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    • April 13, 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • April 14, 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hawaii Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI
    April 13 - 14, 2015, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (2 Days)
    Hawaii Department of Health, Safe Drinking Water Branch
    Fifth Floor Conference Room
    919 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hawaii [directions]

    Overview: This course provides a practical overview of contaminant behavior in soil and groundwater with an emphasis on petroleum, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and metals. The material is intended for consultants and regulators managing contaminated sites. The course begins with an overview of contaminant transport and fate, chemical partitioning, and hydrogeology; and concludes with focused sections on the fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and metals.

    Course Topics:
    Transport and Fate Overview
    • Potential Fates of Contaminants

    • Advection

    • Mechanical Dispersion

    • Diffusion (Chemical Dispersion)

    • Matrix Storage
    • Polarity and Solubility
    • Effective Solubility

    3- and 4-Phase Equilibrium Partitioning

    • Chemical Phases
    • Le Chatelier's Principle
    • Adsorption, Absorption, and Sorption

    • Applications of Kd, Koc, foc, Kow, and KH

    • NAPL and the One Percent Rule

    • Metal Sorption and pH

    • 3- and 4-Phase Mass Distribution of Gasoline

    • Desorption Rates

    Subsurface Transport

    • Subsurface Zones

    • Soil Properties

    • Contaminant Infiltration

    • Hydrogeology Overview

    • Three Point Problem

    • Retardation Factors

    • Contaminant Velocity

    • Plume Diving

    Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Transport

    • LNAPL "Shark Fin" Model
    • LNAPL Transport and Distribution Scenarios
    • Saturation and Recoverability

    • Specific Retention (Sr)

    • Concentration of Saturation (Csat)

    • DNAPL Transport and Distribution Scenarios

    • 14 Compartment Model

    Vapor Transport

    • Contaminant Vapor Transport Processes

    • Petroleum Vapor Attenuation

    • Chlorinated Vapor Attenuation

    • Preferential Pathways

    • Barometric Pumping
    Natural Attenuation
    • Natural Attenuation Processes

    • Lines of Evidence

    • Decay Rates

    • Estimating Restoration Time Frame

    • Degradation Rate Tools

    Focus on Hydrocarbon Contamination

    • Gasoline and Diesel Chemistry

    • Properties of BTEX, Oxygenates, and Additives

    • Soil Retention

    • Ethanol Cosolvation and Plume Elongation

    • Natural Attenuation Processes

    • Geochemical Indicators
    • Plume Behavior and Redox Zones

    • BTEX Plume Lengths
    • Monitoring Parameters

    Focus on Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Contamination

    • Chlorinated Solvent Chemistry and Sources

    • Plume Behavior Classification

    • Degradation Pathways

    • Dehalogenating Microbes
    • Role of Hydrogen Gas
    • Geochemical Indicators
    • Biotransformation Rates
    • Zero-Valent Iron (ZVI)
    • Monitoring Parameters

    Focus on Metal Contaminants

    • Forms of Metal Contamination
    • Total Metals vs. Dissolved

    • Complexation and Speciation

    • Precipitation

    • Redox and Microbial Effects

    • Salt and Metal Mobility

    • Methylation and Demethylation

    • Cation/Anion Exchange

    • pH, Variably Charged Soils and Organic Matter

    • Metal Fixation (Aging)

    • Six Scenarios Approach to Understanding Inorganic Attenuation

    Intended Audience: Environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of the environmental behavior of petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and metals in soil and groundwater.

    Education Level:
    Introductory/refresher to intermediate.

    Course Materials: Course proceedings, worksheets, and reference material.

    Credit: 15 PDHs and 1.5 CEUs for completing 15 hours of instruction.

    Registration: $495 (save $100 per additional guest when registering a group - $395). You may register online or by calling us at (800)385-0783.

    Hotel Accommodations: Click here for a map of nearby hotels.

    About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has over twenty years experience with surface water, soil, groundwater, and geophysical investigations for the characterization of contaminant transport and fate; and teaching contaminant chemistry, transport, natural attenuation, hydrogeology, and stormwater chemistry. As an environmental consultant, Mr. McWayne served as a project manager for remedial investigations and feasibility studies at numerous Department of Defense and other contaminated sites. He currently manages NEMA and teaches workshops on transport and fate, environmental chemistry, hydrogeology, and stormwater around the country.
    • May 14, 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 15, 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hawthorn Suites, 321 Bercut Drive, Sacramento, CA 95811

    May 14 - 15, 2015, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (2 Days)
    Hawthorn Suites, Sutter Room
    321 Bercut Drive, Sacramento, CA 95811 [directions]

    This practical and highly acclaimed course provides a comprehensive overview of stormwater pollutant chemistry and its applications to stormwater monitoring and BMP effectiveness. Topics include an overview of stormwater contaminant sources and characteristics, transport and fate, BMP selection and performance, current research, and emerging treatment technologies. Course sections are applicable to low impact development (LID), green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), and traditional structural best management practices (BMPs). The topics provide essential information for understanding and managing stormwater pollutants for permit compliance.

