Connecting Well Withdrawals and Surface Water
Ground water withdrawals can produce changes in water levels in nearby surface water bodies such as streams and wetlands. Even small changes in water levels can impact water quality as well as local flora and fauna. GeoServices’ scientists employ a number of techniques to assess these changes, including data collection from piezometers installed in wetlands and along stream banks.
A piezometer is a temporary, small and inexpensive well used for monitoring shallow ground water. GeoServices’ scientists install these as needed and collect water level data from them on a regular schedule. The forested wetland shown in the photo was monitored by GeoServices using two wetlands piezometers. Evaluations of this type help to protect critical habitat while enabling our clients to maximize the use of their water resource.
Routine site visits for data retrieval and analysis can be time consuming and expensive. That’s why, at GeoServices, we install telemetric devices at our project sites to provide remote access to up-to-date water quality, water level and production data from virtually anywhere that cell phone service is available. While telemetry used to be cost-effective only for larger projects with continuous data retrieval requirements, advancements have made remote monitoring significantly more affordable. This technology has the potential to produce cost savings for even the smallest of projects.
In the photo, GeoServices’ Justin Olszewski is setting up a telemetric device to collect daily water level readings from our client’s existing staff gages. As a result, both GeoServices and our client can access up-to-date gage levels from the comfort of our offices. What once took hours, now takes minutes.
The technology we use to collect the data we need is advancing at a dizzying pace. But at GeoServices, we continue to embrace innovative ideas and products to save our clients time, frustration, and money. For more information, or to find out the many other ways GeoServices can help you , give us a call today at 717-303-2660, or visit our website at GeoServicesLtd.com.
We at GeoServices are proud to announce the promotion of Robert (Bobby) Kresch to Project Hydrogeologist. Bobby recently passed the licensure exam to become a registered Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment. Bobby works on a wide range of projects including water supply development, environmental site assessments (Phase I and Phase II), environmental site characterization and remediation, and analysis of surface water flows impacted by ground water extraction. In addition, Bobby is one of two GIS specialists at GeoServices and uses his talent to integrate field and laboratory data to produce useful maps and renderings to allow rapid interpretation of geologic, spatial, and chemical data for our client’s projects. Please join us in congratulating Bobby.
Geoservices Ltd Adds New Staff Geologic Scientist
GeoServices is pleased to announce that Justin A. Olszewski has joined the team as a Staff Geologic Scientist. Justin is a Geology graduate from Bloomsburg University, and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the GeoServices team from his former experience in the geotechnical field. At GeoServices, he is involved with aquifer testing and analysis, geotechnical drilling inspection, GIS, sample collection, and preliminary hydrogeologic investigations.
We are honored to announce that Joe McNally, P.G., Vice-President and Principal Hydrogeologist of GeoServices, Ltd. has taken his place on the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Joe was sworn in during July to a six year term. Joe is one of two geologists in Pennsylvania on the Board and only the fifth geologist appointed to that position. We at GeoServices are extremely proud of Joe’s accomplishment. During his term, Joe will continue to provide his expertise to our clients and we wish him every success as he balances his multiple assignments. Congratulations Joe!
Congratulations to Jennifer S.
Congratulations to Jennifer S. Reese on her promotion to Project Manager. Jennifer is an exceptionally talented hydrogeologist with more than 17 years experience in water supply development; contaminant characterization, fate and transport; and aquifer analysis. She has extensive experience with the SRBC and specialized experience in analysis of ground water conditions in karst terrains.
To Joe McNally, PG, Principal Hydrogeologist
Congratulations to Joe McNally, PG, Principal Hydrogeologist, on his recent presentation at the 82nd Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists regarding ground water geochemistry near Revolutionary War lead and zine mines in Sinking Valley, Pennsylvania, and how ground water quality can be used to identify mineral deposits.
Justin and Bobby Installing PVC Staff Gages and Measuring Stream Discharge
The natural environment is constantly changing. The earth pays no mind to the planning and infrastructure in which we’ve invested our time and resources. In the case of streams and rivers, change is inevitable. It is a stream’s nature to move and shift its course gradually over time. Sometimes, these changes happen violently overnight, while others occur slowly, but continually. When these changes occur, they become extremely costly to projects that rely on a dependable water supply.
For these projects’ sponsors, planning and resource management are essential to minimize costs associated with the changes, to ensure that all regulatory requirements are met, and to protect the waterway itself. As changes continue in the stream we need to adjust our understanding of the environment to better equip ourselves for the unpredictable nature of, well, nature.
One of the ways that GeoServices Ltd. helps to create better water resource management plans for our clients is with the accurate measurement of surface water supply sources. The task that is being performed in the above photos is a technique used to measure the stream discharge, or the volume of water moving down a stream per unit of time. By using a combination of time tested procedures and modern technology, GeoServices can measure and monitor the discharge over a wide range of wet and dry conditions. This information can be used to predict the volume of water that can safely be withdrawn at any given time. When we finish, our client receives the tools to monitor their available resources in-house, allowing them the ability to adjust usage if need be.
With our knowledgeable and experienced staff, GeoServices Ltd. works hard to provide efficient, cost effective options for your projects. Combined with our close relationship with regulatory agency personnel at both the state and federal level, we’ll not only help you get the job done, but also navigate the regulatory hurdles.
Check out our website at GeoServicesltd.com to see how we can help you today!