Seepage through dike walls of the Chicago confined disposal facility

D. D. Reible, S. A. Savant-Malhiet, L. J. Thibodeaux, K. T. Valsaraj, T. E. Myers

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Abstract

Contaminant loss via seepage through the porous containment structures or dikes that bound a confined dredged material disposal facility is evaluated. In this paper, crude estimates of these seepage losses are made based on field observations at the Chicago, Illinois confined disposal facility and compared to the predicted rate of evaporative losses. Water level measurements inside and outside the confined disposal facility are used to predict the seepage flows and material properties of the dike walls. With highly permeable and non-sorptive dike walls, the estimated rate of seepage transport is still less than or equal to the estimated evaporative loss rate for volatile organics compounds. Without active effluent release to the surrounding waters, however, seepage losses of contaminants may still control the water quality impacts of a confined disposal facility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1490-1496
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Dredging and Dredged Material Placement. Part 2 (of 2) - Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
Duration: Nov 13 1994Nov 16 1994

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Dredging and Dredged Material Placement. Part 2 (of 2)
CityLake Buena Vista, FL, USA
Period11/13/9411/16/94

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    Reible, D. D., Savant-Malhiet, S. A., Thibodeaux, L. J., Valsaraj, K. T., & Myers, T. E. (1994). Seepage through dike walls of the Chicago confined disposal facility. 1490-1496. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Dredging and Dredged Material Placement. Part 2 (of 2), Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA, .