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KWI and Glenwood Springs Citizens Alliance Talk 3/28/20 (CANCELED)

Update: the KWI meeting and associated talk listed below has been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus.


This year, KWI will depart from its tradition of holding an Awards Dinner (the KWI Karst Award for 2020 will be presented to Dr. Stein-Eric Lauritzen of Bergen, Norway by Ira Sasowsky in July at the KR9 Conference “Climate Change, The Karst Record” in Innsbruck, Austria). Instead, KWI will host a  meeting in conjunction with the Glenwood Springs Citizens Alliance.

The speaker will be Mr. Richard Rhinehart who will give a talk entitled “City Under Siege: How Caves and Karst Might Just Save the City of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.” Mr. Rhinehart’s talk will discuss the geology and hydrology of Glenwood Springs and the surrounding area, and how a proposed giant quarry on the north side of the town could impact the local population and economy. The meeting will be held from 7 – 9 pm on March 28 in the Roosevelt Room of the Hotel Colorado and will be open to the general public. Prior to Mr. Rhinehart’s presentation, KWI will introduce itself to the attendees and announce the award winners, including the recipient of the Wilson Scholarship.


KARSYS course: a web-tool for modeling karst aquifers in 3D


Update: the KARSYS modeling courses in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Reston, Virginia have been canceled due to concerns about coronavirus. The courses have been rescheduled to take place online, and have already filled to capacity. Thank you for your interest!

Join us for the KARSYS course, a web-tool for modeling karst aquifers in 3D. The course will be held on May 20th, 2020 in Reston, Virginia at the USGS headquarters, and on May 22nd, 2020 in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Western Kentucky University.

KARSYS is developed for geologists and hydrogeologists working in karst regions, in order to address questions related to aquifers and groundwater in a very pragmatic and concrete way. It enables 3D modelling of karst aquifers by synthesizing all standard geological and hydrological data and coupling a series of simple hydraulic principles.
The course is sponsored by the Karst Waters Institute and it is free of charge, thanks to the Cave Conservancy Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey and Western Kentucky University. There is a limited amount of space so hurry up and register today.

For a flyer with detailed information including the course schedule, click here.

For information regarding the Reston, VA location contact Dan Doctor at

For information regarding the Bowling Green, KY location, contact Katarina Kosič Ficco at

KWI Karst Award Recipient for 2020 Announced

The Board of the Karst Waters Institute has announced that Dr. Stein-Erik Lauritzen, Professor of Earth Science at University of Bergen, Norway, will be the recipient of the 2020 Karst Award.  This prestigious honor has been given annually since 1999 to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Lauritzen has made seminal and ongoing contributions to the field of speleothem science and the study of glacier ice-contact speleogenesis. He and his students and colleagues have helped to build an understanding of paleoclimate in the terrestrial realm.

The award will be presented at the Climate Change – the Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference at Innsbruck, Austria, 12-15 July, 2020.  Information on the meeting can be found at


The William L. Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science

The William L. Wilson and Diane C. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science recognizes the significant contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson, who tackled some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere through his consulting company, Subsurface Evaluations, Incorporated.  To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists and to remember Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship was established by Diane C. Wilson in his memory.  The scholarship includes a one-time award of $1,000.  The scholarship is open to any student who is currently enrolled in, or has been accepted into, a master’s degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States.  This year’s deadline for all application materials is February 1, 2019.  Information on how to apply can be found at the Karst Waters Institute website Wilson Scholarship Page.  Additional information can be had through email to Dr. Janet S. Herman (

25th anniversary dinner

KWI-25thCelebrate 25 years of the Karst Waters Institute!

Our annual dinner and 25th anniversary celebration will be in Warm Springs Virginia on March 12 at 6:30 pm.  The dinner (including drinks) will be $60 per person and will be at the Gristmill (Waterwheel) Restaurant in Warm Springs.  We will not present the karst award this year, but we will have a program on the accomplishments of KWI over the last 25 years.

Send your dinner reservations and check to:

Karst Waters Institute
P.O. Box 4142
Leesburg, VA 20177

Or, pay vial PayPal or credit card (for instructions on how to pay with a credit card, click here)

All PayPal transactions are subject to a 2.9% plus $0.30 USD fee to cover KWI’s transaction costs. These costs will be added to your cart automatically. 

Please RSVP by February 19th, as space is limited.