Water Resources Impact Evaluation for Barbadoes Pond
Concerns from residents living adjacent to Barbadoes Pond raised concerns that our client’s gravel pit operation was lowering water levels and the gravel pit was ordered to stop operations GeoInsight was hired to develop and implement and approach to evaluate this concern. Our geologists/hydrogeologists evaluated long- and short-term water records and complete a statistical evaluation of water level data to demonstrate the operation was not impacting the pond. Given the robustness of evaluation and the working relationship developed between our client and local and state regulators, our client was able to resume operations and has gone on to submit an expansion permit.
Successfully negotiated with the NHDES to allow continued operation of the gravel pit – Through the use of detailed stratigraphic logging, evaluation of long term water records, as well as focused water level monitoring throughout one year, GeoInsight was able to show that gravel operation had little influence over the water levels in abutting pond.
Technical negotiations with NHDES allowed the operator to avoid costly and lengthy litigation that could have been required to reopen gravel mining operations – When GeoInsight began work on the project, the project was potentially the subject of legal action.
The hydrogeologic study serves as the basis for potential lateral expansion of the operations – NHDES is currently considering permitting lateral expansion of the operations to allow continued business operations; this expansion was not considered possible before GeoInsight’s involvement in the project.
Scope of Services
- Development of hydrogeologic conceptual model and installation of monitoring well network
- Water level tracking, monitoring, and statistical analysis
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Coordination with NHDES
- State and local permitting