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Peter Garrett, Ph.D, P.G, M.C.G, C.G.W.P

Peter Garrett Peter.Garrett@eggi.com  has an international reputation for his contributions to groundwater protection and best management practice, the fate of MTBE in groundwater, the study of oil spills in groundwater, and sampling techniques for groundwater and soils.  He has published a variety of articles and books on those subjects. Representative projects include groundwater supply exploration and development, wellhead protection studies, landfill closure studies, gravel mining investigations and geologic, hydrogeologic, public policy studies related to groundwater, and the investigation, remediation, and closure of sites contaminated with petroleum.  The company receives many letters of recommendation from private clients, and is consistently rated by government agencies at the highest level, based upon professional qualification statements submitted.

Publications

Selected Recent Publications, Appearances, and Honors

2011 -- Jim Doherty Excellence Volunteerism award by the Maine Water Utilities Association

2010 -- “Rethinking Recharge to Augment Yield” and “Protection of Groundwater from Contamination” in Sustainable Ways to Manage your Groundwater Supply, Seminar offered by New England Water Works Association.

2009 -- “Advantages and Process of Artificial Recharge”, Presentation at New England Waterworks Association Fall 2009 Water Resources Symposium, Milford, MA.

2008 -- “Fuel Oil Spill near Public Water Supply Wells, Rumford, Maine”, J. New England Water Works Association, v. 122, #3, p.242-252.

2008 -- “Water Level Declines During Pumping Tests vs. Aquifer Geometry: Radial, Linear and Bathtub Flow”, Presentation at the New England Water Works Association Annual Conference, Burlington, Vermont.

2007 -- “Artificial Recharge in New England”, p. 335-345 in “Management of Aquifer Recharge for Sustainability”, Peter Fox (Ed.) Acacia Publishing, Phoenix, AZ.

2007 -- “Why Water Suppliers Should Care about Stormwater Management”, J. New England Water Works Association, v. 121, #2, p.136-151.

2007 -- “The Natural End of Landfill Leachate. Examples From Maine”, Thirteenth Annual Maine Water Conference, Augusta, Maine.

2006 -- “Capture of Contaminants” Presentation at the New England Water Works Association Seminar on Understanding Well Withdrawal Impacts, Hartford, Connecticut.

2006 -- “Artificial Recharge: Taking Seasonal High River Flows and Storing Them in Groundwater”, Presentation at New England Waterworks Association Fall 2006 Water Resources Symposium, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.

2005 -- “Harvesting, not Exploiting Aquifers: Determining Sustainable Yields for Public Water Supply and Bottled Water in Fryeburg, Maine”. Presentation at the National Groundwater Association Focus Conference on Eastern Regional Ground Water Issues, Portland, Maine.

2005 -- “Linear Flow in Granular Aquifers”. Presentation at the National Groundwater Association Focus Conference on Eastern Regional Ground Water Issues, Portland, Maine.

2005, “The Natural End of Landfill Leachate:  Examples from Maine”.  Presentation at the National Groundwater Association Focus Conference on Eastern Regional Ground Water Issues, Portland, Maine, and New England Water Works Association Annual Conference, Rockport, Maine.

2004, Spills of Fuel Oil in Rumford Maine, Investigation, Remediation, and Pumping Test on Rumford Water District Production Wells.  Three reports to Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

2004, “Hydraulic Analysis of Linear Sand and Gravel Aquifers”:  Presentation at the New England Water Works Association Spring Joint Regional Conference and Exhibition, Worcester, MA.

2004, “Best Management Practices for Groundwater Protection A Guide for Local Officials and Public Water Suppliers” with Maine Rural Water Association, for Maine Drinking Water Program.

2003,  “Golden Guidelines of Groundwater Contamination”:  Presentation at the New England Water Works Association Annual Conference, Quebec City.

2003, Groundwater Exploration and Development, Milltown Aquifer, Calais, Maine:  for City of Calais.

2002, Contaminants in Groundwater:  Presentation in Understanding Well Withdrawal Impacts Seminar and Short Course presented by New England Water Works Association, Holliston, MA and Hartford CT.

2002, Model Wellhead Protection Ordinance for Town of St. George:  Presentation at the 2002 Maine Water Conference, Celebrating 30 years of the “Clean Water Act”, Augusta, Maine.

