News & Updates

The Exchange Releases Colorado Idle Well Peer Assessment


The State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (Exchange) has released a peer assessment of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC’s) idle well program. The Exchange is a partnership between the Ground Water Protection Council (GPWC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) with a mission to assist states’ efforts to continuously improve their oil and gas regulatory programs. 

At the request of the COGCC, oil and gas regulators from Alabama, Alaska, and Arkansas reviewed Colorado's regulations relating to idle wells.  In Colorado, idle wells represent...

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GWPC Supports Septic Smart Week


This week is Septic Smart Week!

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a member of the EPA Decentralized Wastewater MOU, adoped a resolution at its Annual Forum conference that recognizes the value of Septic Smart Week, which is September 16-20.

Septic Smart Week is an annual EPA program with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. The agency provides tools to community leaders and agencies aimed at helping them inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance and educating decision makers...

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ASDWA and GWPC Release Groundwater-Based Source Water Protection Paper


September 3rd is Protect Your Groundwater Day (#PYGWD). The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) have jointly released a paper developed by ASDWA with the help of a few states entitled, “Groundwater-Based Source Water Protection.” This paper serves as a great educational handout for state drinking water and groundwater programs, as well as water utilities and other water quality stakeholders, to share with potential partners when talking about the importance of, and special considerations for, protecting...

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Application of RBDMS Environmental in Alabama: An Overview


By Ann Compton Arnold, Geological Survey of Alabama

The Geological Survey of Alabama Groundwater Assessment Program (GSA-GAP) has been using the Risk-Based Data Management System-ENV (RBDMS-ENV), developed by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) since 2014.  To date, the GSA-GAP has effectively migrated over 40,000 well records to RBDMS-ENV and used the system during preparation of “Assessment of Groundwater Resources in Alabama, 2010-2016 (GSA, 2018),” a 426-page report that provides a compilation of aquifer properties and water level...

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Produced Water May Provide Relief for Declining Water Supplies in Areas of the US


Produced Water May Provide Relief for Declining Water Supplies in Areas of the US
State collaboration explores possibilities and research needs

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 24, 2019  - The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) released today a report that examines current regulations, practices, and research needed to expand the use of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, as a resource.

Led by its member states, the GWPC brought together a collaboration of scientists, regulatory officials, members of academia, the oil...

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