PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth water isotope study is seeking volunteers.
David Boutt, of UMass Amherst, is undertaking a focus study of the Plymouth-Kingston-Carver-Duxbury aquifer system and its associated waters, ponds, lakes, streams and wetlands, using a recently developed technique called isotope hydrology. The project seeks volunteers to sample their well water to provide data that will help UMass understand the flow paths of water in the region and sources of surface water pollution using isotope hydrology.
Glorianna Davenport, of Living Observatory, located at 139 Bartlett Road in Plymouth, is helping facilitate the collection of water samples in the Plymouth region, including Beaver Dam Brook, Six Ponds and Herring Ponds Watershed for this study.
To participate, it would be helpful, although not necessary as it can be looked up in town records, if applicants are able to share the following about their wells: depth, year of installation, installer and GPS coordinates.
Detailed sampling instructions will follow but samples need to be taken for one year on a monthly basis for eight to nine months of the year; sample vials and labels will be provided; samples need to be taken before any house filtration or water treatment systems; and samples will need to be refrigerated until dropped off.
Living Observatory will establish locations where people can pick up and drop off materials. To participate in sampling of water or for information, contact Herring Ponds Watershed Assocation President Don Williams at email@example.com.