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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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Nitrate and Aquifer Protection

Nitrate and Aquifer Protection

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High and Dry

William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

Yale University Press

Nitrate is the most common chemical contaminant in groundwater, affecting both human health and ecosystems. This chapter discusses how nitrate in groundwater has affected the health of the Chesapeake Bay and how it takes decades for changes in farming practices to reverse these trends. The chapter also examines the human health impacts of nitrate in groundwater within poor communities in California’s Central Valley. The chapter concludes with a discussion of source water protection by illustrating the comprehensive program for mapping groundwater protection zones in Denmark.

Keywords:   California Central Valley, Chesapeake Bay, Denmark, nitrate, poor communities, source water protection

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