Sign On - USGS Data Collection Funding

Sign On - USGS Data Collection Funding

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In response to a request from the Region One office of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, we would like to request that at least $950,000 in funds be directed to the annual data collection activities by the USGS. This work has been funded solely by Nassau County over many decades to support groundwater and surface water data collection within the County. The County as a funding source can no long be counted on as the main financial underwriter for this essential service. Moving forward, it is also important to assess conditions in Queens since recent investigations have documented substantial impacts to groundwater due to past pumping activities. For example, if New York City pursues the dewatering project being proposed for southern Queens, the annual conditions of the aquifer need to be monitored. This request is intended to cover 4 years of funding for annual water data collection in Nassau and parts of Queens. There are a multitude of uses for this fundamental information and it provides the basis for sound water policies and practices. Up-to-date information is particularly valuable when predicting groundwater movement that is related to contaminated plume migration and mitigation efforts. The justification for using NRD funds in this way is that it connects past damage to efforts to avoid future damage. Active groundwater protection depends on timely information about aquifer conditions. This is a benefit to all interested parties. The $900,000 NRD funds from the Lockheed Martin site in western Nassau County that was directed to support the Long Island Groundwater Sustainability Study recognized the broad benefit that using funds in this way would have. When regional groundwater models are developed for a diverse area such as Long Island, the model’s value is dependent on annually updated information used in it to make reliable predictions on future aquifer conditions.