Free online lessons
The Groundwater Foundation is releasing a new series of free online lessons to educate students on the science of groundwater. School closings and shelter in place orders across the country have left millions of children and students at home and in need of more online educational resources. As a response to this need, the Foundation is providing online lessons at no cost to the public.
The online lessons cover a variety of groundwater information, from basic groundwater terminology and concepts to groundwater usage, how it becomes contaminated, and how we can help protect it. The lessons consist of worksheets and videos children can do on their own, plus more involved activities to do with an adult or older sibling.
There are currently two lessons online: 1) groundwater basics and 2) the water cycle, with more lessons added each week. For educators and parents searching for more hands-on activities about groundwater, Awesome Aquifer Kits are also available through the Groundwater Foundation website. Awesome Aquifer Kits are an all-in-one educational kit with everything you need to build your own model aquifer.
The California Groundwater Association reported on a recent development for CDL licensees. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration grants, until June 30, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Agency has initiated this action in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For more information, click here.
NGWA employment letter
In an effort to assist our industry and local law enforcement agencies, NGWA is providing a template letter that identifies employees as essential workers during any COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. The letter will help law enforcement quickly identify your employee as an essential service employee, which may help expedite any interaction regarding their status. If you decide to use this template, we suggest you make the following additions:
- Print on company letterhead
- Include company contact information including a contact that is available 24/7
- Add any specifics regarding your state’s essential work exceptions
- Print or save on your phone.
Employees should remember to always carry this letter during the shelter-in-place order as well as photo ID, work ID, and any other papers they usually carry as part of their daily work. If you have any further questions about your right to work during shelter-in-place orders, we encourage you to contact your State’s Attorney General or Governor’s office.
- We will continue to keep you informed and encourage you to visit the NGWA COVID-19 Information page on our website.
- Want to connect with other groundwater professionals in real time? We have a new Facebook Group, COVID-19 Discussion Group, that has all of our latest news and updates about the coronavirus. The group also provides a space for contractors, drillers, owners and other professionals to seek advice on social distancing practices or how to better serve clients during this time. Click here to join the Facebook group.
- We encourage you to follow our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and check our website regularly for the latest information.
Private water well services
As the country continues to take measures to combat COVID-19, states and local governments across the country are beginning to enact shelter-in-place orders. These orders, most recently issued state-wide in California, require citizens to not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary and temporarily stop operations of non-essential businesses. In response to these orders, the Federal Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued a memo outlining industries and services it deems critical to nationwide infrastructure vitality. Among the industries and services listed is water and wastewater work.
In response to this memo, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is reminding private well owners that services to their water systems including pump installation, water testing and water well drilling are still available during any shelter-in-place or lock-down order. “If you are currently drilling a water well or need work done to your water system please contact your local water well contractor,” says NGWA CEO Terry S. Morse CAC, CIC. “Our members know their services are essential to their communities and are working hard to keep the water flowing for their customers.”
Private well owners are encouraged to visit wellowner.org for more information on testing, treating, and maintaining their water well. The Contractor Look Up Tool will also assist well owners in finding an NGWA member of NGWA-certified water well contractor in their area.