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Geoscience Professors Utilize Newly Installed Wells

Several courses at Hobart and William Smith incorporate groundwater monitoring.

(September 5, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Six pairs of groundwater observation wells, each pair one shallow and one deep, were installed this summer around Odell's Pond on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Target Drilling Co. of Avon, N.Y., installed the wells and helped to underwrite the project. Several courses will use the new well field, including this fall's introductory environmental geoscience course.

“This new well field is a terrific teaching and research resource,” said Professor Brooks McKinney, chair of the geoscience department. “It allows our students hands-on, real-world experience in monitoring groundwater chemistry and flow, areas of tremendous environmental importance. We deeply appreciate Target Drilling's support in helping us to make this resource available to our students.”

McKinney noted that Target not only helped to underwrite the project cost, but co-owners Ben Sirgusa and Steve Kahn also worked with the department to develop a video documenting how the wells were installed.

“Many of our students, both in geoscience and in environmental studies, leave us to work in environmental monitoring,” said Associate Professor of Geoscience John Halfman. “It is important for them to be able to see how these wells are installed as well as to know how to collect and work with the data they produce.”

Tara Curtin, assistant professor of geoscience, added, “this well field is awesome. It fills a huge hole in the education of our majors and will be adapted into my hydrogeology and geochemistry course this spring.”