West Point Water MRSs Remedial investigation/Feasibility Study

Remediation - Weston introduced water technologies to a dynamic munitions’ investigation.

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Description

Weston completed an RI/FS for two water range MRSs located in the Hudson River near West Point Military Academy, NY. The Phase 3 inventory identified ranges and batteries used for artillery training where military personnel fired across the river and at targets dating back to the Revolutionary War. To effectively delineate the nature and extent of munitions in this unique water environment, with boat traffic/barges, bottom topography with precipitous plunges of 200+ feet, and cultural resources such as sunken boats and Civil War artifacts, Weston developed an innovative solution. Weston introduced water technologies to a dynamic munitions’ investigation. The water technologies included multibeam echo sounder (MBES) and side scan sonar (SSS) for underwater mapping and Transverse Marine Gradiometer (TVG) for underwater metal detection, as well as scuba divers using Shark® technology for underwater navigation and underwater migration studies. The result was a successful characterization of munitions that satisfied the stakeholders, which included NYSDEC, NYDOH, West Point, USAEC, and USACE. Additionally, Weston achieved regulatory support for all stages of the project, enabling USACE to advance in the CERCLA process.