06/30/2002 - 06/30/2004
- Jean Bahr , Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Madeline Gotkowitz, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Groundwater in about 10 percent of wells open to Quaternary glacial and shallow bedrock aquifers in southeastern Wisconsin has arsenic concentrations greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard of 10 μg/l. Denser clusters of arsenic-impacted wells ([As]aq≥ 10 μg/l) occur in localized areas. The lack of anthropogenic sources in these areas indicates that the arsenic is naturally occurring. Improved understanding of the controls on arsenic concentrations in groundwater is needed to inform efforts to prevent or reduce arsenic contamination in drinking water wells in southeastern Wisconsin. The objectives of this study were to characterize the source(s) of arsenic and the controls on arsenic concentrations in groundwater from the Quaternary and Silurian aquifers in southeastern Wisconsin.