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ISAWWA Invited to Participate in National Assessment of Economic Benefits of Geological Mapping

Tuesday, August 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annie Storey
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ISAWWA members are invited to participate in a national assessment of the economic benefits of geological mapping. This link –  – directs you to an online questionnaire, focusing on your use/potential use of geological maps and associated reports, and the value of that use to your business or activity.

This assessment is the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted for the discipline of geology. It comes at a time when (1) safe and reliable sources of water are crucial components of infrastructure, and have long been touted at the Federal, State, and local levels, and now more than ever are required for optimum economic recovery, (2) the uncertainty of climate change looms large on the horizon with a real threat to that infrastructure, water availability, and human livelihood, (3) understanding geologic hazards are increasingly important due to population growth and existing/expanding infrastructure, and (4) energy resource assessments are crucial for technological advancements and economic diversification/recovery.

A major emphasis of geological mapping for decades has been discovery and delineation of groundwater resources and then determining the vulnerability of those resources to natural and human-induced contamination, as well as evaluating links between groundwater and surface water in rivers, streams, and lakes, and the effects of flooding on water quality.  In all cases, an understanding of the interaction of human activity with both the land surface and the subsurface is essential to minimize potential impacts and maximize resource potential, environmental protection, and associated economic benefits. 

I urge you to please fill out the online questionnaire to the best of your ability. The larger the response rate, the more significant are the results, and its eventual outcome for helping to justify this most basic of geologic endeavors. This is also an opportunity for you to tell us of your needs and where you think we should focus activities to best serve you. Please answer as many questions as possible on the survey. If you should receive more than one request to fill out this survey, you only need to do so once.  If you cannot fill out the questionnaire in one sitting, a button in the upper right, titled “Save and continue later”, asks for your email address, and will send you a message with a link directing you to where you left off.  

Please complete the online survey by November 2, 2020. Thank you. 

FYI, if you’d like to see two statewide examples of cost and benefit studies of geological mapping, see the links below.  However, this national survey will be more comprehensive than these previous reports.

Nevada -

Kentucky -

Questions?  Contact Dick Berg, Director and State Geologist, Illinois State Geological Survey at

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