The Groundwater Project

About The Groundwater Project

Many important global organizations have concluded that there is a global freshwater crisis. In the past two years both the UN and UNESCO have convened major conferences on the crisis. A key factor in the evolution of this crisis – and the lack of substantial effort to reverse its disastrous trajectory – is the minimal awareness and understanding of groundwater beyond the groundwater science community (i.e., professional hydrogeologists) and the scarcity of human expertise and organizational capabilities to analyze and solve groundwater problems. Our motivation is to address these related issues through education and, where possible, technical assistance, especially in the developing world.

To enhance prospects for the needed expansion of human capacity in groundwater problem solving and public understanding of ‘all things groundwater’, the Groundwater Project (www.gw-project.org) was initiated in 2017. The Groundwater Project is a volunteer-based, charitable nonprofit organization (NGO) registered in Canada and global in scope. It is committed to the advancement of groundwater understanding and awareness by creating and making high-quality groundwater learning materials in many languages available for download free of charge from its website (gw-project.org). The GW-Project is led by Dr. John Cherry, recipient of the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize, GW-Project Leader, and Chair of the Board of Directors. The GW-Project manages key activities with a small staff and the support of a Board of Directors and relies on contributions from over 1000 volunteers (authors, reviewers, editors, translators).

Read the Project’s
Background Document (English) (Spanish) (Portuguese)
Vision and Plans 2023 to 2028 (English)
Newsletter Fall 2023 (English) (Spanish) (Portuguese)

List of Books Published, Translated, and in Progress (English)

Read the Project Leader’s View of
The Global Groundwater Crisis by John Cherry (English) (Spanish) (Portuguese)

Cover of the book Groundwater by Freeze and Cherry
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Dr. Allan Freeze
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Dr. John Cherry

History

The Groundwater Project has its roots in 2015 after Cathryn Ryan at the University of Calgary initiated the transfer of rights for the famous Groundwater textbook (Freeze & Cherry, 1979) back to their authors. To advance the state of the science worldwide, the authors then agreed to provide free downloads of the original text and translations through the Hydrogeologists Without Borders website. This laudable initiative provided the inspiration for the much larger Groundwater Project aimed at updating and largely expanding the coverage of the original book. As of today, more than 20 institutions are partnering with us and many others are on their way. The Groundwater Project was initiated in 2017 and registered in 2019 to cover nearly all aspects of groundwater relevant to both developed and developing countries.

Steering Committee Chair and Project Leader

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John Cherry
Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph
Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
Canada

Steering Committee

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Ying Fan
Professor, Rutgers University
USA

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R. Allan Freeze
Former Professor, University of British Columbia
Canada

Paul Hsieh
California, USA

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Ineke Kalwij
President & Principal Hydrogeologist, Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc.
Canada

Douglas Mackay
Professor Emeritus, University of California
USA

Stephen Moran
British Columbia, Canada

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Everton de Oliveira
President, Hidroplan
Director, Sustainable Water Institute
Brasil

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Beth L. Parker
Professor, University of Guelph
Canada

Eileen Poeter
Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines
USA

Warren W. Wood
Visiting Professor, Michigan State University
USA

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Yan Zheng
Chair Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
China

Advisory Committee

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Shafick Adams
Executive Manager, Water Research Commission
South Africa

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Bill Alley
Science and Technology Director, National Ground Water Association
USA

Stephen Foster
Emeritus, World Health Organization & World Bank
United Kingdom

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Ken Goldstein
Senior Vice President, WSP USA Inc.
USA

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Ken Howard
Professor, University of Toronto
Canada

Jimmy Jiao
Professor, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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Laurra Olmsted
Alberta, Canada

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Guy Patrick
Director, Patrick Consulting Inc.
Canada

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Marco Petitta
Professor, Sapienza University of Rome
Italy

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Craig Simmons
Professor, Flinders University
Australia

Karen Villholth
Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute
South Africa

Bill Woessner
Professor Emeritus, University of Montana
USA

Chunmiao Zheng
Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
China

Board of Directors

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John Cherry
Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph
Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
Canada

Shafick Adams
Executive Manager at the Water Research Commission
South Africa

Richard Jackson
Fellow, Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo
Canada

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Ineke Kalwij
President & Principal Hydrogeologist Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc.
Canada

Renee Martin Nagle

Renée Martin-Nagle
President and CEO A Ripple Effect
USA

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Everton de Oliveira
President, Hidroplan
Director, Sustainable Water Institute
Brazil

Marco Petitta
Professor of Hydrogeology at Sapienza University of Rome
Italy

Eileen Poeter
Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines
USA

Groundwater Project Staff

Amanda Sills
Project Manager

[email protected]

Virginia McGowan
Lead Editor

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Emily Horodezny
Translation Coordinator

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