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John Williams

Hydrologist GW Specialist

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John H. Williams has a BA in Geology from Colgate University, and a MS in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University.  John currently is the Groundwater Specialist for the U. S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in New York, and is responsible for technical oversight of the Survey’s groundwater program in the State. 

John has provided technical assistance to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corp of Engineers, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on investigations of contaminated fractured-bedrock aquifers.  He has worked with the Geological Survey of Canada in the investigation of transboundary aquifers in New York and Quebec.

In addition, John is an integral part of the geophysical training and technology transfer program of the Office of Groundwater - Branch of Geophysics.  He has provided support in borehole geophysics to Survey offices throughout the U. S. and in the United Arab Emirates.  He recently co-taught a borehole geophysics workshop in northern Iraq for the Iraqi Central and Kurdish Regional Governments that was supported by the U. S. Department of Defense.

Over the past several years, John has made presentations on water-resource issues related to shale-gas development to the U. S. Department of Energy, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Ground Water Association, North American Energy Marketers Association, Empire State Water Well Drillers Association, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, professional associations of geologists, geophysicists, and engineers, universities, and environmental groups.  He also has provided testimony to the New York State Assembly and New York City Council on these issues.





Publications

Risser, D. W., Williams, J. H., Hand, K. L., and others, 2013, Geohydrologic and water-quality characterization of a fractured-bedrock test hole in an area of Marcellus shale gas development, Bradford County, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 4th ser., Open-File Report OFMI 13–01.0, 49 p., 4 appendices.




Williams, J. H., 2010, Evaluation of well logs for determining the presence of freshwater, saltwater, and gas above the Marcellus Shale in Chemung, Tioga, and Broome Counties, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5224.

Williams, J.H., Reynolds, R.J., Franzi, D.A., Romanowicz, E.A., and Paillet, F.L., 2010, Hydrogeology of the Potsdam Sandstone in northern New York: Canadian Water Resources Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, p. 399-416.

Anderson, J.A., Morin, R.H., Cannia, J.C., and Williams, J.H., 2009, Geophysical log analysis of selected test holes and wells in the High Plains aquifer, Central Platte River basin, Nebraska: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5033, 16 p.

Williams, J.H. and Knutson, K.D., 2009, Integrated analysis of flow, temperature, and specific-conductance logs and depth-dependent water-quality samples from three deep wells in a fractured-sandstone aquifer, Ventura County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1023, 10 p.

Williams, J. H., 2008, Flow-log analysis for hydraulic characterization of selected test wells at the Indian Point Energy Center, Buchanan, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1123, 31 p.

Williams, J.H., Lacombe, P.J., Johnson, C.D., and Paillet, F.L., 2007, Cross-borehole flow tests and insights into hydraulic connections in fractured mudstone and sandstone, in Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, April 1-5, 2007, Denver, Colorado, Proceedings 2007: Denver, Colorado, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, CD-ROM, p. 1140-1152.

Sterling, S.N., Parker, B.L., Cherry, J.A., Williams, J.H., Lane, J.W., Jr., and Haeni, F.P., 2005, Vertical cross contamination of TCE in a borehole in fractured sandstone: Ground Water, v. 43, no. 4, p. 557-573.

Anderson, J.A., Williams, J.H., Eckhardt, D.A.V., and Miller, T.S., 2004, Geophysical, Stratigraphic, and Flow-Zone Logs of Selected Test, Monitor, and Water-Supply Wells in Cayuga County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-468, 10 p.

Williams, J.H., and Johnson, C.D., 2004, Acoustic and optical borehole-wall imaging for fractured-rock aquifer studies: Journal of Applied Geophysics, v. 55, no. 1-2, p. 151-159.

Johnson, C.D., and Williams, J.H., 2003, Hydraulic logging methods - a summary and field demonstration in Conyers, Rockdale County, Georgia, in ed. Williams, L.J., Methods used to assess the occurrence and availability of ground water in fractured-crystalline bedrock - an excursion into areas of Lithonia Gneiss in eastern metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia: [Atlanta, Georgia], Georgia Geologic Survey, Guidebook 23, p. 40-47.

Williams, J. H., Lane, J. W., Singha, K., and Haeni, F. P., 2002, Application of advanced geophysical logging methods in the characterization of a fractured-sedimentary bedrock aquifer, Ventura County, California: U. S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4083, 28 p.

Williams, J.H. and Paillet, F. L., 2002, Using flowmeter pulse tests to define hydraulic connections in the subsurface: a fractured shale example: Journal of Hydrology, v. 265, p. 100-117.

Williams, J. H. and Paillet, F. L., 2002, Characterization of fractures and flow zones in a contaminated shale at the Watervliet Arsenal, Albany County, New York: U. S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Open-File Report 01-385, 26 p.

Lane, J.W. Jr., Williams, J.H., Johnson, C.D., Savino, Sr. D.-M., and Haeni, F.P., 2002, An integrated geophysical and hydraulic investigation to characterize a fractured-rock aquifer, Norwalk, Connecticut: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigation Report 01-4133, 97 p.

