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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Publication Date: 
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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Publication Date: 
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.

Publication Date: 
November 5, 2014
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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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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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Publication Date: 
October 20, 2014