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David R. Wunsch, Delaware’s State Geologist and Director of the Delaware Geological Survey, presented a paper titled “Going with the Flow: Federal Funding Facilitates Progress for the U.S. National Ground-Water Monitoring Network” at the National Groundwater Association’s Groundwater Summit on Monday, April 25, in Denver Colorado.
Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, an environmentalist or a groundwater professional, you can get involved in protecting this vital resource.
Simple ways everyone can act to protect groundwater
Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity.
• For starters, 99 percent of all available freshwater comes from aquifers underground. Being a good steward of groundwater just makes sense.
• Not only that, most surface water bodies are connected to groundwater so how you impact groundwater matters.
• Furthermore, many public water systems draw all or part of their supply from groundwater, so protecting the resource protects the public water supply and impacts treatment costs.
• If you own a well to provide water for your family, farm, or business, groundwater protection is doubly important. As a well owner, you are the manager of your own water system. Protecting groundwater will help reduce risks to your water supply.
A. Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey, presented "Integration of multiple geophysical techniques to image a submarine groundwater discharge zone" at the 2013 National Groundwater Association Annual Summit held in San Antonio, TX Apr 28-May 1. Co-authors were Holly Michael, John Madsen, Chris Russoniello, and Cristina Fernandez of the UD Dept of Geological Sciences, John Bratton of NOAA, and VeeAnn Cross of US Geological Survey.