SiREM (a division of Geosyntec) has launched an independent website for the Waterloo Membrane Sampler TM (WMS). WMS is a unique passive sampler that can be used for indoor air, ambient air, sub-slab vapor and soil gas sampling of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). WMS was developed at the University of Waterloo by Drs. Tadeusz Górecki and Suresh Seethapathy. The researchers had identified a need for a passive sampler with resistance to water vapor, which can…
Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Doug Larson (Massachusetts) will be teaching The Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Course in Tampa, Florida on February 26-March 2, 2018. Mike and Doug will be teaching along with Robert W. Cleary, Princeton Groundwater, Inc.; John A. Cherry, University of Guelph Bernard H. Kueper, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University; and David Kaminski, QED Environmental Systems. The course is approved by the Connecticut LEP Board for 40 hours of CEC credits and…
Lelio Mejia (California) will deliver a presentation entitled "Design and Construction of Borinquen Dam 1E for the Panama Canal Expansion" at the Structural and Material Engineering Building at the University of California, San Diego for the Geo-Institute Student Chapter and California Geotechnical Engineering Association (UC San Diego CalGeo) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on February 26, 2018. Lelio is a Senior Principal based in Oakland, California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical…
Adrienne Nemura will present an informational session entitled "User's Guide for Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning" during the Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRF/WEF) Web Seminar Series at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. This web seminar is designed for utilities and municipalities that are in various stages of considering and conducting the integrated stormwater and wastewater planning. In 2012, U.S. EPA established the Integrated Planning Framework (IPF) policy…
Todd DeJournett (Minnesota) will present a technical session at the 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo, & 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section, held at the Minneapolis Conventions Center at 2:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018. Todd's presentation is entitled "Advances in Membrane Treatment and Concentrate Management" and addresses the regulation of bulk chemistry parameters, such as sulfate, alkalinity, and chloride in mine water discharges. He will introduce…
Performing appropriate environmental assessment, environmental permitting, geotechnical engineering, restoration design, and programmatic environmental compliance work are all important aspects of managing pipeline exposures around waterbody crossings. A challenging component of this work is understanding and managing pipeline exposures for system integrity. Exposed pipelines have an increased potential for abrasion, corrosion, impact, and structural stresses that could compromise the safety and integrity of pipes. Maintenance and restoration work on pipeline exposures must therefore be planned, prioritized,…
Achieving compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation's recent Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the safety of underground natural gas storage facilities can be a challenging endeavor. The United States has approximately 400 underground gas storage facilities, and 81% of those are depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs which have been adapted and reused for gas storage. Depleted aquifers and salt caverns make up the remaining 19%. Most storage facilities were…
An inadvertent release or inadvertent return (IR) of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid is a condition that develops despite: i) appropriate subsurface investigation, ii) engineering design and analyses of the drill path, iii) evaluation of subsurface pressures, iv) use of appropriate drilling fluids, v) following the drill path that was designed, and vi) monitoring and adjusting drilling fluid pressures throughout the drilling process.An IR can lead to an interruption of the HDD installation with project…
Geosyntec staff will make a considerable technical contribution to the Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California on February 11-14, 2018. Geosyntec's presenters are Jesse Varsho, Chao Zhou, Nicholas Yafrate, Davis Garrett, Samir Ahmed and Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah. Other attendees are Scott Luettich, Jim Stout, Chriso Petropoulou, Justin Lottig, Mike Minch, and Amy Padovani. The GWMS 2018 Symposium will deliver content and research on…
Geosyntec is part of a team that was recently awarded a project funded by the Massachusetts Water Management Act (WMA) Grant Program. The primary goal of this unique project is to improve streamflow in Stony Brook in the towns of Littleton and Westford through operation of existing impoundments in a coordinated manner based on actual streamflow data and model results to inform operational decisions. As part of the revised WMA regulations, the state had identified…
Geosyntec professionals Bob Anderson (Washington) and Jay Griffin (California) will present and Ben Martich (Alaska) and Sean Ragain (Oregon) will moderate sessions at the Alaska Forum on the Environment at the Dena'ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage on February 12-16, 2018. Bob Anderson"s presentation, "Groundwater Resources and Watershed Interactions," will discuss how water and salmon are valuable resources that are impacted by a number of factors. Jay Griffin"s presentation, entitled "Critical Aspects of Waste Containment:…
