Dear GRA Members:

 GRA is very pleased to announce that this year we partnered with the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the Engineering Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Arizona Hydrological Society and others to plan and conduct the International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR9) in Mexico City in June 2016 ( A desired outcome of ISMAR9 on the part of CONAGUA, who strongly supported the event, was to develop a globally applicable document to help them address some of the large groundwater challenges they have in Mexico. The result was the development of the “ISMAR9 Call to Action: Sustainable Groudnwater Management Policy Directives,” provided as English and Spanish versions 

 The document was developed largely during the conference for decision-makers and the public to inform, engage and educate stakeholders on the critical need for addressing our shrinking groundwater resources. We hope you will find it is useful to help educate groundwater stakeholders and the public on the need for sustainable groundwater management in your area. We think that the “ISMAR9 Call to Action” helps address some of GRA’s objectives including:

  •  Develop scientific educational programs that promote the understanding and implementation of groundwater assessment, protection, and management
  • The Groundwater Resources Association assumes a leadership role in communicating the needs and values of our industry to government officials and the public

 Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Sustainable Groundwater Future.


Tim Parker, GRA Director