New Jersey Water Science Center
Great Falls of the Passaic River at Paterson, N.J.
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Natural Radionuclide Occurrence in Principal New Jersey Aquifers
Project Title: Natural Radionuclide Occurrence in Principal New Jersey Aquifers
Statement of Problem
The widespread occurrence of naturally occurring radionuclides in principal aquifers of New Jersey and the considerable reliance of the dense population on groundwater resources for drinking water have made extensive research necessary to define the aquifers or portions of aquifers most vulnerable to such contamination. The large geological, geochemical, and hydrological variability in this aerially relatively small State has required definition of various radionuclide occurrences in numerous environmental settings. Gaining understanding of the occurrence in a certain type of environment may guide monitoring efforts towards (or away from) similar environments elsewhere in the State. Documenting the co-occurrence among radionuclides or co-occurrence of radionuclides with other contaminants can increase the efficiency of potential monitoring (or treatment) programs.
Strategy and Approach
The project will consist of three phases to be completed cooperatively between the USGS and Rutgers University. These phases are: design, sampling and lab analysis, and data analysis. The approach provides environmental occurrence information for further evaluation.