J. Scott Rowlands is a Principal Hydrogeologist based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental and geotechnical consulting.
With a practice focus on due diligence, site characterization, and remediation projects as well as litigation support, Scott's expertise is contaminant hydrogeology and the delineation and treatment of organic and inorganic compounds within the aquifer systems of various groundwater basins. Scott's client base includes law firms, commercial real estate management companies, financial institutions, municipalities, solid waste facility operators, and manufacturing companies.
Specializing in the collection, synthesis, and interpretation of historical, analytical, geologic, and hydrogeologic data, Scott's responsibilities frequently entail the scoping, managing, and implementation of environmental assessments. His experience encompasses scoping and management of comprehensive geologic and groundwater characterization studies and the design and implementation of feasibility studies and remedial action programs for a diverse range of contaminants.
Among the remedial actions Scott has implemented include source removal by excavation or soil vapor extraction, containment, and capping. For sites with impacted groundwater, he has implemented a number of systems that employ pump-and-treat, air sparging, enhanced in situ bioremediation, and chemical oxidation solutions. Scott also conducts regulatory negotiations with officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substances and Controls, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and numerous Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs). These are local agencies certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency to consolidate six hazardous materials and hazardous waste regulatory programs in an effort to improve coordination and consistency of environmental regulations across the state.
To advance the state of the practice, Scott continues his participation in technical and educational organizations at local universities and groundwater associations.