2016 NGWA Groundwater Summit

On the Development and Growth of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

Monday, April 25, 2016: 11:00 a.m.
Confluence Ballroom B (The Westin Denver Downtown)
Daryll Pope , New Jersey Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrenceville, NJ
William L. Cunningham , Office of Groundwater, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
Robert Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D.WRE , Water Resources, CDM Smith

The Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) of the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) is working to develop the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). The Network is intended to provide water-level and water-quality data necessary for sustainable management of groundwater resources at a national scale. The core of the Network will be long-term sites. Data that are already being collected by various federal, state, local, or tribal agencies provide a source of potential sites for the network. These agencies can participate in the Network as data providers.

This presentation describes the progress of the Network growth to date. A federal appropriation to implement the Network became available in December 2014. Efforts are in place to enlist new data providers and add new sites to the Network. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provided funds to several new data providers in 2015 through cooperative agreements. A solicitation in late 2015 will announce the availability of competitive awards for NGWMN data providers in 2016. A NGWMN Program Board will be established to work with the USGS and SOGW to assist in evaluation of proposals for the competitive awards for the Network. Concurrently, the NGWMN is working with USGS Water Science Centers to add appropriate water-level and water-quality sites to the Network. Adding sites from existing data providers like the USGS can occur quickly. However, adding sites to the Network from new data providers may take up to a year, because sites must be evaluated and communications must be established between various data systems. After the cooperative agreements are completed in 2016, the USGS, SOGW, and NGWMN Program Board can reevaluate the network based on the growth expected over the 2016-17 and then determine the next steps to develop the Network. 

Daryll Pope, New Jersey Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrenceville, NJ
Daryll Pope has a B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a Master's in Contaminant Hydrology from Oregon Graduate Institute. He has worked on groundwater studies and groundwater modeling throughout his career. Pope has been Groundwater Specialist at USGS New Jersey since 1995 and has been involved with the groundwater monitoring networks of the Science Center. He has been involved in several studies looking at groundwater availability.

William L. Cunningham, Office of Groundwater, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
Bill Cunningham is the Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Systems Processes Division. This office is the single focal point for disciplinary and interdisciplinary process studies research and development. Prior to joining the ESPD, Bill was the Chief of the Office of Groundwater, and prior to that he worked on groundwater science investigations in the Ohio and North Carolina Water Science Centers. Cunningham also serves as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Ground Water for the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University.

Robert Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D.WRE, Water Resources, CDM Smith
Mr. Schreiber is a registered professional engineer with over 44 years of experience in water resource planning and computerized engineering analysis. He graduated from MIT’s Civil Engineering Department where he focused on groundwater hydrology and water resource systems analysis. He is a senior technical leader specializing in modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant fate and transport, and serves as a company-wide resource at CDM Smith. He has served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information as ASCE’s representative to and co-chair of its Subcommittee on Ground Water, focusing on implementation of a National Ground Water Monitoring Network. For NGWA, Mr. Schreiber has served as Chair of the Scientists and Engineers Division Board of Directors and on the NGWA Board of Directors.