Groundwater supplies most of the nation’s community water systems and almost half of its irrigation.

But there is currently no system that can provide a nationwide assessment and evaluation of the conditions, availability or water-quality trends of the country’s groundwater.

To respond to the need for better knowledge of this valuable resource, five pilot projects have been chosen to test the concept of a National Ground Water Monitoring Network.

The U.S. Geologic Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and pilot partners from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey and Texas will collaborate on the project.

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