Ravi Arulanantham and Robert Ettinger (California) will present at the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) lunch program entitled "Dynamic Landscape of the Vapor Intrusion Pathway" at the Los Angeles County Bar Association in California from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on February 14, 2018. Ravi Arulanantham is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on risk assessment and remediation management. He is recognized as a leader in…
Lee Mullon, Mark Ellard, and Mike Hardin (Florida) were recently given the Innovative Project Cost Share (Grant) Award from the St. Johns River Water Management District because it was the most innovative project for completing a creek restoration project in the City of Gainesville, Florida known as Beville Creek. Lee was lead designer and engineer of record, Mark Ellard was project director and Mike Hardin contributed to the design of the project as well with…
Carol Cheyne (Ontario) was the lead author of an article entitled "Lead isotopes as particulate contaminant tracers and chronostratigraphic markers in lake sediments in northeastern North America" published in the journal Chemical Geology in Volume 477, pages 47-57 on January 2018. Carol's co-authors are Dr. Alyson Thibodeau (Dickinson College), Dr. Greg Slater (McMaster University), and Dr. Bridget Bergquist (University of Toronto). The paper is based on Carol's M.A.Sc. thesis and it demonstrates the utility of…
Adrienne Nemura (Michigan), Robert Annear (Oregon), Rishab Mahajan (Illinois) have authored a water quality whitepaper entitled "Mixing Zone Analysis: Take Control of Permit Limits." Geosyntec's Mixing Zone Whitepaper discusses the use of mixing zones and their applicability. It also provides examples of how to incorporate mixing zone principles and analysis into the permit process to reduce overall treatment complexity and capital and operations and maintenance costs while still meeting instream standards. Water quality standards can…
Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Samir Ahmed, Craig Browne (Florida), and the Indian River County Managing Director of Solid Waste Disposal District, Himanshu Mehta authored an article published in the Newsletter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Florida Sunshine Chapter Fall/Winter 2017 issue. The article, entitled "Recent Experience with Title V Air Operation Permit Renewal for the Indian River County Landfill," describes Indian River County's Title V permit renewal application submittal process. The SWANA Florida…
Andrea Braga (Massachusetts) will present in Technical Session 18 at the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) at the Boston Marriot Copley Place in Massachusetts from 1:30-4:00 p.m. on January 23, 2018. Andrea's session, entitled "Evaluating Urban Water Quality in Boston's MS4," and will discuss the recently completed, award-winning study to investigate sources of bacteria and nutrients in Boston's stormwater discharges and evaluate the efficiency of the city's ongoing illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE)…
Randy Brandt (California) was appointed to the San Francisco Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) Sustainable Waterfront Committee beginning January 1, 2018. Randy will provide innovative technical and policy input on matters that will advance a strong industrial economy that supports a sustainable environment within San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on hydrogeology with special emphasis on the return of…
Jackson Hubbard (Florida) presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center inPoster Hall D-F in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 12, 2017. Jackson's presentation was entitled "3D Volume and Morphology of Perennial Cave Ice and Related Geomorphological Models at Scărișoara Ice Cave, Romania, from Structure from Motion, Ground Penetrating Radar and Total Station Surveys." The presentation looks into the Scarisoara Ice Cave in Romania where Jackson combined…
Geosyntec's Melissa Schmitt (Washington), Srinivasa Varadhan, and Eric Suchomel (California) partnered with SiREM employees Sandra Dworatzek and Jennifer Webb (Ontario) on an article entitled "Optimization and validation of enhanced biological reduction of 1,2,3-trichloropropane in groundwater" that was published in Remediation Journal on pages 17–25, Volume 28, Issue 1, Winter 2017. Melissa Schmitt is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in Washington State with more than 10 years of professional experience focused on contaminated site assessment, remediation,…
Brandon Steets (California) will present in a webinar sponsored by the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network (CWQMCN) in a series entitled "Water Quality Improvement Projects and BMPs to Achieve a Swimmable California" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PST) on January 24, 2018. This presentation will highlight approaches currently using to track human waste sources, citing recent Geosyntec project examples from the Charles River and Boston Harbor, nitrate in the Ventura River in California,…
Adrienne Nemura (Michigan) authored a technical article published in the Buckeye Bulletin from the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) on pages 44 - 47, Volume 90:4, Issue 4, 2017. The article, entitled "Nutrient Load Reductions: Policies for Diverse Perspectives," discusses Nutrient Load Reduction Policies Published by Ohio Environment Association and discusses water quality, Ohio's nutrient strategy in light of municipal, agricultural, and economic considerations. Adrienne Nemura is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in…
