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Never underestimate the importance of groundwater
Thispast wei.Itookmynat- hydrologyof the Virgin Islands But the greatest s to Wlenthis wasnreported, well
l cence class to tl Caledonia remains generally unstudied. aquierm in dt islands ar exces- ftilds in Ts weonr disco ed for
rin fost for a. Before we wea Accodig tol 1982 repo from te save watin awaLcsepic tm dnkig. X however, inl992 Ptlo
ou, we discusd different es of Water Resources Research Center O amdinfilmatonofsiomcounesby angasadNaal Ra ro nd
forests, gie ad moss and how of the then College of the Virgin Davi sewage treutmelM pl disJge Agency for Toxic Substaces and
frettwarponds fiction within a islands, groundwater withdrawal orsepic ank ovflows. Disease Registry learned that the
fomee teiawoea. for public and domestic se int he One study. "Coaiinsed Use of cormlited wells itd beensta i-
Caledonsirain foit is a cuic Virgin Ila dsas about 1.1 mil- Ourem *m t Dikinb Waster Wells Cota s mina bc ofw washe gas.
eampleof naningmsdiverae line galloperay. ad wish HIalos CIm ical Sub- In 1993, the wells wane comtect-
speci of uces aod tmall and lae This figure probably has sma in Virgin Islands and Min- ad to a treatment system to remove
organlma colxiesnwithinthel for- increased since the 1982 report. Such uras as Little Pountain nesoM, 1981-1983." points out the conaminats, but Planning and
et biosphe system. Other reports estimate that the and Fomntain Valley drin into the hazurs we fce. Natural Resourem and the EPA ae
What studenna Ieated from tis islands' aquifers supply about 17 Kingshill aquifer. In those 1t In 1987. the Plating and Na- ll investigating how to clean up
rain forest labotory hike is that pamice of gredwars anddrooftop forest, scgaer fort andfam d Resources Depten dEPA t wll
the forst also has an im nour m iater catclents ad ddalin. "arethe prinipal uses of end' afte testing several wells. found WhaI shi with you is nothing
undergroundquifers water supply. sion of sawatersupply the rin- beside 8 fewl homet bad he. t 22 commercial, uidetial and ye.
Albouhsnum have inhbited ing 83p~ The volcanic roc and oastl public wells in the Tau Well Fid We all are rspoesible for our
mmbymens aquifer occur on all all m so uwishpetrch- envimca.Wchave1arcsetious
the ah for millions of I. its Inthe Virgin Islands. we know ita islands and provide 25 p icat w lSaieomi anic ompmet ronment W hav m erius
only now thattwe are beginning t of the major aquifes- voanic and 8 percent, respectively, of such as been neame n s qier astr amiion id
understand the interrelationship rockaquifer. the coaalmymna nt o umndwawithdnmwa. sdica ~bae tra isla iosewageandoil.
eweca ourselves ad the environ aquifer a" he Kingshill aquifer. di ilte gro ylen; nichioethylene;. e dnin
mel In he VK islands, rouidw- and temachlon hylen Beieve me, we ae Sit ona
si.e st e e On St. Croix. the Kingshill trtm om ed o Oyneo
especially for doesic us.dl has po ctivser met the This ltare aquifer provided these dra or wells wdll pmrod ly
owledge of how the finest a aquifer provides about of drinking water stands tab- drinking water throughout the St dy. I we do not protect or
inxtcrasedaicdo usly. Kindwill aquifer is fed from Uh enunsp yolile oganic compouds could I f wem m diofotpr ctale ou
oins pie of ta adil ncrs m l oundwstr walhdwaly s in the lishd by th U.S. Eniviron tsntea Thomas directly or by trucking sB nd bd t f i
to in or a na o water the aloi Th isr ia o Prt o A rr to dlernt parts of the sky will be beter ofr ihan we
hoaqimpoesmt iioprctu pprimtAtly 25 S aWa mai f lg a mosu s of a rn land.Te said "11,O0 0 pr -
qif. ,the central latlsnds of St. Croix. ocean asparay nd thie sb onsnyh, ves nepo as -rpsed forhu
Ov eymr the yes, e demand for Notr suMsingly, thinrnnal aof cemtiomin rodwrMeeisfohor approimely iOycm-ex Olrar is, who hedsaoats
groondwatcrinthcVirginslV nds, SaLCmiralsohssoerrn ofthsb in grudaetfup It a uphei steld tha these yofm lwDinsw hlsa a mm
especially for domestic use. has productive soil for fuming. The a of P- I further stated that these ir csri degree i ange .
incearsendously. Kingshill aquifer is fed from the volatile organic compounds could agemm adforestry wclam
In spite of the sadilyincreasing moumins, valleys, andm lling hills Thus, Montw4llsaear coal bces a6s of cancer for dsmh
demand for groundwater. the alonsthec al panof the Wiland. ar shavealtwarIth rn. wlodnimkk
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