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Media Advisory: Tracking the Nation’s Groundwater Reserves
Released: 9/20/2011 11:00:00 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Amelia Barrales 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 329-5136



MENLO PARK, Calif. — Groundwater is among United States' most important natural resources. This hidden resource provides half of our drinking water,  enables sustained economic growth to agriculture other industries, and contributes to the health of ecosystems throughout the country.  Large-scale extraction of groundwater resources has led to declines in groundwater levels during the past 50 years, prompting growing concerns about the future availability of groundwater. 

How much groundwater do we have left, and are we running out?

Who: William Alley, USGS Office of Groundwater Chief

What: USGS lecture on issues facing current and future of groundwater supplies

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011
12:00 noon —Lecture preview for USGS employees and reporters
7:00 p.m. —Public lecture (also available, streaming over the Internet)

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, second floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Map and Directions:   Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map


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