Fall/Winter 2010

Wisconsin's Water Library

Go Underground for Great Reading

Most Wisconsin residents (95 percent) rely on groundwater for their drinking water. This recommended reading list will help you learn more about this “buried treasure.”

The Essential Handbook of Ground-Water Sampling
by David Nielsen and Gillian Nielsen.
Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2007.
Tremendous improvements in groundwater sampling methodologies and analytical technologies have made it possible to collect and analyze truly representative samples to detect increasingly lower levels of contaminants—now in the sub-parts-per-billion range. New methods produce more accurate and precise data and, even though they are less expensive, many companies and government agencies are reluctant to use them. This handbook details the economic and scientific case for adopting these new methodologies.

Groundwater: Wisconsin’s Buried Treasure
by Natasha Kassulke and Laura Chern.
Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2006.
This booklet is a short introduction to Wisconsin’s groundwater, the programs that protect it, and what we can all do to safeguard it. The 2006 edition looks at new challenges to our groundwater resources and the progress that has been made since the first edition was published in 1983.

Groundwater Geophysics: A Tool for Hydrogeology
Reinhard Kirsch, editor.
Berlin: Springer, 2009.
This book describes the latest geophysical techniques used to map underground conditions, including groundwater quality.

Groundwater in the Environment: An Introduction
by Paul L. Younger.
Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2007.
This new textbook provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of groundwater systems and their management.

Groundwater Science
by Charles R. Fitts.
Boston, Mass.: Academic Press, 2002.
Fitts provides a clearly written introductory text for students and professionals in hydrogeology that should also be useful to the general reader who wants to know more about groundwater.

Please visit the Water Library at aqua.wisc.edu/waterlibrary for more information. Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just e-mail askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

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