Groundwater Awareness Week Grows in 16th Year

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Nearly 400 websites promoted the event, which took place March 9 to 15

While it is said groundwater is “out of sight and out of mind” for many people, that is becoming less true as the National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) National Groundwater Awareness Week continues to grow in reach and impact each year.

Nearly 400 websites — a record number — promoted the 16th edition of Groundwater Awareness Week, held March 9 to 15.

In Illinois alone, at least 10 county health departments promoted groundwater awareness to constituents, including Lake County, which offered discounted water tests to well owners.

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March 26, 2014

Breaking New Ground(water)

Many court decisions affecting the well water industry and groundwater resources were considered and decided in 2013. This article will cover some of the most important decisions from the past year.

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Court cases help shape U.S. groundwater policies

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Margaret Martens is executive director of the Water Systems Council. Martens can be reached at mmartens@watersystemscouncil.org or 202.625.4387.

Jesse Richardson is lead land use attorney for the West Virginia University College of Law, and policy and research advisor for the Water Systems Council. Richardson can be reached at jessehokie@gmail.com.

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March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014
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NGWA Offers Certified Groundwater Professional Designation

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The new designation signifies that the holder has a thorough background in groundwater subjects

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) is accepting applications for its new Certified Groundwater Professional (CGWP) designation, which signifies that the holder has a thorough background in groundwater subjects.

The new program, revamped from a previous version that started in 1986, requires both professional experience and continuing education. The following core competencies ensure that the applicant has a diverse background in groundwater and sufficient skills to earn the designation:

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March 14, 2014

Online Lessons Help Well Owners Protect Water Quality

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NGWA
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Four new, free online lessons are available on the National Ground Water Assn. website

Four new, free online lessons are available to household water well owners at the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) website, www.wellowner.org.

The lessons were developed by NGWA with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Well owners can register by going to www.wellowner.org or using the links below:

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February 13, 2014

Cleanup Settlement Protects Drinking Water in Calif.

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EPA
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EPA oversees removal of contaminants from soil and groundwater at Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an $11 million settlement for contamination at the Rockets, Fireworks and Flares Superfund site in Rialto, Calif. The site was formerly known as the B.F. Goodrich Superfund site, but EPA changed the name as part of a prior agreement with a major settling party.

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February 5, 2014

EPA Reaches Settlement to Clean California Groundwater

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EPA
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CTS Printex Inc. and ADN Corp. will treat contaminated groundwater in Mountain View, Calif.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with CTS Printex Inc. and ADN Corp. to complete the remaining groundwater contamination cleanup at the CTS Printex Inc. Superfund site in Mountain View, Calif.

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February 3, 2014

EPA Settlement Protects Soil, Groundwater in Virginia

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U.S. EPA
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EPA settled violations of underground storage tank regulations at three Virginia military bases

In separate agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have settled alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at three Virginia military bases: Fort Pickett, in Blackstone; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, near Newport News; and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, in Norfolk.

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January 29, 2014

EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Puerto Rico Superfund Site

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EPA
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Proposed plan will address contaminated soil and groundwater

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and ground water at the Cidra groundwater contamination site in Cidra, Puerto Rico. The site includes portions of the commercial district and an industrial park in Cidra.

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December 9, 2013

Guidance Issued on Residential Water Well Methane Reduction

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NGWA
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Proper construction and regular maintenance are important to reducing risks to groundwater

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) issued a new best suggested practice (BSP) for dealing with methane gas in residential water well systems.

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November 22, 2013

Well Water Industry Gains Legal Victory in Georgia

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Water Systems Council
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Ordinance that prohibits drilling of wells within city limits declared unconstitutional

The Superior Court of Washington County has found a city of Sandersville, Ga., ordinance that prohibits drilling of wells within its city limits unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the court found that a private landowner has, under the Georgia and U.S. constitutions, the right to drill a well on his or her property subject only to the government’s reasonable rules and regulations looking to the protection, safety and health of its citizens.

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November 21, 2013
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