Radiochemistry Monitoring
This survey is part of the commission's baseline monitoring program to establish pre-drilling conditions in the non-tidal watershed. DRBC has performed significant monitoring to characterize baseline specific conductance, biological condition, and water chemistry relating to hydraulic fracturing.

But, additional information is needed to characterize background pre‐fracturing naturally occurring
radioactive materials (NORMs). Under this project, with funding support from the William Penn Foundation, DRBC will strengthen the protection of Delaware River Basin water quality against impacts from natural gas development, through the baseline characterization of surface waters for radiochemistry.

For this investigation, DRBC performed one year of quarterly monitoring for radiochemistry, including alpha and beta emitters, radium‐226, and radium-228 at 32 water quality control points in the Upper and Middle Delaware River Basin.
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