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West Virginia University
PO Box 6893
Morgantown, WV

On the Web - Web Resources (Fall 2003)

The Groundwater Foundation Informs the Public -

The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to informing the public about one of our greatest hidden resources, groundwater. Since 1985, the foundation’s programs and publications present the benefits everyone receives from groundwater and the risks that threaten groundwater quality. The foundation makes learning about groundwater fun and understandable for kids and adults alike.

For more information about the Groundwater Foundation, visit their Web site at You also may write to them at The Groundwater Foundation, P.O. Box 22558, Lincoln, NE 68542-2558. Or call them at (800) 858-4844. E-mail them at

NGWA Delivers Groundwater Information -

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and employs groundwater experts from a variety of fields, such as geologists and hydrologists, engineers, groundwater contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services.

The organization’s purpose is to provide guidance to members, government representatives, and the public for sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the world’s groundwater resources. NGWA hosts educational courses and conferences on cutting-edge technology throughout the U.S. They publish three national publications, Water Well Journal, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, and Ground Water.

They also conduct two annual series of lectures: the Darcy Hydrogeology Lecture Series and the McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology. NGWA also maintains Ground Water On-Line, a database containing more than 87,000 groundwater literature citations. Visit their Web site, or call them at (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791.
Ground Water Protection Council -

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a national association of state groundwater and underground injection control agencies whose mission is to promote groundwater protection and conservation. Further, the council recognizes groundwater as a critical component of the ecosystem. GWPC provides a forum for stakeholder communication and research to improve governments’ role in groundwater protection and conservation.

For more information, visit their Web site at You also may write to them at Ground Water Protection Council, 13308 N. MacArthur, Oklahoma City, OK 73142. Or call (405) 516-4972. E-mail them at

Karst Waters Institute -

The Karst Waters Institute (KWI) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit institution whose mission is to improve the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through scientific research and the education of professionals and the public. Institute activities include initiating, coordinating, and conducting research, sponsoring conferences and workshops, and occasionally publishing scientific works. By acting as a coordinating agency for funding and personnel, KWI supports these activities but does not supply direct funding or grants to individual researchers.

For more information, visit the KWI’s Web site at You also may write to them at Karst Waters Institute, P.O. Box 537, Charles Town, WV 25414, or call (304) 725-1211.
National Council for Science and the Environment -

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision making. More than 500 academic, scientific, environmental, and business organizations, as well as federal, state, and local governments support the council.

To achieve its goals, the council works closely with many communities that create and use environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions. The council focuses on the role of science but does not take positions on environmental issues themselves. The council:
• promotes science for the environment;
• enhances programs at academic institutions;
• catalyzes and advances science-based ideas from diverse communities;
• communicates science-based information to society; and
• develops science solutions for environmental challenges.

For more information about the council, visit their Web site at You also may write to them at National Council for Science and the Environment, 1707 H Street N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006-3918 or call 202-530-5810. E-mail also is available at
Groundwater Central© -

Groundwater Central© is a free portal for Internet-based groundwater information. The search engine provides a one-stop shop to browse a wide variety of information from online publications and bibliographies, to case studies, data repositories, vendors, and announcements for events. Links send users to pages and/or downloadable files from a variety of relevant Web sites.

Groundwater Central© services include:
• Resource Search
• Public Events Calendar
• Public Discussion Forums
• Chat Room
• Tutorials
• Two E-mail Services
1. Groundwater Central© Bulletin Board/Listserv Integration, and
2. Groundwater Central© News e-mail notices
• Ask An Expert
• Profile Registration

For more information about the center, visit their Web site at You also may e-mail them at