AEG: Eisner on Effective Source Water Protection

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

D.C. – Maryland – Virginia Chapter (

Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, MD

AEG Members $40, Non-members $45 (includes dinner; student and retiree discounts available). Please register by Monday, January 15, via online payment (

Mark Eisner, President

Advanced Land and Water, Inc.

Challenges in Implementing Effective Source Water Protection – How One Groundwater-Reliant Municipality Balances Economic & Public Health Interests – A Case History from the Delmarva Peninsula

Salisbury, Maryland is a fast-growing municipality situated on and withdrawing groundwater from the extraordinarily productive and vulnerable Salisbury Paleochannel aquifer. The susceptibility to groundwater contamination borne of incompatible land uses also has been a focus of evaluation by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Geological Survey and resulted in land use protection ordinance, by both the City of Salisbury and by Wicomico County. Advanced Land and Water, Inc. (ALWI) updated the 2003 Source Water Assessment and worked with the City to develop a customized set of recommendations, centered on proscriptive land use restrictions, but also entailing other measures to achieve ongoing source water protection. We came to develop comprehensive recommendations for a singular multi-jurisdictional ordinance reflective of gradations in both distance (source-to-well) and specific nature of the contamination hazard.

Not long after the MDE-funded source water protection plan update concluded, a new wave of development pressure again brought the local press to focus on the Paleochannel and its protection from contamination arising from incompatible land uses. We continue to recommend ordinance consolidation and even more importantly, that their proscriptive measures be applied and enforced. The presentation will present and discuss our ordinance recommendations in detail, in the context of recent proposed development activity.

Please refer to our meeting announcement for full details (

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