Conference Eyes Conflicts Between Rural, Urban Groundwater Uses

Field trips part of event in Lincoln.

The conflicts among rural and urban groundwater users will be the focus of the annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Nov. 6-9, at the Lincoln Embassy Suites Hotel.

Susan Seacrest, president of the Lincoln-based Groundwater Foundation, will give the keynote address Nov. 7, speaking on "Preserving Groundwater: Values that Work." The luncheon keynote the same day will feature Thomas Downey, president of the National Ground Water Association, discussing convergence of rural and urban groundwater issues.

"The conference offers a unique opportunity for people to learn what's going on across disciplines related to groundwater," explains Mark Burbach, assistant geoscientist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. "Industry folks visit with policy people, and both interact with academics, all of whom are involved in a variety of fields related to groundwater."

The conference starts with field trips the afternoon of Nov. 6. Beginning the next day, program sessions will feature presentations related to: groundwater regulation and management; source-water protection and sustainability; groundwater resource economics; public education; data management and visualization; groundwater resources conflicts and rural-urban contamination issues.

In addition, the conference has been approved for 20 continuing education units for groundwater professionals licensed by the Nebraska Health and Human Services System.

Registration is available online at snr.unl.edu/midwest. Cost is $175; student registration is $100. The field trip costs $45.

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