NGWA Offers Hands-on Well Training, More Meetings

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) will offer a new training experience, a petroleum/chemical conference, and a natural attenuation short course over the next two months.

The “Ground Water Technology Field Experience,” which will be held Oct. 26-28 at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss., features a combination of classroom instruction and field exercises to provide those entering the industry, or needing a refresher, a comprehensive understanding of groundwater, drilling operations, proper well construction, monitoring well construction, and environmental sampling.

The curriculum will offer maximum opportunities for hands-on experience and interacting with others also engaged in the groundwater industry. Safe practice will be featured throughout the program as an integral part of industry training.

Participants will learn:

  • How to design and construct water supply and monitoring wells
  • How downhole cameras can be an effective diagnostic tool
  • Proper grouting methods
  • How to conduct a pumping test
  • How to log a well and interpret the log
  • How to develop wells in a variety of formations
  • Proper water sampling and preservation.

NGWA also is hosting its “Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Ground Water: Prevention, Detection, and Remediation Conference” Nov. 2-3 in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The association has held this conference for more than 20 years, training groundwater professionals on how to protect groundwater from contamination, as well as how to clean up contaminated groundwater from spills and leaks.

This year’s conference topics include:

  • Indoor air and vapor intrusion
  • Regulatory issues
  • Oil shale exploration and development
  • The impact of gasohol and ethanol on hydrocarbons in groundwater
  • Prevention of groundwater contamination

The association also is offering the short course, “Monitored Natural Attenuation: Mechanisms, Site Characterization, Evaluation, and Monitoring,” Nov. 3-4 in Denver, Colo.

This course provides the conceptual and technical background necessary to evaluate natural attenuation mechanisms and their interaction with source and transport processes at sites with organic and inorganic chemicals.

It also provides in-depth discussions of the mechanisms of natural attenuation, data collection and analysis, quantification of contaminant transport and fate processes, and regulatory considerations involved in implementing monitored natural attenuation as a remedy for groundwater contamination.

Course instructors are Michael J. Barden, president and principal geologist with Geoscience Resources Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M., and Todd H. Wiedemeier, PG, president of T.H. Wiedemeier & Associates LLC.

To learn more, visit or call 800.551.7379.

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