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Bruce Lindsey

Bruce Lindsey is a hydrologist with the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

Bruce Lindsey has worked as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1992. His primary field of interest is groundwater quality. He has conducted regional and national assessments of status and trends in groundwater quality in the United States for the National Water-Quality Assessment project. He currently is the coordinator of groundwater assessments for the National Water Quality Network, which monitors groundwater quality in about 2,200 wells across the United States in 82 networks of about 25-30 wells each. The objective of this study is to evaluate the quality and availability of groundwater for drinking supply, improve our understanding of where and why water quality is degraded, and assess how groundwater quality could respond to changes in hydrologic conditions and land use. Constituents of concern for this research include both natural contaminants (trace elements and radionuclides) as well as anthropogenic contaminants (nutrients, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), volatile organic compounds and pesticides). Bruce is also the project manager for the National Surveillance function, which evaluates and summarizes substantial issues potentially affecting water availability – streamflow, groundwater levels, surface water quality, and groundwater quality – from USGS national networks. In addition, Bruce has also conducted studies on microbiological quality of drinking water resources, focusing on occurrence of both bacteria and viruses.