Water Quality and Contaminant Delineation


McCurry Hydrology has extensive experience with investigating and characterizing contamination of soils and groundwater. Dr. McCurry has been involved in planning, field sampling and data analysis phases of contaminant investigations at dozens of sites across the country for more than 30 years.  Site contaminants have included volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, herbicides, and metals.


Characterizing the magnitude and extent of groundwater contamination is a challenging task due to the limited locations from which subsurface data can be collected, and to the dynamic nature of contaminant plumes as they migrate and degrade over time.  A solid background in geology, soils, hydrology and chemistry, along with applicable regulations and laboratory analysis methods, is needed to successfully delineate contamination. Understanding the nature and extent of contamination is an essential step in determining how best to reduce further impacts and to identify appropriate cleanup approaches. 

Sites Evaluated

Dr. McCurry has investigated and characterized water quality and contamination at a variety of sites including the following:

  • Landfills
  • Industrial sites
  • Mine waste rock piles and pits
  • Fuel storage facilities
  • Spill sites