Well Water Watch

Many residents across the U.S. rely on groundwater for their potable water supply, whether from a private water well or a municipal system that draws from a groundwater source. In recent years, legislation has put greater focus on wells and groundwater resources, with the potential to affect millions. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline recently checked in with Margaret Martens of the Water Systems Council (WSC) and Jesse Richardson of West Virginia University to get the latest legislative updates.

About The Author: 

Margaret Martens is executive director of the Water Systems Council. Martens can be reached at mmartens@watersystemscouncil.org.

Jesse Richardson is lead land use attorney for the West Virginia University College of Law’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. Richardson can be reached at jessehokie@gmail.com.

Publication Date: 
April 1, 2015
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Imagine turning on your faucet one day 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. When a North Carolina scientist ran into this issue, he searched for a product that could help. When he could not find one, he took matters into his own hands.

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Communities utilize sound wave technology to measure well levels

About The Author: 

Scott Curkin is senior account catalyst for 919 Marketing Co. Curkin can be reached at scurkin@919marketing.com.

Publication Date: 
April 1, 2015
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National Ground Water Research & Educational Foundation Awards Scholarships

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Each of the scholarship recipients are entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes the groundwater professions

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation recently awarded $25,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 15 students.

Each of the scholarship recipients are entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes the groundwater professions.

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Publication Date: 
March 31, 2015

Report Shows Some Shallow Groundwater Wells Affected by Bio-Based Fertilizers

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Some wells downhill from agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers exhibited nitrate levels above EPA standards

Some shallow groundwater wells next to or downhill from Orange County, N.C., agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers have nitrate levels above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards set for public water supplies, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report titled “Effect of Land-Applied Biosolids on Surface-Water Nutrient Yields and Groundwater Quality in Orange County, North Carolina.”

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Publication Date: 
March 30, 2015

USGS Analyzes Idaho Groundwater Data to Optimize Future Aquifer Monitoring

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U.S. Geological Survey
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The data reveal long-term trends toward improved groundwater quality in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists released analyses of more than 30 years of water quality data collected at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. The data reveal long-term trends toward improved groundwater quality in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer. Those results will be used to optimize the aquifer monitoring network at the INL Site.

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Publication Date: 
March 6, 2015

National Groundwater Awareness Week Promotes Education

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National Ground Water Assn.
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National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 8 to 14, 2015

Groundwater, along with oxygen, is arguably the most important natural resource for human life, and National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8 to 14, 2015, is a good time to learn how to become a good steward of it, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Ninety-nine percent of all available freshwater in the world is groundwater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That means all the world’s rivers, lakes and streams make up only 1%.

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Publication Date: 
March 3, 2015

Contaminant Cleanup

In the late 1990s, a coking facility in Detroit closed, and the site was subjected to strict cleanup requirements as part of new government regulations. As part of the overall site cleanup, the facility was required to capture groundwater contaminated with creosote oil, aromatic hydrocarbons, ammonia and iron, and prevent it from migrating off site and contaminating surrounding areas. The final destination for the groundwater was a municipal wastewater treatment plant.

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Bioreactor technology chosen to treat groundwater on the site of a former Michigan coking facility

About The Author: 

Abigail Antolovich is strategic marketing manager for UOP, a Honeywell Co. Antolovich can be reached at abigail.antolovich@honeywell.com or 847.224.5739.

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2015
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February 11, 2015
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Man-Made Pollutants Finding Their Way Into Groundwater Through Septic Systems

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U.S. Geological Survey
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A new study found that septic systems leak man-made pollutants into groundwater

Pharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into groundwater through septic systems in New York and New England, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).    

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2015
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Study Reveals Man-made Pollutants From Septic Systems in Groundwater

Source Water Protection Focus of SWC's Call to Action

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The Source Water Collaborative issued a call to action to encourage the U.S. to protect its water resources

Changes to water quality and quantity challenge our nation to redouble its efforts to protect its water resources, states the Source Water Collaborative (SWC) in its recent call to action, "A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water."

SWC, made up of 22 national organizations including the National Ground Water Assn., issued its call to action in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Publication Date: 
February 9, 2015

NGWA CEO Named to Federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

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National Ground Water Assn.
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National Ground Water Assn. CEO appointed to Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee

National Ground Water Assn. (NGWS) CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, was appointed to the federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

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Publication Date: 
February 5, 2015
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