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Facility Wastewater Discharges and
Pollution in MA: a Water Quality Analysis
Katelyn Tarrio, Casey Kelly, Kaitlin Walker
(...
Background
http://fossilfuel.energy-business-review.com/news/us-epa-sets-new-limits-for-pollutants-discharge-
from-steam-e...
Research objectives
• Identify facilities that could be
contributing to a waterbody
impairment via permit violation
—Analy...
Methods
1. Use DMR pollutant loading tool to
identify/filter facilities
2. Map sites alongside impaired
waterbodies
(MassD...
Results
Facility Town
Westfield
Wastewater
Treatment Plant
Westfield
Westerly
Wastewater
Treatment Facility
Marlborough
Ch...
Westfield Wastewater Treatment Facility
0
5000
10000
15000
20000
25000
30000
35000
40000
45000
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Po...
Charles River Wastewater Treatment Facility
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
7000
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Poundsperyear(lb...
MA Correctional Institution (Norfolk/Walpole)
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Poundsperyear(lb/yr)
Year
Alu...
New Bedford Wastewater Treatment Facility
* = Over limit at
some time during year
0
1000000
2000000
3000000
4000000
500000...
Westerly Wastewater Treatment Facility
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
2012 2013* 2014 2015 2016*
Poundsperyear(lb/yr)
Yea...
Conclusion
and
Future Work
Major findings:
• Pollutant trends: some facilities consistently in
violation
• 26% of sites di...
Thank You
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Presentation at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 17, 2017

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Katelyn Tarrio MAS 2017

  1. 1. Facility Wastewater Discharges and Pollution in MA: a Water Quality Analysis Katelyn Tarrio, Casey Kelly, Kaitlin Walker (Boston University) http://www.econse.com/solutions/waste-water/
  2. 2. Background http://fossilfuel.energy-business-review.com/news/us-epa-sets-new-limits-for-pollutants-discharge- from-steam-electric-power-plants-011015-4683531
  3. 3. Research objectives • Identify facilities that could be contributing to a waterbody impairment via permit violation —Analyze trends at these sites ➢ Pollutant types ➢ Annual pollutant loads ➢ Compliance history • Note areas for future research Charles River Pollution Control Facility (Google Earth)
  4. 4. Methods 1. Use DMR pollutant loading tool to identify/filter facilities 2. Map sites alongside impaired waterbodies (MassDEP’s 2014 Integrated List of Waters 305b/303d) 3. Assess facility-specific trends from EPA’s Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) and Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO)
  5. 5. Results Facility Town Westfield Wastewater Treatment Plant Westfield Westerly Wastewater Treatment Facility Marlborough Charles River Wastewater Treatment Facility Medway Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) Norfolk/Walpole New Bedford Wastewater Treatment Facility New Bedford
  6. 6. Westfield Wastewater Treatment Facility 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 45000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Poundsperyear(lb/yr) Year Nitrogen (as Ammonia) Load Total pounds discharged Maximum allowable load
  7. 7. Charles River Wastewater Treatment Facility 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Poundsperyear(lb/yr) Year Phosphorus Load Total pounds discharged Maximum allowable load
  8. 8. MA Correctional Institution (Norfolk/Walpole) 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Poundsperyear(lb/yr) Year Aluminum Load Total pounds discharged Maximum allowable load
  9. 9. New Bedford Wastewater Treatment Facility * = Over limit at some time during year 0 1000000 2000000 3000000 4000000 5000000 6000000 2012 2013* 2014* 2015* 2016* Poundsperyear(lb/yr) Year Total suspended solids load Total pounds discharged Maximum allowable load
  10. 10. Westerly Wastewater Treatment Facility 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 2012 2013* 2014 2015 2016* Poundsperyear(lb/yr) Year Phosphorus Load Total pounds discharged Maximum allowable load * = Over limit at some time during year
  11. 11. Conclusion and Future Work Major findings: • Pollutant trends: some facilities consistently in violation • 26% of sites discharging to impaired waters have expired permits • Demonstrates a practical, visual method of water quality analysis Ø Moving forward: data clarification and community engagement
  12. 12. Thank You

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