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Field Demonstration:
Techniques for Characterizing Ground-Water Flow and Contaminant Transport in Fractured Rock

A Free-of-Charge 1-Day Workshop for USGS Partners

Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4, 1998

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Nature Reserve
Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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Characterizing ground-water flow and contaminant transport in fractured-rock environments is technically challenging and requires sophisticated instruments and analysis techniques. Environmental practitioners (and regulators reviewing their work) need an understanding of cost-effective techniques available to characterize and monitor bedrock sites. Over-simplified interpretations of ground-water flow at bedrock sites can lead to higher costs in the long run.

USGS hosted this one-day workshop for over 200 federal, state, county, and local government officials and other USGS cooperators. The field demonstration showcased some of the most helpful and newest techniques for characterizing fluid flow and contaminant transport in fractured rock. Live demonstrations were hosted by USGS scientists currently working at fractured rock sites throughout the northeast. These scientists collectively have numerous publications on related topics and several are pioneers in the development and/or refinement of the techniques being demonstrated. Poster presentations and publications available at the workshop covered a wide range of investigative techniques for fractured rock characterization.


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