Groundwater News Roundup (Feb /Mar 2019)

Here's a roundup of some of the main stories making news in the groundwater industry.

“Legendary” Mentor follows the groundwater

Mary Pikul Anderson, a lauded hydrogeologist, has advised more than 50 graduate students.

This article is the second in a Centennial series of profiles in Eos of eminent Earth and space scientists. Our series presents scientific journeys as well as “family portraits” of the luminaries and their scientific progeny—the students, postdocs, and collaborators who have received inspiration, encouragement, and guidance from these leading lights of science.

Connecting with groundwater

During a presentation last week for Pipestone Area Schools (PAS) fifth graders on groundwater, Laura DeBeer, regional water resource specialist with the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), asked the students if they knew what a well was.

Hands shot up and DeBeer called on one student, who said a well was where old people got their water.

The response may have drawn a chuckle were it not common for DeBeer to hear that most people, adults included, don’t know where and how they receive the water that comes out of their taps.

Earth Matters: Rewilding as a way to save our groundwater

On an island, full of residents who pride themselves on their domesticated landscaping, several Port Washington residents have begun the process of rewilding their property, or undoing domestication.

Rewilding — the act of protecting, restoring, and creating new habitats to support biological diversity where nature can take care of itself — promotes a way of living that creates greater health and well-being for humans and the ecosystems that we belong to.

Measuring impact of drought on groundwater resources from space

A team of scientists has been using the latest space technology, combined with ground measurements, to assess the health of one of the nation's most important sources of underground water, a large aquifer system located in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Environmental 'time bomb' warning for world's groundwater reserves

Research reveals over half of the world's groundwater flows could take over 100 years to respond fully to climate change.

Future generations could be faced with an environmental 'time bomb' if climate change is to have a significant effect on the world's essential groundwater reserves.