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Oklahoma State University hosted the annual Oklahoma Ground Water Association Conference and Trade Show on Jan. 4 and 5. 

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Over 200 groundwater professionals attended. The event allows attendees to connect and learn about Oklahoma’s groundwater issues. 

Josh McClintock, the executive director of OGWA, said the gathering is helpful for the professionals. 

 “The OGWA Conference and Trade Show facilitates conversations between professionals at every level of our industry,” McClintock said. “Oftentimes, the different facets of the industry are siloed between the scientists and engineers, federal and state agency officials, manufacturers and suppliers, and the good drillers and pump installers. Many of the latest developments in the industry come about as a result of direct communication between these different sectors.” 

Fred Rothauge, the selected McEllhiney Lecturer, gave the opening remarks on behalf of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). The conference featured a wide array of seminars, discussing topics like rig safety and business management. OSU’s Gary F. Stewart Core Research Facility held a workshop with professors Jim Puckette and Yulun Wang.  

The Boone Pickens School of Geology’s recent partnership with NGWA made OSU the ideal host. 

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David Correll, OGWA President said he is excited to see what the partnership will bring. 

“Our industry is facing a massive deficit of trained professionals, and NGWAU’s work aims to fill the gap by making the needed educational tools readily available,” Correll said. “The OGWA believes NGWAU Powered by OSU will enrich and elevate the lives of those who enter the groundwater industry for years to come.”  

Correll said groundwater research is important to understand. Its systems affect everyone.  

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“It’s common between industry professionals to lightheartedly joke that most folks only know that they turn on their tap and water always flows out,” Correll said. “But a lot of hard work, education and experience is involved in making that tap flow. There is an excellent group of professionals working tirelessly in this state to provide our citizens with clean water today, tomorrow and forever.”

McClintock shared the importance of having groundwater professionals convene at events like OGWA.

“This is where issues and concerns are discussed, and those discussions kick off the domino effect across the industry that make it possible for everyone else to continue turning on their taps and taking for granted that our most precious natural resource will continue to flow,” McClintock said.  

For more information about OSU’s work in the groundwater industry, visit cas.okstate.edu/ngwa.



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Oklahoma State University hosted the annual Oklahoma Ground Water Association Conference and Trade Show on Jan. 4 and 5. 

Over 200 groundwater professionals attended. The event allows attendees to connect and learn about Oklahoma’s groundwater issues. 

Josh McClintock, the executive director of OGWA, said the gathering is helpful for the professionals. 

 “The OGWA Conference and Trade Show facilitates conversations between professionals at every level of our industry,” McClintock said. “Oftentimes, the different facets of the industry are siloed between the scientists and engineers, federal and state agency officials, manufacturers and suppliers, and the good drillers and pump installers. Many of the latest developments in the industry come about as a result of direct communication between these different sectors.” 

Fred Rothauge, the selected McEllhiney Lecturer, gave the opening remarks on behalf of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). The conference featured a wide array of seminars, discussing topics like rig safety and business management. OSU’s Gary F. Stewart Core Research Facility held a workshop with professors Jim Puckette and Yulun Wang.  

The Boone Pickens School of Geology’s recent partnership with NGWA made OSU the ideal host. 

David Correll, OGWA President said he is excited to see what the partnership will bring. 

“Our industry is facing a massive deficit of trained professionals, and NGWAU’s work aims to fill the gap by making the needed educational tools readily available,” Correll said. “The OGWA believes NGWAU Powered by OSU will enrich and elevate the lives of those who enter the groundwater industry for years to come.”  

Correll said groundwater research is important to understand. Its systems affect everyone.  

“It’s common between industry professionals to lightheartedly joke that most folks only know that they turn on their tap and water always flows out,” Correll said. “But a lot of hard work, education and experience is involved in making that tap flow. There is an excellent group of professionals working tirelessly in this state to provide our citizens with clean water today, tomorrow and forever.”

McClintock shared the importance of having groundwater professionals convene at events like OGWA.

“This is where issues and concerns are discussed, and those discussions kick off the domino effect across the industry that make it possible for everyone else to continue turning on their taps and taking for granted that our most precious natural resource will continue to flow,” McClintock said.  

For more information about OSU’s work in the groundwater industry, visit cas.okstate.edu/ngwa.



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