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It's Beneath Us: Groundwater Awareness Week

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Maybe something as important as drinking water should get more than a week for recognition. 

But next week, March 8-14, is Groundwater Awareness Week across the country. 

Our region traditionally relies on surface water fed by snowpack, but groundwater grows in importance in drought years. 

Hydrogeologist Amy Patton visits to talk about the importance of groundwater, and the many current issues connected to it.  She is joined by Tara Chetock and Nadige Dubuisson of the Oregon Health Authority's Domestic Well Safety Program.

AFTER THE SHOW: Our guests provided a wealth of groundwater links:

For information about upcoming public education and free nitrate testing events in Southern Oregon:

www.jswcd.org

Regarding Private Well Protection : 

http://healthoregon.org/wells

http://wellwater.oregonstate.edu

Regarding DEQ’s Groundwater Protection Program:

http://www.oregon.gov/deq/WQ/Pages/Groundwater/GWProtection.aspx

Regarding DEQ’s Groundwater Sampling Program:

www.deq.state.or.us/lab/wqm/groundwater.htm

Regarding House Bills:

www.oeconline,.org/safe-drinking-water

www.oeconline.org/healthy-soil-healthy-oregon

For pump and well maintenance information:

www.ngwa.org

Groundwater Protection Council Report to the Nation:  A Call to Action:

http://www.gwpc.org/sites/default/files/GroundWaterReport-2007-.pdf

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.