The agencies and organizations with groundwater management, research, and education responsibilities in Arkansas have partnered with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership to host the 60th Midwest Groundwater Conference at the acclaimed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Oct. 14-15, 2015 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. John Cherry, who most groundwater practitioners will recognize as co-author of the well-known groundwater reference work.
The meeting will feature traditional issues like groundwater policy, Karst hydrology, GW-surface water interaction, and drinking water source protection and stewardship, but we are also planning a track reporting on recent research into induced seismicity in several states. Submissions dealing with any aspect of groundwater science are encouraged, from geochemistry, natural tracers, contaminant fate/transport, new/innovative monitoring/characterization methods, to geophysical methods or others.
It promises to be interesting and informative as usual, and a good opportunity for networking with other scientists and program managers with similar groundwater concerns, so please consider submitting an abstract on your area of interest or expertise, or make plans to attend and hear interesting research updates, meet other groundwater professionals, and explore a world-class museum. The design incorporates water features sustained by nearby Crystal Spring, creating an ideal setting for a groundwater conference; the museum is also connected to six trails winding through 120 acres of woods and fields on the Springfield Plateau area of the Ozark uplift, which should be particularly appealing in the fall.
A variety of lodging is available nearby, including a block of rooms reserved for attendees. Full information is available on the web at http://www.irwp.org/education-and-outreach/60th-midwest-groundwater-conference/.