Fresh Water: SUSAN SEACREST: Are the Wells Poisoned?


Susan Seacrest peers down into the huge gloom of well No. 2, which penetrates 90 ft. into the Platte Aquifer. As her eyes catch the gleam of water destined to salve the thirst of people in Lincoln, Neb., 20 miles away, she begins to jump up and down in the heat of a summer afternoon. "This is so cool!" she exults. "I get so excited when I'm around groundwater."

You don't have to share Seacrest's bizarre idea of excitement to agree that groundwater is a big deal. It's the source of drinking water for half the U.S. population. Nebraska floats on...

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