Texas Groundwater Summit

The 7th annual Texas Groundwater Summit will be held August 28-30, 2018
in San Antonio, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

2018 Texas Groundwater Summit Registration Rates
TAGD Member Non-Profit/State Agency Non-TAGD Member Livestream
Early Bird Registration
March 1 – May 31
$375 $375 $425 $475
Regular Registration
June 1 – July 31
$425 $425 $475 $475
Late Registration
August 1-30
$475 $475 $525 $475

Agenda

View the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit agenda here. The 2018 summit includes 12.5 CLE hours!


Keynote Speakers

Senator Charles Perry
District 28, Texas State Senate

Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. He was the first freshman to receive a chairmanship in the Texas Senate since 1993. He additionally sits on the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.
In addition to his work in the Legislature, Perry has served his community as president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, American Business Clubs, Community Partners, on the board of the National Council on Family Violence, and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. He is also a deacon at his church, Southcrest Baptist.

 

Representative Lyle Larson
District 122, Texas House of Representatives 

Currently, Rep. Larson serves as the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the House Elections Committee. As Chairman of the House committee that oversees water policy, Rep. Larson is committed to working to secure Texas’s water future. Over the course of the last 6 years, he has traveled across the state to meet with individuals involved in water policy and planning. Since 2011, Rep. Larson has visited 65 groundwater conservation districts, 12 river authorities, all large public utilities, and several other municipalities and water districts.

 

Rodney Schronk
Owner & Managing Partner, Schronk Agricultural Joint Venture

Since 1993, Schronk has been owner and managing partner of Schronk Agricultural Joint Venture, overseeing all aspects of a 6,200-acre corn, cotton, milo, sunflower, and wheat farm. He is also owner and president of Schronk Custom Ag, LTD, providing guidance and direction for a custom farming operation.

Schronk currently serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Texas state committee. He has long been a leader in the agricultural industry, having served as Hill County Farm Bureau President, Texas Farm Bureau State Agriculture Risk Management Committee Chairman, Itasca Cooperative Board of Directors Secretary, Hill-McLennan County Integrated Pest Management Committee Chairman, Blackland Income Growth Conference Executive Vice President, and on the Hill County FSA committee. Schronk has been named 2015 Texas County Agricultural Agents Association Man of the Year, 2011 Hill County Farm Family of the Year, and received the 2014 Farm Credit Leadership Award. Schronk earned a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.


Become a 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit Sponsor

Show your commitment to groundwater policy, emerging management trends, education, and research by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit today. Sponsors at all levels will receive recognition in press releases, e-blasts, online, and in the conference program. View sponsor packages here.


Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor booths for the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit are now available. Join your colleagues from state agencies, engineering firms, database solution providers, Groundwater Conservation Districts and connect with over 350 conference attendees. Each booth includes a complimentary summit registration. Booths may be secured here or by downloading our exhibitor registration form.


General Information

The Texas Groundwater Summit is one of Texas’ premiere annual groundwater events, bringing together a diverse group of groundwater professionals over three days to discuss emerging trends and new research. The event provides a mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management, as well as networking opportunities for the groundwater community.  We expect to have more than two dozen exhibitors and 350 groundwater industry leaders, community stakeholders, agency representatives and elected officials in attendance. You won’t want to miss it!


Who should attend?

  • Groundwater Conservation District staff and board members
  • Well drillers and well technology companies
  • Water providers and planners
  • Groundwater stakeholders, including agriculture, oil & gas, environmental and industrial
  • Attorneys, hydrogeologists, and engineers working in the water field
  • Groundwater technology experts and vendors
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Anyone interested in the future of groundwater in Texas

Hotel Room Block

The hotel room block for the Texas Groundwater Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio is full. An alternate room block is available at the Courtyard San Antonio Westover Hills hotel is available for $105/night. Reservations may be made here. Guests who book at the overflow hotel will still be able to use all of the resort facilities at the Hyatt Hill Country. The room block closes August 15.
2017 Summit Presentations
To view the 2017 presentation slides, click on the speakers’ name or the panel title to view a PDF of the Summit slides. If there is a presentation missing that you’d like added or if there is a problem with the file, please email groundwater@iemshows.com. View sessions on our Youtube channel here

