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The Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory (RBPGL) research team conducts long-term investigations aimed at understanding the transformation and impact of contaminants from anthropogenic activities such as hydrocarbon spills, wastewater releases from oil and gas development, landfilling, stormwater runoff, and chemical spills.

RBPGL research aligns with the objectives of the USGS Environmental Health Programs, the Toxics Substances Hydrology Program and the Contaminants Biology Program. We support the overall USGS mission of providing earth science information on toxic substances in the Nation’s surface water and groundwater. Our research products provide a basis for land and water resources managers to make science-based decisions when developing effective remediation strategies and to preventing further contamination.