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National Ground Water Association Welcomes Delegation of Korean Groundwater Professionals
November 13, 2014

A delegation of groundwater professionals from Korea visited the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) headquarters on November 5, 2014, in order to learn how national groundwater monitoring networks are conceived and maintained and how data from these systems are gathered and analyzed.

“It’s always an honor to host our industry’s colleagues from beyond the United States,” said Kevin McCray, CAE, NGWA CEO. “When they are NGWA members, it’s all the better.”

Interpreting for the delegation, Choon-sik Kim, CEO of Hanseo Engineering Co. Ltd., explained the groundwater quality management efforts in Korea, as well as the delegation’s goals for the visit, which include learning:
  • how the U.S. National Ground Water Monitoring Network is planned, installed, and operated;
  • what parameters are analyzed;
  • how to utilize the monitoring data to manage groundwater quality; and
  • any laws, regulations, or guidelines concerned with a groundwater quality monitoring network.
The six professionals from Korea attended presentations for half a day at NGWA before continuing their United States trip to USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia, and to several destinations in southern California.

A groundwater scientist recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mike Wireman, provided a presentation on the United States’ groundwater monitoring network. Actively involved with the network since its inception, Wireman shared with the delegation how the pilot was developed, how data are collected, the frequency of tests, how the network’s online portal works, and plans for the network’s future.

Other presentations were provided by NGWA Government Affairs Director Christine Reimer, who discussed the role NGWA played in the groundwater monitoring network, and by Rod Sheets of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who discussed Groundwater Watch, a USGS website of real-time data from wells all around the country.

The delegation was also shown the USGS observation well on NGWA property that was constructed in 2005. Sheets and Rob Darner of the USGS explained the purposes and the components of the well as part of the survey’s national network and the survey’s climate response network.

Concluding the visit at Westerville’s Otterbein University, Kevin Svitanta, Ph.D., an associate professor of environmental studies, presented on the groundwater monitoring projects conducted by Otterbein students at a wellfield located near the campus.

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