Bioremediation of Contaminated Bedrock Aquifers


Program Description:

Water flowing through fractures in bedrock aquifers is used for drinking water in much of the United States. Remediation of these aquifers, once contaminated, is often deferred because of difficulties in characterizing the extent of the problem and the lack of appropriate cleanup technologies. One possible inexpensive and efficient method for remediating these sites in situ may be bioremediation using the naturally-occurring microorganisms that live along the fractures in the bedrock. However, very limited data are available on the success/implementation of bioremediation in bedrock aquifers and this presentation will address some of the research and science coming from the Bedrock Bioremediation Center at UNH.


Nancy Kinner

Nancy Kinner, Ph.D is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Kinner's main areas of research interest are bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments and more generally, environmental microbiology. She is a member of the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at UNH and has conducted research on wastewater biofilm microbiology, the role of protists in subsurface contaminant degradation, and petroleum and chlorinated solvent bioremediation. Currently, she is conducting research on enhanced bioremediation of oil-contaminated salt marshes the effects of acclimation and cold temperatures on bioventing of soils contaminated with No. 2 fuel oil, and mtBE distribution in Payus Bay, NH Dr. Kinner is also directing a multiyear, multi-investigator project studying characterization and bioremediation of contaminated bedrock. She has also conducted research on techniques to remove radon from drinking water.

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