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November 29, 2012

Board approves curb cut for monitoring well installation

Well will allow ground water samples to be collected, monitor potential run-off from downtown Logansport locations.

LOGANSPORT — The Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety approved a curb cut Wednesday to allow installation of a monitoring well on Melbourne Avenue near L&M Metal Stamping, 422 S. Fifth St.

Carrie Kozyrski, project manager at AECOM, a provider of professional technical and management support services, said monitoring wells would be installed to test ground water and collect samples.

In 2010, two shallow groundwater monitoring wells were installed near Logansport’s Matthew-Warren plant to clean up mineral oil.

Sydney Rite, program leader of Northern Indiana Public Service Company, the company installing the well, said the installation is part of an environmental investigation and will take place within the next six weeks.

Once the monitoring well is in place, water will be sampled twice a year, Rite said.

Mayor Ted Franklin said the project is being completed through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“It will monitor potential run-off from downtown locations,” Franklin said.

Rite said the number one thing technicians would look for in taking water samples was benzene, which can come from pesticides in run-off.

“People install wells for a multitude of purposes,” Rite said. “A monitoring well is used to evaluate ground water locations, levels, contamination and direction.”

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

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