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In college I became interested in clean drinking water and groundwater contaminant remediation due to intestinal parasites that I contracted from the drinking water supplied to my first apartment. I wasn't deathly ill or anything, but experienced severe cramping, nausea, weight loss, etc. It made me realize the value of, and need for, clean and safe drinking water. My backpacking experience in Europe (especially in Greece) reiterated the fact that clean drinking water is not necessarily a taxpayer's right, but in many cases a luxury;  many residents are still required to buy their own "clean" bottled water in lieu of it having it provided by the government (and paid for) by taxes. I think providing safe drinking water is a basic right that the government is responsible for providing (and subsidizing), which explains my professional reasons (and passions) for wanting to move to Greece. Governmental red tape is a depressant. 

M.S. Thesis Topic (University of MA;  Degree awarded 9/97).
"Current Technologies Used For the Detection and Remediation Of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) in the Subsurface." 

        Abstract: 

          Dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) can potentially partition into four different phases, depending on their specific chemical properties.  Because DNAPLs have densities heavier than water, the plume easily migrates through the subsurface.  Once the mobile DNAPL reaches an impermeable layer, it will pool in a low point, and will then dissolve slowly over time. Thus, free phase DNAPLs function as a persistent source of groundwater contamination. 
          Since traditional detection and sampling are not cost-effective for conductiong an elaborate site characterization, the current focus is on more innovative detection and delineation techniques. This report discusses innovative detection methods, both invasive and non-invasive, in regards to DNAPL delineation. The most promising method is discussed, a pertinent case study is presented, and recommendations to advance the research of this technology are made.
          After delineating the DNAPL plume, a remedial plan must be devised.  Since many different DNAPL phases can potentially exist in the subsurface, several remedial methods may have to be used in tandem in order to fully remediate a site.  This report discusses innovative remediation methods, both ex situ and in situ, in regards to DNAPL recovery.  The most promising method is discussed, a pertinent case study is presented, and recommendations to advance the research of this technology are made. 
 

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