The device uses sound waves to measure water levels
Imagine turning on your faucet 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. That is the scary scenario for communities grappling with drought, and it is a potential danger for the 43 million Americans nationwide (15% of the population) on well water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.