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Published in Hydraulic Engineering: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Engineering sessions at Water Forum ’92. Baltimore, Maryland, August 2–6, 1992. Published by American Society of Civil Engineers.


In situ fluorometry is being developed as a method for rapidly detecting and quantifying hydrocarbon contamination in ground water and soil. The results of a fluorometry survey over a site having known fuel contamination are compared to results from a soil gas survey over the same site. The fluorometry data showed three additional contaminated areas that were not detected by soil gas measurements. Soil analyses confirmed the presence of the contaminated areas.