The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization operated by NGWA connecting people, businesses, and communities through local groundwater education and action, making everyone a part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater. Participate in one or all of the Foundation events, have fun, and help support the future of groundwater!

Setting the Stage: Groundwater Guardian in Your Community

Groundwater Week Pre-Event and Groundwater Guardian Celebration

Monday, December 2, 1:30-7 p.m.

Start your week right by rediscovering the importance of your work and how it connects you with your community and its groundwater. Come and join the Groundwater Foundation for an afternoon and evening of activities at Springs Preserve just outside of Las Vegas.

From 1:30-5:30 p.m., activities and sessions will provide you the tools and resources to recharge groundwater protection and education in your community and be recognized as a Groundwater Guardian, including:

• Peer-to-peer networking and connections
• Innovative approaches to community-based groundwater protection and education
• A tour of Springs Preserve to discover how groundwater helped establish the City of Las Vegas.

A Cheers to Groundwater Reception will follow from 5:30-7 p.m., featuring:

• A fun and interactive groundwater festival
• Groundwater-infused cocktails
• Groundwater-grown appetizers.

Please see below for a more-detailed lineup of presentations and activities.



SILVER SPONSOR — those dedicated to groundwater protection and education

• Southern Nevada Water Authority

EVENT PARTNERS — those who promote groundwater protection and education

• Bayer: Water Utilization Center
• Central Platte Natural Resources District
• Cresline Plastic Pipe Co. Inc.
• Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District
• Milby Co.

Schedule of presentations and activities

1:30-1:45 p.m. — Welcome

1:45-2:30 p.m. — “PFAS and Your Community’s Water: What You Need to Know” presented by Bill Alley, Ph.D., NGWA Director of Science and Technology

2:30-3:10 p.m. — “Groundwater Quality and Community Involvement” presented by Jeremy Michael, Environmental Supervisor, and Heather Ray, Environmental Health Specialist, Mecklenburg County Groundwater and Wastewater Services, Charlotte, North Carolina; Chris Barnett, Executive Director, Lawrence Community Development Corp., Lawrence, Indiana; and Jason Doerflein, Marion County Public Health Dept., Indiana

3:10-3:20 p.m. — Break

3:20-4:00 p.m. — “Innovations to Protect Community Water Supplies” presented by Andy Belanger, Director of Public Service, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, Nevada, and a representative from the Orange County Water Authority, California

4:00-4:45 p.m. — “Protecting Groundwater Through Community Education” presented by Tim McLelland, Manager, Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium, Fairfield, Ohio

4:45-5:30 p.m. — World Café interactive round robin discussions with speaker and participants

5:30-7:00 p.m. — Reception with groundwater festival

Please note this schedule is current as of September 16, 2019 and may be subject to change.

Suggested donation to attend the December 2 Groundwater Foundation festivities is $50. Shuttle buses will run between the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (the Groundwater Week headquarters hotel) and Springs Preserve from 12:15-7:30 p.m. Please note that preregistration is required to attend this event.