Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

U.S. Geological Survey
Fact Sheet 2007-3074
Version 1.0

Contamination in Fractured-Rock Aquifers—Research at the former Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey

By Daniel J. Goode, Claire R. Tiedeman, Pierre J. Lacombe, Thomas E. Imbrigiotta, Allen M. Shapiro, and Francis H. Chapelle


aerial photo of Navy base
The U.S. Navy tested jet engines at the Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, from the mid-1950s until the late 1990s. Fractured bedrock at the site was contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) used during the testing operations.

The U.S. Geological Survey and cooperators are studying chlorinated solvents in a fractured sedimentary rock aquifer underlying the former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), West Trenton, New Jersey. Fractured-rock aquifers are common in many parts of the United States and are highly susceptible to contamination, particularly at industrial sites. Compared to ‘unconsolidated’ aquifers, there can be much more uncertainty about the direction and rate of contaminant migration and about the processes and factors that control chemical and microbial transformations of contaminants. Research at the NAWC is improving understanding of the transport and fate of chlorinated solvents in fractured-rock aquifers and will compare the effectiveness of different strategies for contaminant remediation.

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For questions about the content of this report, contact Daniel Goode or Claire Tiedeman.

Cooperating Organizations:

U.S. Navy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Defense, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Geological Survey Michigan State University
Rutgers University
Temple University
University of Kansas
University of South Carolina
Geosyntec Consultants
ECOR Solutions

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