Environmental Series

As a hydrogeologist and environmental consultant, I’ve studied the perilous relationship between groundwater and various forms of contamination. This series includes an image of a town dump and of a gasoline station in small New England towns. While the scene above ground may seem familiar, the earth below shows the mark we make on the earth in the name of progress. In researching and documenting these sites, I’ve come to understand how vulnerable groundwater is to different kinds of land use.

Environmental Series Gasoline Station

Gasoline Station

This gasoline station is located along Main Street as you enter a small town in New England.  It is located on a valley floor, not far from the stream located to the right in the image.

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Former Town Dump

In the 1980s and ’90s, I spent time around many former dumps or landfills sampling groundwater wells that revealed contaminants that had leaked in the past. This former dump was active in the early 1900s and served a small village in rural New England. Up until waste laws were written in the 1960s through 1980s, hazardous wastes were often disposed of in dumps.

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Environmental Series Former Town Dump