CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF URBAN LAKE WATER AND SOIL IN NEW YORK CITY
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes. The study is researching on two of the city parks in Queens: 1) Flushing Meadows Corona Park and 2) the Kissena Park. The study is to perform several tests on the chemical and physical condition and to figure out concentration of some essential elements and RCRA elements of the soil and the water. The sections were categorized into bulk (<2 mm) and fine (<0.25 mm) from each core were analyzed for a suite of elements particularly focused on EPA RCRA elements by using handheld XRF (x-ray fluorescence spectrometry). NIST 2702 was run with each batch of 10 sections and was ± 3% within the reported value. The preliminary data showed wide distribution of chemical elements in the samples. These physical and chemical properties of soils and water are very critical to provide additional strength to existing environmental data and thus to help assessing and managing the current pollution problem and contaminant transport in lake environment of New York City. The study also investigate the nutrients content of the soils.