The call for educational offerings is open!

NGWA is seeking submissions for its professional development offerings at 2016 Groundwater Week. We welcome proposals from those who wish to actively engage their audience while elevating the skills, competencies, and professional practice of those in the groundwater industry.

Proposals for workshops and panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations and activity areas, and technical session abstracts must be submitted online by their respective stated due dates. Click on the links below for detailed information, as well as to make your submission.

Workshop and panel discussion proposals — due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 3, 2016

Hands-on demonstration and activity area proposals — due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 8, 2016

Abstracts for the technical session “Advances in Groundwater Science and Practice — due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Thank you.

Thank you to all of our attendees, exhibitorsmedia partners, and sponsors for a great 2015 Groundwater Expo!

We hope you enjoyed it. Please share your thoughts with us. Click here to take a brief survey. (Estimated time of completion is no longer than five minutes.) View the photo highlights below.

“The 4,480-plus registrants from more than 30 different nations at the 2015 Groundwater Expo December 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada, made the show one of our best yet. We had excellent turnouts from all of our targeted audiences, and the 300-plus exhibitors were kept busy from start to finish,” said NGWA Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE. “Another year of outstanding continuing education options added to the upbeat mix.

“In an industry that does not experience much dramatic change, NGWA has elected not to be complacent, but to always evaluate and innovate with velocity. The Expo is our most public demonstration of what is a much larger and continuous effort on behalf of all of the groundwater professions.”

If you missed hearing a particular speaker or wish to review a session, the recordings will be available by January 12, 2016 in the NGWA Event and Education Recordings Archive.

And do make your plans now to join us next year December 6-8 in Las Vegas for 2016 Groundwater Week! Yes, Groundwater Week. The Groundwater Expo is being renamed Groundwater Week in 2016 — a new name for a new, bold, and fresh direction for the industry’s leading annual event. We hope to see you there!

Save the date for Groundwater Week

Make your plans now to join us next year December 6-8 in Las Vegas for 2016 Groundwater Week! Yes, Groundwater Week. The Groundwater Expo is being renamed Groundwater Week in 2016 — a new name for a new, bold, and fresh direction for the industry’s leading annual event. We hope to see you there!



NGWREF Bowling Night – Bowl for a great cause!

Orleans Casino
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of bowling and fun!

Your $30 registration fee includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, snacks, and refreshments. Profits from this event will go directly to the Foundation to support its mission. Prizes will be awarded for highest team score, highest individual score, first strike, and more!


Have a question? Please call our customer service at 800 551.7379 or email


The Expo mobile app is now available!

NGWA Expo app

The NGWA Expo app is the official mobile app for getting the most out of attending the NGWA Expo. The app allows you to view and build your schedule, connect with other attendees, participate in surveys and more!

Use the personalized attendee code you received with your Expo badge in the mail.

Click the links below to download the free Expo app.

You can also keep an eye on the NGWA Expo Twitter feed and Facebook page for all the latest news.




Don’t miss the 2015 NGWREF Darcy Lecture farewell presentation


2015 NGWREF Darcy Lecture farewell presentation

Wednesday, December 16, 1:30-3 p.m.

Hear Dr. Rainer Helmig deliver the farewell presentation of his “Modeling and Analysis of Soil-Moisture Processes in the Subsurface: The Influence of Evaporation and Salt Precipitation in Groundwater” lecture. During this presentation, you will discover how soil-moisture processes in the subsurface play a crucial role in the hydrological cycle and the groundwater budget. Learn about items such as:

• Relevant processes of mass, momentum, and energy transfer at the interface between a free-flow and a porous-media system

• Conceptual modeling for coupled single-phase free flow and two-phase porous-medium flow with a detailed description of the models in the free flow and in the porous medium

• A new coupling concept for modeling coupled porous-medium and free flow with application to evaporation and salt-precipitation processes.

Click here to view the Expo online program to learn more about this lecture and other Expo educational opportunities.


Ten Tips for Successful Exhibiting

1. Have your introduction prepared and booth staff prepped.

Today’s buying habits are different. Buyers arm themselves with information from the Internet so be prepared to take prospects through your value offering quickly and make sure you have the right staff to do this. You have a short window of opportunity but your prospect is there to buy and this is better than cold calling.


Source: Shepard Exhibitor Guide to Success

2. Pay attention! Ask questions. Listen to answers.

Don’t do all the talking. Ask open ended questions and find out what the prospects needs are. Watch their body language. If they are not interested don’t keep the conversation going.

