Registration open for May 8 Pa. Groundwater Symposium

February 07, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In observance of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the state Department of Environmental Protection are collaborating with numerous other sponsors to offer the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium.

Scheduled for May 8 at Penn State's University Park campus, registration for the event now is open at this website and is limited to the first 150 registrants.

"Emerging Issues in a Changing Landscape" is the theme of the symposium, which will provide a forum for researchers, students, professionals and educators working in the groundwater field to exchange information and promote protection of groundwater resources throughout the state.

"Millions of Pennsylvanians rely on groundwater for their drinking water," said symposium coordinator Bryan Swistock, extension water resources specialist. "National Drinking Water Week provides the perfect opportunity for us to convene a symposium of groundwater experts who can share information to better understand and protect this vital natural resource."

Morning and afternoon keynote speakers will address important water issues in Pennsylvania, including emerging contaminants and the potential impacts of natural-gas development.

The symposium also will feature several concurrent sessions with presentations on groundwater budgets and yields, tools for describing groundwater during natural-gas exploration, and broader studies characterizing groundwater and water wells.

A lengthy afternoon break and poster session will allow attendees to network while viewing numerous poster presentations. Abstracts for additional poster presentations will be accepted through April 3 on the registration website.

A nominal registration fee of $30 for the symposium is made possible by funding support from Penn State Extension and its Master Well Owner Network, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Mid-Atlantic Water Program, the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association and the Penn State Water Resources Research Center.

Additional partnering agencies include the U.S. Geological Survey and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

For more information, contact Swistock at 814-863-0194 or by email at

  • 'Emerging Issues in a Changing Landscape' is the theme of the event.

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Last Updated February 08, 2013