An education program that delves below the surface...

Students participating in the Montana Groundwater Academy (MGA) use physical models and conduct field investigations to develop knowledge of groundwater system structure and process, and then apply their understanding to solve a real-world groundwater contamination case. The MGA program exemplifies how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education can help prepare individuals to participate in citizen and professional activities related to managing our water resources. MGA is appropriate for integration into courses such as Earth Science and Environmental Science. To learn more, please contact Beth Covitt at

Link to online student assessment

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency: Montana Groundwater Academy (96830301). Additional funding has been provided by Missoula Valley Water Quality District, Mountain Water Company, University of Montana, and other organizations and individuals. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Environmental Protection Agency or other funders.

Dr. Bill Woessner assists a student with a water level measurement.