3. Know the event schedule!

2015 NGWA Expo Times to know:
Monday, Dec. 14 – Heavy equipment move-in. You will be notified by Shepard if this pertains to you.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 – booth setup – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Exhibit hall open – 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Exhibit hall open – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Teardown – 3-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 – Teardown continued – 8-11 a.m.

4. Seek to understand the goals and needs of your target attendees.

Know who the attendees are, what they are there for, what do you have to offer them. Get to know your audience and plan accordingly.

5. The banners that you use should be incredibly professional.

Remember that they will reflect your company and products, so you want them to be top quality and very effective. Do not try to go cheap or you will get exactly what you pay for.

6. Have a plan that will deliver maximum results.

Treat your plan as a campaign to communicate with your attendee targets before, during and after the show. Integrate all communication and experiential tactics into a seamless series of touchpoints that tell a cohesive story to your prospects.
Source: Shepard Exhibitor Guide to Success

7. Make your booth an experience.

Attendees are more inclined to remember an experience rather than a sales pitch. Put your product in the hands of attendees if possible, if not, have a video showing your product in action. Viewers are 85% more likely to purchase a product after watching a product video.
Source: 2015 Bartizan Connects Survey

8. Booth regulations are a frequent topic of exhibit booth tips.

It is very important that you understand all of the regulations for your booth type and size before you arrive to exhibit at the Expo. This will prevent any problems once you get there.

9. Don’t forget the six steps to success:

1. Discover 2. Define 3. Design 4. Develop 5. Deliver and 6. Discover – read more in detail at

10. Lead retrieval: Determine if a lead is qualified or seems interested and get their information.

Be sure to take notes and refer to a lead by name (hint: look at their name badge). Know how you will track leads before the event and what your follow up process will be. Focus on lead quality, not quantity.


Expo workshop spotlight

The biggest groundwater industry event is right around the corner! Did you know there are more than 50-plus hours of educational opportunities being offered all under one roof at this year’s Expo?

Find out more in today’s sneak peek video.

Neil Mansuy highlights the workshop, “Water Well Rehabilitation — Understanding Well Problems and Effective Solutions” This offering is but one of many you won’t want to miss.

For more information on this workshop, as well as to view the full online program, click here.

Register today!


Book your room now for these special rates! They will fill up fast!

* The special discount hotel rate ended October 23.


Now through October 23, book a Premium Room for the discounted rate of $35.00 plus tax or a Signature Room with WiFi for $69.00 plus tax.

NGWA has secured this limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the special group rates.

These rates apply to the NGWA room block and are valid until the October 23 cutoff date, unless our block has been filled before then. When making your reservations, be sure to mention code “SNGW5SP” to receive this discounted rate. You may also click below to make your reservations online.

Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.

Please note: If you’ve already booked your room, you will be upgraded to a Signature Room and receive free WiFi.  Offer open through October 23, 2015.


The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is the Groundwater Expo headquarters hotel. Guests will enjoy recently renovated rooms and close proximity to the conference convention center.

The remodeled Signature Room, pictured here, has chic touches and great views of either the Las Vegas Strip or the Las Vegas Country Club golf course. (Photo courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas Resort.)

See you in Las Vegas!


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10 Reasons to Attend Groundwater Expo

There are too many to list them all, but here are the top 10 reasons you’re going to want to attend this year’s Groundwater Expo.


1. Sessions. You will have the chance to hear from leading groundwater researchers during the Advances in Groundwater Science and Practice and Water Quality Issues in Stressed Aquifers technical sessions.


2. Education. You can also further your education at numerous workshops, the NGWREF Darcy and McEllhiney lectures, and optional short courses.


3. Experts. You will have opportunities to learn from dozens of real-life industry experts.


4. Skills. You can improve your skills and learn new ones in the activity centers taking place in the exhibit hall.


5. Exhibits. You will have 12 full hours over two days to investigate the newest in technologies, products, and services in the exhibit hall.


6. Inspiration. You cannot help but be inspired and awed by Ryan Hreljac, founder and assistant project manager of Ryan’s Well Foundation, who will present the H2O Talk “Thinking Big at the Age of Six — How One of Tomorrow’s Leaders Is Changing the World Today.”


7. Appreciation. You will have the chance to welcome and congratulate the winners of this year’s NGWA awards that spotlight the best and the brightest in the groundwater industry.


8. Connect. You will be able to connect with thousands of professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry in one convenient location.