Johnson, C.D., Lane, J.W., Jr., Williams, J.H., and Haeni, F.P., 2001, Application of geophysical methods to delineate contamination in fractured rock at the University of Connecticut landfill, Storrs, Connecticut: in Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, Denver, Colorado, March 4-7, 2001, Proceedings: Wheat Ridge, Colo., Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, CD-ROM.

Stumm, Frederick, Chu, Anthony, Lange, A.D., Paillet, F.L., Williams, J.H., and Lane, J.W., Jr., 2001, Use of advanced borehole geophysical techniques to delineate fractured-rock ground-water flow and fractures along water-tunnel facilities in Northern Queens County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4276, 12 p.

Stumm, Frederick; Paillet, Frederick; Williams, J.H.; and Lane, J.W., Jr., 2000, Geohydrologic assessment of crystalline bedrock for the New York City water-tunnel project by use of advanced borehole-geophysical methods: Proceedings of the 7th Minerals and Geotechnical Logging Symposium, Golden, Colo., October 24-26, 2000, p. 19-27.

Williams, J.H., and Johnson, C.D., 2000, Borehole-wall imaging with acoustic and optical televiewers for fractured-bedrock aquifer investigations: Proceedings of the 7th Minerals and Geotechnical Logging Symposium, Golden, Colo., October 24-26, 2000, p. 43-53.

Williams, J., and Lane, J.W., Jr., 1998, Advances in borehole geophysics for ground-water investigations: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 002-98, 6 p.

Paillet, F.L., Hess, A.E., and Williams, J.H., 1998, Design, operation, and data analysis for a wireline packer system in open boreholes with field test results from Belvidere, Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 98-413, 23 p.

Williams, J. H., Taylor, L. E., and Low, D. J., 1998, Hydrogeology and groundwater quality of the glaciated valleys of Bradford, Tioga, and Potter Counties, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Geological Survey Water Resources Report 68, 89 p.

Williams, J.H., 1996, Application of borehole geophysics at the Retsof salt mine collapse site, Western New York, in Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, Keystone, Colo., April 28-May 1, 1996, Proceedings: Englewood, Colorado, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, p. 813-821.

Lane, J.W., Jr., Haeni, F.P., Soloyanis, Susan, Placzek, Gary, Williams, J.H., Johnson, C.D., Buursink, M.L., Joesten, P.K., and Knutson, K.D., 1996, Geophysical characterization of a fractured-bedrock aquifer and blast-fractured contaminant-recovery trench, in Bell, R.S., and Cramer, M.H., eds., Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, Keystone, Colo., April 28-May 2, 1996, Proceedings: Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, p. 429-441.

Williams, J. H., and Morrisey, D. J., 1996, Recharge of valley-fill aquifers in the glaciated Northeast from upland runoff, in Ritchey, J. D. and Rumbaugh, J. O., eds., Subsurface Fluid-fFlow (Ground-water and Vadose Zone) Modeling, ASTM STP 1288, American Society for Testing and Materials, p. 97-113.

Williams, J. H., Lapham, W. W., and Barringer, T. H., 1993, Application of electromagnetic logging to contamination investigations in glacial sand-and-gravel aquifers: Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation Review, v. 13, no. 3, p.129-138.

Williams, J.H., 1991, Tributary-stream infiltration in Marsh Creek valley, north-central Pennsylvania: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 90-4052, 39 p.

Williams, J. H. and Conger, R. W., 1990, Preliminary delineation of contaminated water-bearing fractures intersected by open-hole bedrock wells: Ground Water Monitoring Review, v. 10, no. 4, p.118-126.

Williams, J.H., Henke, J.H., Pattison,  K.L., Parizek, R.R., Hornberger, R.J. and Cravotta III, C.A., Hydrogeology and water quality at a surface coal mine in Clarion Co., Pennsylvania: Coal Research Report, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Morrisey, D. J., Randall, A. R., and Williams, J. H., 1988, Upland runoff as the major source of recharge to stratified drift in the glaciated Northeast, in Regional aquifer systems of the United States – Northeastern glacial aquifers: American Water Resources Association Monograph, no. 11, p. 17-36.

Reynolds, R. J. and Williams, J. H., 1988, Continuous seismic-reflection survey of glacial-drift deposits along the Susquehanna, Chenango, and Chemung Rivers, sout-central New York and north-central Pennsylvania, in Regional aquifer systems of the United States – Northeastern glacial aquifers: American Water Resources Association Monograph, no. 11, p. 83-103.

Williams, J. H. and Senko, G. E., 1988, Simulation of ground-water flow in aquifers along the Susquehanna River in Columbia County, Pennsylvania: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 85-485, 44 p.

Williams, J. H. and Eckhardt, D. A., 1987, Groundwater resources of the Berwick-Bloomsburg-Danville area, east-central Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey Water Resources Report 68, 89 p.




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Water Resourcesaquifers
Water Resourcesground water
Water Resourcesmovement and recharge



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

A Water Census of the United States

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

Data Integration & Interoperability

Borehole Geophysics and Hydrogeology

Image of Current Focus for Borehole Geophysics and Hydrogeology
  • Application of borehole geophysics in groundwater studies
  • Hydrogeologic framework characterization of fractured-rock and glacial-drift aquifer systems

Contact Information

John Williams
425 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180
jhwillia@usgs.gov
518-285-5670
518-285-5601 - Fax
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