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Congress moves forward with reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act

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Lawmakers from both the House and the Senate introduced bipartisan bills to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which should be passed every two years. The legislation provides for improvements to the nation’s ports, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water infrastructure administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure each approved their chamber’s version of the WRDA reauthorization on May 22 and May 23, respectively.

Managing Groundwater Storage

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Background:
Groundwater is a critically important source of water in the U.S., supplying fresh water for drinking supplies, agricultural irrigation, and streams, rivers, and ecosystems. However, groundwater is becoming increasingly depleted in most aquifers around the country, with impacts including shrinking aquifer storage capacities, land subsidence (and associated impacts like higher flood risk), and declining freshwater resources for communities and ecosystems. To mitigate and reverse the depletion of groundwater storage in local aquifers, many communities are turning to managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR). MAR and ASR practices vary depending on local geology, groundwater and recharge water composition, local land use practices, and water use requirements. Implementing MAR and ASR requires careful planning to both maximize groundwater replenishment and protect groundwater supplies from contamination.

Our speakers are:

Thank you to our media partners, the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological SocietyAssociation of State Wetland Managers, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical SocietyGeological Society of America, the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, National Ground Water Association, and the Soil Science Society of America.

Resources to learn more:

Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about groundwater.

Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

A Journey through the Geology and Aquifers of New England and Why Groundwater Wells Need to be Re-developed

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Our speakers are:

  • J. Theodore Morine, P.G., C.P.G., Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice President, Denis L. Maher Company | pdf download icon Slides  | YouTube download icon Video
  • Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G., Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc. | pdf download icon Slides  | YouTube download icon Video
  • Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G. Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist, WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham

CEU Credits

To earn CEU credits, please complete the associated on-demand GOLI course that was developed from this webinar series, Well Re-Development in New England, with a grade of 70% or higher and then submit your application for CEUs. CEUs are awarded from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. To view the full list of on-demand GOLI courses, please browse the GOLI course catalog.

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About Our Speakers

Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G.
Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.
Dr. Raymond Talkington is the Principal Hydrogeologist and President of GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.   He has over 30 years of experience providing direction to GEOSPHERE’s hydrogeological and geological projects.  Typical projects involve groundwater supply exploration and development in sand and gravel and fractured bedrock systems.  This includes the interpretation of glacial features on U.S. Topographic Maps along with the air photo interpretation and performing fracture trace analysis (FTA) to locate potential drilling targets for high yielding bedrock groundwater sources. For over 20 years Ray has been a regular instructor for courses on well redevelopment and maintenance, bedrock wells, and helping people understand the ABCs of groundwater, wells, and aquifers. Dr. Talkington was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a past Editor of the professional journal “The Professional Geologist.”  He has 50 professional publications including books and chapters in geology laboratory manuals.

J. Theodore Morine, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice President, Denis L. Maher Company
Ted Morine is the Vice President and hydrogeologist for the Denis L. Maher Company.  Ted has been providing groundwater exploration and development for sand and gravel wells and bedrock wells since 1963.  During this time he has brought on line more than 200 high yielding groundwater sources for private and public clients throughout the world.  In addition to his groundwater exploration skills, Ted has been involved with hundreds of well redevelopments in both sand and gravel and bedrock systems. Ted is a frequent lecturer on Well Redevelopment and Maintenance for the New England Water Works Association, American Water Works Association, New Hampshire Water works, and numerous other organizations.  

Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist, WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham
Frank Getchell is a Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist with WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham. His over 30 years of professional consulting experience includes management, design and implementation of subsurface investigations related to groundwater resource development and planning; aquifer hydraulics; groundwater recharge and storage and ASR; construction, foundation and quarry dewatering; land use impacts related to building development and extractable resource activities; and delineation and remediation of contaminated soil and water. Typical projects involve the evaluation of aquifer and well yields and hydraulic performance; the design, siting, and rehabilitation of screened and open-borehole wells; assessment of groundwater movement and the implications for contaminant fate and transport, and remediation of soil and ground water in unconsolidated deposits and fractured bedrock aquifers for private, municipal, utility, and industrial clients throughout the country. His experience dealing with regulators and permitting includes: water supply diversion and allocation permits; wetland delineations and impact mitigation; stormwater and wastewater subsurface disposal systems and SPDES permitting. His experience also includes the development and utilization of 2-D and 3-D numerical and analytical models and GIS-based analysis to evaluate contaminant fate and transport, aquifer hydraulics, and groundwater flow and recharge.

Mr. Getchell’s experience includes the application and interpretation of surface and downhole geophysical investigations to delineate and estimate hydraulic properties of aquifers. Frank regularly provides technical support and expert witness testimony before local planning boards and courts of law regarding the impacts on land use, the subsurface environment, water-supply wells and water resources resulting from proposed and existing groundwater supply development, land use, contamination sources, resource extraction, and waste disposal practices.  

Mr. Getchell has published numerous papers and provided related presentations at local and national water-resource and environmental organization meetings, conferences, and workshops, in connection with water supply development, and land use impacts on soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions and contamination. He also is a regular technical instructor for the NJWA, NYRWA, and AWWA/NEWWA in connection with water-supply operator certification continuing education programs.

Media Partners

We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to the following organizations who have partnered with us on this webinar to spread the word to the community. 

New England Aquifers, Part 1: Geology and Related Aquifers of New England

Two-year delay to WOTUS applicability date finalized after the Supreme Court ruled that challenges belong in federal district courts

U.S. Supreme Court building

On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that any challenges to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule must be filed in federal district courts, not federal courts of appeals. While the Supreme Court’s ruling would have permitted enforcement of the WOTUS Rule in 37 states, the EPA and USACE finalized a rule on January 31 that creates a new applicability date for the WOTUS rule two years from now.

Senate passes bipartisan ocean monitoring and research act

Ocean Core Sampling

On January 8, the Senate unanimously passed Senator Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S.1425). The bipartisan bill revises and reauthorizes the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009, which established the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) to consolidate and coordinate the efforts of hundreds of federal, state, and local observing programs through fiscal year (FY) 2021. In addition to reauthorizing the ICOOS Act, S.1425 promotes best practices regarding data sharing for public use, investment in autonomous unmanned underwater and surface ocean research vehicles, closing gaps in high frequency radar, and assisting Coast Guard search and rescue operations.

Water as One Resource

This course provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated.

The course presenters are Ken Bradbury from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, William A. Alley from the National Groundwater Association, and Thomas Harter from the University of California, Davis.

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