October 9, 2013

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Geosyntec Joins Post-Fire Watershed Protection Course at National Water Pollution Prevention Conference

Three senior practitioners from Geosyntec's San Diego office will be among the instructors for an intensive, one-day course on post-wildfire remediation at the 11th Annual StormCon in Denver on August 21.

Principal Geotechnical Engineer Ron Johnson, along with Associate Engineer Kathleen Harrison and Senior Consultant Mike Harding, will be among the presenters of the new course, Fire & Rain: Rapid Assessment and Emergency Mitigation Measures Following Wildfires. The course will be held 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. and pre-registration is required.

The new course provides an overview of post-fire assessments, planning, and mitigation processes with site-specific examples of the tools and techniques applied following a fire event. It also presents a summary of the results of remediation efforts, lessons learned, and a discussion of the appropriateness of remediation technologies.

The process of rapid assessment of post-fire hazards and the emergency mitigation of primary and secondary impacts requires efficient collection, processing, and analysis of field data and conditions. Geosyntec Consultants has used a number of innovative and recently developed tools and techniques during the hazard assessment, mitigation, and implementation process that improve data collection in the field, allowing engineers to make time-critical decisions.

The course will take place concurrently at StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, set for August 19-23 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. StormCon is the premier event for the discussion of stormwater pollution prevention and surface water quality. It features the nation's top stormwater experts, more than 140 presentations, and full-day pre-conference workshops addressing a wide range of community surface water challenges.

StormCon fills a vital need by bringing government officials responsible for public health and safety and protecting our water supplies together with private sector engineers, consultants, project developers, and solution providers. In addition to Fire & Rain, the multi-track course curriculum features more than 125 educational sessions presented by the nation's leading stormwater experts and covers a range of material focusing on green infrastructure, urban retrofit technology, best management practices and case studies, stormwater program management, water-quality monitoring, and many other advanced research topics. Nearly 200 vendors and service providers will exhibit stormwater-related products and equipment at the world's largest tradeshow of its kind.