2016 NGWA Groundwater Summit

Creating Baselines and New Insights Through Cloud-Based, Stakeholder, Groundwater Monitoring

Monday, April 25, 2016: 2:40 p.m.
Confluence Ballroom B (The Westin Denver Downtown)
Joseph Fillingham, Ph.D. , Wellntel, Silver Spring, MD
Marian Singer, CEO , Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

There is no such thing as static groundwater levels anymore. The pressures on vulnerable groundwater resources due to pumping and overuse are well known; however, better understanding and effective management continues to be a challenge due to both the technical and financial requirements of building a monitoring network capable of fully capturing the dynamic nature of groundwater systems on local and regional scales. Wellntel has stepped up to meet this challenge by introducing an affordable, non-invasive, cloud-based groundwater monitoring system which provides the well owner, the well servicer, the consultant, and/or the community the ability to deploy a monitoring system which provides access to data through an online, visual interface. The cloud system provides individual owners or communities the ability to monitor a network of wells on the same screen, while also allowing Wellntel to maintain the quality assurance and quality control of sensor measurements collected at frequencies on the order of hours. Directly engaging stakeholders through graphical representation of their groundwater resource in a common access interface fosters a collaborative environment focused on building understanding and new insights into groundwater availability and change. Established and developing Wellntel monitoring networks around the U.S. will be highlighted with a focus on how communities are utilizing Wellntel technology to develop a baseline understanding of groundwater dynamics for smarter, more engaged management.

Joseph Fillingham, Ph.D., Wellntel, Silver Spring, MD
Joseph Fillingham is the Science Lead at Wellntel Inc. where he works to improve the usefulness and power of groundwater information collected with the Wellntel system focusing on water and environmental dynamics. He also supports the Wellntel technical team in the development of new ways to sense important properties of groundwater. Fillingham received his Ph.D. in freshwater ecosystem dynamics from the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Marian Singer, CEO, Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Marian Singer is the CEO and co-founder of Wellntel Inc. As an equal partner in the firm FiveTwelve Group, conducting research for Fortune 250 companies including GE, Schneider Electric, ITT, Bucyrus, and Johnson Controls, she spent many years studying the global water business. Most recently, her focus has been on groundwater exploration, access, contracting, financing, regulation, costs, operations, and the global and local conditions that drive its use and threaten its sustainability. Singer founded Wellntel in 2013 with co-founder Nick Hayes.