During a summer lunch hour, one state employee had a thought. Could a geologist analyze the rock structures in Clarendon Gorge and figure out how or if dangerous chemicals were traveling through to the wells of nearby Rutland residents?

Mike Nahmias, a hazardous site manager for Vermont's Waste Management and Prevention Division contacted the Vermont Geological Survey and suggested they give it a look.

Two years later a full geological team, including UVM's geology professor Keith Klepeis, devotes one a day a week to one of two components of the project. The physical component consists of constructing a digital model of the aquifer. The chemical component predicts how chemicals will move through the physical model over time.

The full team includes many impressive minds and skills; Jon Kim and Julia Boyles of the Vermont Geological Survey; Keith Klepis and Katelyn Silvia a student intern from UVM’s geology department. Scientists from Middlebury College, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Bennington College are also involved.

VTDigger authored a comprehensive article on August 23, 2020. Read More

*Photos courtesy of geologist Julia Boyles of the Vermont Geological Survey*


A. Elizabeth Wilkins
Keith Klepeis and team at Clarendon Gorge
UVM intern, Katelyn Syklia, working with the Geological Survey and Keith Klepeis on her Seniro thesis