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Emily Anderson and Jay Thompson Present Technical Sessions at the A&WMA-UMS Conference on the Environment

Emily Anderson (Minnesota) and Jay Thompson, Ph.D., P.E. (Minnesota) will each present a technical session at the Air & Waste Management Association Upper Midwest Section's (A&WMA-UMS's) 34th Annual Conference on the Environment (COE) at the Minneapolis Convention Center Minnesota on November 7, 2019.

Emily is a Staff Scientist based in Minnesota focused on bioremediation, environmental microbiology, and bioinformatics/data analysis. A remediation and water treatment practitioner, she is a key contributor to projects in industries including mining, agribusiness, manufacturing and refining.

Jay is an Project Engineer based in Minneapolis with technical expertise in sediment remediation, litigation support, passive sampling, contaminant bioavailability, and contaminant fate and transport. He also has extensive experience in field sampling and pilot-scale field studies.

This all-day conference brings together environmental professionals representing industry, consultants, government and academia, in the areas of air quality, water quality and waste management. Through keynote presentations, concurrent technical sessions and exhibitor displays, attendees learn about new, relevant issues and network with other professionals.

For over 35 years, the Upper Midwest Section of the Air & Waste Management Association has provided a forum for Association members who live in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Dakotas to meet, learn, and network. Approximately 200 environmental professionals representing industry, government, and consultants are members of the UMS.

Geosyntec Participation

Emily will present a session entitled, "Isolation and Characterization of Psychrophilic Denitrifers from Woodchip Bioreactors for Bioaugmentation Application." This study employed a culture-dependent approach to isolate and characterize low temperature-adapted denitrifying microorganisms from four different bioreactors in Minnesota. The study demonstrated that inoculating these nitrate-reducing bacteria strains could enhance nitrate removal in woodchip bioreactors at low temperature conditions, thus increasing the efficiency of woodchip bioreactors as a feasible strategy to prevent nitrate in agricultural wastewater from reaching bodies of water and causing eutrophication.

Jay will present a session entitled, "Environmental Forensics for Litigation Support and Environmental Strategy Development." The use of environmental forensics involves the evaluation of analytical data in conjunction with a review of site ownership/operational history and evidence of contaminant release pathways to establish nexus and inform legal strategy. Applications of environmental forensics aim to understand the nature and extent of impacts at contaminated sites and can serve as integral tools for client liability valuation and cost allocation. Jay's talk will include case studies in which environmental forensics techniques were successfully applied to matters of PRP negotiation, cost allocation and active litigation.

More Information

About the event: http://www.awma-ums.org/calendar/2019-conference-environment
About A&WMA-UMS: http://www.awma-ums.org/
For consultation regarding mining, bioremediation, or geotechnical design, contact Emily Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jay Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Emily at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-anderson-59303085/
Learn more about Jay: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaymthompson/