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Geosyntec Staff Contribute to the 2023 Battelle Sediments Conference

Geosyntec Staff Contribute to the 2023 Battelle Sediments Conference

Geosyntec professionals will make a substantial technical contribution at Battelle's International Conference on the Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, on January 9 through 12, 2023.

Geosyntec's Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington) served on the steering committee. In addition, Geosyntec staff will chair four sessions, give fourteen platform presentations, instruct one lunch-and-learn event, serve as a panelist, instruct a short-course, and present twenty-four posters. Other Geosyntec staff members have collaborated with universities and other parties, helping to prepare conference materials delivered by others. Geosyntec professionals will be at booth #414 to meet with attendees and answer questions about contaminated sediments.

The Battelle Sediments Conference series is a forum for sharing research results, practical experiences, and opportunities associated with investigating, remediating, and restoring the environmental and economic vitality of waterways. Managing these aquatic systems requires complex work that affects a diverse group of stakeholders and touches a wide range of environmental, economic, political and social issues that will be represented at this event.

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Geosyntec Contributions

Platform Presentations

TitleForensic Analysis of Obscure Chlorinated Compounds in Sediment Samples for Historic Source Identification
Presenter: James Peale, RG, LHG (Oregon)
Coauthors: J.G.D. Peale, L. Smith, J. Bernard, and B. Webb
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: A3. Contaminant Forensics

Title: PFAS: Coming Soon to a Sediment Site near You
Presenter: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California)
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: B1. PFAS Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation, and Risk Assessment

Title: Assessing Sediment Recontamination and Bioaccumulation by Stormwater Heavy Metals
Presenter: Ilektra Drygiannaki, Ph.D. (Illinois)
Coauthors: I. Drygiannaki, D.D. Reible, B. Rao, J.A. Dawson, M. Rakowska, M. Bejar, N.T. Hayman, G. Rosen, M.A. Colvin, B. Chadwick, R. Pitt, B. Steets, M. Otto, and J. Ervin
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: B3. Contaminant Fate and Transport in Sediments

Title: Investigating Groundwater: Surface Water Interaction Using Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) Technology
Presenter: Heather Tahon (Pennsylvania)
Coauthors: H. Tahon, D. Adilman, S.W. Lee, F. Selker, and C. Gabrielli
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: B4. Groundwater/Sediment/Surface Water Interactions

Title: Information Management Systems for Dredging Projects
Presenter: Andrew Higgins (Ontario)
Coauthors: A. Higgins, J. Daniel, S. Liu, B. Patel, and J. Rosen
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: B8. Advanced Data Analysis and Decision Tools

Title: Ryerson Creek Outfall: Designing a Collaborative Project under the Great Lakes Legacy Act Using Public-Private Partnerships
Presenter: Jed Sirk, P.E. (Chicago)
Coauthors: J. Sirk, D. Meric, G. Gibbons, M. Loomis, H. Williams, E. Bertaut, H. Hopkins, and L. Schoen
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: C2. Restoration and Revitalization Strategies

Title: Application of California Sediment Quality Objectives at Small Sites: Challenges and Potential Modifications
Presenter: Wendy Hovel, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: W.R. Hovel and B. Hitchens
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: C4. Remedial Cleanup Objectives and Approaches for Optimized Remedial Development

Title: Multiple Lines of Evidence for Upstream Background Sediment Concentrations at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site
Presenter: Wendy Hovel, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: W.R. Hovel, A. Fitzpatrick, J. Arblaster, J. Conder, L. Smith, B. Ruffle, and K. Durocher
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: C10. Determining Background

Title: Tiered Approach to Sustainability Analysis in Sediment Remediation Decision Making
Presenter: Amanda McNally, P.E. (Pennsylvania)
Coauthors: A.D. McNally, S.E. Apitz, A.G. Fitzpatrick, and D. Harrison
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: D1. Sustainability: Environmental Metrics, Stakeholder Values, Cost-Benefit

Title: PAH Biodegradation in Sediment Cap Environments: Evaluating How Performance Varies with Materials and Redox Zones
Presenter: Giovanna Pagnozzi, Ph.D. (Washington)
Coauthors: G. Pagnozzi, K. Millerick, D. Reible, and S. Carroll
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: E1. Sediment Bioremediation

Title: Activated Carbon-Amended Enhanced Natural Recovery (ENR): Biological Lines of Evidence from a Pilot Study in the Lower Duwamish Waterway
Presenter: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: J. Conder, G. Revelas, V. Magar, G. Heavner, L. Nelis, C. Whitmus, D. Williston, J. Stern, L. Erickson, J. Flaherty, D. Schuchardt, P. Rude, A. Crowley, and J. Florer.
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: E2. Monitoring and Evaluating Remedy Implementation and Effectiveness

Title: Lessons Learned: Design and Implementation of Sediment Remediation Projects
Presenter: Jason Raimondi, P.E. (Massachusetts)
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: E4. Lessons Learned in Remedy Implementation

