Nov 30, 2015

Former Government Affairs Director Receives NGWA Honorary Member Award

The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, Dec. 15 to 17

NGWA Honorary Member Award groundwater Christine Reimer

Former National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) Government Affairs Director Christine Reimer has received a 2015 Honorary Member Award from NGWA for her more than 30 years of service to the association. The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, Dec. 15 to 17.

Beginning in 1983, Reimer served in a number of positions at NGWA and was government affairs director for 22 years.

Milestones during her tenure as government affairs director include:

  • Enactment of legislation authorizing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program to encourage the assessment and reuse of these sites;
  • NGWA participation in the brownfields negotiated rulemaking process;
  • Enactment of legislation to address MTBE contamination and strengthen petroleum underground storage tank installation requirements to prevent future leaks to groundwater;
  • Development of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to support the installation or upgrade of household private water well systems;
  • Adoption of federal tax credits to encourage the use of geothermal heat pump systems, a renewable energy source; and
  • The establishment of a framework for a national groundwater monitoring network to assess the status and trends of groundwater—the nation’s largest freshwater resource.

Nominator David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, vice president of Bergerson-Caswell Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., said ,“Chris has been one of our industry’s strongest advocates for decades. Her guidance helped NGWA build a very effective government affairs office that the association has continually been able to use to help promote our agenda and become a guiding voice in national groundwater issues.”

Henrich said Reimer deserved the award not just for her accomplishments, but also for her commitment and perseverance as government affairs director.

“Whether being overshadowed by industry partners working on the same legislation or all of the policy and rules related work, unless you worked directly with Chris, it could be at times difficult to notice all of the wins she racked up,” he said.