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February 28, 2016

Evaluating Impacts of Bulk Water Sales on the Corning Aquifer

A forum on evaluating impacts of bulk water sales on the Corning aquifer, a primary acquifer that provides drinking water to the Corning region, was held February 27, 2016 at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The program featured retired hydrologist Todd Miller. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Geological Survey in 2013, Miller was the main author of ten USGS reports on the aquifers in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions, including the primary aquifers in Corning and Elmira.

Miller explained how the Corning aquifer works and what hydrogeologic data is needed to determine how much water can be withdrawn and exported from an aquifer before there may be adverse impacts on the environment and on the quality of local drinking-water supplies. He discussed methods that can be used to track contaminants in aquifers and how the movement of contaminants may be affected by large pumping rates.

Additional speakers at the program included renowned environmental author Sandra Steingraber, activist Mary Finneran, and Bill Mattingly and Henry Faryna from the Painted Post Water Sentinels. I spoke about legal issues with bulk water sales. The forum was sponsored by Steuben League of Women Voters, Finger Lakes Sierra Club and People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. Bob Nilsson and David Walczak videotaped the presentations. The following program materials are available:
Video of Todd Miller and Sandra Steingraber presentations
Todd Miller presentation slides on the hydrogeology of the Corning aquifer
Mary Finneran transcript of talk on water sale issues
Rachel Treichler presentation slides on legal issues with bulk water exports
Bill Mattingly presentation slides on Painted Post Water Sentinels
Henry Faryna handout on water testing

Posted by Rachel Treichler on 02/28/16, updated 04/05/16.



Copyright 2016, Rachel Treichler



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