American Society of Civil Engineers

Addressing Contaminated Groundwater and Promoting Environmental Stewardship in Wichita, Kansas — The Gilbert and Mosley Project Story

by Paul Anderson, P.E., (CDM, 9200 Ward Parkway, Suite 500, Kansas City, Missouri, 64114 E-mail:, Shawn Maloney, P.G., (City of Wichita — Department of Environmental Services, 1900 E. 9th Street, Wichita, Kansas, 67214 E-mail:, and Roger Olsen, Ph.D., (CDM, 555 17th Street, Suite 1100, Denver, Colorado, 80202 E-mail:
Section: Soil and Subsurface Remediation 2, pp. 2604-2613, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers
Abstract: The City of Wichita, Kansas faced a significant environmental challenge when volatile organic compounds impacted a large volume of groundwater extending south of the downtown area to the Arkansas River. This contaminated groundwater posed a threat to human health and the environment and threatened to stagnate economic development as a result of the environmental liability concerns across the project area that encompasses about 3,850 acres and 8,000 parcels of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. The City, with CDM’s assistance, investigated the contaminated groundwater, designed and built a groundwater treatment system to protect human health and the environment, and designed and built the Wichita Area Treatment, Education, and Remediation Center (WATER Center) to provide environmental education resources for the entire Wichita community. The City has turned an environmental liability that threatened human health into an environmental education resource for current and future generations.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Environmental issues
Groundwater pollution
Organic compounds