First Nations Present Evidence of Groundwater Impact in British Columbia

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West Moberly First Nations
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West Moberly, Prophet River & Saulteau First Nations say BC Hydro has left gaps in groundwater data at dam site

West Moberly First Nations, Prophet River First Nation and Saulteau First Nations have provided scientific evidence on the potential impact to groundwater from the proposed Site C dam near Fort St. John, BC. The First Nations retained an expert in hydrogeology, Dr. Gilles Wendling, to conduct a technical evaluation of groundwater information provided by BC Hydro.

“My research uncovered significant data gaps in the characterization of groundwater around the dam site,” said Wendling. His analysis found the following:

Publication Date: 
January 14, 2016
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First Nations Prevent Evidence of Groundwater Impact in British Columbia

Law Firm Investigating PFOA-Contaminated Groundwater in Upstate New York

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Weitz & Luxenberg
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Weitz & Luxenberg is working with Erin Brockovich to identify affected parties for potential lawsuit

Weitz & Luxenberg has announced that it is investigating bringing a lawsuit against one or more companies believed responsible for certain cancers and other illnesses affecting residents of Hoosick, N.Y., where the residents have unwittingly been drinking water contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). 

The firm has not yet named the companies, but indicated that a potential lawsuit against them would seek compensation for the harmed residents of Hoosick, a town of 6,500 in central upstate New York.

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January 14, 2016

Well Water: Drilling for Life

EPA Announces Settlement for Cleanup of Cooper Drum Superfund Site in California

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Forty parties agree to $22 million settlement that will provide for groundwater treatment system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum site in South Gate, Calif., 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The settlement requires an estimated $15 million to construct the additional groundwater treatment system needed, including wells, piping and treatment costs, plus $7 million to reimburse EPA for its past cleanup actions at the Superfund site.

Publication Date: 
December 30, 2015

Managed Aquifer Recharge Growing as Tool to Cope with Water Shortages

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Managed aquifer recharge captures available water and moves it under controlled conditions into aquifers

s many states expect continued drought in 2016 and beyond, the management of aquifers—underground geologic formations that retain groundwater—will be increasingly important, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) captures available water during wet periods, during periods of local demand, or water that would be lost otherwise—then moves this water under controlled conditions into underground reservoirs called aquifers.

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December 29, 2015

Federal Budget Bill Includes $3.6 Million for Groundwater Monitoring

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National Ground Water Assn.
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NGWA efforts help achieve $3.6 million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

The federal budget bill signed by President Obama on Dec. 18, 2015 includes further funding of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN), the National Ground Water Association announced today.

The budget includes $3.6 million for the NGWMN—the amount advocated by NGWA and $1 million more than in 2015.

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December 22, 2015

EPA Releases 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

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U.S. EPA
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In fiscal year 2015, enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual enforcement and compliance results highlighted by large cases that reduce pollution and protect public health in communities across the country.

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December 17, 2015
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EPA Releases 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

Water Well Trust Receives Second USDA Grant for Georgia Water Wells

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Water Well Trust
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The $140,000 grant will be used for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in six Georgia counties

The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has received a second $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Household Water Well Systems program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in six Georgia counties.

The Water Well Trust will contribute a $56,000 match towards this project. Water Systems Council members donated these funds at the 2015 WSC Fall Members’ Meeting fundraising golf tournament and auction.

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December 10, 2015

Almond Industry Launches Strategic Effort to Improve Water Efficiency

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Almond Board of California
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The effort also includes initiatives related to air quality and agricultural practices

Almond Board of California (ABC) launched Accelerated Innovation Management (AIM), a new strategic effort designed to make the almond industry more efficient and sustainable.

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December 9, 2015

Former Government Affairs Director Receives NGWA Honorary Member Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, Dec. 15 to 17

Former National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) Government Affairs Director Christine Reimer has received a 2015 Honorary Member Award from NGWA for her more than 30 years of service to the association. The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, Dec. 15 to 17.

Beginning in 1983, Reimer served in a number of positions at NGWA and was government affairs director for 22 years.

Milestones during her tenure as government affairs director include:

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Publication Date: 
November 30, 2015
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