Groundwater Study Program Honored for Cleanup Efforts
Camp Edwards, Mass. — The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program has won a National Guard Bureau Environmental Security Award for its investigation and cleanup of groundwater-related contamination at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.
The program, which began its investigation in 1996, was recognized for Environmental Restoration, a category that awards restoration programs for their success in protecting human health and the environment by cleaning up identified Department of Defense sites in a timely, cost efficient and responsive manner.
The National Guard Bureau cited the program's trail-blazing work concerning explosives in groundwater and its performance under highly complex conditions. The Groundwater Study Program also was credited for its current plans to initiate soil and groundwater cleanup actions ahead of schedule.
The annual Environmental Security Awards recognize individuals and environmental programs for their innovation, hard work and success in protecting and restoring the resources entrusted to the military. Awards also were presented for Natural Resources Conservation, Cultural Resources Management, Environmental Quality and Pollution Prevention. The latter three awards have both individual and installation categories.
The Groundwater Program and other National Guard Bureau Environmental Security Award recipients will now be considered for the Department of the Army Environmental Security Awards, which will include active Army and Army Reserve candidates in the same category. Those awards will be presented this spring.
For further information on Groundwater Study Program activities, log on to www.groundwaterprogram.org.
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