Background Water Quality Monitoring Network
Before changes in ground water quality can be detected, background water quality must be determined. Background water quality refers to water quality in an area of the aquifer which is representative of the general ground water quality of the region. It is not designed to be associated with degradation from contamination sources.
The Background Network is designed to help define background water quality through a network of over 1700 wells that tap the three aquifer systems in the state. The first sampling of each well in the network involves the measurement of a comprehensive set of field and chemical parameters. These analyses, combined with historical data, can be used to estimate background ground water quality.
After the initial samples are collected and analyzed, background monitoring wells are periodically sampled for a standard list of aquifer characterizing parameters, as well as an extended group or series of parameters, that can act as indicators of contamination or degradation. These extended parameter groups are pesticides, trace metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) & base neutral acid extractables (BNAs).
- 1997 Sampling Results Report
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