John M. Peckenhan
Senior Research Scientist / Assistant Director
Senator George J Mitchell Center for
Environmental & Watershed Research
5710 Smith Hall, University of Maine,
Orono, Maine 04469-5764
207/581-3254 fax: 207/581-3320
Ph.D. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Maine,
expected completion 2005.
M.Sc. Geological Sciences (Graduate Fellowship), Dalhousie
B.S. Geology (High Honors), Bates College, 1979.
Assistant Director: Senator George J. Mitchell Center, University of
Interim Director: Senator George J. Mitchell Center, University of Maine
Assistant Director: Senator George J. Mitchell Center, University of Maine
Senior Research Scientist, University of Maine Water
Research Institute (1999 - present).
Director of Maine Operations, SHEVENELL~GALLEN and
Associates, Inc. (1993-1999).
Worked on groundwater contamination sites in northeast involving
MtBE and petroleum hydrocarbons including private and public water
supplies. Site investigations, hydrogeological assessments,
engineering design (including bio-remediation), systems
operations, and geochemical modeling.
Project Manager, SHEVENELL~GALLEN and Associates, Inc.
Project Manager, Resource Conservation Services, Inc.
Manager of Geological Services, HydroSample Inc. (1985-87)
Chemist (polymer coatings), David Clark Company, (1984-85)
Teacher, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geometry and Calculus
Research Associate Bermuda Research Project, Geology
Dalhousie University (1981-82)
Professional Registration: Certified Geologist,
State of Maine (Cert. No. 233)
National Groundwater Association
American Geophysical Union
National Institutes for Water Research
Geological Society of Maine
Water Utilities Association
COMMITTEES and BOARDS:
Flow Advisory Commission- Drought Task Force
Water Conference Organizing Committee
Water Utilities Association- Water Resources Committee
Sustainable Water Withdrawal- Land and Water Resources Council
Penobscot River and Bay Institute- Board of Directors
Co-Chair Maine Water Conference- 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival
Engineers of Maine Task Force
Committee on Antimony in Drinking Water
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Peckenham, J.M., J. S. Kahl, and B. Mower (2002, in press) Mercury
in rivers in Maine, USA. Env. Monit. Assess.
Schmitt, C. and J.M. Peckenham (2002) Source Water Protection:
Linking Surface Water Quality to the Watershed. Handbook, Univ. of
Maine 85 p.
Peckenham, J.M., J. McNelly, A. Tolman, and J. Ziegra (2002).
Moving from SWAP to source protection. Jour. New Eng. Water Works.
Assoc., June 2002.
Peckenham, J. M., S. Nelson, and S. Kahl (2002). Water Chemistry
Trends in New England Lakes, report to the New England Governors
and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ Acid Rain Steering Committee, 10 p.
Dupont, J., S. Kahl, S. Nelson, J. M. Peckenham, C. Gagnon, J.
Choate, T.A. Clair, D.S. Jeffries, D. Taylor, (2002). Critical
loads of acidity and water sensitivity in New England states and
Eastern Canadian provinces. Produced on behalf of the New England
Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ Acid Rain Steering
Dupont, J., T.A. Clair, S. Couture, R. Estabrook, C. Gagnon, P.
Godfrey, S. Kahl, S. Nelson, J. M. Peckenham, W. Pilgrim, P.
Stacey, D. Taylor, and A. VanArsdale (2002). WARNING NETWORK:
Changes in Water Quality in New England and Eastern Canada.
Produced on behalf of the New England Governors and Eastern
Canadian Premiers’ Acid Rain Steering Committee.
Schmitt, C. and J.M. Peckenham (2002) Public Law 761: Protecting
Maine’s Dinking Water, Univ. Maine Geograph. Digest Ser., 4 p.
Peckenham, J.M., J. S. Kahl, and S. Vidito (2001) Climate Change
and Water Use/Availability, Workshop Proceedings, University of
Maine, Orono, Me., 30 p.
Nielsen, M. G. and J. M. Peckenham (2000) Methyl tert-Butyl Ether
(MTBE) in ground water, air, and precipitation in an urbanized
area in Maine, USGS Water Res. Invest. Report 00-4048, 28 p.
Peckenham, J. M. and S. Hasbrouck (2000) Safe Drinking Water,
Univ. Maine Geograph. Digest Ser., 8 p.
J. S., I. Fernandez, L. Rustad, and J.M. Peckenham (1996)
Threshold application rates of wood ash to acidic forest soil,
Jour. Env. Qual., Vol. 25, pp. 220-227.
J. S., I. Fernandez, and J.M. Peckenham (1992) Chemical change in
soil solutions resulting from wood ash, Ground Water Management,
Vol. 13, pp.689-696.
Peckenham, J.M. and C. Fontaine (1992) Groundwater treatment
strategy for a domestic water supply well contaminated with fuel
oil, Ground Water Management, Vol. 13, pp.159-172.
PRESENTATIONS and WORKSHOPS:
Peckenham, J.M. (2002) The occurrence and persistence of MtBE in
groundwater inWindham, Maine, NE FOCUS Conf. On Groundwater
Issues, October 3, 2002.
Schmitt, C. and J.M. Peckenham (2002) Drought and drinking water:
How sensitive are Maine’s surface water supplies?, NE FOCUS Conf.
On Groundwater Issues, October 3, 2002
Peckenham, J. M. and G. Zielinski (2002). ‘Climate and the Future
of Water Use/Availability’ invited talk in special session on
extreme hydrologic events, Maine Water Conference, May 9, 2002.
Planning for Future Water Use and Availability (2001) Our Future
Water Supply- Is There Cause For Concern?, St. Lawrence River
Inst., May, 2001.
Source Water Protection, A series of 8 workshops for small water
utilities in Maine, January to April, 2001.
Water Protection at the Watershed Level, Presentation at Source
Water Protection Workshop hosted by the New England Water Works
Association, September 28, 2000, China Conference Center, China,
Co-Chair, Climate Change and Water Use Workshop, University of
Maine, Orono, Maine, July 27, 2000.
Distribution of Mercury in Streams on Mount Desert Island, All
Research in Acadia Meeting, Orono, Maine, March 14, 2000.
Co-Chair, Maine Water Conference, April 13, 2000, May 3, 2001, May
Peckenham, J. M. (1999) MtBE in groundwater: Can we make it go
away? Me. Water Conf. Abstr., April 1999, Augusta, Maine.
Peckenham, J. M. (1998) The significance of iron mobilization in
petroleum contaminated groundwater. Geol. Soc. Amer. Abstr., Vol.
30, NE Sec. Mtg., Portland, Maine.
Peckenham, J.M. and T. C. Shevenell (1997) Iron, Bacteria, and
Gasoline: A Biogeochemical Site Analysis, Maine DEP Remed.
Symposium Vol 4, pp. 61-73.
Peckenham, J.M. and T. Shevenell (1995) Chemical signatures used
to identify the sources of perched ground water, Maine DEP
Remediation Symposium Abstr. Vol 3.
Peckenham, J.M., S. Stresky, and T. Shevenell (1993) Conductivity
determinations in fine-grained soils and the effect on groundwater
remediation, Maine DEP Remediation Symposium Vol. 1, pp. 111-124.