Conference overview

Groundwater is a resource to be protected. It ignores political boundaries, transports contaminants, floods mine and construction sites, spins communities into an uproar, and can’t be found when you need it. Model, explore, characterize, bank, inject, extract, treat, and predict all your subsurface needs with everything groundwater at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Summit.


Featured speakers

Alice Aureli, Ph.D.
Chief of Groundwater Resources and Aquifer Systems Section
Water Sciences Division
UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

Alice Aureli, Ph.D., has worked in the Water Sciences Division of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme since 1989. In her current position as chief of the Groundwater Resources and Aquifer Systems Section, she is responsible for, among others, the Internationally Shared Aquifer Resource Management Programme. This role has led her to supervise the work of the interdisciplinary group that advised the UN International Law Commission to prepare the draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers. An important aspect of Aureli’s work has been on scientific and policy-related issues surrounding groundwater governance. She is the author of a large number of publications and has also served as editor of various international journals. Aureli holds a Ph.D. in hydrogeology.



Anne J. CastleAnne J. Castle
Assistant Secretary for
Water and Science
U.S. Department of the Interior

Anne J. Castle was confirmed as assistant secretary for water and science on June 19, 2009. In this capacity, she oversees water and science policy for the U.S. Department of the Interior and has responsibility for the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Castle spearheaded Interior’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies, and was the driving force behind the 2010 memorandum of understanding among Interior, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressing the development of sustainable hydropower generation. She provides hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and is the secretary’s designee to, and chair of, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group, and she is a champion of the National Land Imaging Program. Castle was formerly a partner in the Denver office of Holland & Hart where she specialized in water issues. She served on the South Platte River Basin Task Force appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and was twice appointed to the Colorado Ground Water Commission by former Governor Roy Romer. Castle received a B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering. Her J.D. in 1981 was also from the University of Colorado, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

woolfordJames Woolford
Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

James E. Woolford has been OSRTI’s director since December 2006. Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office for 12 years. In 2008, Woolford received a Meritorious Executive Service Award for his accomplishments in the Federal Facilities Program. He also served as the director of the Program Operations Division in the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement, and as a branch chief and a section chief in the Superfund Enforcement Division in the Office of Waste Programs Enforcement. Woolford holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he conducted Ph.D. work at Rutgers.

The West and Water: Filtering Out the Conventional Wisdom and Producing More User-Friendly Historical Lessons
Patty Limerick, Ph.D.
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Patty Limerick, Ph.D.
Center of the American West at the University of Colorado

Limerick, faculty director and chair of the board, is also a professor of history. She has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. Limerick is a prolific essayist and has published numerous articles, served as a guest columnist for The New York Times, and has authored several books including the The Legacy of Conquest. Known as energetic and funny, she’s an engaging public speaker sought after by a wide range of constituencies.

2014 NGWREF Darcy Lecture — Optimizing Capillary Trapping as a Carbon Dioxide Mitigation Strategy: Pore-Scale Findings in Support of Larger-Scale Implementation

Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D.
Dorthe Wildenschild, Ph.D.

Discover how x-ray microtomography is being studied for possible use as a technique to optimize capillary trapping of carbon dioxide in this presentation.
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2014 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture — Critical Zone Processes at the Watershed Scale: Hydroclimate and Groundwater Flowpath Mediated Evolution of Forest Canopy Patterns
Larry Band


Lawrence E. Band, Ph.D.

Learn how long-term observations from Coweeta, North Carolina, with coupled simulation of ecosystem, hydroclimate, and subsurface hydrology, have been used to explore the coevolution of critical zone hydrologic and ecosystem dynamics in this presentation. Band is the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography and director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science. His research focus is in watershed ecohydrology, including the coevolution of ecological and hydrological systems, and currently centers on two long-term ecological research sites — the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and Coweeta. Band has served as board chair for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences and as a deputy editor for Water Resources Research. In addition, he’s been a visiting scientist in Australia at the CRC for Catchment Hydrology, Bureau of Meteorology, and CSIRO, the latter regarding the Australian drought. Band’s published more than 130 papers, book chapters, and technical reports.


H2O TalksH2O Talks — “Health…Humanitarian…Opportunities.”

We are pleased to announce the H2O Talks — “Health…Humanitarian…Opportunities” — will be presented at this year’s NGWA Groundwater Summit. These brief, but informative talks will be presented by two well-known guest speakers, Michael E. Campana, Ph.D., and Thom M. Hanna, RPG.



Hydrophilanthropy: What Can You Do?

presented by Michael E. Campana, Ph.D.
Oregon State University

Hydrophilanthropy, a term coined by NGWA member David Kreamer, Ph.D., refers to the practice of providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) access to those who struggle to achieve these benefits that those in the developed world often take for granted. Click here to learn more about the presentation.



Exploring the Adaptive Sports for the Disabled on the Ski Slopes and Outdoors

presented by Thom M. Hanna, RPG
Johnson Screens

An active member of the 29-year-old Adaptive Sports Association (ASA), long-time NGWA member Hanna pursues his passion to help those with disabilities enjoy skiing and other outdoor sports. Through his involvement with ASA, he is able to work with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment. Click here to learn more about his presentation.

 2014 Summit Committee cochairs:

Jason House
Mike Wireman

William Alley, Ph.D.
Rory Cowie
Thom Hanna, RPG
David Kreamer, Ph.D.
David Lipson, Ph.D.
John E. McCray, Ph.D.
Mary Musick, PG
Andrew P. Schmidt, PG
Robert Sterrett, Ph.D.
Susan Stover



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