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  • Report on Arsenic Removal from Groundwater

    Kenson Associates has recently released a report on methods for arsenic removal from groundwater. This report reviews US EPA, World Band and WHO studies of this subject and critiques the practical methods used for this purpose based upon both their advantages and disadvantages. A brief case history of an arsenic removal project conducted by Dr. Robert Kenson, Principal of Kenson Associates, is ...


  • Report: Groundwater pumping in California has land sinking

    Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said, citing new research by NASA scientists. They said Wednesday that the data show the ground is sinking nearly two inches each month in some places, putting roads, bridges ...


    By Associated Press

  • Major beverage company`s inaction over groundwater contamination - report

    Pepsicola India Holdings' bottling plant in Kerala is extracting excess groundwater and has also run into complaints of groundwater contamination, according to a study done by Kerala's State Groundwater Department some months ago. The study has traced toxic chemicals in the water samples from the company site, and has asked the State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to take immediate measures to ...


    By India Together

  • USGS report `contaminants in groundwater used for public supply` released

    The US Geological Survey (USGS) a unit of the Interior Department, has released a study of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation.  Findings showed that naturally occurring contaminants, such as radon and arsenic, accounted for about three-quarters of contaminant concentrations greater than human-health benchmarks. Man-made contaminants were also found including ...

  • 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 ...


  • Coordinated groundwater recharge needed

    The massive rains over California last month are not just a blessing but also a curse: a curse because the intensity of rain causes serious problems with flooding, erosion and landslides. Every watershed in California should therefore have a coordinated program to intentionally capture flood flows and recharge groundwater aquifers. Extreme weather is one reason so much reservoir storage has been ...


  • UAE groundwater depletion

    Groundwater in the UAE is fast depleting because of prolonged draught conditions. About 80,000 wells including 13,000 in Abu Dhabi and 12,000 in Sharjah are at the risk of depletion and comprise high salinity, according to a scientific study conducted by the UAE University. About 40% of wells in Fujairah and other Eastern Region are also affected, reported 'Al Ittihad' newspaper. Dr Saif Al ...


  • 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.

  • Integrating groundwater science and human wellbeing

    The thirty-sixth Congress of IAH has just drawn to a successful conclusion at Toyama in Japan. Some four hundred delegates, drawn more or less equally from within and outside Japan were warmly welcomed to the city by Takakazu Ishii, the Governor of Toyama Prefecture. After two days of technical sessions of presentations and posters in the excellently-appointed conference centre, the participants ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 1,4-Dioxane Bioremediation in Groundwater Update

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in late 2016 that 1,4-dioxane was included on the list of the first 10 chemicals slated to receive safety reviews under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform. Making the TSCA “Top 10” highlights concerns over 1,4-dioxane, a probable carcinogen commonly detected in groundwater due to its widespread use as a solvent and solvent ...


    By SIREM

  • Statement on Pavillion, Wyoming groundwater investigation

    Following recent discussions, Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead, the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes, and U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued the following statement about groundwater issues in the area east of Pavillion, Wyoming: We believe that collaboration and use of the best available science are critical in meeting the needs of Pavillion area residents and resolving ...

  • California forms groundwater sustainability agencies

    California has completed the first major step under its Sustainable Groundwater Management Act or SGMA (pronounced “sigma”) with the formation of local governing agencies, known as groundwater sustainability agencies or GSAs. SGMA, a three-bill package signed into law in September 2014, focuses on groundwater basins designated as medium- or high-priority by the California Department ...

  • Arsenic Illegally Released into California’s Groundwater

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a natural-gas fired power plant $13,500 for improper management of hazardous waste. According to the EPA, the plant, located in Yuba City, California, generated arsenic from the treatment of wastewater and failed to minimize releases of hazardous waste to the environment. Arsenic occurs naturally in the local groundwater, which the plant uses in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • New Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for Groundwater and Rainwater

    JRC-IRMM has released two new water-based certified reference materials, ERM-CA616 and ERM-CA408. The groundwater ERM-CA616 and the rainwater ERM-CA408 are certified for a number of major components. ERM-CA616 and ERM-CA408 are primarily intended for method performance control and for validation purposes (e.g. trueness estimation). ...

  • Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant

    An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into ...


    By Associated Press

  • AUS$3.9m to measure river and groundwater health

    Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, has announced funding of AUS$3.9 million for projects to improve the monitoring of river and wetland health. “Supporting healthy rivers is an important part of the Rudd Government’s long-term Water for the Future plan,” Senator Wong said. “Crucial to ensuring the health of our rivers and wetlands is accurate and nationally consistent ...


    By Australian Government

  • Scotland’s water and groundwater quality improving, says SEPA

    Water quality in Scotland is good and continues to improve. That's according to the recently published Scotland’s Water Environment Review 2000-2006 featuring water quality classification data that illustrates historical trends stretching back over the past six years.  The review, which has been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), is a valuable source of environmental ...

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