Groundwater State of the Art: Is It Adequate?

by Gary Goldstein, Asst. News Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 4, Pg. 68-72

Document Type: Feature article


Representatives from academia, engineering firms, trade associations, and government outline what they believe are the major needs in research, equipment, education and government programs to clean up groundwater contamination. They see an emphasis in training more groundwater quality professionals instead of developing people, improving engineering skills by taking graduate students into the field, developing and implementing more automated monitoring and sampling equipment, acquiring greater knowledge on contaminant flow in fractured rock, silt, and clay, epidemiology, math modeling and chemical and biochemical interactions. The problems will come in inadequate financing that will force engineers to go into the lab to develop data that won't work under complex field conditions, social and economic pressure groups impeding sound scientific work by refusing to acknowledge its validity, and the refusal of state and federal governments to address the groundwater contamination problem now instead of delaying or facing the problem episodically rather than as one interrelated problem that also includes surface water.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Engineering education | Groundwater | Equipment and machinery | Groundwater quality | Soil pollution | Clays | Federal government

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