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Title: Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: exampled from the United States

item WARNER, KELLY - Us Geological Survey (USGS)
item BARATAUD, FABIENNE - Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Inra
item HUNT, RANDALL - Us Geological Survey (USGS)
item Borchardt, Mark

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/8/2015
Publication Date: 6/1/2016
Citation: Warner, K., Barataud, F., Hunt, R., Borchardt, M.A. 2016. Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: exampled from the United States. Book Chapter. 953 p. ISBN 978-3-319-23575-2.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Groundwater is available in many parts of the world, but the quality of the water may limit its use. Contaminants can limit the use of groundwater through concerns associated with human health, aquatic health, economic costs, or even societal perception. Given this broad range of concerns, this chapter will focuses on two examples of how water quality drivers influence integrated groundwater management. One example uses the naturally occurring contaminant Arsenic (As) and the other example uses human introduced viral pathogens. In both cases constantly improving technology of water quality characterization affects the perception of water quality. Moreover, the presentation of water quality issues can influence societal perception of water quality. In this way, integrated groundwater management intersects environmental characterization (e.g., water chemical analyses) with engineering (e.g., water treatment and sanitation) and human perception of water quality. As such, water quality factors can act as a key nexus for societal cost-benefit analyses.