December 2016

Affiliate State of National Ground Water Association – Member of the American Ground Water Trust

Wyoming Water Well Association’s Official Publication

PO Box 2705, Casper, WY 82602


Dedicated to the efficient development & conservation of ground water in Wyoming!


  December 2016              



Hello fellow WWWA Members,


Happy holidays!  We have great news about our 2017 Annual Convention on January 18th - January 20th!


We are extending the length of the 2017 Annual Convention. In addition to the 10+ CEU's you can earn on Thursday, January 19th - Friday, January 20th, we are also adding 5 additional CEU's on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the afternoon between 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m. 


Thank you for your commitment to our industry and to WWWA.




Travis Hueller 

 WWWA President


Wyoming Water Well Association

Annual Convention Agenda

January 18-20, 2017



Wednesday, January 18, 2017


11:00 a.m.-Noon  Registration

Noon-1:30 p.m.    WYDOT Update – Trooper Michael Kyte (1.5 Hrs)

1:40-3:30 p.m.      Western Water Wars – Steve Kaser (2 Hrs)

3:40-5:00 p.m.      Construction Liens – Carl Schweitzer (1.5 Hrs)

1:00-5:00 p.m.      Set Up - Manufacturer/Supplier Exhibits

3:00 p.m.               WWWA Executive Board Meeting

4:30-5:00 p.m.      Manufacturer/Supplier Meeting

5:00 p.m.               Silent Auction Begins

5:00-9:00 p.m.      Manufacturer/Supplier Sponsored Social


Thursday, January 19, 2017


                                             6:30-7:30 a.m.         Breakfast

                                             7:00-8:00 a.m.         Registration

                                             7:30 a.m.                  Trade Show Opens

                                             8:00-8:30 a.m.         Convention Opens with Exhibitor Lightning Round

                                                                                1 Minute per Vendor – Travis Hueller 

                                             8:40-10:40 a.m.       Making the Most of Your Drilling Fluids

                                                                                 Jim Hutmacher (2 Hrs)

                                             10:50-11:50 a.m.     Interactive Communication Session for 

                                                                                 Manufacturers, Suppliers and Contractors

                                                                                 Panel (1 Hr)

                                              Noon-1:30 p.m.      Lunch and Keynote Speaker

                                                                                 NGWA Director - David Heinrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD

                                              1:40-3:30 p.m.         Trade Show Break and Silent Auction (1Hr)

                                              3:40-4:10 p.m.         WWCB Update – Lynn Ritter (.5Hr)

                                              4:15-5:15 p.m.         NAPA Filtration: Preventative Maintenance in 

                                                                                 Filtration and Meeting Today’s Standards 

                                                                                 Eric Larson (1Hr)

                                             5:15-8:00 p.m.          Cocktails, Banquet, Auction for Scholarships

                                             8:00-10:00 p.m.        Entertainment – Nick and Slick

                                             10:00 p.m.                 Drawing for 2 $100 Bills/Must be Present to Win


Friday, January 20, 2017


                                            6:30-7:30 a.m.           Breakfast

                                            7:40-8:40 a.m.           Regulatory Recordkeeping – Laura Smith – (1Hr)

                                            8:50-9:50 a.m.           Wyoming Aquifers and SEO and DEQ Requirements            

                                                                                 for Well Construction - Ben Jordan, George Moser,

                                                                                 James Brough (1Hr)

                                            10:00-11:50 a.m.      McElhiney Lecture: Defining the Operational 

                                                                                 Age of a Well: Predicting Maintenance Issues before 

                                                                                 Failure - Michael Schneiders, PG, PH-GW (2Hrs)

                                             Noon-12:40 p.m.     Lunch-General Business Meeting-Election

                                             12:45-1:45 p.m.       HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Compliance 

                                                                                 Audit Review - Laura Smith (1Hr)

                                             1:50-2:50 p.m.          SEO Update:  Completing the UW5 Permit 

                                                                                  Application and UW6 Statement of Completion  

                                                                                 Terry Carpenter (1Hr)

                                             2:50 p.m.                   Drawing for 2 $100 Bills/Must be Present to Win

                                             3:00 p.m.                   WWWA Executive Board Meeting


16.5 Hours CEU





NGWA shares priorities with Trump-Pence transition team

NGWA sent President-elect Trump's transition team a document outlining ways in which NGWA's members can work with the new administration in 2017. The document introduced NGWA and its membership as a resource to the Trump-Pence team and focused on several policy areas where there may be opportunities for collaboration: 

  • Responsible regulations 
  • Securing America's drinking water 
  • Science-based decision-making 
  • Protecting America's natural resources 
  • Encouraging renewable energy development 
  • Rebuilding America's workforce.

Building off of some of the campaign promises discussed by the Trump-Pence team throughout 2016, NGWA looks forward to working with the new administration on key issues such as ensuring drinking water is safe across the country, repealing regulations that may be harmful to small businesses, and making investments in improving and maintaining our infrastructure systems. NGWA also stressed the important role that science should play in policymaking. 


