News from the Groundwater Contamination Mapping Project

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Greetings Friends of the Groundwater Contamination Mapping Project!

Our team of data harvesters is working hard and has completed loading into our project database information about wells that have been used to test for contamination at Superfund sites in Minnesota. Altogether, this includes more than 10,000 permanent and temporary wells. 

The next step is to load lab results from when the water from these wells was tested. We invite you to check out our progress on the Groundwater Contamination Mapping Project webpage.

Data Harvesters at work

Meet our newest Data Harvester

Data Harvester James Butler

James Butler is an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. Previously, he has worked for the Indian Health Service and conducted research on granular activated carbon treatment with sorption enhancers for PFAS contamination.  James is planning on graduate studies in environmental engineering is interested in air pollution/quality engineering and public policy. He is also interested in how transportation systems and energy source decisions affect air pollution exposure rates disproportionally impacting different demographic groups, in both developing and developed countries.

His interests include biking, backpacking, politics, and listening to NPR. He also played trumpet in the University of Minnesota Marching Band —“The Pride of Minnesota” — for four years.

James is enthusiastic about working on the project to improve his ArcGIS, Python, and geo-spatial statistics skills, while creating an indispensable tool for his fellow Minnesotans.