The Effects of Overuse

The water supplies beneath our feet are crucial to many areas across the country, but as water needs increase, cities must take care to ensure their groundwater aquifers last. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologist Steven E. Rice on the dangers of overusing aquifers and USGS’ latest study on New Mexico’s groundwater.

Kate Cline: How have groundwater levels and flow changed in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system?

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Groundwater withdrawals affect New Mexico aquifer

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Steven E. Rice is hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Rice can be reached at srice@usgs.gov.

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October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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University Team Brings Clean Water to Nepal

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Ball State University
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Ball State University’s Himalayan Sustainability Initiative assesses contaminated groundwater

A Ball State University team is working to bring clean drinking water to a small, isolated community in mountainous Nepal that lies in the middle of the heavily congested pathway to Mount Everest.

Led by Kirsten Nicholson, a Ball State geological sciences professor, teams of faculty, students and alumni started the Himalayan Sustainability Initiative. They have spent the last several years studying the groundwater that serves the 900-person community of Khumjung at nearly 17,000 ft.

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October 7, 2014

NGWA Government Affairs Activist Wins Award

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Beverly L. Herzog received the association’s Standard Bearer Award

Long-time National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) member Beverly L. Herzog of Champaign, Ill., received the association’s Standard Bearer Award for outstanding volunteer involvement in the legislative process.

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

Herzog has been active in the association in many capacities, including serving as:

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October 6, 2014

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Toxic Site in Newfield, N.J.

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EPA
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$5.3 million to be spent to address groundwater contamination

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a plan to address soil, sediment and surface water that is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and heavy metals by past industrial operations at the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, N.J.

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October 6, 2014

Water Well Industry Veteran Receives NGWA’s Life Member Award

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

Richard “Dick” Henkle of Garden City, Kan., 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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October 3, 2014

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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USGS Study Explores Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Groundwater

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