WGWA Mission Statement
Specific WGWA objectives as stated in our bylaws are:
- promote the understanding of scientific, technical, legal and public policy aspects of ground water;
- provide a forum for exchange of information among ground water professionals and other interested parties on all aspects of ground water resources;
- disseminate information to governments, schools, and civic professional organizations, and educate the general public regarding ground water resources;
- promote professional awareness and technical skills among ground water professionals.
What is some of our history and accomplishments? We have provided over 22 statewide technical conferences including hundreds of speakers (local, regional and national experts). We have held about 30 to 40 bimonthly local area meetings with guest speakers. Our topics of discussion have ranged from water quantity and quality, field sampling techniques, lab analytical techniques, physical and contaminant hydrogeologic research, regulations, modeling, litigation, geophysics, drilling methods, and so on. We publish quarterly newsletters containing important membership information, educational and research articles, and notices of upcoming events.
Our membership has grown to nearly 400 people. A core group are involved with various WGWA committees. Several members take part in DNR focus groups and technical advisory committees as well as providing educational outreach to local schools. In addition to providing inexpensive worthwhile conferences for our membership, we continue to purchase and donate ground water flow models (sand tanks) and geologic maps for various school science programs. And last year we developed a Student Research Grant Program.