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Fletcher to teach RILL course on Groundwater Shortages

Fletcher Teaches Groundwater Shortages Class

Fletcher Teaches RILL Groundwater Shortages Class

A new course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning (RILL) features groundwater geologist Frank W. Fletcher, who will teach “Supply & Demand: The Struggle for a Sustainable Water Supply” from 1 to 3 p.m. on September 10, 17, and 24 (Fridays) at the Northumberland Public Library in Heathsville. All interested persons are invited to participate.

This timely course examines the end of an era of cheap and abundant water in the eastern United States. On Virginia’s coastal plain, surface water sources have been overused, and a long-term decline in artesian water levels signals groundwater shortages as well. Dr. Fletcher recommends a shift to non-traditional water sources, such as desalination and water recycling, as being the most likely way to ensure a sustainable water supply.

Dr. Fletcher holds an A.B. degree in geology from Lafayette College, and a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Rochester. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a licensed professional geologist, and formerly held the C.B. Degenstein Chair in Environmental Science at Susquehanna University. Fletcher and his wife, Joan, live in Northumberland County, where he continues to pursue his interest in groundwater supply.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information, or to register, call Sharon Drotleff at the Educational Foundation office—804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679—or e-mail her at

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