Water Quality Modeling of Naval Harbors Throughout the United States
The US Navy applies antifouling paints on its ships’ hulls to reduce barnacle growth, enhancing fuel efficiency. Some of these antifouling paints contain pollutants which can leach and contaminate waterbodies. The US Navy selected GKY to develop computer models that can predict the transport and fate of pollutants in naval harbors and surrounding waterbodies.
GKY used EPA’s proven WASP model to simulate hydrodynamics, transport characteristics and fate of pollutants within the following waterbodies:
- Puget Sound
- Los Angeles Harbor
- San Francisco Bay
- Pearl Harbor
- St. Johns River
- Delaware River
- Portsmouth Harbor, NH
- Charleston Harbor, SC
GKY also developed courses and trained US Navy personnel to use these models, providing a practical method to avert potential environmental hazards.