EPA Awards $785,000 to Navajo Nation for Underground Storage Tank Cleanup

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Grant will help prevent contamination of groundwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $465,000 to the Navajo Nation to oversee the cleanup of an estimated 58 leaking underground storage tanks that store petroleum or hazardous substances throughout the reservation. The agency also is providing $320,000 for compliance activities reservation-wide.

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October 30, 2014

Water Well Trust Receives USDA Household Water Well Systems Grant

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Water Well Trust
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Grant will fund projects in Arkansas and Oklahoma

The Water Well Trust received a $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 northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The Water Well Trust will contribute a 51% match toward this project, or $71,400. These funds were donated by Water Systems Council members.

Publication Date: 
October 27, 2014
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Water Well Trust Receives USDA Household Water Well Systems Grant

New Groundwater Model Can Help Address Growing Water Demands

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U.S. Geological Survey
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New model will help managers understand groundwater resources in Oregon's Willamette Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a computer model that will help water managers understand the groundwater resources in the Willamette Basin and assist them in meeting current and future water demands. The study, done in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, builds on more than 10 years of data collection and analysis, and is the most in-depth analysis of the groundwater flow system of the Willamette Basin to date.

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October 21, 2014

Miami Conservancy District of Ohio Receives NGWA Special Recognition Award

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Natural Ground Water Assn.
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The award recognizes dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry through local-level community involvement

The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) in southwest Ohio has received a 2014 Special Recognition Award from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

This award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry and community through involvement and achievement on a local or regional level. The award will be presented in December at the 2014 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

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October 20, 2014

EPA Settlement With USDA Protects Soil, Groundwater

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Underground storage tank in Warm Springs, Va., will be regularly monitored and inspected

An underground storage tank (UST) at the Lake Moomaw Marina Store in Warm Springs, Va., will now be regularly monitored and inspected under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve alleged violations of UST regulations. The Lake Moomaw Marina Store is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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October 15, 2014

NGWA Publishes Best Practices on Aquifer Storage, Recovery

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Guide explains the processes and considerations for an ASR system and its implementation

A new set of best suggested practices (BSPs) for groundwater professionals involved in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects has been approved by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA). 

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October 14, 2014

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