The NGWA Pillars of Groundwater Innovation Conference

Successful and Efficient Groundwater Investigations and Remedial Work

Thursday, November 7, 2013: 1:00 p.m.
Fletcher Driscoll, Ph.D., PG , Fletcher Driscoll & Associates, Dellwood, MN

A consultant’s technical and scientific expertise can only be effective at a contaminated site if the work is carefully and strategically managed throughout the life of the project. Managers on behalf of both the client and consultant must have the capability to identify the potential environmental liabilities, define and adopt strategies to address the risks, and focus the investigation and remedial work on the most important elements. It is vital that the client authorize sufficient monetary support to ensure that the data collected are adequate, technically defensible, and presented in a well-written and easily-understood report. The consultant must ensure that the investigation expenditures are focused on only the identified risks and then presents the data in a report that addresses these risks. Long experience in providing expert witness testimony and the review of thousands of consultant reports for contaminated sites indicates that the adoption of an effective project strategy, collection of an adequate and well-defined data base, and the installation of an effective remedial system will lead to an overall lower project cost, efficient site remediation, and fairer resolution during litigation.

Fletcher Driscoll, Ph.D., PG, Fletcher Driscoll & Associates, Dellwood, MN
Dr. Fletcher Driscoll is a Principal in the firm of Fletcher Driscoll & Associates. He received a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has specialized in water supply, design and construction of water and monitoring wells and the occurrence, fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Over a twenty year period Driscoll instructed in over five hundred continuing education programs for scientists, engineers and lawyers. He first testified as an expert regarding groundwater contamination in 1971. Since then he has been deposed more than 75 times and given testimony at numerous trials, mediations, arbitrations and hearings. Driscoll served as Principal Author and Editor of Groundwater and Wells, 2nd Edition. More than 150,000 copies of this text are in print. At the request of the President he served on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council from 1981-1983. Driscoll was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1995, and is a Life Member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Water Works Association and the National Ground Water Association.