WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: ME2401
Title: Seed Project to Determine the Fate of MtBE in Groundwater in Maine.
Focus Categories: Groundwater, Water Quality
Keywords: water quality, water chemistry, organic compounds, groundwater quality, contaminant transport
Start Date: 03/01/2001
End Date: 02/28/2002
Federal Funds: $1,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $8,427
Congressional District: 2nd
John M. Peckenham
Professional Staff, University of Maine
This seed project will evaluate the effect to groundwater of the March 1999 ban on MtBE in reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Maine. Groundwater monitoring wells in Windham, Maine will be analyzed for the presence of Methyl tert-butyl ether (MtBE) and related gasoline-range organic compounds. These results will be used to determine if the distribution of MtBE has changed since 1998 when MtBE was found to be widely distributed in groundwater in Windham. These data will provide an empirical estimate of MtBE persistence in groundwater and build on results of Nielsen and Peckenham (2000). This sampling must occur now because the greatest change is expected within the first several years after the reduction in MtBE content of gasoline. The results will be used to design a larger scale investigation of the fate of MtBE in water supplies.