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Dauphin, Man. – Ground water, not beaver dams, is causing levels to rise at East Blue Lake, says Perry Stonehouse of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. CBC News reports | READ MORE
North Dartmouth, MA – The Environmental Protection Agency and local officials attended a ceremony at the North Dartmouth, Mass., ReSolve Superfund site to mark  the implementation of a ground water cleanup system powered entirely by solar panels.
Witless Bay, N.L. – The town of Witless Bay, N.L., is holding a plebiscite to choose between smaller residential lots and the larger lots that are seen by some as providing more protector for the ground water beneath. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Amherst, MA – Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have published a broad analysis of climate and land cover effects on watersheds in the United States aimed at land use and town planners and water quality managers.
Rollo Bay, P.E.I. – A new technique to develop healthier crops and reduce the amount of nitrates in the environment is up in the air, The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Tulsa, OK – Rotary Club of Tulsa members raised money to provide an impoverished village in Nicaragua with more than 400 water wells. Tulsa Business & Legal News reports. | READ MORE
Montreal – Water is becoming increasingly regulated and a shift to sustainability is affecting Canadian water policy and holds implications for the way individuals and industry can use water resources, says law firm Gowlings. Lexology reports. | READ MORE
Brantford, Ont. –  Contractors at a brownfield site used a vacuum truck and odour-suppressing foam to remove oil from ground water following complaints from neighbours about strong odours. The Brant News reports. | READ MORE
Westminster, CO – A conference will focus on the latest developments in the detection, fate and transport, risk assessment, treatment and regulation of emerging contaminants.
Banff, Alta. – Erin Brockovich, whose case against a U.S. utility company was built on allegations of contaminated drinking water, is headlining a remediation technologies symposium in Banff, Alta. Journal of Commerce reports. | READ MORE
Boat Harbour, N.S. – The Nova Scotia government is looking for someone who can do a hydrogeological study and geotechnical and contaminant assessments of the pulp mill waste treatment plant in Boat Harbour. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
St. John's – Memorial University is retesting water in two buildings that had previously been given the all-clear, after a private St. John's laboratory gathered samples and did its own testing at MUN that it says raised concerns. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Fort St. John and Fort Nelson, B.C. – Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, making it one of world's largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 22, 2015, Mississauga, Ont. – Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions has released its 2015 deephole drilling reference book, titled Deephole Drilling in the Waterwell, Oil & Gas, Geothermal and Exploration Markets.
June 12, 2015, Wichita Falls, TX – Back when much of Texoma was engulfed in a drought, private water wells were in demand. But now the drought is over, well-drilling businesses are beginning to see a drought of their own. Texomas reports. | READ MORE
June 7, 2015, Washington, DC – Both sides of the contentious fracking debate in Canada are claiming vindication from a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Toronto Sun reports. | READ MORE
June 2, 2015, Lloydminster, Sask. – Dentist Nekky Jamal has started an initiative called Quench to build wells in parts of the world, such as Nicaragua, that are in dire need of clean water. The Meridian Booster reports. | READ MORE
As I get to visit with people around the country on my Just the Fracks book tour, I am learning a lot about what people think and know about energy and hydraulic fracturing.
March 20, 2015, Northern Quebec – Commerce Resources have completed seven holes of a spring/summer program at the Ashram rare earths deposit in northern Quebec. The company says it hopes to upgrade the existing resource and finish geomechanical and hydrogeological work for a pre-feasibility study, Resource Clips reports. | READ MORE
March 17, 2015, California – As California farms and cities drill deeper for ground water in an era of drought and climate change, they are pumping water that fell to Earth during the ice age, Mother Jones reports. | READ MORE
March 4, 2015, Washington – FracFocus, the U.S. system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, which operates in five Canadian provinces, is undergoing several improvements.
Jan. 29, 2015, Montreal – The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta's oilsands. | READ MORE
Jan. 20, 2015, Whitehorse, Yukon – After months of public consultations throughout the territory, the Yukon Legislature's select committee on hydraulic fracturing could not agree on whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in the territory. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 23, 2014, Quebec City – Quebec, New York and New Brunswick have all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely, reports The Independent. | READ MORE In what some are calling the possible tipping point to a domino effect, Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely and expressing concerns about public health, water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and the oil and gas industry’s lack of a social license to frack. - See more at: In what some are calling the possible tipping point to a domino effect, Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all banned the controversial method of fossil fuel extraction, citing the lack of conclusive research that fracking can be done safely and expressing concerns about public health, water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions and the oil and gas industry’s lack of a social license to frack. - See more at:
Vancouver – Geoscience BC is launching a project to identify and evaluate direct-use geothermal energy opportunities for B.C. communities and provide them with data to potentially lower greenhouse gas emissions and further economic development.
Vancouver – Canadian renewables firm Polaris Infrastructure has hired Iceland Drilling Co. to drill at least two new production wells for the 72-megawatt San Jacinto-Tizate geothermal project in Nicaragua. SeeNews reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association has released new guidelines on the impact of hydrogeology on large-scale geothermal heat pump systems that provide details on site and hydrogeologic considerations and site constraints.
Aug. 10, 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand – The local council is weighing up how to contain the geothermal bore that burst into life in central Rotorua yesterday. OneNewsNow reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 7, 2015, Sydney, N.S. – Cape Breton University's Verschuren Centre is partnering with the Cumberland Energy Authority on a geothermal study relating to the former Springhill mine, The Cape-Breton Post reports. | READ MORE
July 23, 2015, Albany, NY – Although the high cost and the lengthy time required to complete geothermal exploration can hinder the growth of the market, ample opportunities exist as demand for electricity rises rapidly, says a recent report.
July 6, 2015, Calgary – A growing number of experts say the time may be right for geothermal to assume a higher profile, especially in oil-rich Alberta, as governments begin to introduce carbon taxes and other fees on large carbon-emitting facilities. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 19, 2015, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The City of Grande Prairie, Alta., voted unanimously to participate in a renewable energy project that involves building geothermal reservoir models, the Daily Herald-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
June 12, 2015, Calgary – A geothermal pilot project is designed to show that it's possible to generate geothermal electricity from the boiling water that comes out of oil wells. CTV News reports. | READ MORE  
April 20, 2015, Melbourne – The International Renewable Energy Agency and the European Space Agency have created an online tool that consists of a series of new and freely available gravity anomaly maps to gauge geothermal potentials around the world. Renewable Energy Magazine reports. | READ MORE
April 10, 2015, New York – The heat energy generated by the earth’s core can be used for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries, says a new report from the United Nations agricultural agency.
March 20, 2015, Treaty One Territory, Man. – The communities of Peguis First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation have reached an agreement with Aki Energy and Manitoba Hydro to retrofit community homes to geothermal energy and create local jobs for community people.
Sioux Falls, SD – The City of Sioux Falls and the United States Geological Survey are conducting a state-of-the-art ground water survey this fall.
Greenbelt, MD – Scientists using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) have found that the ground water beneath Northern India has been receding by as much as one foot per year over the past decade. After examining many environmental and climate factors, the team of hydrologists led by Matt Rodell of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., concluded that the loss is almost entirely due to human consumption. The animation shown here depicts the change in ground water levels as measured each month from January 2003 to June 2013.
Washington, DC – Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to some form of life. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – Engineer Ray Roussy has patented a new sonic pile-anchor that allows a building to rest on top as well as be bolted and anchored to it.
Ranchi, India – A government school in India is using playground swings that pump water to deal with its shortage. ANI News reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – A tunnel 3.5 metres across and one kilometre long that runs under the Fraser River between Surrey and Coquitlam will soon transport drinking water to Surrey and other communities south of the river. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Arsenic is linked for the first time in Canada with a significantly increased risk of type II diabetes and prediabetes, according a study based on biomonitoring data, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports. | READ MORE
Jerusalem, Israel – An Israeli startup is developing a sensor that measures a plant's actual thirst with the goal of making irrigation more effective and helping preserve ground water. Haaretz reports. | READ MORE
Oakland, CA – A new study from the Pacific Institute has found that even as California undergoes an extreme drought, agricultural output is at a record level, Fusion reports. | READ MORE
Vaughan, Ont. – The Ontario Water Works Association will host a workshop to help ground water stakeholders make smarter choices for ground water systems through energy management; reclaiming or stretching existing infrastructure; or right-sizing the infrastructure at ground water facilities.
