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Coliform Contamination of a Coastal Embayment: Sources and Transport Pathways

Coliform Contamination of a Coastal Embayment: Sources and Transport Pathways

Fecal bacterial contamination of nearshore water has direct economic impacts to coastal communities through the loss of shellfisheries and restrictions of recreational uses. We conducted seasonal measurements of fecal coliform (FC) sources and transport pathways contributing to FC contamination of Buttermilk Bay, a shallow embayment adjacent to Buzzards Bay, MA.

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Publication Comparison of Aggregate and Aggregate-Free Leaching Trenches in Onsite Septic Systems

Comparison of Aggregate and Aggregate-Free Leaching Trenches in Onsite Septic Systems

In recent years, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has been petitioned by vendors of aggregate-free leaching components to allow reduced sizing compared with standard aggregate-laden leaching systems. While university studies have been used by some industry representatives to substantiate claims that there are negligible environmental consequences to this allowance, there have been no full-scale controlled studies to identify and resolve underlying issues relating to appropriate size reduction allowances prior to this study. This paper describes both preliminary work funded by the Environmental Protection Agency 319(b) Program and a full-scale pilot project completed with supplemental funding from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and involving input from stakeholders from around the United States. The effort, coordinated though NSF, continues today to develop a testing protocol for evaluating the claims of manufacturers of aggregate-free leaching technology.

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Print Material Compendium of Information on Alternative Onsite Septic System Technology in Massachusetts

Compendium of Information on Alternative Onsite Septic System Technology in Massachusetts

This Compendium is maintained by the Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment under a grant from The Masssachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 319(b). The mention of any product, contractor, or method within this compendium does not constitute approval or endorsement. This project is part of the County’s Alternative Onsite Septic System Initiave.

         
Publication Contaminants of Emerging Concern from Onsite Septic Systems

Contaminants of Emerging Concern from Onsite Septic Systems

Many rural areas of the United States continue to rely on onsite septic systems as a permanent means of wastewater treatment and disposal. This is also the case in Barnstable County (Cape Cod) which is designated by EPA as having a sole-source aquifer and where over 80% of the wastewater treatment is performed by onsite septic systems. To assess the implications of onsite wastewater disposal in this are where septic systems are hydraulically connected with drinking water sources and aquatic habitats, we have compiled information of the state of our understanding relative to the impact of certain contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) that originate in wastewater. These include pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, hormone therapies, cancer therapies, etc.), personal care products (deodorants, shampoos, insect repellents, etc.) and certain by-products of manufactured products (phenolic surfactants, fire retardants, etc.)

         
Print Material Ebola Preparedness: Guidelines and Protocols

Ebola Preparedness: Guidelines and Protocols

The purpose of this document is to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplined guideline for public safety and health personnel with regard to preparation, training, response, equipment, decontamination, and investigation of incidents where it is suspected that a person may be suffering from the Ebola virus
disease (EVD).

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Effectiveness of Selected Onsite Wastewater-Treatment Systems in Removing Pharmaceutical and Personal-Care Products

Effectiveness of Selected Onsite Wastewater-Treatment Systems in Removing Pharmaceutical and Personal-Care Products

A preliminary survey was conducted to determine the efficacy of selected advanced onsite septic systems for the removal of selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). The following technologies were chosen for this survey: standard “Title 5″ system comprised of a stone trench overlying sixty inches of sand, a recirculating filter unit containing fibrous peat, a single pass filter with open-cell foam, an upflow sulfur-filled filter following an aerobic treatment unit and a recirculating sand filter designed in accordance with standard practice. A system consisting of a filter of twenty-four inches of sand was used as a surrogate measure of influent wastewater sue to analytical issues with examining the matrix of raw wastewater.

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Evaluation of Methods to Control Phospohorus in Areas Served by Onsite Septic Systems

Evaluation of Methods to Control Phospohorus in Areas Served by Onsite Septic Systems

Phosphorus presents a unique challenge to watershed managers where residences are served by onsite septic systems due to dearth of available treatment technologies and the role that phosphorus plays in the eutrophication of many freshwater ecosystems. Three efforts were conducted to summarize the state of the art regarding phosphorus management from onsite septic systems and make recommendations for future research.

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Flu: What You Can Do (Large Format)

Flu: What You Can Do (Large Format)

Includes information about what the Flu is, how to prevent it and how to care for someone who is sick with it.

    
Flu: What You Can Do (Small Format)

Flu: What You Can Do (Small Format)

Includes information about what the Flu is, how to prevent it and how to care for someone who is sick with it.

    
Food Allergy Network – Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies

Food Allergy Network – Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies

… When individuals with food allergies dine away from home, they must rely on food service staff to provide them with accurate information about ingredients so that they can make an informed decision about what to order. Incorrect or incomplete information puts these individuals at risk for an allergic reaction. Even a mild reaction will bring their dining experience to an abrupt end; a serious reaction may require transport to the hospital in an ambulance…