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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Steven Maslansky Receives NGWA’s Life Member Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Maslansky honored for his special service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry

Steven P. Maslansky, PG, CPG, of Maslansky GeoEnvironmental in Prescott, Ariz., has received a Life Member Award from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) for his special service in the furtherance of the groundwater industry.

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

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September 25, 2014

USGS Model Provides Insight Into Snake Valley’s Groundwater

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U.S. Geological Survey
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A new computer model simulates groundwater flow between Snake Valley and adjacent areas

Proposed increases in water withdrawals in Snake Valley and surrounding areas will likely result in declining groundwater levels and a decrease in natural discharge to springs, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study and simulation model.

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September 24, 2014

Henry ‘Hank’ Baski Receives NGWA’s Life Member Award

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

Henry “Hank” Baski, president of Baski Inc. of Englewood, Colo., 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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September 22, 2014

NETL Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Study

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U.S. Department of Energy
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Study monitors a hydraulic fracturing operation in Greene County, Pa.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a technical report on the results of a limited field study that monitored a hydraulic fracturing operation in Greene County, Pa., for upward fracture growth out of the target zone and upward gas and fluid migration.

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September 22, 2014

Clemson University Professor Wins NGWA’s Top Science Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Professor Fred J. Molz III honored for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater

Professor Fred J. Molz III of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., received the National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2014 M. King Hubbert Award for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater.

The award will be presented this December during NGWA's Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting, taking place in Las Vegas.

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September 18, 2014

Cal State Fullerton Professor Receives Top NGWA Awards

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National Ground Water Assn.
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W. Richard Laton received the Ross L. Oliver Award and the Keith E. Anderson Award

Hydrogeology Professor W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, of California State University, Fullerton, received two 2014 awards from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Laton received the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry and the Keith E. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to NGWA. The awards will be presented in December at NGWA’s Groundwater Expo & Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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September 12, 2014

NGWREF Funds Groundwater Bioremediation Research

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Daqian Jiang, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, received an $8,000 grant from NGWREF

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) awarded a grant to Daqian Jiang, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, for a research project on the bioremediation of groundwater.

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September 9, 2014

USGS Analyzes Klamath Mountains Groundwater Quality

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Constituents detected at high levels are less prevalent than statewide

Naturally occurring trace elements were detected at high concentrations in less than 3% of raw groundwater sources used for public water supply in the Klamath Mountain area of California, according to the ongoing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study of the state's groundwater quality. In comparison, high concentrations of trace elements have generally been found in 10% to 25% of the state’s groundwater sources used for public supply.

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September 8, 2014

NGWA Recommends Regularly Checking Well Water for Bacteria, Nitrate

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The association recommends annual testing to eliminate health risks

Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test his or her water to make sure no health risk exists, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) recommended.

While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not uncommon to rural areas due to its use in fertilizers and because it is sometimes linked to animal or human waste.

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August 29, 2014