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Coverage of groundwater since September 8, 2023.

As glaciers retreat, mining claims threaten future B.C. salmon habitats: study

"...Sockeye salmon spawning in a clear groundwater channel. Location is in the Tulsequah subwatershed within the Taku watershed, B. C..."


New opportunities to flow in expansion of groundwater centre at U of G

"...Ground broke on the Morwick Groundwater Research Centre on Thursday which will be located next to the current Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility at the north end of the campus off College Avenue East. The building will sit on a bedrock aquifer in the Grand River watershed that will allow for unique research on groundwater. There will be classrooms that will provide hands-on teaching on managing and protecting groundwater resources..."


Dal researchers tested the water in a local lake for viruses. Here's what they found

"..."As we continue to optimize, we could in the long run help improve the information we provide to public health agencies. And this could be useful for many sources in addition to freshwater, like groundwater systems and untreated water supplies. It's exciting..."


First Person: Farmers running out of water in Punjab, India

"...Combining tradition with technologyVishvajeet Singh Jyani: Over the years, we have noticed that the rainfall and weather patterns have been quite erratic. The canal water and groundwater we depend upon has also become unreliable. At our family farm, the main motto is, “traditional wisdom with modern technology”..."


Sable Island’s shifting landscape offers insights into global groundwater loss

"...They found fresh groundwater loss tied to decades of dune erosion, seasonal waves, storms and hurricanes. During storms, seawater floods the beaches, leaches into the ground and salinizes fresh beach groundwater. When storms repeatedly batter the island, floodwaters can erode dunes and cause groundwater salinization to incrementally shift landward and lead to long-term freshwater loss..."


WMO: Global stocktake of water resources needed

"...StocktakeThough further research is needed, and more information from regions like Africa, the Middle East and Asia is required, the conclusions made based on data from 273 stations around the globe are straightforward, the Report authors believe. In the realm of river discharge and reservoir inflow, over 50 per cent of global catchment areas and reservoirs displayed deviations from normal conditions, of which a majority were drier than usual. There were anomalies in soil moisture and evapotranspiration (transfer of land water into the atmosphere, either by evaporation or through plants) registered throughout 2022..."


What Is Peat Subsidence and How Can Countries Prevent this Environmental Disaster?

"...Firefighters work to extinguish a peatland fire in Riau, Indonesia. Beyond the obvious destruction, peatland fires also trigger peat subsidence. Photo by Faiz Zulfikar/Getty Images/iStock..."


Fight over precious groundwater in rural California town is rooted in carrots

"...For years, California didn’t regulate groundwater, allowing farmers and residents alike to drill wells and take what they needed. That changed in 2014 amid a historic drought, and as ever-deeper wells caused land in some places to sink..."


Wildlife advocacy group urging B.C. to stop beaver trapping related to wildfire mitigation

"...According to government data, 1,684 beavers were killed by licensed trappers in the 2022-23 trapping season, the advocacy group said. “British Columbia experienced an unprecedented wildfire season this year and there were droughts all across the province and when we are looking at the future of fighting the climate crisis, we need to be looking at nature solutions,” said Aaron Hofman, the Fur-Bearers' director of advocacy and policy. “We (want) the province to protect beavers and to use them in the fight against the climate crisis..."


RANCH MUSINGS: Sorting out science behind policy

"...In the long lead up to the previous government’s enactment of the Water Sustainability Act, which includes provisions for the licencing of groundwater for industrial use (including Agricultural users), there apparently was a lot of research or studies on the main aquifers in B. C..."


It starts with you: Residents urged to take responsibility and help in building sustainable cities

"...In recent years, Kenya's urban areas have become particularly vulnerable to climate change, facing threats such as coastal erosion, heightened drought and desertification, water resource scarcity, increased groundwater salinity, and epidemics and diseases..."


'Marathon in a sauna': emergency projects aim to help B.C. salmon through drought

"...The foundation's vice-president of salmon programs, Jason Hwang, said while past droughts have been isolated to specific areas and watersheds, this year's far-reaching crisis has salmon facing “the equivalent of trying to run a marathon in a sauna. ”..."


