Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote
Maureen Sullivan

Adapting to Changing Environments: Water as a Mission-Critical Resource

9:25 a.m.-4:50 p.m.

Contaminated Large Plumes
John Wilson, Ph.D and Charles Newell, Ph.D., PE

This session will focus on the characterization, remediation and/or management of contaminated groundwater plumes that can be characterized as "large" due to the total lifecycle costs, sheer physical size, or complexity.

Key topic areas will include:

  • Large Plume Hydrogeology - Rethinking Conceptual Site Models
  • Remedy Optization - Flux Based Solutions
  • Large Plume Cleanup: Fact or Fiction?
  • Combined Sites and Responsible Parties Perspective
  • Combined Remedies
Emerging Contaminants
Hunter Anderson, Ph.D. and Erika Houtz, Ph.D.

This session will focus on emerging contamination threats to groundwater resources, and the state of the art in how they can be addressed.

Key topic areas will include the treatment, characterization, and risks associated with:

  • Perfluorinated Compounds
  • 1,4 - Dioxane
  • Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants
  • Advances in Characterization and Conceptual Site Models
  • In Situ and Ex-Situ Treatment Technologies

4:50 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

8:15 a.m.-8:55 a.m.

Keynote
James Woolford, Ph.D.

Superfund Remedial Program: The Convergence of Science, Technology and Regulation in a Diverse World

The Superfund Remedial Program has encountered and responded to many groundwater challenges in the three and one half decades of its existence.  The lessons learned during its existence have uniquely positioned the program to respond to emerging issues in the context of the existing regulatory framework supported by sound existing and evolving science and remedial technologies.  The diverse nature of Superfund sites requires a host of remedial strategies, technologies and the regulatory framework to tailor a remedy that is protective of human health and the natural resource.  This approach which has evolved over time, is utilized whether addressing a new contaminant (e.g., perfluorinated compounds), complex subsurface conditions (e.g., fractured bedrock), or large dilute groundwater plumes.

8:55 a.m.-9:20 a.m.

9:20 a.m.-11:05 a.m.

9:20 a.m.-2:25 p.m.

Protecting Water Supply
Patricia Reyes and John Horst, PE

This session will focus on threats to drinking water supply and where it fits with restoration by developing appropriate  treatment technologies.

Key topic areas will include:

  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Situational Response to Threats
  • Monitoring and Public Communication
  • Demonstrated Treatment
  • Innovative and Emerging Technologies for Treatment

11:05 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

2:25 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

Panel and Group Brainstorming: How Can Better Site Characterization Lead to More Effective Management of Large Plumes?
John Wilson, Ph.D, Tyler Gass, PG, PHg, Denis R. LeBlanc and Joseph Quinnan, PE, PG

Why are so many sites not performing as expected when our ability to remediate has improved? Are our remedial designs built on too many assumptions? Do we need to rearrange the dynamic process and organize the information we have differently? Flow vectors, new and existing tools, improved understanding of the dynamics of the system—are we asking the right questions to refine our approaches or are we simply employing what we’ve been doing? The panel of groundwater professionals will challenge your current practice and why we need to start thinking differently if we wish to improve our impact on contaminated sites.

4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.