Tasha Kamegai-Karadi (California) received the New Faces Award from DiscoverE for the year of 2016. She was nominated by Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The award is for emerging engineers under the age of 30, who are making an impact in their industry. Peers in the engineering community view this as a sought-after award and it is acknowledged as a top honor for a young engineer to receive. There are only a few that receive…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) and Patrick Medland (Colorado) will lead a two-day environmental sampling training course for Alaska's State and Tribal Response Program (STRP) in Anchorage, Alaska on April 26-26, 2016. The attendees will learn the scientific foundation of representative environmental sampling through classroom and field instruction. After completing the two-day course, attendees will have met the new Alaska regulatory requirements for qualified sampling technicians which will provide sufficient knowledge to begin sampling soil, groundwater, sediment,…
Bob Anderson (Washington) will co-present a start-to-finish primer on California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) mechanics and implications from 10:00 - 11:00am PDT on April 26, 2016. Stoel Rives has asked Bob to co-present the webinar sponsored by California Cement and Industrial Minerals Association (CALcima). The webinar is tailored for mine operators and their Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) managers. Topics will include: compliance-focused steps to prepare for new groundwater management requirements, how and where…
Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec Consultants while presenting at the Future of Oil and Gas Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 18, 2016. Robert will be one of the panelists that lead a discussion designed to develop thinking around the future of oil and gas. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. The workshop panelists will then produce a report, highlighting the regional differences and…
Adrienne ​Nemura (Michigan) and Duane Graves (Tennessee) will present at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for the Mayors Water Council (MWC) on April 15, 2016. Adrienne's topic is entitled: "Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule - 4" and Duane's topic is entitled "Potable Water Treatment Triad - Understanding the Risk for Unintended Consequences." The MWC's goal is to help local governments deliver superior water resources in a cost-effective manner and to provide a forum to share information.…
Jane Besch (California) and Robbie Ettinger (California) to present regulatory updates at the 18th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2016. She will be presenting on the advanced secondary treatment (AST) regulatory update entitled "What to Watch in 2016: A Regulatory Update." Jane has focused on environmental health and safety compliance and is a Certified Permitting Specialist within the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Robbie will…
Glenn Rix (Georgia) has been appointed to a three-year term with the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR) for the United States Department of Commerce. A significant honor for a geotechnical earthquake engineer, the committee Glenn joins is charged with assessing trends and developments in the science and engineering of earthquake hazards reduction; the effectiveness of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP); as well as the management, coordination, implementation, and activities of NEHRP.…
Megan Otto (California) and Brandon Steets (California) were recently published in the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) March issue of Water Resources IMPACT magazine. Megan and Brandon are both members of the Los Angeles water resources practice. They co-authored the article with Paul Costa the Environmental Operations and Compliance Manager at The Boeing Company's Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The article is entitled "Using Subcatchment Monitoring Data to Prioritize Stormwater Treatment Control Placement: A New Statistical…
Geosyntec staff will present and chair sessions at the 2016 Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, Texas on April 10-13, 2016. Our staff will be representing MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is an organization within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CCPS addresses process safety in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. AIChE is the worlds largest organization for…
Phil Reidy (Malaysia) and Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will present Water Security and Land Contamination" at Asia Water 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11:15am -11:45am on April 6, 2016. Phil and Robert's topic covers pressure and stresses on water resources continuing to increase. In Malaysia, as in many Southeast Asian countries, the response of industry and community to increased water demand is to move more towards the development of groundwater as a water…
Judd Goodman, P.E. a Geosyntec Senior Engineer based in Oakland, California and Eric Strecker, P.E., a Geosyntec Senior Principal Engineer based in Portland, Oregon will help to lead a webinar entitled "Real-Time Cloud-Based Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Storm Water Control." The webinar will explore technologies, provide different applications with case examples, demonstrate performance and added value, and open a dialogue about the merits of innovative use of continuous monitoring and/or adaptive control (CMAC) for active management…
