The Power of Networks: Increasing the Visibility of Local Groundwater Resources

Tuesday, December 5, 2017: 2:00 p.m.
102 A (Music City Center)
Charles Dunning, Ph.D. , Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Sara Chudnoff, PG , New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Albuquerque, NM
Nick Hayes, CTO , Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

A growing number of communities and organizations are deploying water-level sensors in well networks designed to provide greater information about the spatial and temporal distribution of their groundwater resources. The goals of these networks may range from providing a basic understanding of the availability of water from their aquifer to focusing on immediate or emerging threats to groundwater availability. Development of these local networks is being encouraged by the relatively low cost and high capabilities of a new generation of water-level sensors, and the efficiencies and opportunities of data management in the cloud. The water-level data generated by these local networks have great value to local interests where other data are sparse; and the data from these local networks complement (at a greater resolution) data from monitoring networks established by state and federal agencies. A growing network sponsored by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (the state geological survey) is an example of the value of local groundwater-level networks in increasing the visibility and understanding of local groundwater resources. This talk will suggest best practices in starting a network, recruiting participants, and using the data to address local flow patterns, risks to the resource and opportunities for utilization.

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Charles Dunning, Ph.D., Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Charles Dunning leads Business Development for Wellntel, with responsibilities that include working with clients to define individual monitoring needs for characterizing their water resources and to consider the value of insights gained by expanding data through networks of monitored wells. Charles has advanced degrees in geology and civil engineering, and has had a 35-year career in geology and hydrogeology serving in both the public and private sectors.

Sara Chudnoff, PG, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Albuquerque, NM
Sara Chudnoff is a Hydrogeologist with the NMBGMR Aquifer Mapping Program. Ms. Chudnoff is leading the implementation of the Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network, which is a non-traditional approach to filling temporal and spatial water level monitoring gaps throughout the State of New Mexico. Ms. Chudnoff has a Bachelors of Science in Geology from New Mexico Tech and a Masters in Water Resources from the University of New Mexico.

Nick Hayes, CTO, Wellntel, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Nick Hayes is the CTO 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, he spent many years studying the global water business. Most recently, his 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. Hayes founded Wellntel in 2013 with co-founder Marian Singer.

NGWA Groundwater Summit is being held in conjunction with Groundwater Week.

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