DNREC seeking Sussex County landowners to participate in groundwater study

The Groundwater Protection Branch (GPB) with DNREC’s Division of Water will be conducting a groundwater study in the Nanticoke River Watershed located in western Sussex County, Delaware.

The major objectives of this study are to determine: general groundwater quality in the watershed, the amount of nutrients that groundwater contributes to streams in the watershed and how land use and soil types influence groundwater quality.  The results will be used to educate the public and develop recommendations to improve groundwater quality in the Nanticoke River Watershed. Approximately 80 to 90 unconfined domestic wells (“shallow” wells ≤ 100‘ deep) need to be sampled to meet study objectives.  Water from the wells will be sampled for major cations, anions, and nutrients, including-but not limited to-sodium, iron, chloride, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous.  In order to obtain the samples, the GPB is looking for volunteers who will allow us to sample their wells.  There is no cost and analytical results from the water samples will be provided to the well owners.  These test results have a value of approximately $200.  Samples generally can be collected from an outside spigot, and sample collection generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes.  Test results will be used in writing a scientific report and will not be used as a basis for regulating water quality.  In addition, the names for well owners who volunteer for the study will be kept confidential.

If you live within the study area (see map below), have your own well, and would like to participate in the study by volunteering your well for sampling, please contact: Blair Venables or Amber Joseph at (302) 739-9945, or email either blair.venables@state.de.us or amber.joseph@state.de.us Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address.  If available, also please provide your property’s tax map parcel number and your well permit number. This information will be used to determine if your well meets the criteria for this study.