GROUNDWATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
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The Eighth Symposium in the Series on Water Resources
Managing Wells in California
Protecting Groundwater Resources
August 28-29, 2012
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento CA
REHS Program Approved
CA Operator Certification Program (OpCert) Approved
15.90 Contact Hours Available
Special August 28th GRA Sacramento Branch Dinner Meeting
2012 NGWA McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology
Life-Cycle Economic Analysis of Water Wells --
Considerations for Design and Construction
Marvin Glotfelty, Clear Creek Associates
The Sacramento Branch Meeting for August will be held in conjunction with the Symposium.
You do not have to attend the Symposium to attend the Branch Meeting and vice versa.
Use the registration form linked below to sign up for either event or both.
In Cooperation with:
California Groundwater Association
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Roscoe Moss Company
This Symposium is the culmination of the GRA webcast series on Abandoned and Improperly Constructed Wells. Through the webcasts, GRA is examining how wells and well management practices affect the quality and quantity of groundwater. Abandoned wells, wells that have not been properly plugged and destroyed, are a growing problem in the state. Many wells may be improperly sealed or may provide a cross-connection between water bearing zones, presenting a potential for contaminants to migrate into our drinking water aquifers. This problem is not unique to California. Other states have similar issues but some states fund the destruction of abandoned wells or require destruction of such wells when a property is sold. In California, Sacramento County has a program for identifying and destroying abandoned wells. Some states are also re-evaluating existing standards to address these problems. With this Symposium and the 2012 webcast series, GRA seeks to provide a platform for exchanging and synthesizing information on well management in California. GRA's goal is to improve well management practices to better protect California's groundwater resources. To accomplish this goal, a range of issues will be discussed including: wells abandoned in the future should be destroyed at the time they are abandoned; programs for destruction of wells abandoned in the past should be adopted and funded; and well design, construction, and management in the future should take into account the destruction of the well when it is no longer useful.
This Symposium will review current challenges and address a comprehensive approach to managing wells, with the following sessions:
- Summary of the key information from the GRA webcast series on abandoned and improperly constructed or destroyed wells
- The use of wells and well-related issues in California
- Panel Discussion: Authority and Accountability for Wells in California -- Who is Responsible?
- Well Planning & Design
- Drilling and Well Construction Methods
- Well Operation, Maintenance, Performance Monitoring & Rehabilitation
- Well Toolbox -- Assessing Inactive and Active Wells
- Panel Discussion: Data Collection, Availability, and Transparency
- Abandoned Wells -- To Destroy or Not to Destroy -- and Destruction Methods
- Panel Discussion: Well Standards -- Where We Are and Where We're Headed
Program Agenda >>
For more information, contact any one of the following:
- Tim Parker (916-596-9163) email@example.com
- David Abbott (510-444-1256) firstname.lastname@example.org
- David VonAspern (916-875-8467) VonAspernD@saccounty.net
- Jim Strandberg (510-452-1308) email@example.com
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (800) 325-3535
The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel has set aside a block of sleeping rooms for GRA that is available on a first come, first serve basis at the rate of $159 plus tax per night for single occupancy. The deadline for making hotel reservations at the GRA rate is August 13. Reservations made after August 13, 2012, will only be accepted at the prevailing hotel rate, on a space available basis. Please make your reservation by calling (800) 325-3535 and identifying yourself as an attendee of the GRA Managing Wells Symposium.
Hotel Information >>
Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's services or products, or being an event sponsor, please contact Mary Megarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-446-3626.
CSS Environmental Services, Inc.
Woodward Drilling Company, Inc.
Sponsor Exhibitor Information >>