What does the future hold for ground water systems, and how can water purveyors, system managers, ground water consultants and contractors plan for it? Those are among the questions to be addressed at the 21st Century Ground Water Systems Conference to be held Oct. 12-13, 2006, in Costa Mesa, Calif., by the National Ground Water Association.
The conference will focus on the following areas with special emphasis on the use of ground water resources:
- water resource management and planning in the new century;
- strategies to optimize current water sources, including water use efficiency, system design, artificial recharge and conservation;
- new and emerging water sources - desalination, water reuse and recycling, and brackish ground water;
- treatment and monitoring options and future needs;
- technology innovations and alternative approaches to water quality management or water supply;
- infrastructure - traditional and nontraditional approaches to meet challenges ahead;
- minimizing risk from climate change; and
- public policy, business and customer relations models.
Featured speakers include Lester Snow, director, California Department of Water Resources, and Patrick Sullivan, an environmental forensic expert and partner at Forensic Management Associates in San Mateo, Calif. Sullivan will speak on “Thinking Outside the Box: Sustainable Water Resources That Are Healthy.”
Conference cosponsors are the American Water Resources Association, American Institute of Professional Geologists, California Groundwater Association, Georgia Watershed Alliance, National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, U.S. Geological Survey and Water Quality Association.
To learn more about the conference, visit www.ngwa.org.