Day 1 – Tuesday, August 29

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Conservation Amendment
Moderator: Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair and Legislative Advisor, Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter
Carole Baker, President/CEO, Texas Water Foundation
Karen Guz, Conservation Director, San Antonio Water System
Carlos Rubinstein, Principal, RSAH2O, LLC
Andy Sansom, Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Thales Smith, University of Texas School of Law

The Value of Groundwater: Market Valuation & Assessment
Moderator: Peter Lake, Director, Texas Water Development Board
Amy Hardberger, Esq., Associate Dean, St. Mary’s University School of Law
Charles R. Porter Jr., Ph.D., College of Education, St. Edward’s University
David W. Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Director & HRI Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Groundwater Users – Correlative Rights, Existing Use, & Curtailments

Moderator: Alan Day, General Manager, Brazos Valley GCD
Charles Bowers, Ag Producer and Board Member, Panhandle GCD
David Coleman, Director of Water Services, City of College Station
Ronald Gertson, Board Member, Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group
Lara Zent, Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Rural Water Association

Planning Ahead: Current Groundwater Projects for Tomorrow’s Needs
Moderator: Bobby Bazan, Water Resources Management Specialist, Post Oak Savannah GCD
David Collinsworth, Regional Manager, Brazos River Authority
Dana Porter, Program Leader and Associate Dept. Head, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services
Tom Ray, Water Resources Programs Manager, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.
John Seifert, Project Manager, LBG-Guyton Associates

Day 2 – Wednesday, August 30

 

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Joe B Cooper, President, TAGD

Keynote Address
Senator Charles Perry, District 28, Texas State Senate

Similar Rules: a Discussion with Groundwater Management Areas
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD
Ronald Fieseler, General Manager, Blanco-Pedernales GCD
Dave Mauk, General Manager, Bandera County RA & GD
Jim Totten, General Manager, Lost Pines GCD
Gary Westbrook, General Manager, Post Oak Savannah GCD

Keynote Address
Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

Legislative Debrief 
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD
Greg Ellis, Attorney, GM Ellis Law Firm PC
Ty Embrey, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law
Monique Norman, Attorney
Brian Sledge, Attorney, SledgeLaw PLLC
Hope Wells, Corporate Counsel, San Antonio Water System

Luncheon Keynote Address
Dr. Leyon Greene, Hydrologist and Meteorologist, TexMesonet, TWDB

Breakout 1, Track 1: Groundwater Research and Science
Moderator: C.E. Williams, General Manager, Panhandle GCD

Water Level Monitoring Networks and Analysis of Data for Assessing DFCs
Jevon Harding, P.G., Hydrogeologist, INTERA
Use of Coupled Surface Water/Groundwater Models in Managing Water Resources
Ronald Green, Ph.D., P.G., Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
Influence of Urban Pumping on Groundwater Quality
Peter Knappett, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University

Breakout 1, Track 2: Getting Deep: Water Wells  
Moderator: Steve Walthour, General Manager, North Plains GCD

Look Before You Drill
Doug Laymon, Geophysical Services Manager, Collier Consulting, Inc.
Protecting Your Groundwater Assets
Dan Haddock, Principal Engineer, INTERA
Educating the Well Owner
Drew Gholson, Water Resources Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Breakout 2, Track 1: GCD Board Member Training
Moderator: Zach Holland, General Manager, Bluebonnet GCD

The Intricacies of Chapter 36
Shauna Fitzsimmons, Attorney, SledgeLaw PLLC
Russ Johnson, Attorney, McGinnis Lochridge
Application of Oil & Gas Principles to Groundwater Law
Bill Dugat, Attorney, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta
Board Member Responsibility & Liability
Drew Miller, Attorney, Kemp Smith LLP

Breakout 2, Track 2: Groundwater Databases & Data Collection  
Moderator: Bobby Bazan, Water Resources Management Specialist, Post Oak Savannah GCD

How Technology Can Help GCDs Fulfill Their Missions
Michael Keester, P.G., Project Manager and Hydrogeologist, LRE Water, LLC
Dave Colvin, P.G., Project Manager, LRE Water, LLC
Using Your Data Efficiently and Effectively
Suzanne Pierce, Research Scientist, Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT Austin