TitleFirst to Field Mass Mixing In Situ Stabilization/Solidification Remediation in Uncharted Waters of Kendall Bay
Presenter: Dogus Meric, Ph.D., P.E. (Illinois)
Coauthors: D. Meric, C.A. Robb, P. Hutson, J. Gaul, A. Garland, M. Clutterham, and N. Sparke
Type: Platform Presentation
Session: E7. Cap Construction and Operation

Poster Presentations

Title: PAH Fingerprinting to Assess Creosote Treatment in Timber Pilings
Presenter: Giovanna Pagnozzi, Ph.D. (Washington)
Coauthors: G. Pagnozzi, A. Fitzpatrick, W. Hovel, and C. Bartlett
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A1. Innovative Characterization and Assessment Approaches

Title: Evaluation of a Rapid Biosensor Tool for Measuring PAH Availability in Sediment
Presenter: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: J. Conder, M. Jalalizadeh, E. Luo, A. Bess, B. Pautler, M. Healey, and M. Unger
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A2. Innovative Characterization and Assessment Tools

Title: Optimized Remedy Development to Address Ecological Protectiveness in a Floodplain Setting
Presenter: Peter de Haven, P.E. (North Carolina)
Coauthors: P.J. de Haven, R.A. Siebenmann, and C.J. Saranko
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A4. Risk Assessment

Title: Critical Data Gaps for Characterizing Sediment-Associated Microplastics
Presenter: Rachel Zajac-Fay (Florida)
Coauthors: R. Zajac-Fay, J. Conder, T. Liu, and I. Drygiannaki
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A5. Nanomaterials, Microplastics and Other Emerging Contaminants in the Environment

Title: The Development of Diffusive Equilibrium, High-Resolution Passive Samplers to Measure Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Groundwater
Presenter: Kaylin McDermett (Pennsylvania)
Coauthors: K.S. McDermett, W.A. Jackson, J. Guelfo, and T.A. Anderson
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A6. Advances in Passive Sampling Methods

Title: Optimizing the Use of Peepers for Sediment Passive Sampling of Redox Sensitive Metals
Presenter: Ilektra Drygiannaki, Ph.D. (Illinois)
Coauthors: I. Drygiannaki, F. Risacher, H. Schneider, J. Conder, B. Pautler, A. Sweett, and A.W. Jackson
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A6. Advances in Passive Sampling Methods

Title: Re-Thinking the Kinetics of Metals in Sediment Passive Samplers Using Reverse Tracers
Presenter: Florent Risacher (Ottawa)
Coauthors: F.F. Risacher, I. Drygiannaki, J.M. Conder, B. Pautler, A. Sweett, and A.W. Jackson
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A6. Advances in Passive Sampling Methods

Title: Multi-Phased Sampling Design to Quantify Naturally-Occurring Metals in Anoxic Sediment Using Passive Porewater Samplers
Presenter: Luke Smith, P.E. (Washington)
Coauthors: J. Arblaster, L. Smith, A. Fitzpatrick, F. Risacher, and L. Baker
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A7. Application of Passive Samplers

Title: Pilot-Scale Demonstration of Innovative Approaches to Measure Freely Dissolved Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Choccolocco Creek
Presenter: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: J. Conder, A. Fowler, C. Thomas, J. Loper, T. Loper, and E.G. Macolly
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A7. Application of Passive Samplers

Title: Sediment Passive Sampling Data Accurately Predicts Concentrations in Benthic Invertebrate Tissue
Presenter: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California)
Coauthors: J. Conder, J. Arblaster, V. Magar, G. Heavner, L. Nelis, C. Whitmus, G. Revelas, D. Williston, J. Stern, L. Erickson, J. Flaherty, D. Schuchardt, P. Rude, A. Crowley, and J. Florer
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A7. Application of Passive Samplers

Title: Time-Critical PCB Spill Response and Source Control Action to Protect Sediment
Presenter: Keith Kroeger (Oregon)
Coauthors: K. Kroeger, L. Smith, A. Fitzpatrick, P. Rude, and D. Schuchardt
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: A11. Source ID, Loading Assessment, and Control

Title: Comparison of SWAC Estimates, Uncertainty, and Interpolation Methods, Portland Harbor Pre-Remedial Design Investigation
Presenter: Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington)
Coauthors: A. Fitzpatrick, J. Conder, and J. Rosen
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: B8. Advanced Data Analysis and Decision Tools

Title: Activated Carbon Amendments Reduce Bioavailability of Dioxins and Furans in Surface Sediment
Presenter: Giovanna Pagnozzi, Ph.D. (Washington)
Coauthors: G. Pagnozzi, J. Conder, B. Pautler, B. Love, and L. Jorstad
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D4. In Situ Treatment Amendments

Title: Environmental Risk Management Measures in the Interim Sediment and Debris Area of a Future Water Lot in Toronto
Presenter: Ilektra Drygiannaki, Ph.D. (Illinois)
Coauthors: I. Drygiannaki, D. Meric, C. Robb, D. Yu, D. Thorson, H. Cumberland, M. Janes, S. Karam, and S. Desrocher
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D6. Cap Design

