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IAH forms Groundwater Quality Commission


October 27, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) in partnership with UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme and the International Groundwater Resources Centre (IGRAC), has formed a new commission focused on groundwater quality.

The overall objective of the commission is to advance understanding and promote research on all aspects of groundwater quality from both geogenic and anthropogenic sources of contamination, and inform policy on groundwater quality.

A dedicated website sets out the group’s mission and international challenges, and encourages the groundwater industry, scientific community and the public to explore its activities and become involved.

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You do not have to be an IAH member to participate. In the words of the IAH, “In fact, the commission wishes to facilitate sharing of information about groundwater quality with the largest audience possible and encourage wide involvement from the wider water community. Over time, should you wish to join IAH, you’d be made to feel welcome. See https://iah.org for more information.

The IAH-GQC welcomes input from members and has launched a consultation to assess areas of interest and expertise to help inform future activities. The commission is asking everyone, “What do you think is important?”

One of the first initiatives of the IAH-GQC will be focus on assessing the impacts of salinity in groundwater, including mapping salinity in Africa. Those interested in participating in this important initiative (English or French) may get in touch through https://gwquality.iah.org.