Location: Fort Gordon, GA
Michael Baker International assisted in ensuring compliance with current Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regulations at Fort Gordon by fulfilling the semiannual monitoring requirements of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. GA0003484 for eight permitted landfills. Fort Gordon occupies approximately 56,000 acres in the Central Savanna River Area. The permit includes monitoring requirements to confirm that discharges from the landfills do not exceed in-stream water quality standards. Michael Baker prepared a sampling and analysis plan; performed surface water sampling; summarized and presented results; and provided miscellaneous technical support, including preparation of permit applications, development of policies and programs for permit and regulatory compliance, and negotiation with regulators.
Michael Baker followed a watershed-based approach to monitoring, using upstream and downstream sampling locations at the creeks adjacent to each landfill to evaluate surface water quality and potential impacts due to landfill leachates. The creeks were sampled and monitored for stream flow, dissolved oxygen, temperature, soil and water acidity, specific conductance, total organic carbon, chlorides, chemical oxygen demand, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, nickel, mercury, selenium, silver, and zinc. The results of this work will help ensure that public health and the environment are protected at Fort Gordon, thereby reducing legal liability and potential costs for the client.