A Brief History of Contributions to Ground Water Hydrology by the U.S. Geological Survey

by Thomas E. Reilly

Published in Ground Water Magazine, July-August, 2004: volume 42, number 4, pages 625-631.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was established on March 3, 1879, as a permanent governmental agency for “. . . classification of the public lands, and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain” (Rabbitt 1989). March 2004 marked the 125th anniversary of the USGS and, in recognition of that anniversary, the editor-in-chief and the history editor of Ground Water invited me to summarize some of the contributions to ground water hydrology made by the USGS. Obviously, the USGS is part of a wider scientific community; however, this history comprises just the role of the USGS and is not intended to summarize contributions from the entire scientific community of ground water scientists.

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