Groundwater in the News
Groundwater in the News
Small Wells and Water Treatment Systems
Water treatment efforts on residential or private wells and small community-managed groundwater systems are typically focused on aesthetic issues such as taste or discoloration, or water quality contaminants such as arsenic. Water treatment...
Backed-up Pipes, Stinky Yards: Climate Change Is Wrecking Septic Tanks
Lewis Lawrence likes to refer to the coastal middle peninsula of Virginia as suffering from a “soggy socks” problem. Flooding is so persistent that people often can’t walk around without getting their feet wet. Over two decades, Lawrence...
Rights vs. Regulations: When it Comes to Septic Codes, Property Rights Remain a Big Barrier
In Michigan, with public health departments fully occupied with COVID-19, septic systems have been pushed back as a priority. But even before COVID-19, it wasn’t much of a priority in the Legislature, because the last time an attempt was made...
Why Pumping Groundwater Isn't a Long-term Solution to Drought
Signs of drought proliferate across the American West. California is rationing water for farmers in the state’s Central Valley. Salmon are dying en masse in the Pacific Northwest as river temperatures climb. Lake Mead, on the border of Nevada...
Well Drillers Struggle to Keep up With Demand for Water
The stock ponds Kris Folland uses to water about 100 cattle on his Kittson County farm are shrinking to muddy puddles. "The ponds are basically all dry,” said Folland. “The other day I dug a 14-foot deep hole, cleaned one [pond] out, and there...
As Drought Grips American West, Irrigation Becomes Selling Point for Michigan
NOTTAWA, MI – In early July, a breeze slipped over a treeline of tall maples and stirred shoulder-high stalks of corn on Larry Walton’s 500-acre farm. It was an encouraging sound, like whispered words of stability, security, and profit. But how long...
Princeton Researchers Join $1M NSF Effort to Model Nation's Groundwater
Researchers from Princeton will help lead a $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will use artificial intelligence to simulate the nation’s natural groundwater system in an effort to improve water management and help people better prepare for flooding and drought...
2020 By the Numbers: 995 Wastewater Samples Tested for COVID-19
EGLE and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services piloted with local health departments across the state to sample wastewater at 306 different locations for the presence of the COVID-19 virus in human waste streams...
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