As part of its ongoing effort to encourage promising young scientists to apply their skills to the ground water industry, the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) Educational Foundation once again presented special ground water project awards to high school students at the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in San Jose, Calif.

Ground water project award winners for this year's fair:

* Tanner John Brunsdale, of Bountiful High School in Bountiful, Utah, received the first-place award of $500. His project was "Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation of DNAPLs."

* Jessica Louise Lenz of Waterloo High School, Waterloo, Ill., earned second place with her project entitled, "Do Slope and Land Use Affect Seasonal High Water Tables?"

* Jessica Lynn Parker of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., took third place with "Hydrology of a Hilltop Aquifer."

Projects were judged in an interview process that focused on the creative ability, scientific thought and skill of the participants, as well as engineering goals, thoroughness and clarity of projects.