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 According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gal per day (gpd) were withdrawn for use in the entire U.S. during 2010.
This represents a 13% reduction in water use from 2005, when about 410 billion gpd were withdrawn, and the lowest level since before 1970.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.
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.
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).
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).
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?
Groundwater withdrawals affect New Mexico aquifer
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.
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: