Enduring influence

Enduring influence

Gord Bailey was born to teach, but he didn’t always know it.

Choppers at work

Choppers at work

Who says installing pumps can’t look like Mission Impossible?

Groundwater Week: 5 gems

Groundwater Week: 5 gems

The National Ground Water Association’s annual expo

Atlantic treasure

Atlantic treasure

Jordan Rogers is fulfilling every child’s – heck, every adult’s – fantasy

Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health has received an unprecedented number of water samples from residents to test wells affected by the devastating floods earlier this month. Of more than 800 samples sent to health department in early May, almost 1 in 10 was deemed unsafe. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario – Residents of western Quebec and parts of Ontario are bracing for a deluge of rain that could make flooding worse, and the storm system responsible for the wet conditions is expected to reach New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Friday night, Environment Canada says. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Halifax – A rural Halifax-area community dealing with contaminated water was told help is coming from the province as one resident launched a so-called private prosecution against those allegedly responsible for the pollution. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Guelph, Ont. – Researchers in Guelph, Ont., an hour’s drive west of Toronto, are hoping to mine the money out of sewage with a new technology that maximizes anaerobic digestion at wastewater treatment plants. Canadian Biomass reports. | READ MORE
Yellowknife – The Giant Mine Oversight Board is asking why the project team remediating Giant Mine in Yellowknife is allowed to discharge treated water from the mine into Baker Creek without a licence. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Warwick, PA – An ice rink officials had labelled "unsafe" because it was using water from an unauthorized well in an area affected by ground water pollution remains open and will eventually be reconnected to the public water system. The Intelligencer reports. | READ MORE
Washington – Shell Oil Co. and Dow Chemical hid a known cancer-causing substance in two commonly used pesticides that contaminated the drinking water of millions of people in California, according to lawsuits detailed in a report from the Environmental Working Group earlier this month. NBC News reports. | READ MORE
Charlottetown – The University of Prince Edward Island Climate Lab held a presentation at Holland College in Charlottetown to inform students and visitors about climate change, its local impact on ground water and what can be done to help. The Charlottetown Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Madison, WI – A new Canadian-led study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows they are getting saltier because of runoff from the salt used to melt winter snow and ice. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Portland, OR – Ground water temperature changes will lag surface temperature changes from a changing climate, indicates an international joint study led by USGS Oregon Water Science Center. AGU Publications reports. | READ MORE
Colorado Springs, CO – A Christian organization is pursuing the key group it believes can play a major role in bringing two kinds of life-giving fresh water to those in need — millennials. ChristanNewsWire reports. | READ MORE
Canon City, CO – Officials from uranium production company Cotter Corp. wants to pilot test a ground water cleanup program they believe will remove uranium and molybdenum to safe levels at its now-defunct uranium mill south of Canon City in Colorado. The Pueblo Chieftain reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – After years of being a magnet for job seekers, Canada’s oilpatch is turning into a bit of a no-go place — and that’s making a recovery harder. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Princeton, NJ – A new report breaks down the international water well drilling rig market by size, share, trends, industry growth, application, and other characteristics through 2022.
Midland, TX – In the last year alone, Big Oil has spent more than $25 billion US on deals in the Permian basin, an area of West Texas and New Mexico. The land grab has put these oilfields back at the centre of the petroleum universe, a spot that not long ago was occupied by Canada's oilsands. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
This issue we’re showcasing a few items to give you an idea of what’s available in technology and capacity to suit your needs. All information has been supplied by the manufacturers and compiled by Ground Water Canada into an easy-to-read reference guide.
Denver, CO – The average Canadian rig count for December 2016 was 209, up 36 from the 173 counted in November 2016, and up 49 from the 160 counted in December 2015, according to the latest report from Baker Hughes Incorporated.
San Francisco, CA – GE said it was working with Maersk Drilling on a pilot program that uses advanced algorithms and sensor data to potentially increase productivity as well as cut maintenance costs of marine drilling. UPI reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Drilling activity should increase slightly next year but will fall well short of pre-recession levels in 2014, suggests a new forecast for the oil and gas industry. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Drilling activity should increase slightly next year but will fall well short of pre-recession levels in 2014, suggests a new forecast for the oil and gas industry. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Christiansburg, VA — Well drillers put historic machines on display and practices under the microscope as part of the Virginia Water Well Association’s annual Fall Field Day. The Roanoke Times reports. | READ MORE
Sudbury, Ont. – Boart Longyear will set up a surface and underground diamond drilling technology development office in Sudbury, Ont.
Rainham Centre, Ont. – The Canadian Drilling Rig Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary with a weekend-long open house that not even heavy rain on Saturday could dampen.
Alberta – Five years after Alberta raised a record-setting $3.5 billion at auctions of provincially owned oil and gas drilling rights, sales are on pace this year to set a historic low – part of a downward trend seen across Western Canada. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – BC Ministry of Environment government staff overseeing environmental and natural resource sectors will provide regular updates to GeoExchange BC members, and to the geoexchange industry at large, related to legislation and policy development and program activities that may affect the geoexchange industry.
Gibsons, B.C. – Gibsons, B.C., council has decided to exclude Park-land Phase 3 from the requirement to connect to the Town-owned geothermal system, the Gibsons and District Energy Utility, writes Sean Eckford for the Coast Reporter. | READ MORE
Edmonton – Thousands of unemployed energy workers are looking to the federal budget hoping their jobs can be brought back to life, when and if abandoned oil wells are used again. News 880AM reports. | READ MORE
Hamilton, Ont. – New Horizon Development Group is starting construction on the third phase of its City Square condo project in downtown Hamilton, Ont. It is the 10th structure the company has built in the Hamilton-Burlington area to use geothermal energy rather than natural gas. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
Sussex, N.B. – PotashCorp's original mine at Penobsquis has been capped and allowed to slowly to fill with water, and according to the town's economic development co-ordinator, that water could play an unexpected role in the town's energy future. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Gibsons, B.C. – More than two-dozen Parkland, B.C., residents packed Gibsons Town Hall Feb. 15 hoping for answers about the problems that plagued the geothermal heating system during one of the coldest stretches of the year, says The Coast Reporter. | READ MORE
Reno, NV – A small-scale geothermal district heating system in Reno, Nevada – the largest in the state – is likely to be shut down due to expensive investments required to update the system. ThinkGeoEnergy reports. | READ MORE
Mississauga, Ont. – The Ontario Geothermal Association will focus on low carbon emission heating in a warming climate and tackle such questions as "Why are we not using more geothermal in Ontario?" at a conference.
Ottawa – National Resources Canada has created an interactive map to promote learning about Canada’s clean-energy resources and projects.
Toronto – A new video has been created by the CSA Group on the standard for the design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for use in the United States and Canada.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy and its Geothermal Technology Office have shared details about new drilling technology funded under its programs that could help equipment withstanding higher temperatures in geothermal projects. Think GeoEnergy reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office has issued two new enforcement orders for Site C, an 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric project under construction on the Peace River. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles – A new study by researchers from UCLA and the University of Houston reveals significant ground water loss in California’s Central Valley during the recent drought and sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area. UCLA reports. | READ MORE
Whereas oil, gas, uranium, and other metal and mineral reservoirs (including diamonds!) are understood in this country, ground water reservoirs are still not fully understood.
United States – A new web-based service offered in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas and now California aims to make finding information on water rights  easier for individuals and institutions alike. Water Deeply reports. | READ MORE
Manchester, U.K. – A team from the University of Manchester have demonstrated the real-world potential of creating adequate clean water sources using graphene-oxide for new filtration technologies. RandD Magazine reports. | READ MORE
Peace River, B.C. – Geoscience BC is set to continue work this spring on its mapping of ground water resources throughout the Peace River valley. Information from these wells will be used to ground-proof results from previous aerial surveys. Alaska Highway News reports. | READ MORE
In a special video wrap-up of Ground Water Awareness Week, we look at how ground water festivals are educating children about water and a B.C. community that is standing strong in protecting its aquifer and ground water system.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association's WellOwner.org hub hosts a video channel featuring short films on well cleaning, decommissioning and other topics of interest to well owners.
Ottawa – Water education groups Blue Drinks Ottawa and Water Rangers are holding a World Water Day event March 22 featuring speakers and water quality kit training.
Simcoe, Ont. – The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River in Alberta has posted an impressive list of 100 ways to conserve water.
Oxford, U.K. – Researchers from the the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of accurately estimating ground water resources in Africa, using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps. University of Oxford reports. | READ MORE
Breisgau, Germany – A team of international researchers led by a University of Freiburg hydrologist suggests the inclusion of currently missing key hydrological processes in large-scale climate change impact models can significantly improve our estimates of water availability. Innovations Report summarizes the study. | READ MORE
Waterloo, Ont. – The Children's Water Education Council provides a slate of tools for educating students about the importance of water conservation, protection, technology and ecology – among them a list of children's ground water festivals.
Solinst Canada's new LTC Levelogger Edge is a compact, sealed instrument designed to provide reliable datalogging of water level, temperature and conductivity measurements.
Hoskin Scientific has a line of fully automated portable samplers for environmental, wastewater, surface water and industrial treatment markets.
Aquatic Life’s i::scan is a new miniature multi-parameter spectrophotometer probe suitable for both simple, cost-sensitive applications and more complex water grids in small, unmanned plants or buildings.
Heron Instruments H.0IL Interface Meter is designed to help you measure the interface level between two liquids in the same tank, vessel, well or aquifer.
Hoskin Scientific Ltd. has introduced a line of fully automated portable samplers for environmental, wastewater, surface water and industrial treatment markets.
The Evolution Pump Hoist from SkyQuip is a 5,000-capacity pump-pulling crane that is a smaller, lighter version of the company’s 8,000-capacity model.
This spring, Pentair Flow & Filtration Solutions has two new pump series under its Berkeley brand made for agricultural and municipal applications: the 10TMH submersible turbine pumps and the 10VT vertical lineshaft turbine pumps.
The i::scan is a new miniature multi-parameter spectrophotometer probe that combines the versatility of a spectrophotometer probe with the low cost of a simple photometer.
SiLibeads glass beads are an alternative to gravel filtration and the brainchild of German company Sigmund Lindner.
Flomatic Corporation's model Azure AWWA Butterfly Valves are now NSF/ANSI standard 61 certified for drinking water.
Ground water authority William M. Alley and science writer Rosemarie Alley have teamed up on a new book that explores issues around ground water and sounds the call to protect the vital resource.
Rockmore International has a new line of drill tools designed to improve the performance and service life of extension drill tools in surface and underground percussive drilling applications
Ottawa – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a two-day workshop on apprenticeship technical training in Ottawa in October.
Your most effective and cost-efficient source of new business is referrals. However, many business owners feel it makes them appear needy, desperate, or imposing. Here are five ways to ask for referrals without making you – or your customer – feel uncomfortable.
What does it mean to be a customer-centric business?
Started by his father, Maurice, in 1964 under his own name, it quickly became M&M Drilling Rivers Ltd. (not to be confused with M&M Drilling of Alberta).
Las Vegas, NV – Water treatment as a diversification opportunity for water well system professionals was the topic of a workshop at 2016 Groundwater Week. Water Well Journal reports. | READ MORE
Alberta – After a lengthy downturn, many oilpatch workers have left Alberta to go back to their home provinces, while others have found new opportunities. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
California – With a June 30 deadline approaching, agencies, farmers and others in affected California groundwater basins are working to finalize the formation of locally controlled ground water sustainability agencies, which are required under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Ag Alert reports. | READ MORE
This year, the British Columbia Ground Water Association, in partnership with GeoExchange BC, is endeavouring to update the BC Ground Water Protection Regulation Handbook to reflect the changes to the Groundwater Protection Regulation.
British Columbia – The B.C. government has announced new skills-training opportunities designed to spark careers in trades and technical jobs such as carpentry, piping, welding, carpentry, machining and electrical.
Ottawa – The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling has published a softcover book to help small and medium-sized operators engage and develop staff to grow their businesses.
Goring/Reading, UK – The current Council of International Association of Hydrogeologists was elected at the General Assembly in Montpellier, France, last fall, among them two Canadians.
Who says installing pumps can’t look like Mission Impossible? From a young age, helicopters were a passion Mike Lamont was not ready to give up.

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