Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


Upon relocation of the Brookings sanitary landfill several years ago, local landowners exhibited concern that the quality of their ground water supplies might possibly be deteriorated by such a waste disposal operation. The site was an inactive gravel pit area, with many excavations extending into the shallow water table. Late in 1964, with the support of the City and State Health Department officials, the Civil Engineering Department of South Dakota State University undertook a comprehensive research project to determine the possible effects of refuse disposal on ground water quality at the landfill site. The initial work conducted by James H. McCormick (1) consisted of laboratory analysis of ground water samples from the immediate area, with an elevation of the parameters as indices of possible contamination. This investigation provided the basis for a continuous study to be conducted on the influence of the sanitary landfill on ground water quality (2).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water supply -- South Dakota -- Brookings
Refuse and refuse disposal -- South Dakota -- Brookings
Groundwater -- South Dakota -- Brookings




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