The California Groundwater Association hosted its 2019 CGA Annual Convention and Trade Show on October 17-19 in Reno, Nevada.
A total of 175 groundwater professionals took part in the event that featured nine educational talks and seminars, an exhibit hall with 45 manufacturer and supplier vendors, and more networking opportunities.
The seminars were well attended with some sessions drawing close to 50 attendees. Among those well received was the Groundwater Foundation’s McEllhiney Lecture given by Gary Hix, RG, CWD/PI, whose talk was titled “Drilling Markets Change—So Must We.”
Among the other sessions were those on variable frequency drive training, well disinfection, e-logging basics, and Department of Transportation preparedness.
Jesse Richardson, the lead land use attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and an associate professor of law at the West Virginia University College of Law, led a session titled “Water Systems Council Legal Update.” In it, he provided information about new and changing groundwater laws and regulations nationwide.
The show also featured fundraisers for the CGA’s scholarship and its 71st annual banquet in which awards were presented. The exhibit hall had steady traffic, enabling the vendors to make important contacts.
“It’s always important to meet with dedicated customers and make new relationships,” says Dan Hobbs of Cal-Sierra Pipe LCC in Stockton California.
The event, which was attended by NGWA President-Elect Merritt Partridge, CVCLD, had an overall positive vibe. This pleased NGWA Past President Dan Meyer, MGWC, CVCLD, of Garden Grove, California.
“There were positive reactions and responses from attendees and a lot of new faces,” Meyer says. “It shows there is an interest in what we’re doing.”
—By Thad Plumley and Alex Beatty