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News Release
November 11, 2005

Neighborhood Notice

Dear Neighbor:

The U.S. Army Environmental Center's Impact Area Groundwater Study Program (IAGWSP) is conducting an investigation into groundwater contamination at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). As part of our effort to keep local residents advised of IAGWSP activities that might affect them, this notice is sent to inform you of planned work in your neighborhood.

The IAGWSP is planning to install a groundwater monitoring well near Snake Pond in Forestdale at the intersection of Snake Pond Road and Crosshill Road. This work is in relation to our program's ongoing investigations into groundwater contamination from an area known as the J -3 Range located near the Massachusetts Military Reservation's boundary with Forestdale.

What: Installation of a Monitoring Well
Where: At the intersection of Snake Pond Road and Crosshill Road.
Dates: Friday, November 11 through Wednesday, November 30
Time: Between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Impact on Neighborhood During Installation:Drill rig may be visible in the area of Snake Pond Beach and Snake Pond Road and there may be noise associated with drilling. Traffic will not be impacted. A photo of the drilling apparatus can be found on the back of this notice.

Permanent Impact on Neighborhood: None. Flush-mounted well cap will not be visible.

The Groundwater Study Program met with the Town of Sandwich Board of Selectmen and Department of Public Works to discuss this monitoring well location and gain approval for drilling. The local police department will be informed and safety measures will be put in place to ensure that there is little impact to residents in the area.

The monitoring well installation is part of an ongoing effort to monitor the groundwater to help us understand the nature and extent of possible contamination in this area. While these wells are being installed on town owned property, drilling activities may be visible and audible from your home.

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For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626

Or visit the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program web site at

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