Kamini Singha to discuss groundwater movement, contaminant transport in Earth's subsurface
Kamini Singha is the lecturer for the 2017 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. She will offer a choice of two lectures at participating universities and professional associations. The topics are quantifying water movement and contaminant transport in the Earth’s subsurface.
Singha is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a doctorate in hydrogeology from Stanford University.
Singha’s two lectures are:
Grants cover travel expenses to State Water Sustainability Planning Summit
The Ground Water Research & Education Foundation (GWREF) is accepting applications to provide grant funding to cover travel expenses for qualified applicants, who wish to participate in the State Water Sustainability Planning Summit: The Groundwater Connection Sept. 11 to 14. The event will take place in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Ground Water Protection Council’s Annual Forum and National Rural Water Assn. WaterPro conference.
District board of directors lowers target, drought continues
The Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors lowered its water use reduction target to 20%, but emphasized that residents should continue their efforts to conserve in the ongoing drought.
In 2015, the fourth year of drought, the board of directors called for residents to reduce water use by 30% over the amount they used in 2013. In November 2015, the board extended the call to June 2016.
EPA schedules public meeting to address American National Can facility cleanup
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil at the former American National Can facility in Washington Township, New Jersey as part of the ongoing cleanup of the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund site. The Pohatcong site is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), which can have serious health effects.
Funding will be used to protect and sustain watersheds; secure safe drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) are providing $156,000 to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor in Florida. The foundation is one of nine projects that for the first time are receiving $1.4 million in grants to improve land management of hundreds of thousands of acres of watersheds in seven states.
Installed instrumentation used for ongoing environmental approvals, groundwater sourcing
Encanto Potash Corp. announced the completion of a supplemental groundwater investigation as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A four-hole program was carried on its flagship Muskowekwan First Nation (MFN) property. SNC-Lavalin Inc. was awarded the contract to run the program to gain a better understanding of the subsurface groundwater conditions in the area. The program serves a dual purpose, contributing to the EIA as well as the feasibility study.
$60,000 available between groundwater research, developing-nations and domestic water supply grants
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation is seeking grant applications for groundwater research projects, as well as water supply projects and educational programs in developing nations and the U.S.
The NGWREF Board of Directors recently approved $15,000 for research grants, $35,000 for developing nations grants, and $10,000 for grants from the USA Groundwater Fund. Applications are being accepted through June 30, with grant award announcements around Oct. 1. Applicants should be a 501(c)(3) or equivalent.
Study shows major river basins "too polluted for human contact"
Smog has a greater association to China than water quality, but that will change following a water quality report from the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources. Citing the study, the South China Morning Post reported around 80% of Chinese mainland groundwater resources are not safe for human contact.
Up to $4 million will be available through May 31
The second round of funding, up to $4 million, for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) was posted and is open through May 31.
This effort will enhance coordination and collection of groundwater data to better inform decision-making by water resource managers, the National Ground Water Assn. said.
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