Conference Targets Planning for Future Ground Water Systems

The 21st Century Ground Water Systems Conference to be held October 12-13 in Costa Mesa, Calif., by the National Ground Water Association will focus on the future of ground water systems. The conference aims to help water purveyors, system managers, ground water consultants and contractors ready for the future.

The conference will focus on a variety of areas, in addition to a special emphasis on the use of ground water resources. Some issues include strategies to optimize current water sources, including water use efficiency, system design, artificial recharge and conservation, minimizing risk from climate change and public policy and business and customer relations models.

Featured speakers include Lester Snow, director, California Department of Water Resources, and Patrick J. Sullivan, an environmental forensic expert and partner at Forensic Management Associates in San Mateo, Calif. Sullivan will speak on "Thinking Outside the Box: Sustainable Water Resources That Are Healthy."

Conference cosponsors are the American Water Resources Association, American Institute of Professional Geologists, California Groundwater Association, Georgia Watershed Alliance, National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, U.S. Geological Survey and Water Quality Association. More information on the conference can be found at


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