Only ALWI possesses the unique combination of (1) seasoned hydrogeological experience in the field, developed over the course of dozens of comparable and successful water supply projects in the karst and fractured rock aquifers of central Maryland; and (2) the detailed regulatory insight provided as a direct consequence of our President’s past employment with the state as a day-to-day processor and issuer of Water Appropriation Permits. It therefore should come as no surprise that ALWI’s hydrogeological staff has sited, developed, and/or permitted prolific water wells in the bedrock aquifers of Maryland, including some of the highest yielding public water supply wells in several central Maryland Counties that presently are in service.
Our approach to surface and groundwater development projects draws on the integration of our background and experience in classical geology, hydrogeological well siting, hydrology, regulatory considerations and constraints, environmental planning and permitting, as well as water quality and treatability issues. We possess technical expertise in the understanding of well construction and the associated benefit-cost judgments (e.g., when to drill deeper and when to move to a new location for groundwater projects; methods to seek relaxation of flow-by requirements for surface water projects).
ALWI thoroughly understands local and state technical requirements with regard to water appropriation permitting in particular and water supply planning and allocation in general. In the 1980s, our President helped to draft many of the concepts of statewide water resources management that still govern the allocability of both groundwater and surface water in Maryland. Over the years, we have maintained our keen understanding of the regulations and guidelines governing municipal groundwater supply development, permitting and management. To this day, ALWI maintains close ties and professional working relationships with several key officials with the MDE Source Protection and Appropriation Division (formerly the Water Supply Program and Water Rights Division).
Water Supply Services
- Groundwater Feasibility Evaluations
- Impact and Permitting Reports
- Groundwater Supply Development
- Source Water Assessment and Wellhead Protection
- Bedrock and Karst Hydrogeology Specialization
- Spring Water Resource Characterization and Development
- Permit Applications & Regulatory Coordination
- Expert Testimony & Litigation Support
- Surface Water Hydrology
- Quarry and Mine Evaluations