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Recent episodes that mention groundwater.

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Beavers, our brilliant ecosystem builders

Duration: 37:03

"...You might not think of beavers as remarkable, but they are actually brilliant ecosystem engineers whose dams mitigate flooding, improve water quality, and boost groundwater levels, and they also provide habitat for species like salmon, moose, and mink.  Environmental journalist Ben Goldbarb joins us to discuss his fascinating new book putting a bright shine on beavers, "Eager," plus we round up the top environmental news, so if you like what you hear, please subscribe and tell a friend..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about groundwater.

What’s Saudi Arabia got do with Arizona's groundwater?

"...A Saudi company has been pumping unlimited groundwater in Arizona..."


Water shortage in Germany - New ideas for long-term security | DW Documentary

"...The causes are not just more drought periods but also soil sealing - and higher pollutant levels in the water have also become a problem..."


Climate change in the desert | DW Documentary

"...Sandstorms are becoming more and more frequent, groundwater levels are sinking and palm trees are shrivelling up and dying..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about groundwater relevant to the latest news.

Identification of groundwater recharge and flow processes inferred from stable water isotopes and hydraulic data in Bilate Rive

"...This study investigates the groundwater recharge sources and groundwater flow paths using the stable water isotopes (?18O and ?2H) and measured groundwater levels in the Bilate River watershed, Ethiopia..."


Issues and Challenges of Small-Town Water Supply and Distribution: A Case Study of Leh Town in UT Ladakh

"...The annual tourist arrivals have ever increased in Leh town without appropriate and necessary urban infrastructure evolving such as water supply and sewage system..."


Model-based assessment of interbasin groundwater flow in data scarce areas: the Gallocanta Lake endorheic watershed (Spain)

"...Monitoring the baseflow of the Piedra-Ortiz river and of the Caminreal Springs will allow to get information on the evolution of the groundwater resource availability in the Gallocanta watershed..."


A Comprehensive Overview of Vital Water Quality Parameters

"...In-place sewage systems, landfill leachate, wastewater treatment plant effluent, leaking sewers, hydraulic fracturing, gas stations, or excessive fertilizer use in agriculture are the usual causes of groundwater adulteration..."


Identification and apportionment of groundwater nitrate sources in Chakari Plain (Afghanistan)

"...The findings provide useful insights for decision makers to verify groundwater pollution and develop a sustainable groundwater management strategy..."


The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

"...To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies..."


Real-Time Smart Water Management System (SWMS) for Smart Home

"...Many water- related issues have been faced by developing countries like poor infrastructure for water, scarcity of drinking water, water pollution, falling water table, and low levels of water security..."


Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) for Economically Resilient Metro Tunnels Based-Urban Underground Space (UUS) Spatial Planni

"...Five main determinant factors; surface loads, UUS construction, groundwater, climate change and land subsidence risks-related with six economic factors; land price, underground structures, infrastructure, buildings, properties and socio-economic are finalised..."


The vulnerability analysis of groundwater contamination and Bayesian-based spatial modelling

"...The adjusted DRASTIC model was analysed for groundwater vulnerability by using different parameters including, aquifer media, net recharge, soil type, hydraulic conductivity, topography and depth of water table..."


Geochemical Evolution of Spring Water Sources in West Phaileng, Mizoram

"...The hydrogeological strata and the geochemical composition in mountain scale study were conducted, and it was observed that water is young and immature type, and the lower residence time of the water relates with MFR mountain front recharge mechanism being the major portion of groundwater recharge..."


Improving the management of agricultural water resources to provide Gavkhuni wetland ecological water right in Iran

"...These scenarios are modernization and upgrading the operation of agricultural water distribution systems (A), upgrading in-farm irrigation systems (B), optimizing the cultivation pattern (C) and reducing the utilization of groundwater resources (D), and combining these scenarios together as strategic scenarios to provide ecological water right..."