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Open-File Report 2012–1079

Prepared in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Evaluation of Modeling for Groundwater Flow and Tetrachloroethylene Transport in the Milford-Souhegan Glacial-Drift Aquifer at the Savage Municipal Well Superfund Site, Milford, New Hampshire, 2011

By Philip T. Harte

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The U.S. Geological Survey and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services entered into a cooperative agreement to assist in the evaluation of remedy simulations of the MSGD aquifer that are being performed by various parties to track the remedial progress of the PCE plume. This report summarizes findings from this evaluation. Topics covered include description of groundwater flow and transport models used in the study of the Savage Superfund site (section 2), evaluation of models and their results (section 3), testing of several new simulations (section 4), an assessment of the representation of models to simulate field conditions (section 5), and an assessment of models as a tool in remedial operational decision making (section 6).

First posted May 11, 2012

  • Appendix 1 XLS (16.1 kB)
    This is an electronic copy of Appendix 1 that contains a listing of wells used in the residual analysis.

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U.S. Geological Survey
New Hampshire-Vermont Water Science Center
361 Commerce Way
Pembroke, NH 03275

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Suggested citation:

Harte, P.T., 2012, Evaluation of modeling for groundwater flow and tetrachloroethylene transport in the Milford-Souhegan glacial-drift aquifer at the Savage Municipal Well Superfund site, Milford, New Hampshire, 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1079, 29 p., at


1. Introduction

2. Model Description

3. Evaluation of the Remedial Operational Model

4. Additional Simulations for Model Evaluation
5. Summary of Findings and Conclusions

6. Use of Model as a Predictive Tool

7. References Cited

Appendix 1. Lisiting of wells used in the residual analysis

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