DOE has one of the largest ground water contamination problems and subsequent cleanup responsibilities for a single entity in the world, in terms of the sheer volume of affected groundwater, number of plumes, range of hydrogeologic settings, and diversity of contaminant types. The Groundwater Database was developed to provide a centralized location for information relating to groundwater flow, contamination, and remedial approaches across the DOE complex. The database provides DOE management and other interested parties with an easily accessible, high level understanding of the type of contamination, magnitude of contamination, and dynamics of groundwater systems at DOE sites. It also identifies remedial approaches, exit strategies, long-term stewardship requirements, regulatory drivers, and any significant problems, issues, concerns, and/or site specific features.
Sites with similar settings, contamination, or remedial approaches can easily be identified, resulting in the sharing of technologies and lessons learned between sites. The data
- serve as a resource to respond to internal and external data requests-therefore minimizing impacts to the field;
- assist in prioritizing cleanup operations/decisions; and
- provide the technical input to conduct analyses and evaluations.