Tag Archives: Groundwater

ACWA Releases Groundwater Management Recommendations

On April 7, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released recommendations for improving management of California groundwater basins. ACWA’s recommendations come as discussions continue in the regulatory and legislative arenas to identify ways to address potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded groundwater quality in some basins of the state. The drought has [...]

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British Columbia Bill Would Regulate Groundwater for the First Time

A bill proposed on March 11 in the Canadian province of British Columbia would regulate and protect groundwater resources for the first time. The Water Sustainability Act would modernize the 1909 Water Act and take effect in the spring of 2015, after supporting regulations are developed and finalized. In addition to creating first-time protections for [...]

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California Governor Signs Bill Providing $687 Million for Drought Relief

On March 1, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a $687 million emergency drought relief package following his January declaration of a drought State of Emergency. The package includes $549 million from the accelerated expenditure of voter-approved bonds for infrastructure grants for local and regional projects that are already planned or partially completed. Projects [...]

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Public Comment Opens on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

California’s $25-billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will deliver water to Southern California, is now open for public comment. The plan is an application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a 50-year permit. It includes two 56-km (35-mi) long tunnels and three intake pumps [...]

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Groundwater Pumping Causing Land Subsidence in Southern Chesapeake Bay, USGS Study Says

On Dec. 9, U.S. Geological Survey Virginia Water Science Center and the agency’s Office of Groundwater released a study on the effects of groundwater withdrawals on land subsidence in the Southern Chesapeake Bay. The land surface is sinking due primarily to groundwater withdrawals, causing increased flooding and sea-level rise in the communities and coastal habitats [...]

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Reducing Nitrogen in Waterbodies May Take Longer than Previously Thought, Studies Show

Nitrogen has been the subject of several studies over the last month. On Nov. 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a study showing that efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment delivery to the Chesapeake Bay may be delayed due to the slow speeds at which groundwater moves. This particular study focuses on nitrogen from [...]

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Check It Out: Pilot Project to Test Energy-Passive Groundwater Recharge Pump

H2Opportunities, a nonprofit with the goal of bringing innovative water and wastewater technologies to market, recently issued a $99,000 contract at Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Parjana Distribution LLC. The 9-ha pilot project is a test of the company’s DrainAge technology, which is an energy-passive groundwater recharge pump that injects standing water back into [...]

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Model Predicts Regions with Groundwater High in Arsenic

According to a paper recently published in Science, 19.6 million people in China could be at risk from arsenic found in groundwater. Researchers with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and China Medical University in Shenyang developed a tool that helps to predict areas where groundwater could be high in arsenic. According [...]

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European Commission Seeks Comments on Groundwater Directive

The European Commission is seeking comments on a possible revision of the European Union’s 2006 Groundwater Directive. While the directive sets limits for certain pollutants, it simply requires that member countries take other naturally occurring and synthetic pollutants into consideration. During the consultation period, open until Oct. 22, The commission is seeking public opinion on [...]

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ExxonMobil Held Responsible for Groundwater Cleanup Costs

On July 26, a U.S. appeals court upheld a previous 2003 court ruling that found ExxonMobil liable for $105 million in damages to New York City’s drinking water. ExxonMobil allegedly used methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive and identified animal carcinogen, into the early 2000s. MTBE was once used to improve combustion and [...]

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