Title: Cocoa Beach Golf Muck Dredging and Capping Alternatives Assessment and Remedial Design with Thin Layer Capping Technology
Presenter: Jason Raimondi, P.E. (Massachusetts)
Coauthors: J. Raimondi, D. Himmelheber, and J. Langenbach
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D7. Cap Modeling

Title: Beneficial Reuse Options for Dredged Sediments from Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina
Presenter: Savannah Volkoff, Ph.D. (North Carolina)
Coauthors: S. Volkoff, A. Berky, B. Weyer, L. Wellborn, and A. Braswell.
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D8. Beneficial Use of Contaminated Sediments

Title: Considerations for Implementing In-Water Construction Projects within the Footprint of a Sediment Megasite
Presenter: Ben Starr, P.E., CESCL, (Utah)
Coauthors: B. Starr, K. Kroeger, K. Carbonneau, and A. Clodfelter
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D9. Sediment Management in the Northwest Region

Title: Deposition and Erosion Patterns Supporting a Road to Recovery: A Portland Harbor Story
Presenter: Luke Smith, P.E. (Washington)
Coauthors: K. Kroeger, L. Smith, and A. Fitzpatrick
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: D9. Sediment Management in the Northwest Region

Title: Empirical Sediment and Fish Tissue Recovery Trends Since 2002 in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site
Presenter: Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington)
Coauthors: A. Fitzpatrick, J. Conder, B. Ruffle, J. Arblaster, and K. Kroeger
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: E2. Monitoring and Evaluating Remedy Implementation and Effectiveness

Title: Is There More to Remedy Metrics Than Fish?
Presenter: Alan Fowler (Georgia)
Coauthors: A.S. Fowler, J.R. Loper, T.B. Loper, E.G. Macolly, J.D. Schell, C.L. Thomas, and M.P. Price
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: E2. Monitoring and Evaluating Remedy Implementation and Effectiveness

Title: Installation and Tracking of Risk Management Measures as Part of the Construction of a New River Valley
Presenter: Danielle Thorson, P.Eng. (Ontario)
Coauthors: D. Thorson, A. Higgins, B. Patel, D. Bertrand, D.J. Bonnett, H. Cumberland, D. Forbes, and L. Solano
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: E3. Remediation of Ports, Harbors, and Urban Waterways

Title: Waterfront Toronto Environmental Risk Management Measures for a New River Valley
Presenter: Danielle Thorson, P.Eng. (Ontario)
Coauthors: D. Thorson, C. Robb, P. Andonyadis, D. Bertrand, A. Nasseri-Moghaddam, M. Janes, H. Cumberland, D.J. Bonnett, D. Forbes, and L. Solano
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: E3. Remediation of Ports, Harbors, and Urban Waterways

Title: Full-Scale Implementation of Carbon-Enhanced Natural Recovery Resulting in No Further Action
Presenter: Brian Hitchens, P.G., CHG, R.G. (California)
Coauthors: B. Hitchens and J. Conder
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: E7. Cap Construction and Operation

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Chaired Sessions

Session Title: B1. PFAS Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation, and Risk Assessment
Chairs: Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.) and Phyllis Fuchsman (Ramboll)

Session Title: B4. Groundwater/Sediment/Surface Water Interactions
Chairs: Lisa Lefkovitz (Battelle) and Bob Veenstra (Missouri, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.)

Session Title: C10. Determining Background
Chairs: Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.) and Allison Geiselbrecht (Floyd|Snider)

Session Title: E5. Dredging Design and Operations
Chairs: Paul Doody (Anchor QEA, LLC) and Jason Raimondi, P.E. (Massachusetts, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.)

Lunch and Learn

Title: Update on Work Products from the 2018 Joint U.S. Army Corps (ERDC) and Sediment Management Work Group (SMWG) Workshop on Uncertainty in the Evaluation of Fish Consumption
Presenters: Steven C. Nadeau (Sediment Management Work Group [SMWG]); David A. Moore (U.S. Army Corps/ERDC); Betsy Ruffle (AECOM); Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California, Geosyntec); Deborah Edwards (NewFields); Danielle Pfeiffer (Arcadis); Katherine von Stackelberg
Type: Lunch & Learn
Session: Wednesday, Track E

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Panel Discussion

Title: Cost Drivers for Environmental Dredging and Capping Projects
Presenters: Paul LaRosa, PE (Anchor QEA); Chris Greene, P.E. (Massachusetts, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.); Scott Cieniawski (U.S. EPA – Great Lakes National Program Office); Robert Rule, PE (de maximis, Inc.); Tim Donegan, PE (Sevenson Environmental, Inc.); and Greg Smith (J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.)
Session: Panel Discussion—Wednesday, Track E

Short Course

Title: Expanding the Use of In Situ Solidifcation/Stabilization to Provide Additional Tools for the Management of Impacted Sediments
Instructors: Paul Jansen (GEI Consultants); Tim Olean (Ramboll); Darin Payne (Geo-Solutions, Inc.); and Christopher Robb, P.E. (Wisconsin, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.)
Type: Short Course

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More Information

About the event: https://www.battelle.org/conferences/sediments-conference
For consultation regarding sediments, contact Anne Fitzpatrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..