The subject site is an approximately 180-acre public park in eastern Massachusetts that is host to numerous year-round indoor and outdoor activities. About 30 acres are actively used for various sports and recreation, while the majority of the remaining 150 acres is maintained as undeveloped wooded land. The projects carried out for the site included the design and construction of a sewer extension and pump station, environmental site assessment and remediation, and preparation of a maintenance plan.
Sewer Connection/Pump Station
FSE brought the public pool located on the site into compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. The 300 feet by 150 feet, 1.5 million gallon spring-fed, lined pool is an important aspect of the park operations during the summer months. From June through August, the pool is used by an average of 1,000 people daily. American Red Cross swimming lessons are held at the pool and hours are set aside for special needs children and senior citizens. FSE was responsible for preparing design plans for a pump station and sewer line to connect the pool water discharge to the town sewer system. FSE also obtained the necessary approvals from the municipal conservation commission and state agencies.
Environmental Assessment and Remediation Plan
FSE conducted an environmental assessment to delineate arsenic-impacted surficial soils at the park. A comprehensive surficial soil sampling plan was executed to determine the arsenic-impacted areas. Based on the field and laboratory analytical results, a Release Abatement Measures (RAM) plan was prepared and implemented to remove the arsenic-impacted surficial soils from the park. The RAM Plan was designed to accommodate the continued use of the park by the public during assessment and remediation. FSE was responsible for preparing a fact sheet, conducting newspaper interviews, and public communications. FSE also provided contractor management and budget control throughout the site assessment and remediation process.
A total of 340 tons of arsenic-impacted surficial soil from several areas totaling about two acres was excavated and stockpiled on site. Confirmatory soil samples were collected from the soil stockpiles and analyzed to determine disposal options. The soil was transported off-site for reuse as daily cover. The excavated areas were backfilled with clean loam and seeded with grass. Site closure documents including a RAO with a Method 1 Risk Characterization were filed with the MassDEP.