2002, A Bedrock Aquifer Wellhead Protection Area Delineation with a Plethora of Data:  Presentation at the 2002 Maine Water Conference, Celebrating 30 years of the “Clean Water Act”, Augusta, Maine.

2000, The Unintended Consequences of Small Spills of Gasoline with MTBE.  Article in LUSTLINE, June, 2000.

2000,  Small Spills of Gasoline with MTBE – Effects in Groundwater, Mealey’s MTBE Conference, Marina del Rey, CA May 11-12, 2000.

2000,  MTBE as a Common Groundwater Contaminant, New England Water Works Association spring Joint Regional Operations Conference and Exhibition, Worcester, MA, April 6, 2000.

2000, One Expert’s Addendum to the “60 Minutes” Broadcast on MTBE.  Article in LUSTLINE, February, 2000.

2000, Appearance on CBS 60 Minutes Segment on MTBE.  January 16, 2000.

1999, Evaluation of the British Canal Well, a High Yield Bedrock Well Located Close to the Coast, Castine, Maine. Report to the Castine Water Department.

1998, Motor oil-like contamination in Tenants Harbor Village, St. George, Maine. Report to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

1995, Petroleum Contamination and Groundwater:  Lessons Learned from History, Lessons Learned in the Remediation of Petroleum-Contaminated Sites in Maine Conference, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Consulting Engineers of Maine, Augusta, Maine.

1993, The Costs of No Wellhead Protection:  A Study of the Costs of Cure vs. Prevention, report for Maine Drinking Water Program, distributed nationwide.

1993,  with Dale F. Doughty, Do We have Biodegradation Here?  Discussions at a Fuel Oil Pump-and-Treat Site:  Lessons Learned in the Remediation of Petroleum-Contaminated Sites in Maine Conference, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Consulting Engineers of Maine, Augusta, Maine.

1992, Wellhead Protection Planning for Clinton, Maine, demonstration project for US Environmental Protection Agency and Clinton Water District.

1991, Experience with Classification Systems for Groundwater Susceptibility.  First Ontario Conference on Groundwater Protection.

1989, with J.S. Williams, C.F. Rossoll, and A.L. Tolman, Are Groundwater Vulnerability Classification Systems Workable?  Proceedings of the Eastern Regional Ground Water Focus Conference, Kitchener Ontario.  National Water Well Association.

1989, with T.L. Potter, Groundwater Sampling Manual for Underground Storage Tank Sites:  Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

1988, How to Sample Ground Water and Soils, A Manual for the Back Pocket:  National Water Well Association. (a NGWA best-seller, subsequently translated into Swedish).

1988, Oil Spills in Fractured Bedrock and Other Aquifers:  Monitoring and Remediation:  Proceedings of the Second Annual Underground Storage Tank Management and Hydrocarbon Contamination Cleanup Conference, Resource Education Institute, Northboro, Massachusetts, 11 pp.

1987, Comparative Vulnerability to Oil Spills of Fractured Bedrock versus Sand and Gravel Aquifers:  Proceedings of the Fourth Eastern Regional Ground Water Focus Conference, Burlington, VT, National Water Well Association, p. 773-783.

1987, Oxygenates as Ground Water Contaminants:  Proceedings of a Conference on Alcohols and Octane:  Renewable Fuels Association, San Antonio, TX, 12 p.

1986, with Marcel Moreau, and Jerry D. Lowry, Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) as a Groundwater Contaminant:  Proceedings of the Conference on Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Ground Water, National Water Well Association/American Petroleum Institute, p. 227-238.

1986, with John S. Williams, and Marcel Moreau, Groundwater Contamination; New England Interstate Geological Conference Field Trip Guide, trip B-6.

1986, with Esther Lacognata, Towards a Groundwater Classification System for Maine:  Proceedings of the Third Eastern Regional Groundwater Issues Conference, National Water Well Association, p. 16-31.

1986, Threats to Groundwater in Maine:  Maine Departments of Environmental Protection and Human Services (a uniquely informative wall chart).

1984, The ABC's of Risk Assessment:  Maine EnvironNews, Vol. 10, #10.

1983, The Water Beneath Our Feet:  Habitat, Vol. 1, #2.

1983, Who Is To Blame?:  Maine EnvironNews, Vol. 10, #5.

1983, Aquifers Explained: Maine EnvironNews, Vol.#s 8 and 9.

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Recognized experts in groundwater exploration, development, management, and protection.