January 13, 2014

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Michael Kavanaugh, Doug Larson among Instructors for 2014 Princeton Groundwater Courses

Two principal environmental engineers at Geosyntec Consultants are among the instructors leading the 2014 Princeton Groundwater Courses, recognized in the industry as the top-rated groundwater pollution, hydrology, and remediation courses available in the world.

Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, WEF Fellow, a senior principal engineer at Geosyntec based in California, and Doug Larson, Ph.D., P.E., LSP, a principal engineer for the firm based in Massachusetts, are among the six instructors for Princeton Groundwater's Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Course and The Remediation Course.

The first session of the groundwater course takes place February 24-28 in Tampa, Florida. A second session will be held March 10-14 in San Francisco. The remediation course is set for April 28-May 2 in Las Vegas. Advance registration for all the courses is now available online.

Sessions for these courses consistently attract the highest enrollments of any available groundwater training in the world. They are specifically designed to meet the professional development needs of geologists, engineers, chemists and environmental scientists.

The emphasis in both courses is on acquiring a comprehensive, practical working knowledge of the concepts, principles, professional practices, and technologies underlying groundwater hydrology, contamination, and remediation.

At Geosyntec, Dr. Kavanaugh offers clients more than 35 years of consulting experience in the areas of water quality, water treatment, and groundwater remediation. He has served a highly diverse group of private and public sector clients directly, through industry associations, and through attorneys.

This past year, a National Research Council committee chaired by Dr. Kavanaugh issued a comprehensive report examining the future of groundwater remediation at thousands of locations throughout the United States. The report, "Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites," is available from the National Academies Press.

Dr. Larson has worked on the investigation and cleanup of hazardous waste sites throughout the United States since 1985. He is a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts and manages Geosyntec's five New England Branch offices, with a combined staff of more than 60 engineers and scientists. Dr. Larson's portion of the Princeton Groundwater Remediation Course includes lectures on the design and construction of bioremediation, chemical oxidation, soil vapor extraction, and air sparging systems.

Dr. Larson pioneered the full-scale implementation of several innovative site cleanup strategies used in the industry today, including the use of anaerobic biodegradation processes to destroy chlorinated solvents in aerobic aquifers, and the biodegradation of dense non-aqueous phase liquid in fractured bedrock. He has managed many remedial investigations and feasibility studies under CERCLA regulations and has been the technical lead on projects involving contaminant fate and transport modeling, financial risk analysis, laboratory and field scale pilot testing, and treatment system design.

For more information, contact Michael Kavanaugh in Oakland at 510-285-2766 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Doug Larson in Boston at +1-978-206-5774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..