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Screening Tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated groundwater moving from landfills

MAp of groundwater assessments

A new screening tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated groundwater moving from landfills to nearby streams, wetlands and residences has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

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Interactive web-viewer features USGS water-level data for unconfined aquifers within the NJ Coastal Plain

WUSG Web-Mapper Map

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center announces the release of the NJ Coastal Plain Water-Table Mapper.  This online tool enables users of all skill levels to easily and quickly view and access water-level information for unconfined aquifers within the NJ Coastal Plain, and to download and import the water-level data into the software tools that they use.

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Hurricane Sandy: Support and Recovery

WUSG Web-Mapper Map

Hurricane Sandy made a variety of impacts along the highly populated northeastern Atlantic seaboard. Scientific information and the development of new tools helps communities recover and become more resilient in the future.

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Trace Elements National Synthesis Project

National Locations Map

A recently completed National study on radium occurrence indicated that the North Atlantic Coastal Plain, which underlies southern New Jersey, is one of two principal aquifers in the United States where more than 20 percent of the raw water samples from wells exceed the drinking water standard.   The Appalachian Piedmont Mesozoic Basins bedrock principal aquifer, which underlies a substantial part of northern New Jersey, had a small likelihood that the raw water samples from the wells exceed the drinking water standard,  a likelihood of about 3 percent, which is equivalent to the overall National frequency.   The study found that geochemical conditions, such as low levels of dissolved oxygen (<1mg/L) and low pH (<6), were indicators of where radium was likely to be detected or exceed a standard.  Low levels of dissolved oxygen occur on occasion in the bedrock aquifers of northern New Jersey and low pH is widespread in southern New Jersey coastal plain aquifers.

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Barnegat Bay Restoration Science

view of Barnegat Bay

The Barnegat Bay Restoration Activities will provide NJDEP and other interested parties with an improved quantitative understanding of critical physical, chemical, and biological conditions and processes that are relevant to the health of this important coastal resource. This understanding will be the foundation for other scientific analyses of Barnegat Bay’s hydrologic and biologic systems that may proceed contemporaneously or subsequent to this project.

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