Groundwater Transport in a Heterogeneous Aquifer: Tracking a Complex Plume

by W. R. Waldrop, TVA Engineering Lab, United States,
J. M. Boggs, TVA Engineering Lab, United States,
S. C. Young, TVA Engineering Lab, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is conducting a large-scale groundwater research project as a part of the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Solid Waste Environmental Studies (SWES) project. The goal of the SWES project is to develop better methods for predicting the processes that affect the transport fate of solutes from wastes of fossil fueled power plants. At the TVA test site, nonreactive tracers were injected into the groundwater and will be tracked by sampling several hundred wells for at least two years. Results are providing insight into transport and dispersion processes in very heterogeneous aquifiers. Results are intended to provide a basis for verifying or improving models for predicting transport and dispersion of contaminants in saturated groundwater systems. The experimental design and current results are presented.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Electric power | Hydro power | Federal government | Groundwater | Heterogeneity | Groundwater pollution | Fluid flow

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