Indiana Geological Survey Changes Name

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Todd Thompson is the director of the Indiana Geological and Water Survey. (photo courtesy Indiana University) Todd Thompson is the director of the Indiana Geological and Water Survey. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

The Bloomington-based Indiana Geological Survey has officially changed its name following the passage of legislation by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year. The Indiana University research institute, now known as the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, says the change reflects a realignment of its mission.

The survey says its mission is to "provide geological information and counsel that contribute to the wise stewardship of the water, energy and mineral resources of the state." The new name also reflects its expanded efforts related to the quality and quantity of Indiana's surface water and groundwater.

"I think it is no surprise to anyone who follows the news that water is a growing issue in the 21st century," said Todd Thompson, survey director and state geologist. "As a Midwestern state, we assume that sufficient water exists for human and livestock consumption, agriculture and business uses. However, we have a limited inventory of the quantity, and even less knowledge of the quality, of this important resource. At the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, we hope to more accurately define water resources statewide."

IU says the Indiana Finance Authority recently awarded a $1.63 million grant to the survey to help same drinking water in more than 700 Indiana public schools. 

The name change was included in Senate Enrolled Act 416 which, among other things, requires the IFA to "to study the ability of utilities to provide clean and safe drinking water in Indiana for the foreseeable future." You can view the full bill by clicking here.

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