Sep 12, 2011

Experts to Address Groundwater Sustainability at Annual Forum

Officials from EPA, USDA and more to meet this month to discuss groundwater availability and sustainability

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host the 2011 GWPC Annual Forum, entitled “Meeting Competing Demands with Finite Groundwater Resources,” on Sept. 24 to 28. The event will include three primary subject areas: groundwater availability and sustainability; groundwater/energy sustainability; and groundwater quality.

The GWPC is the national association of state groundwater regulators. For the last 28 years, GWPC’s Annual Forum has brought together state, federal and local agency representatives with the responsibility for groundwater/drinking water protection. The event provides an opportunity for these groups to foster communication on safeguarding the nation’s groundwater supplies.

In addition to the many concurrent technical sessions, the event will feature two general sessions. Scheduled Day-One: Groundwater Sustainability presenters include: Linda McGregor, chief of the Watershed Protection Branch at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia state geologist Jim Kennedy; environmental attorney William Carver; Greg Koch, director of Global Water Stewardship for the Coca-Cola Co.; William Alley, chief of the Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); and Cynthia Dougherty, director of the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. The Day-Two general session, Water/Agriculture Nexus: Groundwater Quality and Quantity Issues Related to Agriculture, will include presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, EPA, USGS and other agencies.

This year participants will explore the complex relationships between groundwater quality and sustainability in the midst of increasing competing demands such as agriculture, domestic use, energy development and power generation. Outcomes include informing policy decisions at state, federal and local levels, and fostering interaction among key stakeholders. Hot topics include energy impacts on groundwater use and groundwater impacts on energy development; alternative water resources; water use and nuclear energy; groundwater management planning; groundwater and agriculture; nutrients and groundwater; and carbon capture and storage and groundwater.

More information about the 2011 GWPC Annual Forum is available at