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 expansion of human capacity in groundwater problem solving and public understanding of ‘all things groundwater’, the Groundwater Project 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 (www.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 over 1000 volunteers (authors, reviewers, editors, translators).
List of Books Published, Translated, and in Progress (English)
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 expanding the coverage of the original book. More than 20 institutions are partnering with us and we welcome others. 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.
Board of Directors
Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph
Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
President & Principal Hydrogeologist Kalwij Water Dynamics Inc.
Fellow, Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo
Executive Manager at the Water Research Commission
President and CEO A Ripple Effect
Everton de Oliveira
Director, Sustainable Water Institute
Professor of Hydrogeology at Sapienza
University of Rome
Colorado School of Mines