U.S. Groundwater Awareness Week continues to grow
By Ground Water Canada
By Ground Water Canada
March 26, 2014, Westerville, OH – While’s it’s said
groundwater is “out of sight and out of mind” for many people, that is becoming
less and less true as America’s National Groundwater Awareness Week continues
to grow in reach and impact each year. Groundwater Awareness Week was
founded and is driven by the National Groundwater Association (NGWA).
Just one indicator of progress in raising public awareness,
cites the NGWA, is the nearly 400 websites—a record number—promoting this year’s 16th edition of
Groundwater Awareness Week, which ran March 9-15.
In Illinois alone, at least 10 county health departments
promoted groundwater awareness to constituents such as Lake County, which offered
discounted water tests to well owners.
"About 90,000 Lake County residents rely on groundwater
from aquifers to supply their private wells," said Tony Beltran, the
Health Department's executive director in a news release. "The Health
Department encourages all users of private wells to take this time to have
their drinking water tested, and to test it at least annually to see if it
meets the minimum drinking water standards."
The breadth and depth of organizations educating the public
during Groundwater Awareness Week was significant, indicates the NGWA:
- Federal agencies including the CDC, U.S. EPA, U.S.
Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey
- Non-governmental national organizations including the American Farm
Bureau Federation, American Water Resources Association, Association
of State Drinking Water Administrators, Association of State and Territorial
Health Officials, Golf Course Superintendents Association, Irrigation
Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, and the National
Rural Health Association.
- News media ranging from Mother Earth
News to the (FL) Oyster Radio
- State agencies from the Maryland Department of the
Environment to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
- Universities from Cornell University to the University of
- Extension services from The Ohio State University to Penn
State to Texas A&M
- State associations from the Idaho
Environmental Health Association to the Virginia Water Environment
- Local government entities from the (CA) Santa Clara Valley Water
District to the city of Madison, Wisconsin.
NGWA Public Awareness director Cliff Treyens said National
Groundwater Awareness Week adds momentum to individual organization efforts to
educate the public about groundwater and water well stewardship.
“Instead of a lonely voice here and there, Groundwater
Awareness Week creates a chorus of voices that speaks loudly about what is
arguably our nation’s most important natural resource—groundwater,” Treyens
Mark your calendars! Treyens encouraged all NGWA members to
mark their calendars for the next “watershed” groundwater recognition event—Protect Your
Groundwater Day on September 9 and plan to promote it to the public.