By Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Senior Editor

Looking to repeat its successful turnout two years ago in the same city, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has come back to Nashville, Tenn., for its 53rd Annual Convention and Expo on Dec. 7-9 (Friday through Sunday). For number crunchers, Nashville will be a little slice of heaven as many workshops and seminars center around groundwater data and monitoring statistics.

There were 3,416 attendees in Nashville in 1999, according to Julie Shaw, NGWA marketing and public relations manager. Las Vegas, which lately has hosted the show in even-numbered years, usually draws around 5,000 industry professionals. Around 200 exhibitors are expected at the show, Shaw added.

Roger Renner, president of NGWA, said, “This year’s groundwater expo program enforces our vision of being a community of groundwater professionals dedicated to our mission—to enhance our skills and credibility, and provide a mode and means to develop and exchange industry knowledge.”

Tackling the risks
Along with a wide range of programs and activities, the convention’s keynote address will focus on evaluating risks for business professionals. Other seminar topics will include arsenic, bacterial testing and information gathering at government levels. The president’s dinner will be free to anyone who has pre-registered for the show, said Shaw. At the dinner, the Construction Comedian will liven things up with his stand-up routine (see EXTRA for more on Nashville activities).

In addition, the NGWA will be accepting donations for funds that will go to families of the victims of tragic events Sept. 11. The organization also will continue to collect toys as part of its involvement with the Toys for Tots program, said Shaw.

Program rundown
Herewith is a short list of workshops that may be of special interest to attendees. The majority of data programs will take place Saturday, Dec. 8.

On Friday, at 8 a.m., Dave Kill will give a presentation on “Water Well Hydrology for Contractors.” It will cover groundwater flow, rock formations, permeability and porosity, among other topics. It’s designed to be a good refresher course for anyone taking the NGWA certification exam for the first time. Kill is with ITT Goulds Pumps.

Arsenic
Also starting at 8 a.m., a workshop simply titled “Arsenic” will commence. It will be headed by Rebecca Petty, of the Ohio Department of Health, and Michael Slattery, of the Ohio Division of Drinking and Ground Water. Topics will include the definition of natural arsenic and how it arrives in water; the investigation of arsenic concentrations in private wells and the public water supply; the health risks associated with arsenic in water; and the new pending federal standard and how it may be implemented.

Later on Friday, beginning at 12:15 p.m., a discussion on “Politics, Chlorine and Bacterial Testing” will be given by Dave Hanson, of Design Water Technologies, and Petty. The workshop will discuss emerging issues related to consumer safety of drinking water, well chlorination, and development and current use of bacterial tests for well approval.

Following the theme
On Sunday, at 8 a.m., Dr. Arnold Gray will conduct a seminar on “Groundwater Data Management with GIS.” Described as a class, it will use some of the more popular geographic tools on the market to demonstrate a typical system used at many consulting firms, and industrial and regulatory clients. Data will be posted to the Internet to show how data sets may be shared among many disciplines and between staff.

Finally, on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., a seminar will center on “Record Keeping and Protocol Selection for Making Water Wells Sustainable.” Leading the discussion will be Dr. D. Roy Cullimore, of Droycon Bioconcepts Inc., and Stuart Smith, of Smith-Comesky Ground Water. This workshop emphasizes the need to keep accurate records on the basic information essential for the effective maintenance of the well.
NGWA’s Groundwater 2001—The National Convention and Exposition

Friday, Dec. 7
7 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Registration
8 a.m.-9 a.m. AGWSE Keynote Speaker
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Director Candidate School
9 a.m.-11:40 a.m. AGWSE Conference Morning Sessions:
A. Geophysical Data, Session Chair John Williams
B. Current Status and Availability of Groundwater Data Derived from Well Permits, Session Chairs Chuck Spalding and Larry Lyons
C. Hydraulic Testing
12:40 p.m.-2:20 p.m. AGWSE Conference Afternoon Sessions:
D. Air Photos as Hydrogeologic and Forensic Data,
Chair Joe Sheahan
E. Providing Groundwater Over the Internet, Chair Steve Lamb
F. Application of Basic Hydrologic Data to Assess
Water Supply Alternatives
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Keynote Session
4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Exposition Preview
4 p.m.-6 p.m. AGWSE Membership Meeting, Darcy Lecture, and AGWSE Division Awards
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. AGWSE Poster Session and Reception
7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. President’s Award and Awards

Workshops:

