Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Erin Reed (Florida) was the lead author for a paper entitled "Evaluating Nitrate Management in the Volusia Blue Springshed" published in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Library, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Volume 144, Issue 3, March 2018. The team simulated five nitrate management scenarios in the Volusia Blue Springshed recharge area, where, for decades, nitrate has impacted spring water quality. Erin's co-authors were Dingbao Wang, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, an Associate Professor in the Department…
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…
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