NGWA Director to Lead Delegation of Groundwater Professionals to Russia

Delegates will meet with manufacturers and government agencies in October

A delegation of groundwater professionals led by National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) Executive Director Kevin McCray will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 13 to 22 under the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program.

Subjects of particular interest to the delegation include:

• National and/or regional schemes for monitoring groundwater quantity and quality;
• Efforts to locate and develop new groundwater reserves;
• Impacts of oil and gas exploration and development on groundwater resources, particularly with respect to hydraulic fracturing techniques, salt water intrusion and brackish water usage;
• Carbon sequestration plans and their impact on groundwater resources;
• Remediation of contaminated groundwater and environmental restoration of contaminated soils, especially impacts of ash dumps on groundwater quality and other groundwater pollution control initiatives;
• Stabilization of rising groundwater levels in urban and industrial regions;
• Overexploitation and subsequent management responses, including artificial recharge;
• National human resources to provide, protect, remediate and manage groundwater;
• Utilization of geothermal heat pump technology for heating and cooling, as well as aquifer thermal energy storage and borehole thermal energy storage;
• Water well maintenance and rehabilitation, including well acidization; and
• Dewatering of marshy lands.

While the itinerary is still being planned, it may include visits to the Federal Agency for Water Resources, the Institute for Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sysin Scientific and Research Institute of Human Ecology and Environmental Hygiene at St. Petersburg State University, and meetings with those engaged in water well construction and the manufacture of water well industry equipment, such as rigs and pumps.

Founded in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower as a vehicle to expand international relations beyond the structure of government agencies, People to People International is a nonpolitical, private-sector organization dedicated to promoting international peace and understanding.

National Ground Water Assn.

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