Applications of Groundwater Geochemistry (short course #485)

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Date: December 5-6, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
CEUs: 1.4
Education level: Intermediate



This two-day course will provide you with the knowledge you need to evaluate contaminant migration and design remediation systems based upon the geochemical parameters of your site.

While a basic understanding of geochemical concepts is a good start, knowing how contaminants will behave in a variety of geochemical settings is vital in conducting site assessments or designing an effective remediation project.

Conditions resulting from groundwater and aquifer/soil interactions will be discussed and the effects of introducing a variety of contaminants will be examined. Case studies will be used to explain data collection requirements, laboratory analytical methods, and interpretation of data. Class exercises, including ones on characterization and aquifer remediation, will be used to reinforce concepts presented in the lectures.

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Learning objectives

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Groundwater characterization
  • Mobility of inorganic contaminants
  • Mobility of organic contaminants
  • Redox chemistry of organic compounds
  • Principles of remediation
  • Intrinsic remediation of inorganics
  • Organic remediation case histories.

Who should attend?

  • Geologists 
  • Hydrologists 
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Environmental professionals involved in risk assessment and remediation
  • Regulators
  • Attorneys.

Day 1 — Contaminant mobility

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Session 1: Class introduction and basics of geochemical characterization

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Session 2: Geochemical processes impacting aquifer contamination

11:00 a.m.Break

11:15 a.m. Session 3: Morning class exercise and discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. Session 4: Fate and transport of organic contaminants

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Session 5: Fate and transport of inorganic contaminants

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Session 6: Class exercise on contaminant assessment/mobility

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns for the day

Day 2 — Aquifer remediation

8:00 a.m. Session 7: Basic remediation geochemistry

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Session 8: Introduction to geochemical modeling and remediation design

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Session 9: Morning class exercise and discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. Session 10: Geochemistry of remediation — organics

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Session 11: Geochemistry of remediation — inorganics

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Session 12: Class exercises on aquifer remediation

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns


• NGWA members — $1,065

Nonmembers — $1,265

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click for more details.

Full-time students can save 10% by using code STU-485Dec19.

In order to receive this discount, you need to register by phone, or enter the code on the print form and return it to us by fax or mail.

Venue and accommodations

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first day of this course that takes place Thursday, December 5, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the second day of the course taking place Friday, December 6, will be held at at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 892-0711

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(800) 732-7117
(702) 732-5111

Accommodations: NGWA’s accommodations room block at the hotel referenced above, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, has sold out, and we have been informed the hotel is fully booked. You may want to try these nearby hotels found via for availability — Fairfield Inn & Suites, rate listed is $177.00 per night; La Quinta, $79.00 daily rate; The Rita Suites, $64.00 daily rate; or Sahara Resort, $124.00 daily rate. (Information available as of November 8, 2019.)