Remediation of lead-contaminated firing ranges : an ecological approach
Diaz, Marcie Monaco
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The thesis is an exploration into the potential for applying ecological design principles to the remediation of a lead-contaminated outdoor firing range. Background research examines the fate of lead in firing ranges, its environmental effects and current options for remediation. The methods were analyzed using basic ecological design principles. The findings of the research were applied to the Dekalb Firing Range in Georgia. The results of soil, sediment and water samples that were collected and analyzed were used to determine the levels of contamination across the site. Based on the research and site analysis, it was concluded that remedial efforts to reduce the lead contamination need to be conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner. The conceptual plan designed for the site includes phytoremediation, stabilization and electrokinetics.