Laura Hug, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo will be the next guest speaker in SiREM's webinar series to discuss "Assessing Microbial Diversity and Function from Contaminated Environments" at 1:00 p.m. eastern on January 17, 2018. Dr. Hug will discuss how total community approaches (omics) provide a blueprint of the microbial functions and community diversity within an environment. With genome-resolved…
Daniel Schauer, Mark Ellard, Tom Amstadt, and Lee Mullon (Florida) will attend the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 14-15, 2017. Geosyntec is a sponsor of the event, and our professionals will be available for networking and consultation in the hall at the Geosyntec display. They will also have company information available. Dan Schauer is a Senior Principal Geologist and National…
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently announced that a project conducted by Geosyntec for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) was awarded their 2018 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) and will be presented at NACWA's Winter Conference in Napa, California in February 2018. The project, entitled "Utilizing DNA Markers for Identification of Human and Non-Human Fecal Sources in Urban Stormwater," received the Operations & Environmental Performance Award. The award is presented…
Jim Langenbach, Jim Linton, Zackary Munger (Florida), and Jeff Roberts (Ontario) will present at the 23rd annual Florida Remediation Conference (FRC) at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando Florida on December 7-8, 2017. Jim Langenbach is the conference chair and Geosyntec will deliver three technical presentations. Jeff Roberts will represent SiREM, a division of Geosyntec. The Florida Remediation Conference was launched in 1995 to provide professional education in the soil and groundwater cleanup industry. Now…
Bill Gaffigan (Georgia) will be presenting at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter Fall Conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia on December 7, 2017. Bill's presentation is entitled "Recycling and Zero-Waste Initiatives: a 2017 Update." The presentation will provide a year-end perspective on the 2017 economic, policy, and program trends in recycling and zero-waste initiatives, The presentation is designed to inform strategies for 2018. Bill Gaffigan is a Principal Environmental Manager based…
Robert Bruce (Malaysia) will deliver a keynote address at the 30th Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers to be held at Monash University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 6-7, 2017. Robert's topic will be "Is there a need for a First Principles Curriculum?" The theme of the conference is Bridging the University-Industry Divide. He will represent MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Robert is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Malaysia with more than 30…
Geosyntec Consultants was awarded the Small-to-Medium (SME) Enterprise Partner Award for its continued support of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto on November 15, 2017. Vice-Dean, Research Ramin Farnood was there to deliver the award. Geosyntec representatives there to receive the award were: Phil Dennis, Sandra Dworatzek, Dr. Todd McAlary, Dr. Dave Major, Dr. Grant Allan (Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry), Dr. Elizabeth Edwards, Michaye…
Jeremy Morris, Ph.D. (Maryland) will present during a live webinar entitled "Functional Stability and the End of Post-Closure Care at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills" from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST on December 4, 2017. The webinar will be hosted by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation. Jeremy has over 16 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering and waste management, with particular expertise in issues relating to solid waste disposal by…
Kirk Craig (Arizona) will present at the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) Summit at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee at 11:10 a.m. December 4, 2017. His presentation is entitled "Impacted Groundwater to Drinking Water: Large Potable End Use Groundwater Remediation System Design & Permitting." His co-authors are Geosyntec's Jennifer Nyman, Ph.D. and Brian Petty (California). Kirk is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer with more than 20 years of experience focused on the professional engineering…
Geosyntec professionals delivered technical presentations, moderated sessions, and served on the Technical Program Steering Committee during the ASCE/EWRI Operation and Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Denver Convention Center in Colorado on November 6-9, 2017. Geosyntec's technical contributors were: Myles Gray, Senior Staff Engineer; Kevin Koryto, Senior Staff Engineer; Dan Pankani, Project Engineer; and Scott Struck, Ph.D., Principal. The conference highlighted advances in operation and maintenance of gray and…
Tim Ingram (England) presented at the Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) at the Slate Conference Center located at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England on November 21-22, 2017. Tim represented MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Tim's presentation was for session 1.2 "Cross Disciplinary Systems Engineering." His presentation, entitled "Systems Engineering Approach to Asset Management" addressed how a Systems Engineering approach can be applied within the Asset Management domain. The theme of the conference…