New Groundwater Model Can Help Address Growing Water Demands

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U.S. Geological Survey
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New model will help managers understand groundwater resources in Oregon's Willamette Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a computer model that will help water managers understand the groundwater resources in the Willamette Basin and assist them in meeting current and future water demands. The study, done in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, builds on more than 10 years of data collection and analysis, and is the most in-depth analysis of the groundwater flow system of the Willamette Basin to date.

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October 21, 2014

Miami Conservancy District of Ohio Receives NGWA Special Recognition Award

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Natural Ground Water Assn.
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The award recognizes dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry through local-level community involvement

The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) in southwest Ohio has received a 2014 Special Recognition Award from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

This award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry and community through involvement and achievement on a local or regional level. The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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October 20, 2014

EPA Settlement With USDA Protects Soil, Groundwater

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Underground storage tank in Warm Springs, Va., will be regularly monitored and inspected

An underground storage tank (UST) at the Lake Moomaw Marina Store in Warm Springs, Va., will now be regularly monitored and inspected under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve alleged violations of UST regulations. The Lake Moomaw Marina Store is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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October 15, 2014

NGWA Publishes Best Practices on Aquifer Storage, Recovery

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Guide explains the processes and considerations for an ASR system and its implementation

A new set of best suggested practices (BSPs) for groundwater professionals involved in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects has been approved by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA). 

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October 14, 2014

The Effects of Overuse

The water supplies beneath our feet are crucial to many areas across the country, but as water needs increase, cities must take care to ensure their groundwater aquifers last. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologist Steven E. Rice on the dangers of overusing aquifers and USGS’ latest study on New Mexico’s groundwater.

Kate Cline: How have groundwater levels and flow changed in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system?

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Groundwater withdrawals affect New Mexico aquifer

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Steven E. Rice is hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Rice can be reached at srice@usgs.gov.

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October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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University Team Brings Clean Water to Nepal

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Ball State University
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Ball State University’s Himalayan Sustainability Initiative assesses contaminated groundwater

A Ball State University team is working to bring clean drinking water to a small, isolated community in mountainous Nepal that lies in the middle of the heavily congested pathway to Mount Everest.

Led by Kirsten Nicholson, a Ball State geological sciences professor, teams of faculty, students and alumni started the Himalayan Sustainability Initiative. They have spent the last several years studying the groundwater that serves the 900-person community of Khumjung at nearly 17,000 ft.

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October 7, 2014

NGWA Government Affairs Activist Wins Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Beverly L. Herzog received the association’s Standard Bearer Award

Long-time National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) member Beverly L. Herzog of Champaign, Ill., received the association’s Standard Bearer Award for outstanding volunteer involvement in the legislative process.

The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Herzog has been active in the association in many capacities, including serving as:

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October 6, 2014

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Toxic Site in Newfield, N.J.

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EPA
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$5.3 million to be spent to address groundwater contamination

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a plan to address soil, sediment and surface water that is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and heavy metals by past industrial operations at the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, N.J.

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October 6, 2014

Water Well Industry Veteran Receives NGWA’s Life Member Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Richard Henkle honored for his service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry and NGWA

Richard “Dick” Henkle of Garden City, Kan., received a Life Member Award from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) for his special service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry and NGWA. The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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October 3, 2014

USGS Study Explores Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Groundwater

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Pharmaceuticals from treated municipal wastewater can contaminate shallow groundwater

Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants from treated municipal wastewater can travel into shallow groundwater following its release to streams, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. The research was conducted at Fourmile Creek, a small, wastewater-dominated stream near Des Moines, Iowa.

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September 26, 2014
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