Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010)

Paper No. 1
Presentation Time: 1:35 PM


SHEETS Jr, Rodney A., U.S. Geological Survey, Water Science Field Team, 6480 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229 and CLEAVES, Emery T., Maryland Geological Survey (retired), Department of Natural Resources, 3609 Woodholme Drive (home address), Jarrettsville, MD 21084,

The Advisory Committee on Water Information Subcommittee on Ground Water (ACWI-SOGW), formed in 2006, produced a document that outlines procedures for a long-term, nationwide groundwater quality and quantity network (NGWMN). The document is intended to be a framework for local, state, and Federal organizations that collect groundwater data so that their data will be comparable and can be included in a nationally consistent network. As part of the process to foster and grow this network, a pilot program was begun in October 2009 to test key concepts of the framework.

Key factors of the ACWI-SOGW pilot program are the following:

  • Principal aquifers, as defined by the U.S. Geological Survey, are the geographic emphasis of the NGWMN.
  • Two subnetworks—an ambient (unstressed) and targeted (stressed) subnetwork—will be monitored for each aquifer.
  • Water-quantity data (as water levels) and water-quality data will be collected.
  • Fundamental elements of the framework document and the pilot program include network design, common.
  • field practices, data standards, and data management.
  • A data-management system to facilitate sharing of data is an integral part of the NGWMN.

ACWI-SOGW solicited potential pilot organizations with the understanding that each pilot would test the framework concepts and the data-management system within 12 months of selection and submit a report at the end of 18 months. The pilot studies have been selected and are currently underway. A brief synopsis of the pilot programs will be given.