A survey of contaminant hydrogeology in Canada



While Canadian hydrogeologists in the 1960s made their mark by investigating the large groundwater flow systems of the Prairie Provinces, the present generation will probably be remembered for their detailed studies of test sites whose dimensions are measured in meters rather than kilometers. If there is any one phenomenon that is singular about Canadian hydrogeology in the mid-1980s, it is the number of well-defined small-scale research experiments devoted to the study of hydrogeological phenomena, in particular the migration and fate of contaminants. This article is an attempt to summarize that activity and its origins.