I like to compare maintaining a water well to owning a vehicle. My first car was a Honda Accord. At 16 years old, the last thing I wanted to do was spend money on maintenance. I skipped changing the oil; I never considered that the many filters in the car needed to be replaced.
Water well drillers familiar with the contaminated water outbreak situation in Walkerton, Ont., will remember that issues with improper sampling for bacteria in the water supply were part of the problem.  
Flomatic Corporation has a new patent-pending pump check valve especially designed for use with variable-frequency drive (VFD) controlled submersible pumps.
The UVT-LED, distributed exclusively by Sensorex, is the first instrument of its kind to use highly efficient UV-C LED technology. The compact monitor is designed to deliver fast, accurate transmittance readings in the field, water treatment facilities or industrial settings.
The TR-71nw supports automated, error-free data collection, remote monitoring and alerting with a simple Ethernet LAN connection.
July 14, 2015 – July 14, 2015 – Designed for rugged field use, the reversible-flow Solinst Peristaltic Pump is intended for water or vapour sampling from shallow wells and surface water.
June 25, 2015 – In-Situ has launched HydroVu, a website for remote water monitoring that is designed to provide decision-quality data.
  May 26, 2015 – Koch Membrane Systems has a new Puron MP hollow-fibre ultrafiltration cartridge designed for high-solids water and wastewater applications, including surface water treatment, reverse osmosis pretreatment, and tertiary wastewater treatment.
May 18, 2015 – Scalewatcher North America has a range of environmentally friendly units designed to combat the effects of hard water limescale without the use of chemicals or salt.
May 12, 2015 – The new MC-100 is a research-grade, cost-effective, optical meter that combines the features of the Opti-Sciences CCM 200 Plus with the ability to output a direct measure of chlorophyll in units of micromols of chlorophyll per square metre of leaf surface.
May 8, 2015 – Franklin Electric’s Inline 400 pressure-boosting system is designed to provide a compact and economical way to improve water pressure. The Inline 400 couples the Franklin Electric pump and motor with flow-based controls to provide a typical water-pressure boost of up to 40 psi, depending on the application’s need.
  April 13, 2015 – The Model 101 P7 water level meter, manufactured by Solinst, has been designed with accuracy and portability in mind.
April 8, 2015 – With the help of Dow Chemical, Sullair is producing and marketing an improved Sullube lubricant for its line of air compressors that can last up to 10,000 hours.
Jan. 19, 2015, Livingston, TX – Lone Star Drills has four heavy-duty bit options keep rigs boring in through different soil types and geotechnical and geothermal applications.
Vancouver – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has issued a call for presentations for its 2016 conference, Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future.
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island will hold water act public consultations in seven communities beginning in October, says Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past five years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean-energy initiatives and the economy – they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
Calgary – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year – 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production – and other industries are picking up the slack. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Whether it was a lively round of golf, a 45-minute hike to a University of Guelph research site or a relaxed casino night, members of the Ontario Ground Water Association were game.
Working in the family’s well drilling business was something Darrell Carson always talked about, but his career path made a few twists and turns before that became a reality.
It’s so easy to deal with the fires, isn’t it? And by easy I mean not easy but straightforward.
Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking for feedback through a survey on pilot testing of its new Health and Safety Checklist by Sept. 6, 2015.
Victoria – The B.C. government is seeking input from the public on the proposed regulations and policies relating to the Water Sustainability Act until Sept. 8. READ MORE
Aug. 4, 2015, Toronto – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper suggested the federal government's budget is going to be tight for the next two years, adding that a tax credit he's promising if re-elected wouldn't be implemented until mid-way into that mandate. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 30, 2015, St. John's – The St. John's market has been holding steady during the recent economic slip due to oil's price tumble, and first time home-buyers are leading the charge, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 23, 2015, Westerville, OH –  The National Ground Water Association has announced recipients of its 2015 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Award, and Divisional Award.

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