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Forum to be Held Prior to the Water Smart Innovations Conference


Contact: Jennifer Wemhoff
402-434-2740 ext.

LINCOLN, NE (August 7, 2014) – The Groundwater Foundation, in partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, will host a forum on October 7, 2014 at the Springs Preserve Desert Living Center in Las Vegas to discuss “Community-based Groundwater Protection: A Formula for Success.”

“Any agencies or community leaders who rely upon groundwater should strongly consider participating in this event. To have this level of knowledge and commitment assembled in one place is rare, and it is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed,” said Andy Belanger, Director of Public Services for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

“Regardless of what state or federal policies are in place, the responsibility for protecting a community’s groundwater supply ultimately rests with the community itself,” continues Belanger. “As water scarcity becomes an increasing concern—even here within the United States, where we have a tendency to take it for granted—community-based groundwater protection is going to play an increasingly important role in sustaining a safe, reliable water supply.”

The forum is slated to feature veterans of successful community-based groundwater protection and conservation efforts who will share their experiences and keys to their success. In addition, the forum will welcome Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District. Mulroy helped guide the area’s water management during periods of growth and drought, and will share her unique perspective on the role of community in protecting and conserving water supplies.

“The Southern Nevada Water Authority is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Groundwater Foundation for the upcoming groundwater protection forum in Las Vegas because it provides us access to the kind of innovative, forward-leaning ideas we need to protect our community’s groundwater resources,” said Belanger.

The forum will include an opportunity for idea sharing and collaboration among participants. “Peerto-peer networking and idea sharing has always been one of the hallmarks of our Groundwater Guardian program,” said Jane Griffin, Groundwater Foundation President. “Forum participants will hear from others facing similar challenges, and have the chance to discuss how they addressed them and had success.”

The Groundwater Foundation’s nearly 30 year history has included countless projects and programs aimed at involving communities in groundwater protection and conservation. Its long-running Groundwater Guardian program is an example of a community-based approach, and is a tool to help communities achieve success. The 20 year-old program provides a framework for local action, recognition for accomplishments, and motivation to continue activities year after year. Communities across North America have participated, and united for local activities from festivals to wellhead protection, to community awareness projects and pollution prevention.

For more information about the forum, including a draft agenda, and to register or become a sponsor, visit

Special thanks to Southern Nevada Water Authority Marshfield Utilities, Wisconsin and National Ground Water Association for their support of the forum.


The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska with a mission to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered various educational programs for youth and adults. To learn more, visit

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