Persistent Contamination

Some groundwater contamination remains difficult to remove, residing as DNAPLs or in difficult-to-treat areas such as fractured geologic media and low permeable zones.  SERDP and ESTCP efforts seek to better understand what causes persistent contamination and which methods are most effective in remediating and monitoring such sites.

Active Projects List
Project Title Start Date

Field Deployable ORP Kit for Quantitative Assessment of Abiotic Monitored Natural Attenuation Rates

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-1374
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dimin Fan, Geosyntec Consultants
SERDP Jun 2020

In Situ Verification and Quantification of Naturally Occurring Dechlorination Rates in Clays: Demonstrating Processes that Mitigate Back-Diffusion and Plume Persistence

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-5031
Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Schaefer, CDM Smith
ESTCP Jun 2020

Thermal In Situ Sustainable Remediation (TISR) To Enhanced Biotic and Abiotic Reactions and Accelerate Remediation

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-5028
Principal Investigator: Dr. Craig Divine, ARCADIS-US, Inc.
ESTCP Jun 2020

Quantifying the Distribution of Biotic and Abiotic Transformation Rate Constants in Low Permeability Clay Zones for Improved Assessment of TCE Impacts to Groundwater at DoD Field Sites

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-1203
Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Werth, University of Texas at Austin
SERDP Jun 2020

Transitioning from Active Remedies to Monitored Natural Attenuation

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-1429
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Adamson, GSI Environmental Inc.
SERDP Jun 2020

Development of Predictive Tools for Assessment of Natural Attenuation Capacity and Treatment Transition at Chlorinated Solvent Sites

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-1079
Principal Investigator: Dr. Natalie Capiro, Auburn University
SERDP Jun 2020

Developing a Quantitative Framework for Predicting Abiotic Attenuation under Natural and Transitional Site Management Scenarios

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-1357
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Tratnyek, Oregon Health & Science University
SERDP Jun 2020

Sulfidated Zerovalent Iron: An Innovative ISCR Technology for Discrete Source Remediation

Project Information
Project ID: ER20-5135
Principal Investigator: Anthony Danko, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Apr 2020

Coupled CO2 Flux and Radiocarbon Technologies: Cross Validation and Decision Support for Contamination Remediation Management

Project Information
Project ID: ER19-5106
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Boyd, US Naval Research Laboratory
ESTCP Jun 2019

Incorporating Matrix Diffusion in the New MODFLOW Flow and Transport Model for Unstructured Grids

Project Information
Project ID: ER19-5028
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald Falta, Clemson University
ESTCP May 2019

Remote Monitoring of Natural Source Zone Depletion Using Temperature Data to Support Long-Term Passive Management Strategies

Project Information
Project ID: ER19-5091
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas McHugh, GSI Environmental, Inc.
ESTCP May 2019

Evaluating and Applying Site-Specific NAPL Dissolution Rates during Remediation

Project Information
Project ID: ER19-5223
Principal Investigator: Dr. Lloyd Stewart, Praxis Environmental Technologies, Inc.
ESTCP Mar 2019

An Electrocoagulation and Electrooxidation Treatment Train to Degrade Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Other Persistent Organic Contaminants in Ground Water

Project Information
Project ID: ER18-1278
Principal Investigator: Dora Chiang, CDM Smith
SERDP Jan 2018

Development of a Decision Support Tool for Vadose Zone Remediation of Volatile Contaminants

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201731
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Segura, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Mar 2017

Demonstration and Validation of New Non-Invasive Technology to Assess Contaminant Storage in Low Permeability Media and Rock Matrix

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201732
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ramona Iery, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Jan 2017

Field Demonstration to Enhance PFAS Degradation and Mass Removal Using Thermally-Enhanced Persulfate Oxidation Followed by Pump-and-Treat

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201729
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Kornuc, NAVFAC Engineering Service Center
ESTCP Jan 2017

Evaluation of A Novel Multiple Primary Substrate (MPS) Cometabolic Biosparging Technology for In Situ Bioremediation of 1,4-Dioxane and Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201733
Principal Investigator: Anthony Danko, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Jan 2017

Development of a Quantitative Framework for Evaluating Natural Attenuation of 1,1,1-TCA, 1,1-DCA, 1,1-DCE, and 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201730
Principal Investigator: Anthony Danko, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Jan 2017

Compound Specific Isotope Analysis of Mineral-Mediated Abiotic Reduction of Nitro Compounds

Project Information
Project ID: ER-2618
Principal Investigator: Dr. William Arnold, University of Minnesota
SERDP Jan 2016

Emerging Core Concepts for Assessment and Enhancement of Abiotic Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants

Project Information
Project ID: ER-2620
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Tratnyek, Oregon Health & Science University
SERDP Jan 2016
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