Research Projects and Consulting Projects in Hydrogeology
Environmental Sciences, Hydrogeological,
Environmental Engineering, Applied Earth Science, Research Project Summaries
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On-going Research in Phosphate and Arsenic Removal.
The Center has participated in developing and conducting training programs and courses for students, teachers, environmental groups, environmental professionals, and the public in a variety of forums.
The Center has assisted or developed workshops, educational material, laboratory/field training exercises, and conducted hands-on training workshops. Workshop topics include: environmental monitoring, sampling and testing, non-point source pollution, development of monitoring plans, quality control and assurance programs, water well construction and testing, and drinking water testing and treatment. Recently, the Center has assisted with a number of teacher training programs in the areas of soil science, water quality, water quality testing, stream assessment, groundwater, well construction, watershed and pollutions studies, and developing training programs for students from grade 6 to 12. We recently participated in a teacher training program at the Ratchford Field Station and the Pocono Environmental Education Center (Camp Peec). We also have groundwater and surfacewater monitoring programs for Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, and Pike Counties in Pennsylvania and have conducted education outreach programs in Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Susquehanna, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties, Pennsylvania.
Stormwater Management and Low Impact Development
Recent changes in the PADEP Drinking Water regulations have required water suppliers using "springs" or "groundwater sources" to evaluate drinking water sources for the presence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium and determine susceptibility of systems to surface water contamination. The susceptibility to surfacewater contamination is based on the distribution of the surface water indicators, an evaluation of hydrogeological setting, and well / spring construction. Because the Center for Environmental Quality and the Environmental Engineering and Engineering Department facility and staff includes three licensed professional geologists, the Center has been involved in over 400 GWUDI evaluations and has assisted in the siting, construction, design and development of both community and non-community water supplies, water wells, and springs. Evaluations have been conducted throughout Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania and as far away as up-state New York. Currently, the Center for Environmental Quality is one of only a few facilities in the state of Pennsylvania that conducts this type of analysis. The GWUDI protocol is similar to the procedure to evaluate Water Filtration Plants.
Harveys Lake and Watershed Monitoring
During the period from 1993 to 1995, the Center was involved with the initial monitoring and investigation at Harvey's Lake in Luzerne County. The investigation was part of a Phase I Diagnostic Feasibility Study that was funded by the EPA. The Center was responsible for the implementation of a laboratory QC/QA program, training field technicians, and conducting laboratory analysis. Since the completion of the study, the Center has being working on the implementation of a groundwater and surface water monitoring and assessment program for Harveys Lake.
As part of the new regulations regarding the filtration of surface water supplies, a protocol was developed to evaluate the performance of filtration plants. The protocol is similar to the method used for "GWUDI" investigations, but the ranking and interpretation is based on a combination of the system configuration, source water, and degree of particle removal. Because of the background of the laboratory Director, the laboratory has been involved in the evaluation of several pilot filtration and full-scale filtration plants in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information about this protocol, please visit the Filtration Plant Performance Evaluation Website.
The Water Research Center has conducted a preliminary assessment of a new water and wastewater treatment device. Based on information provided by the manufacturer, the device has a wide variety of applications from disinfection, preventing or inhibiting scale formation, and possibly odor control. Bench scale testing has been initiated and further applications are being developed and tested. The preliminary results indicated that the unit significantly reduced the redox potential of water water and a decrease in the concentration of total coliform bacteria was documented.
Barley Creek Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Tannersville, PA that opened in 1996. Prior to construction of the facility, the Water Research Center assisted with the preliminary soils, hydrological, and water quality evaluation of the site. In addition, the facility provided guidance in the development of environmental assessments that needed to be conducted to meet the requirements of the local municipality and PADEP. The scope of the most recent project is to provide assistance with the operation and management of an "innovative technology" to denitrify the wastewater generated by the facility, assist in the preparation of NPDES reports, and conduct monthly and quarterly water quality analysis of the treatment system and monitoring wells.
Victoria Arms - Township Project
Assisted in the on-site training and laboratory analysis of water quality data collected in the process conducting a SWIP Investigation of two on-site water wells servicing the Victoria Arms Townhouses in Kresegeville, PA. The protocol was a combination of a 6 month daily monitoring program and a Groundwater Under the Direct Influence Investigations (GWUDI). During the monitoring phase, water samples tested for pH, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, total coliform, and fecal coliform.
Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, NJ, B.F. Environmental Consultants, PA, and Water Research Center partnered to conduct an evaluation of the capability of a manufactured material to remove arsenic from drinking water. The project was a preliminary assessment to estimate reaction rates, kinetics, and exchange capacities for the manufactured material. The research project assisted Engelhard Corporation in selecting a product line and bringing that product line to market. The research team is continuing to work on arsenic removal using other substances. Research is on-going.
The Center assisted in the evaluation of the relationship between the coatings manufactured by Smith Specialty Paints and the water quality related issues. The primary goal was to make recommendations regarding make-up water quality. The webpage with few photos - Smith Paint
Stormwater Best Managment Pratices - Soil Training and Testing, BMP Selection, and BMP Conceptual Design
Conducting soils testing, hydraulic conductivity testing, infiltration testing, workshops in hydrogeology and hydrology, evaluating the performance of BMPs, and BMP selection. The data is used to develop conceptual designs and implementation of bioretention, infiltration, and other non-structural controls to aid in managing runoff.
Crescent Lake - Small Watershed Assessment in Susquehanna County conducted in cooperation and partnership with Cottagers Association, The Pennsylvania State University, and Borton-Lawson Engineering. The Center for Environmental Quality provide laboratory support, development of QA/QC plans, technical review of lake and stream monitoring data, developed recommendations for lake management, assisted in the development of the lake management plan, and trained volunteer monitors.
Lake, Pond, and Watershed Assessment conducted in cooperation and partnership with the Cottagers Association and F.X. Browne, Inc. The Water Research Center provided most of the laboratory support, development of QA/QC plans, and conduct a Private Well Owner Testing, Monitoring, and Outreach Program. Lake Carey is a 254-acre lake with a watershed area of 4,173 acres located in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. It consists of a 183-acre upper lake and a 71-acre lower pond. The upper lake is a natural glacial lake while the lower pond was created to power a sawmill. (Report - Lake Carey, pdf)
Water Research Center, Wilkes University GIS and Remote Sensing Center, B.F. Environmental Consultants, and the Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association to develop a detailed hydrological characterization of the site and a Groundwater Capture Zone Analysis to determine the Zone of Interception and Zone of Contribution for the Groundwater Well Field that services the development. Work included geological and hydrological characterization of the site, reviewing pumping test data, calculating aquifer properties, developing GIS data-layers, developing a groundwater model to determine the potential extent of the capture zone, and potential sources of contamination that may impact the facility.
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