Toolbox: Enhancing Natural Remedial Processes

Karen Kinsella, Ph.D.

Variable Frequency Drives... Selling Value & Protection

Dan Painter, CSP

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Borehole Geophysics - Spontaneous Potential (SP)

Bruce Manchon, PG and John Sciacca, PG

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

McEllhiney Lecture

Michael Schnieders, PG, PH-GW

Troubleshooting Submersible Systems With Digital Multimeters

Tom Stephan

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Building Cross-Sections from Borehole Geophysical Logs

Bruce Manchon, PG and John Sciacca, PG

Drill Rig Safety and Maintenance 101

Rob Caho

5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

NGWA Delegates Meeting


Dec 7   

7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Speaker Ready Room

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Discussion Session 2

What Content Would You Like to See in NGWA Journals?

Thad Plumley

8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Coffee with NGWA Directors and New CEO

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Groundwater Geochemistry Reaction Modeling Short Course - FEE BASED

Introduction to Statistical Methods for Environmental Monitoring Short Course - FEE BASED

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Direct Push Technology - As Useful as Ever...and Cost Effective Too

Bruce Manchon, PG and John Sciacca, PG

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Affiliate Organization Peer to Peer Meeting

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Drill Rig Safety and Maintenance 101

Rob Caho

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Regulatory Officials Advisory Panel Briefing

9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Understanding and Mixing Drilling Fluids

Benito Gonzalez

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Biological Testing- Relationships, Occurrences, and Trends of Groundwater Bacteria in Potable Wells

Eric Duderstadt

Operational Stages of the Well: Evaluating the Forms of Water Well Deterioration

Thomas Hanna

Roundtable on ELDs

Jim Wright

Selecting Pump Control Solutions: Residential and Light Commercial Applications

Jeff Frank

U.S. Construction Spending: Labor and Materials Forecast

Ken Simonson

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Aquiworx - Surface and Groundwater Monitoring Application

Ingrid Dennis and Rainier Dennis, Ph.D.

Top Ladder Safety

Denis Crayon and David Bowers, CVCLD

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Excelling in the Groundwater Industry Panel: How the Professionals Rise to the Challenge

Roger E. Renner, MGWC, NGWAF, Richard Thron, MGWC, Thomas Downey, CWD/PI, Daniel T. Meyer, CPA, MGWC, CVCLD and Arthur E. Becker, MGWC, NGWAF

Maximizing Your Return on Investment from a Down-Hole Camera System

Eric Hadden

Private Well Issues

Steven D. Wilson and Jennifer Wilson

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

NGWA Foundation Auction

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Best Suggested Practices for Adjunct Storage

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Leadership Development Academy

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Awards Committee

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up Party

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Director Coaching Session

Dec 8   

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Mammoth Cave Field Trip - FEE BASED

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Practical Considerations for Groundwater Monitoring Well Design, Construction, and Sampling Programs Short Course - FEE BASED

Keynote Speakers

John Carter Cash

Attendees of the Keynote Session at 2017 Groundwater Week will go on a tour through music history as John Carter Cash, the only child from the marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, will deliver a presentation filled with classic music and stories about his family.

The 60-minute show, “House of Cash: A Historical and Musical Journey with John Carter Cash,” will take people on a musical journey through the Cash and Carter family history. Along with his wife, Ana Cristina Cash, and backing band, The Daeger Boys, John Carter tell personal stories about his mother and father while playing many of the classic hits known around the world.

John Carter paints a personal portrait of his father’s rich inner life when discussing him. He explores Johnny Cash’s creative spirit, his fundamentally loving nature, and his inspiring persistence. Also discussed are the nature of creativity, the responsibilities that come with fatherhood and friendship, the need for humility and morality, the value of reading, and the obligation we all have to sympathize with the downtrodden.

Involved in music all his life, John Carter is an accomplished and award-winning record producer. He has produced hundreds of records by dozens or recording artists and been the producer on five Grammy Award-winning records. He is also an author who has written three children’s books, books on his mother and father, and a fantasy novel.

“The groundwater industry is full of family-owned businesses with a deep and rich legacy, which makes John Carter Cash a perfect match to speak at our event,” said David Evener, CAE, NGWA director of marketing and technology. “From his father and mother Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, to his grandmother Maybelle Carter, Cash’s Nashville music roots run deep just like just like the roots our members have in the groundwater industry.”

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