60th Midwest Groundwater Conference

Oct. 13 - 15, 2015




  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

  Bentonville, Arkansas

The IRWP's annual conference will host the 60th Midwest Groundwater Conference to provide an opportunity for hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, students and others studying ground-water resources in their respective states to meet and exchange ideas, discuss mutual problems affecting the Midwest, and summarize results of field and laboratory studies. Those attending include individuals from local, state, and federal agencies, colleges and universities, and industries.

The meeting consists of technical sessions, poster session, awards banquet and a field trip. The conference was first held in Illinois in 1956 and has been an annual event every year since then. During its 60 year history, fourteen states have hosted the conference including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  This years 60th Midwest Groundwater Conference to be held at Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art in Bentonville, AR has a maximum attendance capacity of 220. This year's Conference features over 40 speakers from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.  Register early for this year’s conference!  Click here for 2015 Conference Program.


Oct. 13 - Pre-conference Field Trip:

Illinois River Watershed Partnership Watershed Sanctuary and Learning Center, Cave Springs, Ark.

Meet at the Watershed Sanctuary, 221 S. Main St., Cave Springs, AR 72718.

Field trip is from 1 pm - 4 pm. 

Cave Springs Cave, located at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Watershed Sanctuary, is a long "solution channel" formed by a groundwater-fed stream. The stream is considered to be an outstanding example of an Ozark Mountains cave stream and hosts the largest known population of the rare Ozark cavefish. The cave also harbors a spring and summer maternity colony of endangered gray bats. Ozark trillium, a rare plant species, also occurs on the natural area. 

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership was able to purchase the property and put it into conservation to protect the sensitive karst landscape, raise awareness of our natural resources and educate the public.

Tour will include a synopsis of this cave system presented by Michael Slay, Ozark Karst Program Director, Ozark Highlands Office, The Nature Conservancy. Slay has coordinated the exploration, species monitoring, and habitat analysis in several hundred caves, and has assisted with the discovery of over 15 karst species new to science.

Following the field trip will be a networking "pub crawl" starting with dinner (not included in registration) at Pedaler's Pub and Wood Fired Pizza, 410 SW A St, Bentonville, AR 72712.


Oct. 14 - 15, 2015:

60th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR. 

Check in at the Great Hall, Crystal Bridges, to receive conference materials and program.

Click here for maps of Crystal Bridges

Conference sessions to be in Great Hall, Bellows and Cassatt rooms. Poster sessions and exhibitor spaces located in Albers room. 

Watch Conference Trailer


     KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. John A. Cherry, Ph.D. Hydrogeology

     John A. Cherry holds geological engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of California Berkeley, and earned a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 1971 for field research on the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and their remediation. He retired from Waterloo in 2006, but he continues research as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He co-authored the textbook “Groundwater” with R.A. Freeze (1979) and co-edited and co-authored several chapters in the book “Dense Chlorinated Solvents and Other DNAPLs in Groundwater” (1996). He has participated in the development of technologies for groundwater monitoring and remediation, co-holds several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has received awards from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He held the Research Chair in Contaminant Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo from 1996 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, Associate Director of G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater G360 – The Centre for Groundwater Research and Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph.

    Golden Paddle Awards and Illinois River Art Salon

    Each year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership honors leaders in watershed stewardship and natural resource conservation in the Illinois River Watershed. Six Golden Paddle Awards are given annually to individuals or entities that exemplify excellent stewardship in the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the watershed. Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Golden Paddle Awards in Agriculture, Business, Conservation, Construction, Government and/or the Technical/Research/Education fields.

    The Illinois River Salon will feature 20 juried paintings and announcement of six winning paintings of the Illinois River Watershed. 


    Hotel Accommodations

    Reserve your room no later than September 15, 2015 to get the conference rate at the hotels listed. 

La Quinta Inn & Suites 







Simmons Suites


Courtyard Marriot

Contact Us

Email: contact@irwp.org

Phone: 479-215-6623

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