Survey of Groundwater Contamination in Massachusetts

by Steven P. Roy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Div, of Water Supply, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Detection, Control, and Renovation of Contaminated Ground Water


Public water supplies in Massachusetts have been contaminated or threatened from a number of sources. The purpose of this paper is to outline the nature of groundwater contamination and the mechanisms that the Department of Environmental Quality Engineering has employed to gather and assess information on groundwater quality threats. The identification of groundwater threats and contamination has been an on-going function of the Massachusetts Groundwater Protection Program. The major program activities that have contributed to this information base include: the Water Supply Protection Atlas; LeGrand ranking of waste sites; the Water Supply Contamination Correction Program; the Aquifer Land Acquisition Program; the Pesticide Evaluation Program; and the Community Technical Assistance Program. Each are reviewed.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Water supply | Geomatic surveys | Quality control | Soil pollution | Groundwater quality | Groundwater supply | Waste sites | Massachusetts | United States

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