Arsenic in CT wells linked to pesticide use in orchards

New research published in The Journal of Environmental Quality by Department of Geosciences alumni Dr. Mark Higgins and Dr. Meredith Metcalf and Professor Gary Robbins finds a link between arsenic levels in wells and proximity to historic orchards. Although use of arsenic in pesticides was phased out decades ago and many orchards have been converted into residential property, nearby wells continue to contain high levels of contamination.

Link to the publication

Link to an interview with Mark Higgins about the research

Link to the UConn press release

Lead author Mark Higgins collecting soil samples