NGWA looks forward to working with the Trump administration in 2017 to ensure that groundwater continues to be a safe, reliable, and protected water resources in America.





December 22, 2016


President‐elect Donald J. Trump

1717 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20006


Dear President‐elect Trump,


The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) congratulates you on being elected the 45th President. As your transition team assembles the personnel and expertise necessary to lead our nation forward, please know NGWA and its volunteers are here as a resource for you and your team.


NGWA is the world’s largest organization of groundwater professionals working together to advance groundwater knowledge and the success of our members through education and outreach; advocacy; cooperation and information exchange; and enhancement of professional practices. Our members consist of water well system professionals, scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers who are committed to the protection, management, and sustainable use of groundwater. Groundwater represents the largest source of usable freshwater on Earth—more than lakes, rivers, and streams combined—and supplies nearly 40 percent of the nation’s drinking water supply and nearly half of its irrigation water.


As you begin to shape priorities for 2017 and beyond, we’d like to bring to your attention several items that present opportunities for us to work together, achieve great results, and help promote and protect our nation’s groundwater and its role in providing drinking water, supporting agriculture, and driving the American economy.





Responsible regulations

NGWA looks forward to working with your administration on promoting responsible regulations that do not impede the growth of America’s small business community. Regulations are vital to ensuring safe operations, economic opportunity, and a clean environment—but finding the correct balance to ensure they are not imposing too large a burden on small businesses is imperative to driving economic growth. In particular, the trucking industry has faced an onslaught of regulations over the past eight years, from mandating the adoption of new technology to emissions standards. Safe operation of motor vehicles should remain a top priority, while also considering the scale of impacts to small businesses and to those in the trucking industry who are not traditional long‐haul truckers.



  • · NGWA is encouraged by your commitment to remove two regulations for each new regulation that is proposed. As a part of the rulemaking process, consider broadening stakeholder engagement in the process so that all aspects of particular industries are considered, rather than just the largest players in an industry segment.


Securing America’s drinking water

Extreme weather events, combined with aging infrastructure, are causing constraints on the quality and availability of water resources. Your commitment to emphasizing improvements to infrastructure during your campaign, including water system improvements, offers opportunities to create jobs, improve quality of life, and protect important American natural resources. When thinking about infrastructure, NGWA also advises consideration of groundwater as infrastructure. The health of aquifers, which store groundwater beneath the Earth’s surface, also require monitoring and maintenance to ensure they remain safe and sustainable suppliers. Raising awareness in communities to test their water is also important, particularly in areas where private wells are sources of drinking water. Because private wells are not regulated by the federal government, organizations such as NGWA play an important role in making sure well owners are aware of how to properly maintain their well and adequately test their water.



  • · Support funding of the U.S. EPA’s State Revolving Loan Funds and the USDA Rural Water and Wastewater Loan and Grant Program. Taken together, these programs ensure state and local governments have the right resources on hand to improve and maintain water systems.
  • · Support continuous funding for water monitoring programs, like the National Ground‐Water Monitoring Network. These programs provide important baseline conditions from which changes to water quality and quantity can be compared.
  • · Continue to promote grant programs at U.S. EPA and Centers for Disease Control that provide resources to well owners and support organizations conducting outreach to communities and individuals who rely on wells for drinking water.


Promoting sciencebased decisionmaking

Science serves as an important foundation for policymaking, playing an integral role in driving innovation and identifying sound solutions to the many challenges facing our country.



  • · Prioritize the appointment of a White House Science Advisor to guide science policy, ensure rigorous scientific standards are upheld, and sound science is used in decision‐making.
  • · Continue support for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the role it plays in coordinating science policy across the federal government, as well as with stakeholder groups.
  • · Utilize science resources in the private sector to supplement the talent within the federal government to leverage opportunities to collaborate.


Protecting American natural resources  

The challenges facing the nation’s water supplies are increasing, demonstrating the need to fund and promote the development of new technologies to address challenges such as drought, contamination, and agricultural runoff. Research and investment by the federal government helps promote and ensure a sustainable water future.



  • · Continue investment in characterization of groundwater security with respect to climatic and economic threats. Specifically, basin sensitivity to droughts, unconventional development of oil and gas, agricultural byproducts, and projected population growth.
  • · Continue investment in research to promote innovative technologies like water reuse, managed aquifer recharge, and water recycling to make food production and energy development more sustainable.


Encouraging renewable energy development  

Promoting American innovation, particularly in the manufacturing sector, represents a ripe opportunity to bring back jobs to the communities that need them most. The market for renewable energy technologies presents a way to help reach the goal of bringing manufacturing back. The development of renewable energy resources, like geothermal heat pumps, serves as an important job creator, not just for those skilled workers who install technologies in American homes and businesses, but also for the U.S. factories whose workers produce the technologies. Helping achieve energy independence through expanded use of renewable energy technologies also increases energy efficiency, which lowers the electric bills of everyday American homes and businesses.



  • · Support incentives to continue the growth and development of American renewable energy markets for technologies like geothermal heat pumps.
  • · Continue investment in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which promotes the development and use of renewable energy technologies.