Day 3 – Thursday, August 31

Welcome Address & Introductions
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

The Impact of DFC Monitoring & Implementation on Planning

James Beach, Senior Vice President, LBG-Guyton Associates

DFC Tracking Panel
Moderator: James Beach, Senior Vice President, LBG-Guyton Associates
Dirk Aaron, General Manager, Clearwater UWCD
Greg Sengelmann, General Manager, Gonzales County UWCD
Steve Walthour, General Manager, North Plains GCD

Case Law Update
Moderator: Susana Canseco, Attorney, Branscomb PC
Troupe Brewer, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law
Kristen Fancher, Attorney, Fancher Legal, PLLC
Vanessa Puig Williams, Attorney, Puig Williams Law
Emily Rogers, Attorney, Bickerstaff Health Delgado Acosta LLP

Advanced Groundwater Technology Panel
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

Texas A&M ASR Initiative
Dr. Gretchen Miller, Water Management and Hydrological Science Program Faculty, Texas A&M University
Brackish Desal – Beyond the Bad Water Line
Stephen Hoff, GIS Analyst, Bexar County Information Technology
3-D Modeling, Visualization, and Management
Gabe Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Bill Mullican, Principal, Mullican & Associates
Michelle Sutherland, Independent Researcher, Michelle A. Sutherland LLC
Nathan Toll, Senior Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
Michael Turco, General Manager/CEO, Harris-Galveston Subsidence District

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

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The 7th annual Texas Groundwater Summit will be held August 28-30, 2018
in San Antonio, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

2018 Texas Groundwater Summit Registration Rates
TAGD Member Non-Profit/State Agency Non-TAGD Member Livestream
Early Bird Registration
March 1 – May 31
$375 $375 $425 $475
Regular Registration
June 1 – July 31
$425 $425 $475 $475
Late Registration
August 1-30
$475 $475 $525 $475

Agenda

View the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit agenda here. The 2018 summit includes 12.5 CLE hours!


Keynote Speakers

Senator Charles Perry
District 28, Texas State Senate

Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. He was the first freshman to receive a chairmanship in the Texas Senate since 1993. He additionally sits on the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.
In addition to his work in the Legislature, Perry has served his community as president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, American Business Clubs, Community Partners, on the board of the National Council on Family Violence, and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. He is also a deacon at his church, Southcrest Baptist.

 

Representative Lyle Larson
District 122, Texas House of Representatives 

Currently, Rep. Larson serves as the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the House Elections Committee. As Chairman of the House committee that oversees water policy, Rep. Larson is committed to working to secure Texas’s water future. Over the course of the last 6 years, he has traveled across the state to meet with individuals involved in water policy and planning. Since 2011, Rep. Larson has visited 65 groundwater conservation districts, 12 river authorities, all large public utilities, and several other municipalities and water districts.

 

Rodney Schronk
Owner & Managing Partner, Schronk Agricultural Joint Venture

Since 1993, Schronk has been owner and managing partner of Schronk Agricultural Joint Venture, overseeing all aspects of a 6,200-acre corn, cotton, milo, sunflower, and wheat farm. He is also owner and president of Schronk Custom Ag, LTD, providing guidance and direction for a custom farming operation.

Schronk currently serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Texas state committee. He has long been a leader in the agricultural industry, having served as Hill County Farm Bureau President, Texas Farm Bureau State Agriculture Risk Management Committee Chairman, Itasca Cooperative Board of Directors Secretary, Hill-McLennan County Integrated Pest Management Committee Chairman, Blackland Income Growth Conference Executive Vice President, and on the Hill County FSA committee. Schronk has been named 2015 Texas County Agricultural Agents Association Man of the Year, 2011 Hill County Farm Family of the Year, and received the 2014 Farm Credit Leadership Award. Schronk earned a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.


Become a 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit Sponsor

Show your commitment to groundwater policy, emerging management trends, education, and research by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit today. Sponsors at all levels will receive recognition in press releases, e-blasts, online, and in the conference program. View sponsor packages here.


Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor booths for the 2018 Texas Groundwater Summit are now available. Join your colleagues from state agencies, engineering firms, database solution providers, Groundwater Conservation Districts and connect with over 350 conference attendees. Each booth includes a complimentary summit registration. Booths may be secured here or by downloading our exhibitor registration form.


General Information

The Texas Groundwater Summit is one of Texas’ premiere annual groundwater events, bringing together a diverse group of groundwater professionals over three days to discuss emerging trends and new research. The event provides a mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management, as well as networking opportunities for the groundwater community.  We expect to have more than two dozen exhibitors and 350 groundwater industry leaders, community stakeholders, agency representatives and elected officials in attendance. You won’t want to miss it!


Who should attend?

  • Groundwater Conservation District staff and board members
  • Well drillers and well technology companies
  • Water providers and planners
  • Groundwater stakeholders, including agriculture, oil & gas, environmental and industrial
  • Attorneys, hydrogeologists, and engineers working in the water field
  • Groundwater technology experts and vendors
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Anyone interested in the future of groundwater in Texas

Hotel Room Block

The hotel room block for the Texas Groundwater Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio is full. An alternate room block is available at the Courtyard San Antonio Westover Hills hotel is available for $105/night. Reservations may be made here. Guests who book at the overflow hotel will still be able to use all of the resort facilities at the Hyatt Hill Country. The room block closes August 15.
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2017 Summit Presentations
To view the 2017 presentation slides, click on the speakers’ name or the panel title to view a PDF of the Summit slides. If there is a presentation missing that you’d like added or if there is a problem with the file, please email groundwater@iemshows.com. View sessions on our Youtube channel here

Day 1 – Tuesday, August 29

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Conservation Amendment
Moderator: Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair and Legislative Advisor, Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter
Carole Baker, President/CEO, Texas Water Foundation
Karen Guz, Conservation Director, San Antonio Water System
Carlos Rubinstein, Principal, RSAH2O, LLC
Andy Sansom, Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Thales Smith, University of Texas School of Law

The Value of Groundwater: Market Valuation & Assessment
Moderator: Peter Lake, Director, Texas Water Development Board
Amy Hardberger, Esq., Associate Dean, St. Mary’s University School of Law
Charles R. Porter Jr., Ph.D., College of Education, St. Edward’s University
David W. Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Director & HRI Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Groundwater Users – Correlative Rights, Existing Use, & Curtailments

Moderator: Alan Day, General Manager, Brazos Valley GCD
Charles Bowers, Ag Producer and Board Member, Panhandle GCD
David Coleman, Director of Water Services, City of College Station
Ronald Gertson, Board Member, Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group
Lara Zent, Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Rural Water Association

Planning Ahead: Current Groundwater Projects for Tomorrow’s Needs
Moderator: Bobby Bazan, Water Resources Management Specialist, Post Oak Savannah GCD
David Collinsworth, Regional Manager, Brazos River Authority
Dana Porter, Program Leader and Associate Dept. Head, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services
Tom Ray, Water Resources Programs Manager, Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.
John Seifert, Project Manager, LBG-Guyton Associates

Day 2 – Wednesday, August 30

 

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Joe B Cooper, President, TAGD

Keynote Address
Senator Charles Perry, District 28, Texas State Senate

Similar Rules: a Discussion with Groundwater Management Areas
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD
Ronald Fieseler, General Manager, Blanco-Pedernales GCD
Dave Mauk, General Manager, Bandera County RA & GD
Jim Totten, General Manager, Lost Pines GCD
Gary Westbrook, General Manager, Post Oak Savannah GCD

Keynote Address
Honorable Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

Legislative Debrief 
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD
Greg Ellis, Attorney, GM Ellis Law Firm PC
Ty Embrey, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law
Monique Norman, Attorney
Brian Sledge, Attorney, SledgeLaw PLLC
Hope Wells, Corporate Counsel, San Antonio Water System

Luncheon Keynote Address
Dr. Leyon Greene, Hydrologist and Meteorologist, TexMesonet, TWDB

Breakout 1, Track 1: Groundwater Research and Science
Moderator: C.E. Williams, General Manager, Panhandle GCD