Geosyntec is one the premier sponsors of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 34th Water Law Conference and the 45th Spring Conference on Environmental Law. Both conferences take place in Austin, Texas; the Water Law on March 29-30 and the Environmental Law on March 30-April 1st, 2016. Geosyntec staff will take part on the public service project "Lady Bird Lake" for shore clean up and habitat restoration work, including planting native plant species as well as…
The Geosyntec family of companies is proud that ASCE has honored Rudolph Bonaparte with the 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. The OPAL awards, given to only five of 150,000 ASCE members, recognize outstanding civil engineering leaders like Rudy whose significant accomplishments across their careers have contributed to construction, design, education, government, or management. Rudy's award is based on his extensive experience in the siting, design, permitting, construction, and closure…
Brandon Klenzendorf (Texas) was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Travis Chapter at the Engineer's Banquet on February 26, 2016. The award recognizes a young TSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and the community. For the last four years, Brandon chaired the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) University of Texas Mentoring Committee. In this program, practicing engineers mentor undergraduates in…
Zita Yu (California) organized and will be a speaker at the Southern California Water Dialogue at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles, California at 12pm-1:30pm on March 23, 2016. The dialogue is entitled "Onsite Non-Potable Water Use: Building Drought Resiliency from the Bottom Up." The speakers will discuss the use of onsite non-potable water (including graywater) to meet onsite non-potable demands, and will discuss success stories of onsite graywater recycling…
Zahirul Islam (Texas) has been appointed Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes. The ASTM Subcommittee D35.10 develops standard test methods, specifications, guides, and practices dealing with geomembranes. A geomembrane is an essentially very low permeability synthetic membrane liner or barrier used with foundation soil, rock, earth, or any other geotechnical engineering-related material in order to control fluid (or gas) migration in a man-made project, structure, or system.…
Geosyntec staff will present at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation's 26th annual international conference in San Diego, California on March 21-24, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference will be Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. Key topics include environmental and public health effects, analysis, fate, and remediation. The list of Geosyntec platform sessions and workshop presenters include: Todd McAlary (Ontario), Helen Dawson (Washington, DC), Dave Folkes (Colorado) and Bill Wertz (New…
Matt Bardol, Tom Wallace, Craig Clarkson, Rishab Mahajan, and Adrienne Nemura are scheduled to present at the 2016 Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA) and the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Joint Annual Conference at Osage Beach, Missouri, March 20-23, 2016. The MWEA/AWWA Joint Annual Conference is for water and wastewater professionals to explore the state of the practice concerning wastewater and drinking water. Geosyntec Participation Matt Bardol - MWRD of Greater…
Valerie Mayhall (Louisiana), as part of the steering committee, has been actively involved in the planning and execution of the Louisiana Solid Waste Association (LSWA) Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 17 and 18, 2016. Raphael Siebenmann (Georgia) will be presenting at the Conference from 12-12:30pm on March 18, 2016. His presentation is entitled "Data Management / GIS & 3D Landfill Visualization". The LSWA provides training and continuing education for the solid waste industry. The…
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has granted full site closure to a store operated by Home Depot in Burbank, California. Home Depot retained Geosyntec in 2000 to design and operate a remedy to address the vadose zone and shallow groundwater contamination at a former defense manufacturing facility within Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After 16 years of advanced remediation of legacy contamination (vadose zone and shallow groundwater), the site has attained regulatory…
Curtis Laush (Texas) and Brian Adair (North Carolina) will be presenting at the Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology Conference at Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 15-17, 2016. This conference is sponsored by the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and plans to explore advances in measurement technology, data quality assurance, and data uses. Curtis is scheduled to present two topics: “Quantitative Compositional Analysis of Aerosols by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),” and “Real-Time…
Derek W. Tomlinson (Pennsylvania), will teach a two-day classroom training course entitled, "Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids (LNAPL): Science, Management, and Technology" at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia on April 5 and 6, 2016. The course is hosted by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), a member of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The course is based on the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance document, Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project…