Rebuilding America’s workforce

A strong economy is built through a workforce of talented and trained individuals. As you consider policies to promote job creation, NGWA asks that you also consider the education system’s role in workforce development. America lacks the skilled workforce needed to take advantage of economic growth potential. In a recent study conducted by the Associated Equipment Distributors, more than $2.4 billion is lost each year in potential revenue and economic opportunity due to a limited American technical workforce. This figure is limited to the technical workforce, and when factoring in shortages in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields, the figure is likely much higher. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. ranks 29th in the world in science education and 22nd for math. The National Math and Science Initiative estimates a shortfall of roughly three million qualified workers by 2018. Falling behind the rest of the world in these important measures represents gaps in U.S. innovation and economic opportunity.



  • · Prioritize improvements in STEM education, focusing on teacher training.
  • · Continue support for National Science Foundation grant funding. Much of this funding goes to support postsecondary research by graduate students—the math and science leaders of the future.
  • · Encourage Congress to pass legislation to promote career and technical education programs that support technical high schools, community colleges, and other alternatives to traditional four‐year institutions.


NGWA looks forward to working with you as our 45th President and stands ready to be a resource for your administration. Please reach out to us if you would like more information on any of the topics proposed in this letter.




Kevin McCray, CAE

Chief Executive Officer

National Ground Water Association

(800) 551‐7379










Legislation requires deeper consideration of water wells in federally funded water supply projects

In the waning hours of the 114th U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which included several provisions important to NGWA members, including the Savings Act. The president signed the legislation on December 16.The Savings Act ensures small communities consider wells and well systems when considering community water systems and also ensures communities have the technical resources available to make the most cost-effective decisions. The Savings Act effort was led by the Water Systems Council with support from NGWA.The legislation was passed on a broad bipartisan basis and includes several items of interest to NGWA members beyond the Savings Act. In addition, the legislation authorizes support for drinking water infrastructure improvements in communities impacted by lead-contaminated drinking water — such as Flint, Michigan. It also authorizes spending for investment on major water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act, which supports funding for managed aquifer recharge projects.The legislation also contained compromise provisions to address the drought in the West. The compromise would include an increase in water deliveries to drought-stricken agricultural communities in the West, which drew concerns from environmental groups who believed the move violated the Endangered Species Act. In exchange for this provision, funding for water recycling, water reuse, and desalination projects were authorized.


Click the link above to read the 728 page Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

Winter Diesel Fuel, that is the question. What are the answers?

First, diesel fuel comes in warm and cold weather blends. This is because diesel fuels are prone to cold weather waxing or gelling – terms for the solidification of the liquid into a partially crystalline state. Gelled fuel has a cloudy appearance and visible wax particles are often seen in filter and separation bowls. This is the Cloud Point or Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP). No. 2 diesel, the most cost effective and common blend, has a CFPP of 0° F (17.7° C). No. 1 diesel (kerosene) has a natural CFPP of -40° (C & F). But not only does No. 1 diesel cost more to produce, it has a Cetane count 5 to 15 points lower than No. 2 diesel (40-50 points vs. 50-55). Cetane is a way of measuring the combustion quality of diesel fuel during compression ignition and is likened by some to the octane rating of gasoline.

Recently nine refineries were sampled to test their fuel’s performance for the winter. The base fuel performance for CFPP and cloud point was all over. The worst performer was +10F and the best was -9F. Reactivity with cold-flow improvers was inconsistent as well. One type of polymer worked with one fuel but not with another. Treat rates varied as well, resulting in different treat cost. A couple samples showed no improvement without the addition of #1. So the question the end user has, “What is my fuel’s winter performance?” Not an easy answer without reliable testing.

What are the pro/cons of adding #1 to #2 for winter performance?


  • consistent winter performance, typically lowers #2 CFPP 10-15F
  • easily available
  • blended at the rack


  • lowered BTU, lower fuel economy
  • drier fuel, even less lubricity than #2 (more pump/injector wear)
  • cost-typically adds 15-30 cents per gallon to fuel cost

What are the pro/cons of using an anti-gel winter additive?


  • Treat cost is less than adding #1
  • Does the additive emulsify water in fuel & tank
  • Some additives increase the lubricity of the fuel
  • Other benefits-cetane, moisture control, & detergents to keep your fuel systems clean
  • Increase fuel economy


  • Have to add it yourself or order from fuel provider
  • Is it at the correct treat rate for the performance you need
  • Does the additive demulsify water in fuel & tank
  • Does the additive lower the lubricity of the fuel (more pump/injector wear)
  • Supply, can you get it when you need it





Parkway Plaza

Casper, WY


January 18, 2017 – WWCB Board of Directors Meeting – 10:00 a.m.


January 20, 2017 – WWWA Board of Directors Meeting – 2:45 p.m.





We are here for you! 

Please contact us for any reason!

Karie Walker, Executive Director

PO Box 2705

Casper, WY 82602

(307) 267-3806





Until next time, everyone think SAFETY as you go about your day!