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Nov. 16, 2017, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The County of Grande Prairie is hosting a free water-well management workshop tonight. Presented by the Working Well program, the event will feature expertise from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health Services and licensed water-well drillers. The Daily Herald-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
Georgia – Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, will host Basic Water Systems Training and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) e-Learning courses for continuing education units in the state of Georgia.
John F. Jones was a scientist and educator who left his mark on ground water in Canada. Jones passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, at the age of 82. Through Jones' former students, now practising professionals, we reflect on his immeasurable contribution to ground water education and policy.
Lindsay, Ont. – In April, Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont., opened its doors to Ground Water Canada and I spent an eye-opening couple of days with students in a unique course at Fleming College, called Well Constructed, that helps prepare well technicians for the Well Technician Licence exam.
Cleveland, OH – The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Council of the Great Lakes Region have signed a collaboration agreement that aims to conduct high-quality research and policy analysis on issues affecting the broader Great Lakes region. Signed on July 7, the agreement launches an ambitious effort by CGLR and NEMWI to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States (U.S.) and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, the Council of the Great Lakes Region said in a news release. It also aims to provide outreach to federal, state-provincial and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries. “This new collaboration will enhance our impact by bringing a bi-national perspective that will broaden the Great Lakes policy agenda and ensure that we respond more fully to the challenges and opportunities ahead," said Michael Goff, President and CEO of the Northeast-Midwest Institute. "For sure, this bi-national perspective is essential for our continued progress protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and enhancing regional economic growth.” The goals of the new partnership include: Conducting high quality research and policy analysis on issues affecting the broader Great Lakes region; Expanding the range and impact of policy solutions designed to protect the Great Lakes and spur economic growth by adding a bi-national perspective to legislative debates; Convening diverse perspectives and interests at conferences, roundtables and legislative briefings, Shaping opinions about the region’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability; and, Acting as a strong voice for the bi-national Great Lakes Region. “This new partnership presents a tremendous opportunity for CGLR and the Northeast-Midwest Institute to leverage each organization’s policy resources and outreach efforts in raising awareness about the world’s most successful bilateral relationship and how we can make it even better in a vital cross-border region like the Great Lakes," said Mark Fisher, president and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. The Great Lakes region spans the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Five free webinars to help household water well owners with issues including drought, turbid water, and well disinfection are being offered July through early September by the National Ground Water Association. The Globe reports. | READ MORE
Madison, WI – Supported by funding from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, researchers are addressing the question of how much ground water is being used by trees — and how the changing levels of available ground water may be affecting the trees’ growth over time. University of Wisconsin-Madison News reports. | READ MORE
College Station, Texas – International water law thought leader Gabriel Eckstein has published a new book, “The International Law of Transboundary Groundwater Resources,” forthcoming this week, Texas A&M University School of Law reports. | READ MORE
Australia – A newly developed mobile application can come to the aid of experts looking to source data on ground water level and create awareness about the issue among farmers. Money Control reports. | READ MORE
California – Stanford Earth’s Rosemary Knight recently spearheaded a project to map underground freshwater resources and forecast the intrusion of saltwater into aquifers beneath the California coastal town of Marina.
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.
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
Aarhus, Denmark – Nitrogen surplus from agriculture has a clear effect on the nitrogen status of the ground water, according to 70 years of Danish measurement data. EurekaAlert reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – A new Canadian paper investigates the recycling of phosphorus, between sediment at the bottom of lakes and the overlying water.
Twelve thousand years ago, Earth was a frigid place.
Forest, WI – An artesian well, set back just a few feet from the road in the town of Forest in Wisconsin's Fond du Lac County offers a continuous flow of water from a stainless steel spigot. The Fond du Lac Reporter details the history of the artesian well. | READ MORE
Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water recently released a report on lead in drinking water with an eye to updating the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Comments were taken from the public until March 15.
Calgary – University of Calgary researchers say there’s enough evidence to suggest a direct link between the use of antibiotics in animals and antibiotic resistance and that antibiotic resistance can be passed on from waste leaching into lakes and rivers that supply drinking water.
India – With the aim of completely changing the way ground water is managed, the central government of India has proposed guidelines that stipulate all industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects that draw or propose to draw ground water will now need to obtain a no-objection certificate. Live Mint reports. | READ MORE
Tulsa, OK – Researchers at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma are proposing the use of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, or LIBS, as an analytical technique to detect a suite of elements in water samples. The University of Tulsa reports on the research. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Scientists at the University of British Columbia have released a policy paper highlighting how metagenomics is being used to study the microbial communities in the water in order to develop new tests to assess water quality. READ MORE
Australia – Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia have proposed a novel method for optimizing ground water monitoring well network design in which many plausible future outcomes of water quality are considered and synthesized to help the design of a network. Read more about the study on Wiley Online Library. | READ MORE
Fort Wayne, IN – STAR Island, an off-grid sustainable resort in the Bahamas, is working with Franklin Electric on innovative potable water and pumping systems.
Oxford, U.K. – Smart systems, big-data technologies and decentralized solutions for water treatment are expected to grow in the next five years as aging infrastructure, leakage management and intelligent sewer networks rise up the utility agenda.

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