Groundwater Use & Availability
Why Ground Water Use and Availability Matters
Potable fresh water is fast becoming a highly sought-after commodity—it is being called “blue gold.” Yet the fact that all the water we have right now is all the water we will ever have is not reflected in our demand for and use of water. As a nation, we can no longer put off the job of answering the essential and definitive questions of supply and demand: Will we have enough water, and what will it cost?
From the Ground Water Report to the Nation
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Ground Water Report to the Nation
Our groundwater resources are in serious need of attention. Abundant, high quality, low-cost groundwater resources are fundamental to the long-term growth and vitality of our nation, yet this most important resource is often overlooked, if not neglected. Attention to the protection and management of groundwater has consistently lagged behind that given to surface waters, meaning that historic and current water resource laws and policies deal primarily with the protection and management of our more visible lakes, rivers, and wetlands.The purpose of the Ground Water Report to the Nation is to highlight some of the more prevalent threats to groundwater, share sucess stories, and make recommendations for improved groundwater protection and awareness. Note: Please visit the Ground Water Report to the Nation topics page for individual chapters of the report.
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Comments on Proposed USDA Forest Service Directive on Groundwater Resource Management
GWPC recognizes the emphasis in this document on working with states. We feel that collaboration and cooperation with the States is necessary for US Forest Service (USFS) to achieve the vision, goals, strategies, and actions set out within the Groundwater Directive for UIC activities. Recognizing that USFS is not authorized to implement the UIC program under the Safe Drinking Water Act and thus does not have the regulatory authority necessary to carry out some of the provision of the directive, our specific comments provide information on how and when USFS can work within the existing UIC regulatory framework administered by US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) and the delegated states to ensure all applicable UIC authorizations and permits have been issued by the appropriate regulatory authority.