Apache Corp. Wins Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year

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Apache Corp.
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The company’s approach frees up 1.2 billion gal per year of groundwater

On Dec. 18, Apache Corp. was recognized as the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year by the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District. The award honors industrial entities that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on district aquifers.

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December 23, 2014

Federal Budget Includes $2.6 Million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The funding will support additional work by USGS to manage the groundwater network

Congress last week passed $1.1 trillion in spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.

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December 19, 2014

AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Eno Scientific Releases Sonic Well Water Measurement Device

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Eno Scientific
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The device uses sound waves to measure water levels

Imagine turning on your faucet only to find there is no water flowing. Your well has run dry, and you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to fix it. That is the scary scenario for communities grappling with drought, and it is a potential danger for the 43 million Americans nationwide (15% of the population) on well water.

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December 11, 2014

New Website Visualizes California Drought

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U.S. Geological Survey
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The interactive website allows visitors to understand the drought better

A newly released interactive California drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.

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December 9, 2014

Groundwater Cleanup to Begin at Superfund Site in Tennessee

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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The treatment system will operate for one year before further evaluation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that construction of a groundwater treatment system will soon begin at the Smalley-Piper Superfund Site located at 719 Piper Street in Collierville, Tenn. Land clearing and other site preparation activities are currently underway.

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December 8, 2014

Report Shows Northern Idaho Superfund Cleanup Improving Water Quality

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USGS
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Concentrations of cadmium, lead and zinc have been significantly reduced since cleanup activities began in the 1990s

A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-led efforts to clean up historical mining contamination in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane river basins in Idaho are improving water quality. Concentrations of three trace metals of concern—cadmium, lead and zinc—have been significantly reduced since cleanup activities began in the 1990s.

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November 24, 2014

USGS Researchers Receive NGWA Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Recipients collectively have more than 60 years of experience in investigating groundwater/surface water exchange

Dr. Paul Barlow of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Northborough, Mass., and Stanley Leake of USGS in Tucson, Ariz., received the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

The award honors significant scientific or engineering contributions to the understanding of groundwater. The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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November 20, 2014

Essential Management Solutions Wins NGWA Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The company was recognized for excellence in restoring contaminated groundwater

Essential Management Solutions LLC of Evergreen, Colo., received an Outstanding Groundwater Project Award from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) for excellence in restoring contaminated groundwater.

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

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November 12, 2014

National Water Use at Lowest Levels in 45 Years

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Numbers show positive trends in conservation

Water use across the country has reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gal per day (gpd) were withdrawn for use in the entire U.S. during 2010.

This represents a 13% reduction in water use from 2005, when about 410 billion gpd were withdrawn, and the lowest level since before 1970.

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November 5, 2014
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