The National Ground Water Association is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry whose goal is to provide members, the public, and government decision-makers with the scientific knowledge and guidance necessary to responsibly develop, manage, and protect the world`s groundwater resources. NGWA is the industry leader in continuing professional education, offering short courses, conferences, Webinars, and an annual trade show. Publishes Ground Water, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, and Water Well Journal. Has an online bookstore.
1948 (as National Water Well Association; name changed in 1991)
NGWA is a community of groundwater professionals working together to advance groundwater knowledge and the success of our members through education and outreach; advocacy; cooperation and information exchange; and enhancement of professional practices.
NGWA's vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating the responsible development, management, and use of water.
- NGWA and its members will use its outstanding scientific and technical leadership, knowledge, and resources to pursue innovation, model best practices, and improve the business climate for the groundwater industry.
- NGWA will be a credible, valued resource on significant and timely issues that impact the groundwater industry and public access to safe, sustainable groundwater.
- Our community will grow and benefit from the participation of all groundwater professionals.
- Through NGWA’s efforts, the public will be confident there is a sustainable groundwater resource for domestic, municipal, industrial, ecological, and agricultural uses.
- We believe the whole of NGWA is greater than the sum of its parts.
- We share a commitment to the informed, responsible, and sustainable use of groundwater.
- We are a community of professionals who value diverse perspectives, and sharing and learning from experience and research.
- We are responsive to our members’ needs and interests.
Membership in NGWA
NGWA has four membership divisions — contractors, scientists and engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers; others with an interest in groundwater, but who are not employed in one of these four categories, may join as an associate.
Board of directors
- National board has 19 voting members
- Each membership division has an oversight board
- Delegates from the general membership elect some directors and modify the NGWA Code of Regulations
- Affiliatd organizations — 44
- NGWA maintains State Center for Groundwater Policy
- NGWA maintains Resource Center for Association Management for state association leaders
- NGWA conducts an annual Affiliate Organizations Peer-to-Peer Meeting during Groundwater Week
NGWA is a member, or an associate member, of:
- Advisory Committee on Water Information
- American Geosciences Institute
- American National Standards Institute
- Coalition for National Science Funding
- Geological Society of America
- Global Water Partnership
- Groundwater Foundation
- Groundwater Management Districts Association
- International Union of Geological Sciences
- Source Water Collaborative
- U.S. Water Alliance
- U.S. Water Partnership
- WaterSense (U.S. EPA program)
- Water Systems Council.
In the past several years, NGWA has cooperated with more than 200 organizations worldwide.
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation [501(c)(3)] (established 1994):
- Conducts annual Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science at universities and colleges around the world (since 1986)
- Conducts annual William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology (since 2000)
- Maintains the Virtual Museum of Groundwater History (since 2002)
- Awards undergraduate scholarships (since 1975)
- Awards research grants (since 2006)
- Awards humanitarian assistance grants for potable groundwater supply in developing nations (since 2005)
- Funded the public informational study, 'Trends in the U.S. Marketplace for Individually Owned Private Wells.'
Political action committee
NGWA-PAC (established 1998) limits support only to candidates for election or reelection to the U.S. Congress.
NGWA consolidated budget
- Voluntary certification programs in well construction, pump installation, and ground-source heat pump applications — Certified Well Driller (CWD), Certified Pump Installer (CPI), Certified Well Driller/Pump Installer (CWD/PI), Certified Vertical Closed Loop Driller (CVCLD), and Master Groundwater Contractor (MGWC), the latter of which may be earned only after successfully passing qualifying contractor certification examinations
- Voluntary designation program in drilling and pump systems sales for manufacturers and suppliers — Certified Sales Professional (CSP-I, CSP-II)
- Voluntary certification program for scientists and engineers practicing in the groundwater industry — Certified Groundwater Professional (CGWP)
Committees, subcommittees, task forces
Committees, subcommittees, and task forces for NGWA include:
- Awards Committee
- Finance and Budget Committee
- Government Affairs Committee
- Membership Committee
- Professional Development Committee
- Safety Committee
- Standard Development Oversight Committee.
Convention and international trade expo
- 2016 — Las Vegas, Nevada, December 6-8
- 2017 — Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-7
- 2018 — Las Vegas, Nevada, December 4-6
- A continually updated online database that currently contains more than 17,000 groundwater literature citations from NGWA's publications and conference proceedings
- Standards, guidelines, criteria, practices, and procedures
- Educators' resource section on the website that provides a listing of groundwater resource materials as well as lesson plans
- An online bookstore that provides publications, videos, and other materials related to groundwater science and well technology
- NGWA is the industry leader in continuing professional education, offering conferences, short courses, and workshops throughout the world
- Theis Hydrogeology Conference
- Annual Groundwater Week
- Annual NGWA Groundwater Summit
- Special topic conferences
- Regional hydrogeological conferences
- Provides discounts on various products and services important to the membership, including property and casualty insurance
- Federal government affairs advocacy effort
- National Groundwater Awareness Week each March
- Protect Your Groundwater Day each September
- Ongoing public awareness of groundwater and water well stewardship
- Regional association and trade exposition management services
- Three publications, in digital and print formats, expertly cover the groundwater industry:
- Groundwater® — bimonthly academic journal (accepts educational, display, employment, and professional card advertising)
- Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation® — quarterly technical journal (accepts display and professional card advertising)
- Water Well Journal® — monthly trade journal (accepts display and classified advertising; an annual Spanish-language edition is distributed to Latin America)
- NGWA twice-monthly e-publications: NGWA Toolkit and Washington Update serving all members (both accept banner ads)
National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation's Len Assante Scholarship Fund — number granted varies, as do amounts
Directors and staff are available to speak on a variety of groundwater industry topics, as well as association management topics.
By contract, the Association has recently provided services to, or with the support of, organizations such as:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Geological Survey
- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
- The Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin
- Michigan Ground Water Association
- Minnesota Water Well Association
- Montana Water Well Drillers Association
- National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (Flinders University, Australia)
- Pacific Northwest Ground Water Expo
- Red Deer Community College, Alberta
- University of Memphis Ground Water Institute
- Water Management Association of Ohio
- Water Research Foundation.
- Associations Advance America Award — Haiti Relief Efforts — American Society of Association Executives
- Achievement Award Technology — Drilling Cost Calculator — Ohio Society of Association Executives
- Associations Advance America Award — Well Disinfection Guide for Tsunami Relief — American Society of Association Executives
- Associations Advance America Award — Tote a Toy for a Kid Campaign, National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation — American Society of Association Executives
- Associations Advance America Award — Groundwater Awareness Week — American Society of Association Executives
- Silver Award for Special Projects, website — Virtual Museum of Groundwater History — Association TRENDS