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Undercurrents in Site Remediation: Hydrogeology for LSRPs & Environmental Professionalshttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/undercurrents-in-site-remediation-hydrogeology-for-lsrps-environmental-professionals-tickets-60602117565
Undercurrents in Site Remediation:
Hydrogeology for LSRP’s & Environmental Professionals
Groundwater – a fugacious, transient phase, moving unobserved and un-seeable through a three-dimensional network of cryptic subterranean passages, entraining, transporting, precipitating and re-entraining a dissolved load of mineral and chemical species, ultimately emerging from the Earth’s crust as surface water. Never actually seeing their object of study, hydrogeologists rely on indirect measurements to internally visualize groundwater flow and then communicate their visualizations using second-hand representations or simulations. Engaged thus in the unseen, it is small wonder that even geologists disagree with each other in their conclusions about groundwater, contaminant transport and remedial strategies.
Faced with making decisions pertaining to the invisible world flowing beneath their feet, Site Remediation Professionals must synthesize hydrogeologists’ esoteric and indirect measurements into a reasoned, compliant, and ultimately defensible site remediation strategy. A seemingly hopeless endeavor, that objective is nonetheless achievable because, despite the uncertainties and competing hypotheses, hydrogeology is an objective science and LSRPs and Site Remediation Professionals are in the unique position to require geologists to support their conclusions/solutions with hard data, empowered to question every interpretation and conclusion along the way.
This course will provide you with jargon-free explanations of the fundamental aspects of geology and hydrogeology relevant to site remediation decisions. The approach for all topics discussed is that decision makers must know the questions to ask and must be able to understand the responses. This assures that the technical persons making recommendations in support of the individual’s remedial decisions can defend those recommendations with hard data which will stand scrutiny and challenges!
Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Techniqueshttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-infrastructure-stormwater-management-techniques-tickets-59762661730
Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Techniques
September 20, 2019 | 8:00AM-4:00PM
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences (CELS) Building
Montclair State University
With the expanding regulatory push to decrease stormwater volume and improve stormwater quality, increasing attention is being given to the use of green infrastructure stormwater management techniques. While growing popular, these techniques are often misapplied, improperly designed or inadequately maintained. This innovative one-day class will explore those techniques being implemented on an increasingly frequent basis throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The focus of this program deals with the proper selection, design, implementation and maintenance of green infrastructure techniques commonly used in urban and suburban settings. Multiple site examples will be provided.
Additionally, with the interest of DEP in sustainable remediation, the impacts of capping contaminated sites may be mitigated by the innovative approaches discussed in this course. Therefore, LSRPs are encouraged to attend this program as they should be aware of the alternatives to “hard caps” in reducing stormwater runoff.
Environmental Forensics: "What is it? Where did it come from? And, is it mine?"https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-forensics-what-is-it-where-did-it-come-from-and-is-it-mine-tickets-59762607568
“What is it? Where did it come from? And, is it mine?”
This new course was designed for LSRPs and other environmental professionals who are seeking an introduction to environmental forensics methods with an emphasis on real world applications. The course is structured around environmental media, including groundwater, storm water, sediment, and soil. Course instructors will provide an overview of both introductory methods and options for more complex statistical analyses. Case studies will illustrate best practices for exploring data and developing lines of evidence that support arguments for source apportionment, cost allocation, and site-specific background screening levels in both regulatory and litigation contexts.
Attendees will learn how to tailor sampling designs to provide information that is amenable to environmental forensics, and will develop a greater understanding of the types of data evaluation methods that are commonly used, along with their strengths and limitations. Working knowledge of environmental chemistry and introductory statistics is desirable but not a pre-requisite.
- Source profiling of metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in groundwater
- Chlorinated/brominated/fluorinated compounds and isotopes
- Accounting for temporal variation
- Mixing and unmixing analysis and tools
- Chemical fingerprinting PAHs in sediment
- Redox state and bacterial activity
- Multicriteria decision analysis
- Perfluoroalkyl compound profiles – ratios, isomers, and more
- Bivariate plots, probability plots, principal components analysis