Former NGWA President Roger E. Renner, MGWC, (President and CEO of E.H. Renner & Sons Inc., Elk River, MN) will be among the first five new Fellows in recognition of outstanding credentials, professional accomplishments and commitment to promoting the increased understanding of groundwater science and water-well system technology. James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG, CpetG (Clearwater Group, Pt. Richmond, CA) will also be honored with the association’s new Fellow designation. Arthur E. Becker, MGWC, CPG, owner of Drilling and Safety Consultants LLC (Manahawkin, NJ) will receive the 2016 Standard Bearer Award for outstanding volunteer involvement in the legislative process, as well as the Fellow designation. He has served on numerous other association boards, committees and task groups such as the Contractors Division Board of Directors, National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation Board of Directors, Professional Designations Oversight Committee, Developing Nations Guidelines Task Force and Well Decommissioning Task Group. Leroy Goodson, former Executive Secretary of the Texas Ground Water Association (TGWA) and GM of the Texas Water Conservation Association will be the 2016 recipient of the Special Recognition Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry through involvement and achievement on a local or regional level. He was made an Honorary Life Member of TGWA in 2008 and received NGWA’s Life Member Award in 2012. Goodson was recognized by the Texas House of Representatives for his service and dedication to water resources of Texas and the nation in 2015.The awards will be presented during NGWA’s 2016 Groundwater Week December 6-8 in Las Vegas, NV.

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