Expanding the Nation's Groundwater Resource: How a new USGS report could help quench a nation's growing thirst for water

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Welcome to the 2017 Briefing Series for Members of Congress, staff, and the public

Second in the 2017 series

The USGS's new report is the first comprehensive national assessment since 1965 of brackish groundwater, which is slightly salty and underlies most of the country. 

The report provides maps and data that can assist water infrastructure decision makers determine the viability of using this substantial resource for drinking water, irrigation, and mining, among many other uses. 

Please join us as speakers from the USGS, Bureau of Reclamation, Groundwater Protection Council, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and National Groundwater Association talk about what’s in the report and how federal, state, and local partners can use it to understand and manage groundwater resource. 


  • Chuck Job, National Ground Water Association


Jennifer Stanton – Jennifer started her career with the USGS in 1995. She has studied a wide range of water-resource topics including groundwater quality, groundwater-age dating, groundwater/surface-water interactions, groundwater-level changes, estimation of water-budget components, and development of groundwater-flow models. She specializes in regional-scale groundwater-resource assessments in agricultural settings. Jennifer is currently the project manager for the USGS National Brackish Groundwater Assessment. She obtained her degree in Water Science from the University of Nebraska.

Marty Link – Marty has worked for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality since 1988. She has held a variety of positions related to ground and surface water quality and now holds the position of Water Quality Division Administrator. A native Nebraskan, Marty received her geology MS degree from University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1989, BS in geology from University of Kansas in 1982, and a BA in science education from University of Iowa in 1979. She is a licensed professional geologist in Nebraska and is currently the president of the Ground Water Protection Council.

Katharine Dahm – Katharine works for the Bureau of Reclamation's Policy Office in Denver, Colorado in the Water Resources and Planning Division. As a program coordinator she works on a number of the Bureau of Reclamation's planning and grant programs under WaterSMART including the Basin Study Program and the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and a Master's and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Colorado.

Chuck Job – Chuck currently serves as Regulatory Affairs Manager for the National Ground Water Association and handles groundwater resource sustainability. He previously worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 29 years, having served from 2000-2015 as its Drinking Water Infrastructure Branch chief.  At the Agency, Chuck worked with states to utilize a backlog of over $1 billion in infrastructure financial assistance and also led critical work in standards and risk management, underground injection control, regulatory coordination, and information collection. During part of his Agency tenure, Chuck worked in EPA Region V-Chicago in groundwater protection and water quality standards planning.

Previously, Chuck worked as a planner for Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Basin Commission and as a financial analyst for Fortune 500 companies. He also was a charter participant in the recent development of the National Ground Water Monitoring Network, a multi-agency-private sector data sharing project. Chuck earned master’s degrees in Environmental Science (Miami University) and Applied Economics (University of Michigan). He holds credentials as a sustainability professional with both the US Green Building Council and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.