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Water is that water does


Certain types of groundwater issues are often complicated by our antiquated water laws and regulatory framework (“Fight over household wells complicates rural growing pains,” HCN, 2/8/18). To the hydrogeologist, and when it comes to real conditions on and in the ground, there is no distinction between surface and groundwater. Groundwater feeds streams and streams feed groundwater in one integrated system. Karst is an extreme example, where water may surface, go belowground, and surface again in a manner of minutes. As long as laws and regulations create an artificial distinction, there will always be train wrecks, and people will suffer.

David Ek
Catlett, Virginia