Geosyntec is leading a research project for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) about integrated planning for wastewater and stormwater for communities to develop a Users' Guide. The first step in the project is for communities to take the national survey. The research is designed to answer the following questions: How can communities obtain regulatory support for truly cost-effective and implementable wastewater and stormwater plans? How can communities achieve commensurate environmental and public health improvements…
Robbie Ettinger, Simone Smith, and Olga Stewart joined the new Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) Risk Evaluation Committee formed by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC). The Committee will review, update, develop guidance methods and procedures for evaluating risk, and establish cleanup requirements at TPH contaminated sites. A comprehensive state guidance document based on making scientific, risk-based decisions at petroleum-contaminated sites will be developed by the team. The ITRC document will primarily be a compilation…
Geosyntec Water Resources staff will be busy traveling the Great Lakes region in the next few months, sharing their expertise and experience at several exciting state conferences. Our practitioners will share case studies and lessons learned from recent and ongoing projects ranging from using green infrastructure to reduce localized flooding in a combined sewer system to the newest developments in water quality trading to exploring watershed models. We invite you to find out more about…
Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, to Present at the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Conference Matt Bardol, Craig Clarkson, and Andrea Cline, are scheduled to present at the Illinois Water Environment Association's 37th Annual Conference in Champaign, Illinois, on February 29 – March 2, 2016. The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) promotes water knowledge at its annual conference by having technical presentations, speakers, competitions, vendor exhibits, networking, roundtable discussions, and more. This year's…
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi will give four technical and professional development presentations at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region ABJ 2016 Conference from February 18-21, 2016. The conference will be in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, and will include multiple tracks aimed to address the variety of professional and personal challenges faced by women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. Sessions are intended to encourage dialogue and will highlight strategic planning,…
Matt Bardol and Rishab Mahajan are scheduled to present at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Annual Conference at Tinley Park Tinley Park, Illinois, on March 9 - 10, 2016. The Illinois Association of State Flood Plain and Stormwater Managers (IAFSM) promotes the common interest of floodplain and stormwater management and the 2016 IAFSM Conference is one of their biggest events which includes presentations, speakers, vendor exhibits, networking, and roundtable discussions. Geosyntec Participation…
On March 14-16, Kim Williams, Mike Harding, and Courtney Wilson will be the leading a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) and Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) certification training course hosted by Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), in San Diego, California. This course is a prerequisite for the California Construction General Permit (CGP) QSD and QSP Exams. This course is suited for managers, site superintendents, and inspectors. It will give an overview of the National Pollutant Discharge…
Dogus Meric to Participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action ​Dogus Meric, a Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Illinois, has been invited to participate in the ASTM International Task Group for Developing a New Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action. The task group was created as part of the ExxonMobil Environmental Services' initiative, and has participants from DuPont, ExxonMobil, and WE Energies. Three law firms participating…
On January 27, Paul Brookner and Eric Tollefsrud (Minneapolis) led a two-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Session for the Minnesota State Bar Association that examined the environmental science behind some of the current regulatory and legal challenges facing environmental attorneys and other practitioners in the areas of vapor intrusion and vapor migration. This CLE addressed risk assessment, the science behind vapor intrusion and vapor migration, groundwater and surface water interactions and the use of big…
David Vance (Senior Scientist – Kennesaw, Georgia) will be part of the hosts leading a tour of the Elba Island Salt Marsh Restoration Project at the Southern Gas Association's (SGA) Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction in Savannah, Georgia. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM EST.  Geosyntec was responsible for the salt marsh mitigation at Elba Island, a project selected as one of Georgia's five State Award…
In 2016, Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Doug Larson (Massachusetts) will once again serve as instructors for the Princeton Groundwater Hydrology Course, a one-week course that comprehensively covers groundwater hydrology and contaminant fate and transport from theory to practice. This year's sessions will be held in Tampa in February and in San Francisco in March and September. Mike is a longtime instructor for the Princeton Groundwater courses, this being his twelfth year; Doug has been teaching…