May 30, 2019

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Michael Kavanaugh Invited to Present on Site Cleanup as the G.V. Loganathan Distinguished Lecturer

Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE (California) presented "The Legacy Site Cleanup Challenge: Getting to Closure" as the G.V. Loganathan Distinguished Lecture Series at Virginia Tech's Quillen Family Auditorium in Blacksburg, Virginia on May 3, 2019.

Mike is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of consulting experience focused on 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.

The G.V. Loganathan Distinguished Lecture Series was established to honor the contributions of scholarship, instruction and service by Dr. G.V. Loganathan in the area of water resources engineering and in memory of Dr. Loganathan and his students of the Advanced Hydrology class, 2007.

The mission of Virginia Tech's Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to: provide a high-quality learning environment for students to gain fundamental and specialized engineering knowledge, while they develop skills in critical thinking, communication, learning and leadership; create opportunities for students and faculty to conduct basic and applied research that contributes to society by advancing sustainable engineering principles and practices; and provide civil and environmental engineering leadership and service to the state, the profession and society at large.

Presentation Description

The presentation, entitled "The Legacy Site Cleanup Challenge: Getting to Closure" was a high-level overview presentation beginning with historical reflections on why contaminated sites occurred, and the societal (political) response in the early 1980s when the problem was revealed to public. Next, the presentation examined the current status and successes that have been achieved to date. Complex sites require groundwater "restoration," and the presentation explained why this goal is difficult to achieve even as innovative tools and technologies promise mass removal to the "extent practicable." Finally, the presentation reviewed lessons learned and how those lessons can be applied to the future.

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