The Ground Water Protection Council is taking an active role. Ground water protection is the responsibility of everyone including the chemical industry. An energetic group of state and federal ground water agencies, industry, environmentalists and other stakeholders, however, has made it a key area of their focus. The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring the use of best management practices and “fair but effective” laws regarding comprehensive groundwater protection.
Protecting ground water is essential
Ground water is a key drinking water source in many parts of the country. Ground water provides a base flow to most surface water, making it an integral part of the water cycle. “Out of sight, out of mind” has particular relevance to ground water regulation. Unlike regulatory measures applicable to more visible surface water bodies such as lakes, streams and other waterways, federal and state ground water regulatory measures and policies historically have been less comprehensive and not as integrated as they should be with watershed, ecosystem and land-use management laws.
Our lack of appreciation of ground water resources has resulted in many problems, according to the GWPC. For example, ground water pumping in the Arizona desert has caused the land to subside in some basins.