Topics will include shale gas, aquifer sustainability, water quality and groundwater-related data
Groundwater scientists and industry professionals will be exploring various groundwater issues affecting Ohio and surrounding areas on June 19, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio Groundwater Forum. While this forum will focus on groundwater issues of most critical concern to industry professionals working in Ohio, all who are concerned about, or doing research related to, the resource are encouraged to participate. Issues to be discussed include the following subject areas:
USGS study shows nation's aquifers being drawn down at an accelerating rate
A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study entitled "Groundwater Depletion in the U.S. (1900-2008)" comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the U.S., bringing together reliable information from previous references and new analyses.
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USGS study signals need for well owners to test, protect water
A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing that one in five private wells in Pennsylvania faces elevated arsenic levels, offered powerful incentive to test and ensure treatment, according to the Water Quality Assn (WQA).
According to USGS, “Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12% — though not exceeding standards — show elevated levels,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA.
$23 Million to be spent on protecting drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a legal agreement with SL Industries Inc. and SL Surface Technologies Inc. to perform soil cleanup and reimburse EPA’s past costs at the Puchack Well Field Superfund site in Pennsauken Township, N.J. The soil to be cleaned up is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and is contributing to the pollution of groundwater at the site. Hexavalent chromium may cause cancer and can have other serious health impacts.
Regular water well cleaning is vital for maintaining acceptable water quality and operational efficiency, and lowering maintenance costs. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Neil Mansuy of Subsurface Technologies Inc. about the importance of regular water well cleaning and how it impacts overall well health.
The importance of regular water well cleaning and its impact on overall well health
Scholarships awarded to students entering a field of study that promotes groundwater professions
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) recently awarded $20,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 10 students.
Each of the scholarship recipients is entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes groundwater professions.
Joshua Olson of Amery, Wis., received the Past President’s Award, the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Olson is studying hydrogeology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Attendees learn about groundwater and its vital importance to the region
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) kicked off its sixth annual Groundwater Festival, "Treasure Beneath Our Feet," at its headquarters in Lakewood, Calif., with nearly 3,000 community participants enjoying the festivities and engaging the festival's presenters.
Human-made organic chemical constituents less prevalent at high concentrations than statewide
Barium and nitrate were detected at high concentrations in 5% of untreated groundwater used for public water supply in the San Francisco Bay region, while human-made organic chemical constituents were found at high concentrations in less than 1%. These detections are less prevalent than elsewhere in California, according to an ongoing U.S. Geological Survey study of the state's groundwater quality.
West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay $30,000 for alleged storage tank regulation violations
The West Virginia Department of Transportation (W.Va. DOT) has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at 10 facilities operated by its Division of Highways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, W.Va. DOT has also agreed to statewide improvements of its UST monitoring procedures.