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Ground Water Awareness Week 2020 aims to inspire future ground water professionals


February 11, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Westerville, OH – National Groundwater Awareness Week, set for March 9-13, will target the next generation of ground water professionals.

Ground Water Awareness Week was established in 1999 to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of ground water, and to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance to prevent waterborne illnesses.

This year, NGWA and its partners will be focusing their advocacy during GWAW to inspire the next generation of ground water professionals. Fostering an interest in ground water science and an understanding of its importance is making a critical investment in our planet’s future.

“The current PFAS contamination, water sustainability, and workforce development issues all show us that investing in the next generation of ground water professionals will be an important part of our future,” said NGWAS’s chief executive officer, Terry S. Morse, CAE, CIC.

Ground water professionals encompass many different occupations within the industry, including water well drillers, hydrogeologists, engineers, groundwater scientists and educators.

Over the course of Awareness Week, NGWA will be running an aggressive social media campaign linking the public to educational opportunities to help get kids and students engaged in the science of ground water.

NGWA will also be promoting the Groundwater Foundation’s Awesome Aquifer Kit. The Awesome Aquifer Kit is a unique educational tool that provides fun and hands-on experiments to help students understand and get excited about ground water.

“We can’t have ground water managers who don’t understand the resource, who aren’t excited about it,” said Groundwater Foundation’s program communications manager Jennifer Wemhoff. “The Awesome Aquifer Kit is a way to let students see groundwater and understand in a bigger picture how it’s part of their everyday lives.”

To learn more about how you can support Ground Water Awareness Week and help inspire the next generation of ground water professionals, visit ngwa.org/gwaw2020 or https://www.groundwater.org/kids.

Ground Water Canada will mark Ground Water Awareness Week by putting the spotlight on ground water with special articles, enewsletters and a week-long social media push meant to help you as ground water professionals educate your communities about this precious resource. Watch groundwatercanada.com and follow us on social media during this important week, March 9-13!