USGS PFAS Monitoring

On May 25, 2021 the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted a Fact Sheet (USGS FS GAMA PFAS )  regarding USGS  monitoring for PFAS in groundwater throughout California.   The Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP) began in 2004 as a collaboration between USGS and the SWRCB.  The objective was to develop a representative assessment of the quality of groundwater used for the supply of drinking water.  In 2019, USGS added PFAS to the list of chemicals monitored in the GAMA program.

From the USGS Fact Sheet:

“From May 2019 to September 2020, the GAMA-PBP collected PFAS samples from 107 public-supply wells and 104 domestic wells Statewide…. Results for GAMA-PBP PFAS sampling are available in a data release (Kent, 2021). At least one PFAS was detected in 49 of these 211 samples (23 percent). Total concentrations of PFAS in these samples ranged from 1 to almost 70 nanograms per liter (ng/L), and of the 49 samples with detections, 17 of them (35 percent) had concentrations greater than 10 ng/L.”

“This fact sheet presents preliminary results of PFAS sam­pling of public-supply and domestic wells by the GAMA-PBP between May 2019 and September 2020. GAMA-PBP sampling is ongoing and includes re-sampling a network of public-supply and domestic wells to monitor temporal variability (“trends” networks) and denser sampling of domestic wells in selected areas to assess the quality of groundwater resources used for domestic supply. Between October 2020 and September 2021, the GAMA-PBP plans to collect samples from 130 public supply wells and about 120 domestic wells.”


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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.