Wisconsin lawmakers consider #groundwater protections

In a new report by the Groundwater Coordinating Council of the Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin lawmakers have been asked to consider new legislation, including:

Support the sustainable management of groundwater quantity and quality in the state to ensure that water is available to be used to protect and improve our health, economy, and environment now and into the future. This includes:

• supporting an inventory of information on the location, quantity, and uses of the state’s groundwater;

• supporting targeted research and modeling of the impact of groundwater withdrawals on other waters of the state; and

• supporting proactive regional groundwater planning in areas with limited groundwater resources where increased groundwater use and development/population growth pressures are leading to water availability and sustainability issues related to groundwater and surface water resources.

Download and read the entire recommendation here: Wisconsin DNR Groundwater Coordinating Council Recommendations

First field test: Wellntel works!

In the first field test of Wellntel technology, an engineer and a homeowner were pleasantly surprised by the result. Not only did the technology work, Wellntel seems to be accurate too!

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In fact, ongoing tests confirm that the Wellntel method may be as accurate, or more accurate, than traditional, open-well water quantity test methods. Here’s some data from a later test:

Results from the first Wellntel Field Tests

Results from the first Wellntel Field Tests

Satellite images show that U.S. #groundwater is stressed

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Measurements of ground water—rather than water on the surface—reveal the long-term effects of drought. These maps show ground water conditions in the U.S. compared to the long-term average from August 2002 to August 2012. (Map by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center, based on data from the GRACE science team.)

via Measuring Ground Water from Space, 2002–2012 – YouTube.

Groundwater regulations coming

Drought-stricken counties are forming a new water district to protect groundwater with price and regulations.

Groundwater district in works to protect water source | water, district, source – Odessa American Online.

“City of Kermit Director of Public Works John Sheppard said since the drought of 2011, the city never had to use water restrictions. The total rainfall for Kermit in 2011 was 1.8 inches, while meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Midland said so far in 2012, Kermit has received 8.28 inches.

“The citizens, with enough being splashed about water being scarce, our (water) sales have been down this year and citizens are just stepping up to the plate on their own,” Sheppard said.

Kermit City Manager Wanda Wise said the idea of a rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, has been discussed in recent budget workshops. She did not comment on how much they would like to increase water rates, if any.”

Groundwater drying up in Texas

That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas – News Watch.

The High Plains Water District, based in Lubbock, recently reported that the 2011-12 drought drove groundwater levels in its sixteen-county service area to drop an average of 2.56 feet (0.78 meters) – the largest annual decline recorded in the last 25 years and more than triple the annual average for the last decade.

When drought forces farmers to rely exclusively on groundwater, neighbors and communities are impacted too. For homeowners, it is vital to know that your well might run dry before it does!

Demand for water outstrips supply

Demand for water outstrips supply : Nature News & Comment.

In a groundbreaking (pun intended) report, the Journal Nature explains how ground water resources are being stretched in many parts of the world, including in the U.S.

The authors found that 20% of the world’s aquifers are being overexploited, some massively so.

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The most important next step: know about how much is being used, the rate of recharge, and use a sustainable amount.