USGS Recognizes “Protect Your Groundwater Day,” September 8, 2015
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) joins our partners in the groundwater community in recognizing September 8, 2015, as Protect Your Groundwater Day because groundwater is important to all of us!
Groundwater is one of the Nation’s most valuable natural resources. It occurs almost everywhere beneath the Earth’s surface and is a major source of water supply worldwide. It is the Nation’s principal reserve of freshwater and represents much of the potential future water supply. Groundwater is a major contributor to flow in many streams and has a strong influence on river and wetland habitats for plants and animals.
At the USGS we observe and monitor groundwater conditions at locations across the United States. USGS scientists work constantly to improve our understanding of how groundwater moves through the subsurface and what human and natural factors affect the quantity and quality of that groundwater. The tools, information, and data from USGS scientists are used every day by water-resource managers, regulators, policy makers, well operators, and others to make decisions about how best to protect our groundwater to meet current and future needs.