Date of Award

Spring 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Kevin Gardner


Wetland sediments that are contaminated with hydrophobic organic compounds, such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can be remediated via in-situ methods. Four different amendment agents, activated carbon, zero valent iron, organoclay and seaweed were assessed. Activated carbon provided the greatest reduction in both PCB and DDx porewater concentrations: an average of 90% or greater reduction of the six congeners detected. Two amendment delivery technologies were evaluated in a microcosm experiment: a granular activated carbon slurry and Aquablok containing powdered activated carbon. The addition of activated carbon via both delivery techniques was found to significantly decrease PCB porewater concentrations (100% reduction).