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Monitoring Groundwater In And Near Agricultural Facilities With Monitoring Wells

by Kent George

Environmentalists are constantly calling attention to large-scale agricultural concerns and their impact on ground water, and with good cause. Water is a finite resource, and to keep it safe from contamination by animal waste, runoff and chemicals, local, state and federal officials are constantly monitoring groundwater contamination levels.

What is an Agricultural Monitoring Well?

An agricultural monitoring well provides a controlled access point for environmental officials to obtain quality samples of groundwater along with other hydrogeologic information near agricultural waste storage or treatment facilities. Monitoring wells are dug both up-grade and down-grade of the specific facility. Their location is based on the results of the previously performed hydrogeologic site investigation.

Why are Monitoring Wells Required?

Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied each year to agricultural, urban and non-crop land in the U.S. Pesticides are a major contaminant of groundwater from disposal sites, spill sites and pesticide drift. Agricultural and urban runoff is another main source of groundwater contamination. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires all states to submit a pesticide management plan, which includes monitoring of ground water contamination levels. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to do this in agricultural concerns is through monitoring wells.

What Information Is Gained from Agricultural Monitoring Wells?

Samples are taken from the top of the water table where contamination is first detected. Water is tested for levels of agricultural chemicals, pathogens, biological contaminants, heavy metals and mineral content. Results are compared to allowable levels established by local, state and federal agencies.

Who Bears the Cost of the Monitoring Well?

The owner of the agricultural facility bears the cost of installing and maintaining the monitoring well. Free and unfettered access to the well must be provided to inspectors. The state and federal government absorb the cost of monitoring and testing the groundwater.

How Are Monitoring Wells Installed?

Monitoring wells are designed, dug and installed by geotechnical drilling contractors in accordance with specifications determined by the required hydrogeologic investigation. Each well must be designed to comply with the intended purpose of the well, which varies from facility to facility.

Are Agricultural Monitoring Wells Permanent?

The wells must stay in place and be maintained for as long as the agricultural operation continues, or until such time as authorities determine it can be closed. The cost of closing the well falls on the landowner. 

Protecting our water is important, so check with your environmental protection authorities to make sure you are complying with all the necessary regulations. If you need to have a monitoring well installed on your agricultural business site, contact a local geotechnical drilling contractor such as Haz-Tech Drilling Inc., who can educate you on all the particulars and design the perfect well for your needs.

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