Water Well Journal – July 2019

We have just received our digital copy of the Water Well Journal for July 2019 (Volume 73 No. 7).

In this issue articles discuss topics such as biofilm issues, water treatment, irrigation, waterline pressure, social media guidelines, well rehabilitation and biological hazards. Other information provided include upcoming events and featured products.

Within the featured articles there is also a discussion of The Art of Water Wells by Marvin F. Glotfelty, RG by industry professionals.


Cover of The Art of Water Wells by Marvin R. Glotfelty, RG
Cover of The Art of Water Wells by Marvin R. Glotfelty, RG

Persons wishing to view this issue of the Water Well Journal can email me or visit me at my desk.

Cover of Water Well Journal July 2019
Cover of Water Well Journal July 2019

Free Webinar: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has scheduled a free webinar entitled: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems, for January 24th 2018 at 2pm-3pm  with Alan Kolok, Director of Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho as its presenter.

This webinar provides evidence to support the scientific merits underlying crowdsourced water quality data, and also contends that well designed citizen science campaigns can address wicked water quality problems. To demonstrate the utility of crowdsourced data collection, we initiated two citizen science campaigns within the Mississippi River basin. In both campaigns, the citizen scientists collected data regarding the presence/absence of the herbicide atrazine. The analytic tool used in these campaigns was a commercially available detection strip that discriminated between the presence or absence of atrazine at the US EPA drinking water standard of 3 micrograms per L. During the two campaigns, the citizen scientists were provided with atrazine strips as well as directions for their proper use. Recovery of the data focused upon electronic and social media mechanisms.

Crowdsourced data generation produced large datasets that are collected synchronously and repeatedly at the same site over time. As such, it can be considered as a highly valuable tool for use when assessing wicked problems such as non-point source runoff.

Q&A to follow.

To register for this course persons can follow the link provided Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems.

To view a listing of upcoming webinars and webinar archives you can click AWRA webinars and archives.

Research and publishing your work

As an Agency which employs persons in various fields such as geography, geology,water resources, information technology, GIS and environmental studies, it is very important for us to have relevant outlets to source information.

One such outlet is that of work published by our peers in terms of research articles, review essays, book reviews and monographs. Yet, for many persons in technical areas they may not see themselves as an author of published material. Yet, there are many ways in which one’s work could be published in an environment such as ours especially in terms of conference papers, symposiums, workshops, as well as, through relevant journals and magazines.

One of our regular suppliers, Wiley, recently provided the Agency with access to a guide for Publishing and Getting Read for persons in the field of Geography. However, some of the tips provided in this document, such as publication strategies, authorship best practices and ethics, can apply to persons in other technical fields as well, in terms of guiding persons in the process of writing various material (such as research articles, monographs, review essays) and maximizing their chances of getting read.

In order to access the above mentioned document as a PDF, please click on the link below:

Publishing and Getting Read in Geography

Happy reading (and writing) folks! 🙂