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News Release
March 10, 2006

Monitoring Well Installation Planned in Sandwich

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Installation of four small-diameter temporary groundwater monitoring wells will begin on town-owned property near the Snake Pond public beach on March 13, 2006. Drilling activities will not interfere with traffic in the area.

Three of the one-inch diameter wells will be positioned near the tree line between the beach and parking area off Snake Pond Road. The fourth well will be between the boat launch area and the road. The wells will be cut off below ground and capped off so that there is no permanent impact to the recreational area.

The drill rig used for the installations will be visible from the road and to nearby residents during the drilling period. Work on the wells will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, through March 31.

The temporary wells will be used to determine if contamination from an area near the Massachusetts Military Reservation's boundary with Forestdale known as the J-3 Range is present in the groundwater at these locations. The drilling locations were coordinated with town officials. Notices have been sent to local residents informing them of work hours and operations.

This work is in relation to the Groundwater Study Program's ongoing investigation and cleanup of groundwater contamination on and migrating from Camp Edwards. For further information on Groundwater Study Program activities, log on to

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For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
Jim Murphy, U.S. EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1028
Ellie Grillo, MA Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2866

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