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  • WRD Approves Groundwater Replenishment Assessment

    The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) approved its Replenishment Assessment (RA) of $268.00 for 2013-2014 at a public hearing on May 10, 2013 after having nearly a dozen budget workshops to ensure that stakeholders understood the details of the RA.  The funds ...

  • Strategy to assess the US`s groundwater availability

    Scientists proposed a strategy to study the Nation's ground-water supply as part of the Federal government's effort to help address the Nation's increasing competition for water. Declines in ground-water levels have led to concerns about the future availability of ground water, which provides half the country's drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry, as well ...

  • Queensland Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment adopts ESdat

    The Queensland Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) has adopted ESdat to consolidate, manage and report CSG Water Quality Data. OGIA receive data from multiple CSG and other mining companies, as well as other government departments and needs to effectively consolidate, analyze and report this data. EScIS is excited to be working with OGIA in implementing ESdat Desktop and ESdat Server. ...

  • AUS$1.5m to assess climate change impacts on groundwater

    The Rudd Government will provide $1.5 million for a project to help water managers better understand the expected impacts of climate change on Australian groundwater resources. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, made the announcement in Griffith with Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly. 'Australia faces major challenges in securing our water supplies in the ...


    By Australian Government

  • Study Assesses Threats to Groundwater Availability and Sustainability in Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain

    Scientists Look at Issue from Long Island to North Carolina Threats to groundwater availability and sustainability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain are dependent to a large degree by the type of aquifers used for water supply, according to a new regional assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. The water challenges ...

  • Groundwater contaminant assessment and remediation subjects of NGWA courses in Maryland

    Groundwater industry professionals can increase their remediation technology knowledge in two different National Ground Water Association short courses taking place September 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. “Understanding Migration, Assessment, and Remediation of Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids,” September 23-25, provides hydrogeologists, regulators, and anyone dealing with ground water contamination ...

  • Scientists Assess 100 years of Los Angeles Groundwater Replenishment

    A new study offers the most sophisticated analyses to date on how Los Angeles-area groundwater supplies are replenished. The analyses provide water managers with a clearer understanding of the sources and amount of available groundwater in the region – information that is important for planning and management of the vital resource. A new study offers the most sophisticated analyses to ...

  • Contaminants in US groundwater

    According to a new study by the USGS, more than 20% of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the US contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. About one-third of the US population receive their drinking water from such a system. The USGS study (Contaminants in Groundwater used for ...

  • How vulnerable is our groundwater?

    When water travels through soil and bedrock to the water table, it carries minerals, nutrients or chemicals from the surface with it. Environmental research is increasingly concerned with preferential flow, or the movement of water through pores and cracks at a faster rate and bypassing most of the surrounding material, either soil or fractured rock. A special section on preferential flow ...

  • Groundwater pollution in Europe: an overview

    An overview of groundwater contaminants in Europe is provided by a recent study, which calls for more integrated monitoring using a range of indicators. Groundwater contamination presents serious health and environmental concerns. A number of Directives, including the Water Framework, Groundwater, Nitrates, Industrial Emissions and Landfill Directives, together aim to protect groundwater from ...

  • New guidance for groundwater site characterization

    Synopsis: Environmental practitioners are often constrained by rigorous time and monetary constraints, which can lead to the collection of limited data sets and decisions made based on an inadequate understanding of site conditions. To facilitate effective site assessments in British Columbia, the BC Ministry of Environment recently released a new guidance document, "Technical Guidance #8", for ...


    By Solinst Canada Ltd.

  • Kenya homes in on emergency groundwater supplies

    A project that will map groundwater resources in part of the drought-prone Horn of Africa region was launched in Nairobi, Kenya, last week (22 May). It will use remote sensing technology to explore underground ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Special issue of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation focuses on agricultural impacts to groundwater quality

    The National Ground Water Association’s technical journal,Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation®, has published a special issue focusing on the monitoring and remediation of agricultural impacts to groundwater quality. Agricultural land use represents the largest nonpoint source threat to groundwater quality on a global scale. As a result of decades of fertilizer application and ...

  • Encouraging results in evaluating groundwater contaminants

    The widespread use of pesticides across the United States has been in practice for decades, with little knowledge of the long-term effects on the nation’s groundwater. The results of a new study show that samples taken from over 300 wells across the US have not retained a high concentration of pesticide contamination. The news is a result of a decadal long study to assess the extent of the ...

  • Groundwater Modelling Software for the Environment Agency

    The Environment Agency has recently renewed its contract for groundwater modelling software for up to a further 3 years. The Groundwater Vistas and Aquifer software is supplied by ESI, the UK's leading independent soil and groundwater consultancy. ...

  • Determining the good status of groundwater in the EU

    Groundwater standards in Member States are to be established by the end of 2008, according to the European Union's new Groundwater Directive. Recent research has developed a new method to determine the chemical status of groundwater which is applicable across the EU. This procedure has been assessed by testing the quality of the groundwater of the Upper Rhine Valley in Germany, Switzerland and ...

  • Pesticides persist in groundwater, say SSSA

    Numerous studies over the past four decades have established that pesticides, which are typically applied at the land surface, can move downward through the unsaturated zone to reach the water table at detectable concentrations. The downward movement of pesticide degradation products, formed in situ, can also contribute to the contamination of ground water. Once in ground water, pesticides and ...

  • New map of global groundwater depths

    Despite groundwater’s importance to ecosystems, little is known about its global distribution. Researchers have now developed a model to map groundwater, revealing that ecosystems covering 22-32% of the Earth’s surface rely on this important resource. Groundwater is vital for many ecosystems, providing crucial support to plants and animals, especially during droughts. ...

  • Midwest groundwater tainted with sewage and chemicals

    Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled fuel and chemicals, all heading to the flooding Mississippi River and down to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental ...

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