8 episodes

Though caring for our nation's waters continues to be an important public priority, the level of geoscience involved in this effort has become increasingly complex. This can present a challenge to those who are concerned about water issues but who may not have much background in the concepts and terminology associated with the work required to understand and sustain our water supply. This series seeks to remedy this, featuring experts who explain in plain words the foundational ideas underlying the science of hydrology, while also taking the listener into the field to meet the researchers working on key water resource-related projects across Wisconsin.

Aquifers and Watersheds University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Though caring for our nation's waters continues to be an important public priority, the level of geoscience involved in this effort has become increasingly complex. This can present a challenge to those who are concerned about water issues but who may not have much background in the concepts and terminology associated with the work required to understand and sustain our water supply. This series seeks to remedy this, featuring experts who explain in plain words the foundational ideas underlying the science of hydrology, while also taking the listener into the field to meet the researchers working on key water resource-related projects across Wisconsin.

    Groundwater, Soil and Doctor Dirt

    Groundwater, Soil and Doctor Dirt

    Dr. Fred Madison AKA Doctor Dirt reveals the vital role that soil plays in the formation of aquifers, and how water actually becomes groundwater.

    • 22 min
    Aquifers, Websites and Water Tables

    Aquifers, Websites and Water Tables

    Chris heads to the USGS to meet Dr. David Krabbenhoft, a research scientist who shares the basic information necessary for understanding aquifers.

    • 11 min
    Waters Within Waters - Working with Watersheds

    Waters Within Waters - Working with Watersheds

    Learning how people visualize watersheds, and the different ways that have been developed to categorize them, is the central theme of this podcast, which also features Dr. David Krabbenhoft.

    • 15 min
    Streams, Snails and Invasive Species

    Streams, Snails and Invasive Species

    In this episode, Chris heads out to Black Earth Creek to meet Tim Campbell, an aquatic invasive species expert who works for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant. In between dodging traffic and wildlife, they share a candid conversation on invasive species, on specific organisms affecting Wisconsin and on how to think about the proliferation of unwanted flora and fauna in general. Tim explains the challenges of conducting effective public outreach on such invasives, as well as the role that watersheds play in the spread of undesirable species.

    • 19 min
    Wisconsin Aquifers - Surficial Groundwater and the Central Sands

    Wisconsin Aquifers - Surficial Groundwater and the Central Sands

    A close examination of Wisconsin aquifers begins in episode five, which features USGS scientist David Krabbenhoft, slices of Wisconsin’s geological history, and an interview with Dr. George Kraft. Dr. Kraft is a water resources scientist who is intimately familiar with the ongoing situation in Wisconsin’s Central Sands area, where lowering water levels are becoming an issue of serious concern.

    • 20 min
    Wisconsin Aquifers - Cambrian, Pre-Cambrian and Confined

    Wisconsin Aquifers - Cambrian, Pre-Cambrian and Confined

    In episode six, the series continues its exploration of the aquifers of Wisconsin. USGS scientist David Krabbenhoft returns to share his expertise, while historical color on the geological influence of Carthusian monks and Thomas Chamberlin rounds out the narrative.

    • 15 min

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