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Dogus Meric to Present on Risk Management Measures to Build a New River Valley for the Largest Waterfront Development in North America at the EcoForum 2021 Conference in Australia

Dogus Meric, Ph.D., P.E., (Illinois) will present a paper via live stream, entitled "Risk Management Measures to Build a New River Valley for the Largest Waterfront Development in North America," at the EcoForum 2021 Conference at on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021.

Geosyntec co-authors are Danielle Thorson, P.E. (Ontario); David Bertrand, P.G., P.Geo., QPESA (Ontario); Meggen Janes, P.Eng., QPESA (Ontario); Panos Andonyadis, P.E. (Illinois); Chris Robb, P.E., (Wisconsin); Howard Cumberland (Oregon); and Jay Beech, Ph.D., P.E., (Georgia).

Dogus Meric is a Senior Engineer with more than 12 years of experience specializing in the planning, execution, and management of remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design, and construction support in contaminated sediment and waterfront development sites in North America and Australia. His remedial design experience relates to dredging, capping, and both in situ and ex situ stabilization/solidification of contaminated sediment and adjacent upland remediation.

Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) presents the EcoForum 2021 Conference held as an in-person and hybrid live-stream event at Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia on November 29 to December 3, 2021.

The EcoForum 2021 conference will explore the key challenges and solutions for the remediation industry. The event includes over 60 abstracts from some of the nation's leading companies, where experts in remediation and land management discuss case studies, lessons learned, and future solutions. Colleagues and industry professionals connect, share, grow and learn what changes and innovations will lay the foundations for a sustainable future for the land and groundwater industry.


Risk Management Measures to Build a New River Valley for the Largest Waterfront Development in North America
Presenter: Dogus Meric, Geosyntec
Time/Date: 11:40–12:00 p.m. AEDT on December 2, 2021

Waterfront Toronto's Port Lands Flood Protection project is funded by the Government of Canada, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto's history, it will flood protect 240 hectares of land in the Port Lands and surrounding communities. Province of Ontario and City of Toronto. The Port Lands are a 142-hectare area on the shore of Lake Ontario, immediately east of downtown Toronto. The area was man-made through decades of infilling of historic wetlands and has historically been used for heavy industry. Contaminants of concern primarily include petroleum hydrocarbons and metals. Much of the area is within the flood plain of the Don River and therefore flood protection must be created before the area can be fully developed. This includes the design and construction of a new naturalized River Valley that will connect the existing Don River to Lake Ontario. Risk management measures (RMMs) associated with the River Valley are incorporated into the design to ensure the long-term protection of the surface water features from potential future contaminant discharge, primarily non-aqueous phase liquids.

Dogus Meric will illustrate how the successful River Valley RMM design was developed in a constructible, cost effective, and technically feasible manner. The phased approach of the design and integration of the vertical and horizontal barriers to serve as not only RMMs but as hydraulic cutoffs during interim construction periods represent the successful cohesive approach achieved through the design process.

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