Many human activities in urban and agricultural areas have the potential to modify or contaminate proximal surface water and groundwater resources. The Hydrology and Geochemistry Lab relies on tracers like stable isotopes, major ions, and trace elements to identify anthropogenic sources of water or chemicals that modify natural waters.
Some of our research projects include:
1. Identifying municipal drinking water inputs into surface waters and shallow groundwater.
2. Examining the extent of road salt contamination in karst groundwaters.
3. Quantifying the differences in flood hydrographs and chemographs for urban and rural watersheds.
Hasenmueller, E.A. and Criss, R.E., 2013. Multiple sources of boron in urban surface waters and groundwaters, Science of the Total Environment, 447, 235-247.