The National Ground Water Association supports recognition, through certification or some other means, of the unique qualifications necessary to perform hydrogeologic investigations. Some of the licensing and certification programs mentioned in the background section are simply not designed to be selective enough to sort out those professionals qualified to conduct groundwater investigations from those who are not. Reliance on professional engineers or individuals certified in an allied field without a determination as to their knowledge of groundwater science is not a justified position. Our ability to generate adequate groundwater data has a direct correlation to our ability to make sound decisions regarding groundwater protection and remediation. Therefore, measures that can be taken to assure that groundwater data is of the best quality should be promoted.
- Position Statement