Assessing Ground-Water Vulnerability to Contamination


This USGS report provides an overview of some of the common types of assessments used to determine the vulnerability of ground-water resources to contamination. Scientists can use the methods in this report to provide decision makers with information about how to best manage and protect groundwater resources. The report gives two hypothetical examples of how groundwater vulnerability assessments are used to define differences between management and science objectives. Background information on groundwater movement and aquifer contamination is also provided.

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Contaminant hydrology, Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Health Topics: Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, Waterborne Transport Processes, Public Policy
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Groundwater:Water and society, policy, and management, Contaminant hydrology, Human Dimensions/Resources
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water