Water Level Monitoring Networks and Analysis of Data for Assessing DFCs
Jevon Harding, P.G., Hydrogeologist, INTERA
Use of Coupled Surface Water/Groundwater Models in Managing Water Resources
Ronald Green, Ph.D., P.G., Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
Influence of Urban Pumping on Groundwater Quality
Peter Knappett, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University

Breakout 1, Track 2: Getting Deep: Water Wells  
Moderator: Steve Walthour, General Manager, North Plains GCD

Look Before You Drill
Doug Laymon, Geophysical Services Manager, Collier Consulting, Inc.
Protecting Your Groundwater Assets
Dan Haddock, Principal Engineer, INTERA
Educating the Well Owner
Drew Gholson, Water Resources Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Breakout 2, Track 1: GCD Board Member Training
Moderator: Zach Holland, General Manager, Bluebonnet GCD

The Intricacies of Chapter 36
Shauna Fitzsimmons, Attorney, SledgeLaw PLLC
Russ Johnson, Attorney, McGinnis Lochridge
Application of Oil & Gas Principles to Groundwater Law
Bill Dugat, Attorney, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta
Board Member Responsibility & Liability
Drew Miller, Attorney, Kemp Smith LLP

Breakout 2, Track 2: Groundwater Databases & Data Collection  
Moderator: Bobby Bazan, Water Resources Management Specialist, Post Oak Savannah GCD

How Technology Can Help GCDs Fulfill Their Missions
Michael Keester, P.G., Project Manager and Hydrogeologist, LRE Water, LLC
Dave Colvin, P.G., Project Manager, LRE Water, LLC
Using Your Data Efficiently and Effectively
Suzanne Pierce, Research Scientist, Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT Austin

Day 3 – Thursday, August 31

Welcome Address & Introductions
Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

The Impact of DFC Monitoring & Implementation on Planning

James Beach, Senior Vice President, LBG-Guyton Associates

DFC Tracking Panel
Moderator: James Beach, Senior Vice President, LBG-Guyton Associates
Dirk Aaron, General Manager, Clearwater UWCD
Greg Sengelmann, General Manager, Gonzales County UWCD
Steve Walthour, General Manager, North Plains GCD

Case Law Update
Moderator: Susana Canseco, Attorney, Branscomb PC
Troupe Brewer, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law
Kristen Fancher, Attorney, Fancher Legal, PLLC
Vanessa Puig Williams, Attorney, Puig Williams Law
Emily Rogers, Attorney, Bickerstaff Health Delgado Acosta LLP

Advanced Groundwater Technology Panel
Moderator: Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, TAGD

Texas A&M ASR Initiative
Dr. Gretchen Miller, Water Management and Hydrological Science Program Faculty, Texas A&M University
Brackish Desal – Beyond the Bad Water Line
Stephen Hoff, GIS Analyst, Bexar County Information Technology
3-D Modeling, Visualization, and Management
Gabe Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Bill Mullican, Principal, Mullican & Associates
Michelle Sutherland, Independent Researcher, Michelle A. Sutherland LLC
Nathan Toll, Senior Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute
Michael Turco, General Manager/CEO, Harris-Galveston Subsidence District

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 647-1234

Contact Information

Innovation Event Management
Phone: (512) 638-0937
groundwater@iemshows.com
Registration information coming soon.

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Payment Instructions

Remittance Information:

Innovation Event Management
ATTN: Texas Groundwater Summit
5508 HWY 290 W, STE 208
Austin, TX 78735

For questions, please call 512-638-0937 or email groundwater@iemshows.com.

Download a PDF of the registration form here

2018 Exhibitors

CC Lynch – In-Situ Collier Consulting Dynotek
Edwards Aquifer Authority Eureka Water Probes Halff Associates
Hydro Resources Mid-Continent, Inc. INTERA McCrometer
North Plains GCD Olsson Associates OTT Hydromet
Qtec Resource Action Programs RESPEC
Seametrics Southwest Research Institute Stevens Water Monitoring
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Texas Groundwater Association Texas Water Development Board
Texas Water Resources Institute USGS Water Grows
Wellntel, Inc. WSP USA, Inc.

 

Attendees with Professional Engineer (PE) or Professional Geoscientist (PG) license numbers may request a courtesy continuing education form at the registration desk for self-reporting. If you have any questions on this process, please contact groundwater@iemshows.com.