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KGWA awards recognize and honor those who have given of themselves in their business and community to further the groundwater industry in Kansas. Do you know of someone deserving of a KGWA award? Click here for further information on the awards and to access/download the nomination form. Nominations are due by January 1, 2024. Recipients will be announced at the annual awards banquet.

Groundwater Awareness Week

As a NGWA Affiliate Organization member, we are proud to partner with NGWA to share with you that Groundwater Awareness Week (GWAW) is taking place March 10-16, 2024!

This annual event highlights the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater, the event is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance, and the promotion of policies impacting groundwater quality and supply. Groundwater advocates across the state and country also use GWAW to highlight local water issues in their communities.

NGWA and its partners will be focusing their advocacy on promoting professional opportunities in the groundwater industry. According to the American Geosciences Institute, nationally there are more than 135,000 open positions in the industry now, which is far too high to keep up with consumer demand.

To learn more about Groundwater Awareness Week and how you can participate and/or promote the event, please visit:

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Geology & Well Technology Unit is offering a short course on the “Geology of Western Kansas” October 24, 2023.

The course is open to anyone, but is specifically designed for water well contractors and drilling staff. Topics include:

  • Geologic history
  • Modern phone apps and websites with geologic maps and straitgraphic sections
  • Physical rock specimens and identification.

Click here for more information.


The Kansas Ground Water Association has fought for and against legislation in order to protect not only the water we drink, but protect the well driller as well.


Changes Are in the Air: There are a lot of exciting new things happening with the KGWA.

Summer heat has fully arrived in Kansas with some places seeing record temperatures. It seems some things never change. There are many things that do change though — and the Kansas Groundwater Association is one of those.

In the spring issue of our newsletter, I said that changes were coming. Some of them are here now. One of the largest changes is Clint Tyler resigned as the KGWA executive director effective July 1.

While Clint and I didn’t get to work together long in our current roles, I can’t thank him enough for the help he provided. Many of us got to know Clint over the years, and I want to thank him for his years of service and dedication that he gave the KGWA and the groundwater industry. His resignation will allow him to focus on his family and career, two things that we can all agree are critical.

The second big change that has taken place is the Association has hired Dave Schulenberg as the new executive director on a two-year contract. Dave is the director of partner states with the National Ground Water Association and specializes in performing the duties of a state association executive director. He is the director of six other state groundwater organizations and will be introducing himself to everyone.

Dave has been diving into everything behind the scenes with myself, the KGWA Board of Directors, and of course, Clint, to make the transition as smooth as possible. I look forward to working with Dave over the next year-and-a-half to make this the best organization that we can be.

Finally, as some of you are probably aware, Carrie Ridley with the Kansas Department of Health (KDHE) has resigned to take a job at the Kansas Geological Survey. KDHE has not named a replacement yet. I have been having monthly calls with the interim section chief, Ally Lane. I would like to thank Carrie for her time at KDHE and wish her the best at her new job.

More changes are coming over the next few years, and a lot of them are already in the works. If there are changes or ideas that you have, please reach out to a board member and share your ideas.

If you have questions or comments (good or bad) please do the same. We plan to have updates to share with everyone at the general membership meeting at our January convention. If you haven’t attended or rarely attend, I urge you to attend in 2023.

Tony Wedel
KGWA President

(620) 548-2669


2250 N Rock Rd., Ste. 118, MB 183
Wichita, Kansas 67226

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