Release of Open-File Report 90-183 pending publication as a TWRI) "A study guide for a beginning course in ground-water hydrology:  Part 1 - Course Participants"

WGS-Mail Stop 411                            October 3, 1990


Subject:  PUBLICATIONS--Release of Open-File Report 90-183
                        pending publication as a TWRI) "A study
                        guide for a beginning  course in ground-
                        water hydrology:  Part 1 - Course
                        Participants" by Franke, Reilly, Haefner,
                        and Simmons

The attached subject report was developed because expertise in
ground-water hydrology is in high demand and short supply in a
number of Federal, State, and local agencies.  These agencies are
faced with the prospect of providing basic training in this
discipline to current employees with diverse academic backgrounds.
Recognizing that appropriate courses commonly are either not
available or inconveniently scheduled at local schools, one
possible training option is to use the most knowledgeable in-house
ground-water professionals as course instructors.

The purpose of this study guide is to (1) provide a broad
selection of study materials that comprise a beginning course in
ground-water hydrology and (2) support in-house training by
assembling these materials in a form that can be used easily by
competent ground-water professionals to provide technically sound
instruction in ground-water hydrology with a minimum of
preparation.  The study guide is also well suited for self-paced

The study guide for a beginning course in ground-water hydrology
consists of two parts under separate cover.  The first part
(attached) is for course participants and consists of specially
prepared notes and exercises; instructions on how to proceed and
comments on the material; as well as appropriate readings keyed to
three well-known textbooks in ground-water hydrology--Applied
Hydrogeology (Second Edition) by C. W. Fetter (1988), Groundwater
by R. A. Freeze and J. A. Cherry (1979) and Groundwater Hydrology
by D. K. Todd (1980).  Any one of these three textbooks, as well
as other available textbooks, are appropriate to use with this
study guide.  However, because of the specific content and manner
of presentation, particularly in the introductory chapters, Fetter
(1988) is our choice of textbook to be used with this study guide,
and we have referred to particular sections and equations in
Fetter (1988) at several points in the course.

The second part of the study guide, "A Study Guide for a Beginning
Course in Ground-Water Hydrology:  Part II--Instructor's Manual,"
currently is in preparation and is for course instructors.  It
provides completely worked answers to problems, additional
comments on the course materials, and additional references keyed
to the specific topics in the outline.  This volume will be
available in the near future.  Preliminary copies of the answers
are available upon request.

We hope that this publication provides WRD offices a basis for
providing instruction to new employees, and personnel from
cooperators and other Federal agencies on ground-water hydrology.
Because the publication will be published in the Techniques of
Water-Resources Investigations (TWRI) series, the authors would
appreciate being notified of any required corrections and
comments.  This report should be brought to the attention of
District management, all ground-water hydrologists, and all
employees interested in learning about ground-water hydrology.

                             Thomas E. Reilly
                             Acting Chief, Office
                             of Ground Water


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