Resources

Resources

We hope you find these resources useful.  Many of these links are directly related to the services WjF Geoconsultants can provide, so if you have further questions, please call our office at your convenience.

Please be aware that some of the links will open as Adobe pdfs, so you will need Acrobat Reader installed to view them.

Hazardous Materials Handling and Spill Prevention

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  - Benjamin Franklin

This sentiment is very true in environmental matters, where a routine inspection or good practices can save you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.

Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law

Massachusetts has a law to address oil leaks from home heating systems, requiring the installation of protective equipment by July 1, 2010 and requiring insurance companies that write homeowner policies to offer coverage for leaks from heating systems that use oil.

Homeowner Oil Spill Cleanup Guide

This is useful plain-English guidance on what to do if your oil tank leaks. It is a Massachusetts DEP publication, but parts of it are applicable to any oil spill.

Waste Oil Regulations: A Quick Guide for Auto Repair Shops

A pamphlet published by the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association. This is valuable guidance for anyone who handles waste oil.

Hazardous Waste Requirements for Very Small Quantity Generators (MA)

If your business uses cleaning solvents, oils, inks, metal-plating solutions, acids or caustics, it probably generates hazardous waste. It is very important to know what the requirements are for storing, handling, and disposing of the wastes, which are dangerous and regulated by state and federal law. This webpage provides valuable information on how to handle these materials safely and legally.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Handbook (CT)

This document is the Connecticut counterpart to the MADEP link above.

Practical Environmental Compliance for Dry Cleaners

Dry Cleaning is a process that involves hazardous substances such as perchloroethylene and Stoddard Solvent, and careful precautions are extremely important when it comes to preventing these chemicals from escaping into soil and groundwater.

Drinking Water and Private Wells

Potable water, or water suitable for drinking, is one of mankind's most important and sensitive resources. Municipal water supplies maintain careful control over water supplies to protect public health, but many residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut rely on private wells for potable water. It is important that homeowners and others who rely on private wells understand how to protect and maintain their wells, including chemical sampling.

Private Wells: Frequently Asked Questions (MA)

Private Well Information (CT)

For more information, you can contact our office, the Massachusetts or Connecticut Departments of Environmental Protection or Departments of Public Health, your local Board of Health, or a certified well installer or well service contractor.

Maps, History and Other Resources

The Society for Industrial Archaeology was formed in 1971 as a nonprofit, interdisciplinary, and international organization with the goal of promoting the study, appreciation, and preservation of our industrial and technological past. If you are interested in urban history, historic mills, and other topics, this is an excellent resource.

The University of New Hampshire maintains an online collection of historical United States Geological Survey maps dating from the late 1880s through the 1940s.  These are excellent sources to consult when studying the history of an area and how its' use has changed over time.

The Office of the Massachusetts State Geologist, established in 2002, is
charged with researching and disseminating information about Massachusetts' geology, hydrogeology, earth resources, and other fields.

Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey

Responsible for evaluating and documenting Connecticut's surficial and bedrock geology, flora and fauna, endangered species, and land use.

TOXMAP is a mapping database maintained by the National Library of Medicine that can show the locations of Superfund sites and other major sources of pollution.