Ground-Water's Role in Water Quality Management

by John O. Osgood, Chf.; Ground Water Quality Management Unit, Bureau of Water Quality Management, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Resources, Harrisburg, Pa.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 517-521

Document Type: Journal Paper


Ground water is an important natural resource that must be treated coequally with surface water in any water quality management plan which includes an assessment of man's impact on the hydrogeological environment as a major component of the study. An inventory of existing conditions, as well as an evaluation of waste disposal impacts, mineral resource activities, land development, recharge/discharge relationships, water quality problems, hazardous spills, monitoring and surveillance activities, and other related factors, are all being investigated as they affect ground water. The results are being interfaced with other study elements and together with the results of the public participation phase, a plan is being developed that will permit the citizens of the state to enjoy the type of future they desire while protecting or improving the quality of Pennsylvania's waters.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Groundwater quality | Quality control | Water resources | Hazardous materials spills | Natural resources | Surface water | Resource management

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