    Course Topics
    General Stormwater Chemistry
      • Stormwater Chemistry Principles
    • Chemo/Pollutographs
      • Stormwater Monitoring
      • Grab versus Composite Sampling
      • Event Mean Concentrations
      • Pollutant Loads
      • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET)
      • Managing First Flush
      • Sediment Chemistry
      • Common Pollutant Sources
      • Atmospheric Deposition
      • Contaminant Transport and Fate
      • Metal Pollutant Properties
      • Organic Pollutant Properties
      • Partitioning Coefficients
      • Complexation & Speciation
      • Cation Exchange
      • Redox Potential
      • Acidity (pH)
      • Alkalinity and Hardness
      • Conductivity

    Stormwater Pollutant Properties
      • Thermal Pollution
      • Solids (Turbidity, TS, TSS, TDS, and SSC)
      • Nanoparticles
      • Acid/Base Generating Material
      • Metals (Al, Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb, Hg, Ni, Pb, Se, Sb, and Zn)
      • Salts and Other Minerals
      • Nutrients
      • Oxygen Demanding Pollutants
      • Oil and Grease
      • Antifreeze Glycols

      • Detergents, Soaps and Other Surfactants
    • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
    Stormwater Pollutants (cont.)
        • Persistent Organic Pollutants
      • PAHs
      • PCBs
      • Phthalates
      • Pesticides and Degradates
      • Pathogens

    Stormwater Treatment Unit Operations

      • Coagulation/Flocculation
      • Precipitation
      • Sedimentation
      • Flotation
      • Laminar Separation
      • Vortex Separation
      • Screening
      • Filtration
      • Sorption
      • Temperature Reduction
      • Acid/Base Neutralization
      • Volatilization
      • Disinfection
      • Biodegradation
      • Phytodegradation
      • Soil Processes

      • Infiltration

    BMP Effectiveness
      • BMP and LID Categories
      • BMP Selection Criteria
      • Performance Assessment
      • International BMP Database
      • Concentration Reduction
      • Load Reduction
      • Efficiency Ratio
      • Summation of Loads
      • Effluent Probability Method
      • Online vs. Offline Facilities
      • Low Impact Development
      • Treatment Trains
      • TAPE Approved BMPs
      • Zero Valent Iron Applications
      • Biochar Applications
      • Engineered Streambeds
      • Permeable Reactive Weirs

    Intended Audience:
    Water quality professionals seeking an improved understanding of stormwater chemistry and its applications to stormwater monitoring and BMP effectiveness. Scientists, engineers, enforcement and field staff, program managers, and permit writers will benefit from attending.

    Education Level: Introductory/refresher to intermediate. Current research and advanced topics are included to ensure all experience levels benefit from attending.

    Course Materials: Course proceedings and reference material.

    Credit: 15 PDHs and 1.5 CEUs for completing 15 hours of instruction.

    Registration: $495 (save $100 per additional person when registering a group: $395 per guest). Register online or by calling us at (800)385-0783.

    Accommodations: Hawthorn Suites (workshop location). Click here for a map of nearby hotels.

    Parking: Free on site.

    About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has over twenty years of experience in water quality and environmental chemistry. He has conducted numerous water quality investigations and taught over 100 related courses. He currently provides consulting support to water quality projects and teaches courses in stormwater chemistry. groundwater chemistry, contaminant transport and fate, and hydrogeology.
    • September 15, 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • September 17, 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Evergreen State College, Computer Science Center - L2617, 2700 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, WA, Room L2617

    September 15 - 17, 2015, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (3 Days)
    Evergreen State College, Computer Science Center - L2617
    2700 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, WA [directions]

    Jeff Berry, Senior GIS Analyst, Erlandsen Associates

    This course provides a hands on introduction to ESRI’s ArcGIS 10 software, emphasizing its use for environmental data mapping and analysis. Participants are introduced to GIS concepts and ArcGIS functionality in a format that incorporates lectures and hands on exercises. The course provides general GIS concepts and vocabulary as well as a comprehensive overview of ArcGIS 10’s functions and applications in the environmental field. Each participant will have their own computer workstation and will import, edit, map, and analyze environmental data with ArcGIS 10 during numerous hands-on exercises.

    Course Topics:
    Introduction to ArcMap

    Introduction to ArcCatalog

    Working with GIS Data Formats
    • Raster Data
    • Geodatabases
    • Shapefiles
    • Coverages
    Building Geodatabases

    Selecting, Querying and Displaying Spatial Environmental Data

    Creating and Editing Tables

    Managing Fields

    Spatial Joins

    Projecting Environmental Data

    Labeling Maps and Annotation

    Creating Maps with ArcMap

    Introduction to Georeferencing
      Using Geoprocessing Tools for Environmental Data Analysis

    Introduction to 3D Analyst
    • Using Lidar Data
    • Modeling Elevation Surfaces with Triangular Irregular Networks (TINs)
    • Visualizing Data in 3D
    • Creating Profile Graphs
    Introduction to Spatial Analyst
    • Adding Data to an ArcMap Session
    • Clipping a Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
    • Modifying Raster Symbology
    • Creating a Stream Network Layer from a DEM
    • Performing Site Suitability Analysis
    Hands-on Exercises throughout the Workshop to Emphasize Key Concepts and Skills

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
    • Use ArcGIS 10 to map and analyze environmental data.
    • Design and create simple geodatabases.
    • Create and edit vector data using ArcGIS.
    • Create maps using ArcGIS.
    • Create and manipulate raster data.
    • Use Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst to analyze data.
    • Automate geoprocessing and analytical models using ModelBuilder.
    Intended Audience: This course is intended for environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of ArcGIS for mapping and analyzing their data. The material is intended for environmental scientist and engineers, biologists, natural resource managers, government agency staff, and Native American tribes.

    Education Level:
    Introductory to intermediate/refresher.

    Prerequisites: None.

    Course Materials: Course lectures, exercise manual, and reference material.

    Credit: Certificate and 22.5 PDHs or 2.25 CEUs for completing 22.5 hours of instruction.

    Registration: $895 ($795 per additional person registered as a group).

    About the Instructor: Jeff Berry currently serves as Senior GIS Analyst for Erlandsen & Associates, an Engineering and GIS Services firm.  With over 18 years of experience as a GIS Analyst, GIS software developer, and instructor, he has worked extensively with ESRI software.  Jeff has developed and taught numerous GIS courses around the country covering beginning and advanced GIS topics.

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