8 a.m.-10 a.m. The Fiscal Physical, Part 1
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Protecting Assets While Controlling Insurance
Costs
8 a.m.-11 a.m. Water Well Hydrology for Contractors
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Risk Management: Safety’s Impact on Your Business
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Arsenic—What You Need to Know
9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Proactive Accident Investigations
9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. A Report from Your Association’s Lobbyist
9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Conducting 24-Hour Pump Tests
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Selling Yourself—Profit is not a 4-Letter Word
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 2002 McEllhiney Lecture: Chemical Rehabilitation of Wells
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Marketing Your Services to the Geothermal Heat Pump Industry
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EPA Management Guidelines for Onsite Wastewater Systems—What It Means for Groundwater Protection
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Transfer of Technology
12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Politics, Chlorine and Bacterial Testing
12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. The Fiscal Physical, Part 2
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. DOT Compliance—Audit Survival Tips
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Constant Pressure Water Systems
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Developing Public Policy Based on Sound Science
12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Drilling Fluids, Grouting and Sealing
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Implementing Lock-out/Tag-out Procedures
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Promoting Your Professional Image
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Preparing for the NGWA Certification Exam

Saturday, Dec. 8
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
7 a.m.-9 a.m. General Membership Meeting and Breakfast
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Contractor Membership Division Meeting
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Manufacturer Division Membership Meeting
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Suppliers Division Membership Meeting
9 a.m.-12 p.m. AGWSE Conference Morning Sessions:
G. Internet-Based Data and Data Management: Expanding Access to Data, Chair James Goodrich
H. Groundwater Database Management and Archiving Geophysical Data, Chair Linda Geiger
I. Water Quality Monitoring
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Auxiliary Luncheon and Make It/Take It Art
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Master Groundwater Contractor Luncheon and Committee Meeting
1 pm.-5 p.m. AGWSE Afternoon Sessions:
J. Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Data to Characterize the 3-D Distribution of Hydraulic Properties, Chair Dave Huntly
K. GIS
L. Groundwater Withdrawal, Chair Vicki Kretsinger
5 p.m.-6 p.m. Delegates Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 9
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Certification Exam

Workshops:

8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vertical Turbine Pumps
8 a.m.-11 a.m. Business Valuation and Sale-of-Business Process
8 a.m.-12 p.m. GMS: Conceptual Modeling and MODFLOW 2000
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Groundwater Data Management with GIS
8 a.m.-10 a.m. Using Internet Technologies for Enterprise Environmental Data
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Relational Management and Display of Site Environmental Data
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Why Many Drillers Can’t Hear: How We Can Train to Avoid Noise Hazards
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Using RockWorks 2002 as an Analytical and Visual Tool for Site Characterization and Remediation
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Horizontal Directional Drilling for Well and Utility Installations
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Recordkeeping and Protocol Selection for Making Water Wells Sustainable
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Environmental Challenges for the Contractor/Citizen in the 21st Century
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Want to Go Fishing?
2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Working with the Media

EXTRA—Nashville Nightlife, etc.

When planning for their annual events, water treatment organizations such as the NGWA are cognizant of host cities and what they have to offer in terms of extracurricular activities. It’s no accident, for example, that Las Vegas may be the convention capital of the world. Nashville has its own particular charm for conventioneers as well as tourists in general. Everyone and their mother know it’s the home of country music. But there’s so much more to see and do once in Nashville during the holiday season. For your perusal, we’ve selected a few events that may interest you.

“A Country Christmas, Carol”
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
Nashville
(615) 646-9977
Tues., Nov. 13 through Mon., Dec. 31, 2001

“A Plantation Christmas”
Belle Meade Plantation
Harding Road
Nashville 37205
(615) 356-0501
Sat., Nov 17 through Sun., Jan. 6, 2002

“Sorry! Wrong Chimney!”
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
Nashville
(615) 646-9977
Tues., Nov. 20 through Dec. 31, 2001

16th Annual Dickens of a Christmas
Franklin
Franklin, TN
(615) 791-9924
Sat., Dec. 8 through Sun., Dec. 9, 2001

2001 Nashville Gas Rudolph’s Red Nose Run
and Christmas Parade
Downtown Nashville
Nashville
(615) 734-1754
Sun., Dec. 2, 2001

22nd Annual Tribute to African-Americans
in the Battle of Nashville
National Cemetery and area sites
Nashville
(615) 963-5561
Fri., Dec. 14 through Dec. 15, 2001

37th Annual Trees of Christmas
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville
(615) 353-2150
Fri., Nov. 23 through Sun., Dec. 30, 2001

A Country Christmas
Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville 37214
(615) 871-7637
Fri., Nov. 23 through Tues., Dec. 25, 2001

Amy Grant & Vince Gill “Christmas to Remember”
Gaylord Entertainment Center
501 Broadway
Nashville 37203
(615) 770-2000
Wed., Dec. 5, 2001

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