Applications available for groundwater grants

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National Groundwater Research and Education Foundation
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$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.

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April 21, 2016

Chinese Groundwater Pollution Recorded at 80%

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South China Morning Post
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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.

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April 13, 2016

NGWMN Opens Second Round of Funding

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NGWA
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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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April 5, 2016

Well Water: Connecting the Water Well Industry

Think about the technologies that are now obsolete due to smartphones: portable radios, cameras, alarm clocks, compasses and calculators, to name a few. You do not need them anymore because they (and 100 other technologies) have been replaced by that little device in your pocket. 

Now, think about starting a car. In 1950, you had to push in the clutch, turn on the ignition switch, hold the accelerator pedal down halfway and press the starter button. If it was cold, you had to set the choke as well. Today, you press the remote start button on your key fob twice.

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Utilizing the Internet of Things to provide data & value to customers

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March 28, 2016
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Well Water: Working for Rural Water

Most people in the U.S. do not give a second thought to the source of their drinking water unless something goes wrong—a tap runs dry or the discharged water is cloudy. Usually, the solution is fairly simple: Call the plumber or city water department and it is fixed.

But what if the solution was much more difficult, taking years instead of hours or a few days? This is a circumstance facing an increasing number of U.S. communities as the country grapples with a growing drinking water infrastructure crisis.

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Water wells provide small Georgia community with reliable water supply

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March 28, 2016
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Well Owner's Manual Available From Water Systems Council

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Water Systems Council
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U.S. EPA grant was used to produce manual on water well systems, maintenance and more

The Water Systems Council (WSC) published a new Well Owner’s Manual that is now available for free to well owners across the U.S.

WSC received a grant in 2015 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance, training and educational programs to owners of private and small community water wells. A portion of the EPA grant money was used to produce the new Well Owner's Manual.

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February 22, 2016

EPA Finalizes $9 Million Interim Cleanup at CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site

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EPA
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CTS site's soil and groundwater contaminated with trichloroethene and other VOCs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected an interim cleanup plan to address contamination beneath the former plant at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund site. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality concurred with EPA’s decision.

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February 16, 2016
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EPA Announces Grants to Help Small Drinking & Wastewater Systems

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U.S. EPA
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Systems will receive training, technical assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The water systems will receive training and technical assistance to improve small system operations and management practices, promote system sustainability and better protect public health and the environment.

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February 15, 2016

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:

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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
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