NGWREF Selects 2013 Officers

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National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation affirms its 2013 officers

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) affirmed its officers for another term in 2013.

NGWREF is operated by the National Ground Water Assn. as a public foundation focused on conducting educational, research and other charitable activities related to a broader public understanding of groundwater.

Continuing in their officer positions are:

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March 26, 2013

Panel to Review EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research

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EPA
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EPA’s Science Advisory Board announces Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel. This panel of independent experts will peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Leading up to the peer review, the SAB panel will provide scientific feedback on EPA’s research in an open and transparent manner.

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March 26, 2013
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EPA Begins Construction of Groundwater Treatment System

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EPA
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Treatment system will clean up contaminated groundwater at Superfund sites in Torrance, Calif.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the start of construction of a groundwater treatment system that will clean up groundwater contamination from past operations at the Montrose and Del Amo Superfund sites in Torrance, Calif. The treatment system is expected to be completed in 18 months at an estimated cost of $15 million and will be used to remove chlorobenzene, benzene and other industrial chemicals used to manufacture DDT and synthetic rubber from the groundwater.

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March 20, 2013

IBWA Supports National Groundwater Awareness Week

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International Bottled Water Assn.
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The week focuses on America’s need to protect and maintain water from underground aquifers

The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) is a sponsor of National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10 to 16, 2013. The annual commemoration marking America’s need to protect and maintain water from underground aquifers is spearheaded by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

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March 15, 2013

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Rosedale filters can remove large quantities of sediment, hydrocarbons and protozoan cysts such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, and are ideal for groundwater remediation and environmental concerns. They feature high flow rates and dirt-holding capacities, and are easily disposed of by incineration or at solid waste landfills.

USGS Report Updates High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Level Decline

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Report details High Plains Aquifer groundwater level changes from 1950 to 2011 and 2009 to 2011

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February 25, 2013
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People to People & NGWA Announce Water Resources Delegation

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Delegation to India seeks to increase collaboration with Indian professionals, organizations

Kevin McCray, CAE, CEO of the National Ground Water Assn., will be leading an overseas cultural and professional exchange opportunity in September 2013.

People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is coordinating a delegation of water resource professionals who will travel to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India, from Sept. 22 to 30.

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February 19, 2013

NASA Satellite Data Show Freshwater Losses In Middle East

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Data from gravity-measuring satellites show rapid loss of freshwater reserves during the past decade

Scientists at the University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine); NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., found during a seven-year period beginning in 2003, parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basins lost 117 million acre ft (144 cu km) of their total stored freshwater. That is almost the amount of water in the Dead Sea. The researchers attribute about 60% of the loss to pumping of groundwater from underground reservoirs.

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February 18, 2013
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Fumigants Found at High Concentrations in Madera County Groundwater

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U.S. Geological Survey
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High concentrations of fumigants detected in about 10% of the Madera County, Calif., aquifer system

Arsenic, uranium, fumigants and nitrate were detected at high concentrations in untreated groundwater at depths in the aquifer system typically used for public water supply in the Madera County region of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

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February 14, 2013

Abu Dhabi Warns Against Illegal Groundwater Selling

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Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
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EAD monitors groundwater selling to protect the groundwater supply against depletion and pollution

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has called upon farm, landowners and contractors to cease the drilling of wells without a permit, and the illegal selling of groundwater. EAD has reaffirmed that it will be taking all necessary legal measures against violators, in accordance with the stipulations of Law No. 6 of 2006. EAD is the government entity mandated with the implementation of this law, which regulates well drilling and other related activities.

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February 12, 2013