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MONITORING

The Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) will have three levels of monitoring occurring during its operational life. Per the requirements of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Quality Certification (WQC), groundwater monitoring and discharge monitoring will be conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District. Groundwater monitoring of the Magothy and Patapsco aquifers will be conducted within and adjacent to the site. A map of the locations of the groundwater monitoring wells will be made available when it is finalized. Water quality monitoring will be conducted at the point where water is discharged into the Pearce Creek Lake. The discharge monitoring plan will include key parameters such as: flow volume/discharge rate, total suspended solids, pH, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and metals. The third level of monitoring, called exterior monitoring, will be voluntarily conducted by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). Exterior monitoring efforts will ensure that the environmental conditions surrounding the DMCF remain unaffected by the water being discharged from the facility.