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McEllhiney Lecture Series in Water Well Technology

William A. McEllhiney

William A. McEllhiney

The William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology was established in 2000 to foster professional excellence in water well technology. The lecture series honors William A. McEllhiney, the 1948 founding president of the National Ground Water Association, and a groundwater contractor and civil engineer.

Each year, a panel of groundwater contractors invites an outstanding groundwater professional to share his or her insights and work experiences with the industry. Individuals may nominate themselves or others they believe to be qualified as a McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer.

Fred Rothauge, CWD

NGWA is honored to have Fred Rothauge CWD, serve as the 2023 McEllhiney Lecturer. Rothauge has been in the drilling and drilling fluids engineering business for 40 years. He is a licensed water well driller in eight western states, past president of the Colorado Water Well Contractors Association, and current NGWA and The Groundwater Foundation board member. He has coauthored papers on drilling fluid products and is a coauthor for Johnson Screens’ third edition of Groundwater & Wells. Rothauge also serves on the board for the Mountain States Ground Water Association and is chairman of the American Ground Water Trust. He oversees drilling fluids and well rehabilitation along with serving as technical advisor for Hydro Resources Inc. He will present the lecture, “Are We Creating Long-Term Groundwater Assets or Just Installing Wells?” Click here to learn more.

Rothauge will be hosting lectures between January and November 2023. When possible with travel and schedule factors, lectures will be presented in-person. However, The Groundwater Foundation will ultimately decide if a presentation will be virtual or in-person. (Those who submit requests will receive appropriate communication.)

Requests made directly to the lecturer will not be honored. 

The deadline for speaking requests is September 30, 2022. For additional information, please contact Sue Tenney at or (800) 551-7379 — or (614) 898-7791 outside of the United States — ext. 1568.


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