Mar 20, 2012

Groundwater Short Courses Offered in Conjunction With NGWA Groundwater Summit

Four courses will take place before and after event

Four short courses for hydrogeologists will be offered by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) this May in Garden Grove, Calif. Taking place before and after the 2012 NGWA Ground Water Summit, May 6 to 10, the scheduling of these courses will help maximize attendees' travel time and dollars, according to Kathy Butcher, CMP, NGWA's director of professional development.

Three of the courses take place May 6: "Contaminant Hydrogeology of Karst," "Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists" and "Effective Technical Writing: Principles and Strategies." The fourth course, "Groundwater Economics," is scheduled for May 10 and 11.

Taught by Dr. David Lipson and Keith White, the "Contaminant Hydrogeology of Karst" course will discuss the unique challenges professionals face in characterizing, managing and remediating sites due to the complexities of this type of terrain. Topics of discussion will include conceptual models; the fate and transport of dissolved compounds, metals and pathogens; and remediation and management.

"Drilling Fundamentals for Hydrogeologists" is designed to acquaint, or reacquaint, groundwater professionals with the basics of water well drilling. Presented by 2012 NGWREF McEllhiney Lecturer Marvin F. Glotfelty, RG, and NGWA Past President Art Becker, MGWC, CPG, this one-day course will review various drilling methods, well design concepts and troubleshooting techniques, as well as health and safety considerations.

Attendees will learn how to adapt and communicate technical information for different purposes in the "Effective Technical Writing" course taught by Dr. Steven Youra. The course is designed to help attendees understand and appreciate the importance of effective writing for regulatory reports, research and industry; identify essential characteristics of successful writing; and develop documents aimed at the right technical level for the target audience.

"Groundwater Economics," presented by Charles Job, examines the costs and benefits of using groundwater. In addition to providing an overview of economic frameworks in which to make such evaluations, the course reviews examples using a range of methods, and provides attendees with the capabilities to initiate economic evaluations of their own groundwater projects.