Groundwater is our most important resource!
Worldwide groundwater is the prime source of drinking water, providing for more than 3 Billion people. Furthermore, groundwater is the oldest, and largest, habitat for a multitude of life-forms, including micro-organisms and diverse, highly adapted fauna.
Clearly the protection and sustainable utilisation of this valuable and irreplaceable resource is of the utmost importance.
Our experience demonstrates that for any particular location, the study and analysis of Groundwater fauna provides very realistic and useful indications of conditions on the broader scale. Such research studies deliver a valuable insight into both hydrological and hydrogeological site conditions, and provide important information about the origins of the water.
Information so gleaned can be applied to evaluate water quality and to assess the vulnerability of groundwater and wetlands, thereby enabling implementation of reactive and pre-emptive management methods.
Of course, the technique also has benefits in many other fields such as identification of resultant impacts of intrusive ground-water tapping, mining, lowering of the groundwater table, the use of geothermal energy and the screening of abandoned polluted areas etc.
Springs and the hyporheic zone are interfaces, so-called ecotones, between surface water and groundwater.
The German environmental protection law (BNatschG) and the EU Flora-Fauna-Habitat directive strive to protect springs as natural habitats, and to this end have specific protection requirements, including ecological evaluation and management, together with protection and development policies.
As the hyporheic zone is such an influential factor when studying freshwater, it is of the utmost importance that this zone be taken into consideration in order to satisfy the standards required by these directives.
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