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
Kitchener, Ont. – The Waterloo Wellington Children's Groundwater Festival welcomed more than 1,000 students on May 31, the last day of the annual event at Doon Heritage Village in Kitchener, Ont.
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
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
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
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.
New York – Researchers at the Columbia Water Center are analyzing trends in drinking water quality violations across many decades as part of America’s Water, a National Science Foundation-funded project. Columbia Water Center reports. | READ MORE
South Asia – Sixty per cent of the ground water in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, a research article in the journal Nature Geoscience says. The Guardian 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.
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
OGWA golf fundraiser for Fleming scholarships
October 1-4, 2017
GSA Annual Meeting
October 22-25, 2017
World Water-Tech North America
November 2-3, 2017
National Ground Water Week
December 5-7, 2017