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          Alaska Water Well Association
     January 16, 2017
             Vol. 27, No. 1


AWWA NEWSLETTER

Annual Convention

February 16 & 17, 2017
Homewood Suites
101 West 48th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska

It is time to plan for the Alaska Water Well Association annual convention.  It is again at the Homewood Suites which is behind the Golden Corral and is accessible from Tudor Road or C Street.   We will start out by having a hot breakfast and vendor meet and greet each morning. 

As we write this today and see all the snow falling in Anchorage we hope the weather cooperates in February so all our planned events can occur.  Thursday morning Michael Schnieders, with Water Systems Engineering Inc. in Ottawa, Kansas and NGWA representative, will present the McEllhiney lecture followed by the Municipality of Anchorage giving their update class.  Jay Crewdson is no longer with the On-Site Services so this may be a different presentation which will be worth your time to attend.  Immediately following there will be a brief discussion regarding pump log regulations.

After lunch, Zack with Alaska Water Technologies, will be giving a presentation about water filtering systems, perhaps something that is being more common in rural areas.  Ernest Dumman of du Alaska will be giving a production demonstration and Melissa Hill from DNR will give an update on WELTS and their next phase to come out.

Friday morning Shawna Andrews with Pentair will be discussing pump and drive sizing, benefit of a drive for residential, etc.  This will be at least an hour presentation if not longer and well worth your time to show up for breakfast for her 9:00 a.m. presentation.  Charley Palmer with DEC will be discussing the Best Management Practices that have been adopted.  There continue to be stakeholder work group meetings so there will be more information to go through and is important for all members to participate.  Bryan Greco with Grizzly Machine will be doing a presentation on hydraulics.

There are still a few open spots that we are trying to fill to complete each day. We will send out more information as things some together.   Of course Friday afternoon is always the membership meeting, so please plan to stay and attend.

Attached is the conference registration and membership application.  I always appreciate getting this back ahead of time so I can let the hotel know how many vendor tables we need and how many meals to prepare.  Please fax (907-562-5971) or email (denali@ak.net) a copy back to me.  Payment can be mailed, brought to the hotel, or we can accept credit cards if you prefer.  Your conference fee includes the hot breakfast and lunch both Thursday and Friday. Evenings are free for you to entertain or be entertained by others.  Sorry, this hotel has no bar but there are a few within walking distance if you don’t want to drive.

DUES

The dues structure for the association for Contractors is $125.00 for the first member and $25.00 for each additional member of the business. For Suppliers it is $175.00 for the first member and $25.00 for each additional member.  Each paying member gets a vote at the business meeting. If you want more than one vote for your business you will have to designate an additional member and submit the additional $25.00 for their membership.
Dues and conference registration fees are shown on the application.
 
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 5-11, 2017
World Water Day - March 22, 2017
Earth Day - April 22, 2017
Drinking Water Week - May 7 - 13, 2017
Protect Your Groundwater Day - September 5, 2017
2017 NGWA Ground Water Expo, Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-7, 2017
(Note this is a rename of Groundwater Week and has moved from Las Vegas to Nashville this year)
Pacific Northwest Groundwater Exposition, Portland, Oregon March 2018

You can find out more about each of these events at www.ngwa.org


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2016-2017

PresidentJohnny Kay - Hefty Drilling907-345-0593
Vice PresidentRick Kraxberger - Kraxberger Drilling907-262-4720
SecretaryTravis Denevan - Valley Well Drilling907-746-4555
TreasurerRoy Ireland - Retired DNR
Past PresidentKris Westberg - M-W Drilling907-345-4000
Contractor RepresentativeCole Sullivan - Sullivan Water Wells907-688-2759
Manufacturer Representative - Open
Technical RepresentativeJim Munter - J.A. Munter Consulting907-345-0165


The Alaska Water Well Association is an Affiliate of the National Ground Water Association.  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. 


The objectives of the Alaska Water Well Association shall be to assist, promote, encourage, and support the interests and welfare of the groundwater industry in all of its phases generally and in particular within Alaska. To foster, aid, and promote scientific education, standards, research, and techniques in order to improve methods of well construction and development, and to advance the science of groundwater hydrology.  To promote harmony and cooperation between well contractors and governmental and scientific agencies relative to the proper development and protection of underground water supplies. To encourage cooperation of all interested groups relative to the improvement of drilling and pumping equipment. To encourage, serve, assist, and promote close cooperation with the National Ground Water Association, Inc. To collect, analyze and disseminate information to the economy of Alaska and of the nation and to advance generally the mutual interests of all those engaged in the groundwater industry in their own and the public interest.
Alaska Water Well Assocation
P.O. Box 113156
Anchorage, Alaska 99511
907-279-0426 message phone
Karen Henderson, Executive Secretary
Denali Drilling, Inc
8240 Petersburg Street
Anchorage, Ak.99507
907-562-2312 / fax: 907-562-5971
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