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October 2012                               Issue 13 

Progress Report on Statewide Source Water Protection Program 
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In late 2011, we were awarded a two-year contract by the Maryland Department of the Environment to update and implement Source Water Protection Programs for 12 public groundwater supply systems across the state.  Population vulnerability to contaminant exposure is how the 12 systems were selected. Our successes with wellhead protection and source water assessment work qualified us for this competitively-awarded contract.

Having passed the halfway point on the MDE contract, we are pleased to report on our considerable progress.  We have delineated protection areas based on the latest hydrogeologic information, have updated inventories of point- and non-point sources of contamination, and we have completed system-by-system evaluations of the susceptibility of their wells and springs to possible contamination.

Many of the participating jurisdictions presently are considering recommendations we have developed for land use restrictions, as well as more novel protective measures. Over the coming months, we plan a series of public workshops to solicit citizen comment and support, as many protective measures are more effective with citizen involvement.

As the workshops occur and as the systems and jurisdictions agree, select public presentations will be posted on our new web site.  Please contact us if you would like to subscribe to this newsletter and/or if you would like to be added to the interested persons list for these upcoming public workshops.  
Water Appropriation Permits Issued to O.C. Golf Club

ALWI was retained by Ocean City Golf Club, Inc. to comply with both technical and administrative requirements for securing the Club's water appropriations for the next 12 years.   


Like many golf courses statewide, the facility was in existence and its use was not changing, but MDE came to determine that not all of the water sources had been evaluated and approved at the time of their initial construction years ago. Each groundwater supply well and pond water source needed a separate evaluation. Peak and average water demands required an updated study as well, to comply with the latest State water demand and use guidelines.  


The permits were issued, following consultative services that the owner found surprisingly cost-effective. This off-season, ALWI is offering similarly discounted professional services to other golf courses and commercial irrigation facilities also facing the need to come into compliance with current MDE water appropriation permitting criteria. Please contact us if we may provide a proposal or courtesy consultation in these matters.


Bay Nutrient Management Affects You  

If you own property anywhere within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that generates either wastewater or stormwater, now or in the future, evolving regulations, guidelines and policies on nutrient management already affect your bottom line. Nutrients include both nitrogen and phosphorous; these elements are common constituents of sanitary wastewater, stormwater, and agricultural runoff.

Regulatory agency policies and practices regarding nutrient management already are complex and continue to evolve rapidly. In Maryland, both the EPA and MDE maintain web sites with basic information and helpful hyperlinks. We at ALWI would be pleased to answer your questions regarding nutrient management, trading and related regulatory review and approval processes.
In This Issue
Source Water Protection
Irrigation Permits Issued
Nutrient Management
Recent Presentations
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Another Baby!

Abigail Pielmeier
Abigail Pielmeier 
Born June 21, 2012 
7 lbs, 14 oz.; 20.5 in. 
Few events give us as much pleasure to announce as the expansion of the ALWI family.  Baby Abigail, her big sister, Claire (now all of two years old), and her parents, Dave and Megan Pielmeier, are doing well and once again are adjusting to sleepless nights, formula and diapers.

Now a 10 year veteran of ALWI, as Senior Scientist and Operations Manager, Dave is managing our MDE contract (at left), as well as other environmental and hydrogeological
projects. Previously he established our renowned  GIS division and continues to lead our geo-spatial capabilities.  
Recent Presentation
Mr. Zachary Neal, Staff Scientist, presented at the September 27, '12 annual groundwater symposium convened by MDE. His talk combined forensic hydrogeology and quantitative geochemistry, to better isolate the potential sources of nitrates that persist in groundwater supply wells serving one Eastern Shore community on our MDE contract (see top left).  
Other Recent & Upcoming Events
  • Presentation at Regional Meeting of Association of Engr. Geologists; Frederick MD, Oct. 18, 2012
  • MOWPA Annual Conference, November 5, 2012 
About Us -

Advanced Land and Water, Inc. is a hydrogeological and environmental consulting firm with extensive Mid-Atlantic regional experience in water supply and wastewater disposal. Our water supply experience extends to both groundwater and surface water and includes exploration, development, permitting, management and protection of both new and existing supplies. Our wastewater services include soil classification and suitability evaluations, percolation tests, spray and drip irrigation studies, infiltrometer tests, groundwater mounding calculations and nitrate loading assessments. We also provide a diversity of GIS mapping, environmental and other specialty consulting services.