9. Recharge. You will have some time to relax, rest, recharge with old friends and new acquaintances at events such as the Attendee Welcome Reception and the Expo Wrap Party.


10. Pay it forward. You will have not one, but two, opportunities to pay it forward and help out the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation at the annual fundraising auction or by showing off your moves during bowling night.



Why exhibit at the Groundwater Expo?

by Wanda Bloch, Sponsorship and Exhibit Sales Manager

The Groundwater Expo is the largest industry event of the year, and a powerful venue for building and growing your business. It is the only event bringing together groundwater professionals from all sectors of the industry under one roof. Where else can you get this audience?

Meet thousands of groundwater industry professionals who are there looking to see what’s new and improved. Did you know that attendees spend an average of 8.3 hours in the exhibit hall and only 45 percent attend one event a year? Why haven’t you reserved your space yet?

The Expo exhibit floor is packed with prospects. Prospects who are there to learn about your product. They are there to discover something. Here are some statistics from a study conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research:

  • 86 percent of attendees are the decision-maker or influence buying decisions
  • Closing a sale that begins with a contact at a trade show runs about half the cost of closing a sale that doesn’t have the exhibition advantage — $550 and 1.4 sales calls compared to $997 and 3.6 sales calls.

Ready to start making connections? Reserve your space online or contact for more information.




Special presentation — McEllhiney Revisited

Wednesday, December 16, 3:30-5 p.m.

Join three prior NGWREF McEllhiney Lecturers as they address the advances made within their specific topic areas since their official McEllhiney Lecturer year.


killDave Kill, PE, will provide updates on his 2005 McEllhiney Lecture, “Well Efficiency Is Not a Myth.” Regional market development manager for ITT Goulds Pumps, Kill’s presentation focused on how going back to the basics can be helpful in constructing water wells for any use, further exemplifying that it often pays to rethink development methods as well as the design, in order to answer the question, “Are we really effective with the method used or could we construct a much more efficient well that gives the customer a better water supply?”


schofield-webEdd Schofield, the 2007 McEllhiney Lecturer, will provide updates on his presentation, “Water and Oil — They Really Should Mix,” an historical overview of the water well/oil drilling industries. Just as the oilfield industry that began in 1859 depended upon the history and technology of the water well industry, Schofield’s lecture stated that the water well industry could, in turn, benefit now from adopting various new techniques and practices developed and refined by the oil and gas industry. Click here to view Schofield’s original lecture.

glotfelty-tbMarvin F. Glotfelty, RG, 2012 McEllhiney Lecture, will provide updates to his original presentation, “Life-Cycle Economic Analysis of Water Wells — Considerations for Design and Construction.” Cofounder and principal hydrogelogist with Clear Creek Associates, a groundwater consulting firm, and a licensed well driller, his lecture covered how seemingly more expensive initial water well costs may actually pay for themselves in the early life of the well, in addition to providing ongoing dividends in value and economics for many subsequent years. Click here to view the original lecture.



The McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology is made possible by a grant from Franklin Electric.


Who inspires you? Submit your NGWA Awards nomination today!

Do you know a seasoned volunteer or active businessperson who has gone beyond the call of duty to support groundwater initiatives? Do you know of a member who has provided extraordinary leadership and insights, or a project that deserves special tribute for its innovation in supply, remediation, or groundwater protection?

You are the eyes and ears of the industry. And your NGWA Awards nominations are vital to ensure that those who deserve to receive the accolades of their peers do so. Please don’t delay, though — nomination forms are due by June 1.

Download applications at

Award winners will be announced in September and presentations made during the 2015 Groundwater Expo this December in Las Vegas.

To learn more about the awards, read about last year’s recipients, and to submit a nomination, visit now. For further information, contact Erin Rodgers via e-mail to or by phoning 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791), ext. 510.

View the 2014 Awards of Excellence Presentations below.


Call for papers now open

NGWA is seeking submissions for its professional development offerings at the 2015 Groundwater Expo. We welcome proposals from those who wish to actively engage their audience while elevating the skills, competencies, and professional practice of those in the groundwater industry. Please share you proposal for a workshop, activity, panel, poster, or technical session abstract by the stated deadline.

  • Workshops and panel discussions — deadline April 12, 2015
  • Activity areas (on exhibit hall floor) — deadline May 3, 2015
  • Technical sessions — deadline June 7, 2015

Click below for more information and submit your proposal today!