Fundamentals of Groundwater Geochemistry (short course #235)

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Date: December 13-14, 2021
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
CEUs: 1.6
Education level: Introductory to intermediate

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Overview:

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the principles of geochemistry, as understanding the geochemical aspects is an important step in completing a successful site assessment or remediation project.

While many people have a solid understanding of hydrological processes, the chemical aspects of the site that largely impact contaminant fate and transport, and determine the outcome of the remediation effort, are not as commonly understood or appreciated.

Basic chemical interactions occurring between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered in this course, as will the anticipated efficiency of remediation practices. Data collection, presentation, and interpretation of results will also be discussed.

Once this fundamental knowledge is obtained, it will be possible to integrate it into particular contamination situations and evaluate remediation systems given the site-specific geochemical parameters.

Additional information

Learning objectives

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Principles of groundwater geochemistry
  • Mineral equilibrium 
  • Solution/gas interactions 
  • Oxidation/reduction reactions and measurements
  • Redox processes and interpretation
  • Adsorption/desorption processes
  • Migration of organic groundwater contaminants
  • Migration of inorganic groundwater contaminants
  • Principles of remediation with application to inorganic contaminants
  • Remediation of organic contamination
  • Relationship of geochemical reactions to groundwater quality, aquifer material, and associated contamination 
  • Impacts of geochemical conditions on remediation efforts 
  • How to create sampling and analysis plans 
  • Requirements for data collection and presentation methods.

Who should attend?

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

Items to note

  • You will receive a notebook.
Program

Day 1 — Geochemical processes

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Introduction to groundwater geochemistry (session 1)

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Ion speciation and solution/gas interactions (session 2)

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

1:00 p.m. Mineral equilibrium (session 3)

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Oxidation/reduction reactions and processes (session 4)

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


Day 2 — Contaminant migration and remediation

8:00 a.m. Adsorption/desorption processes (session 5)

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Contaminant migration processes (session 6)

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

1:00 p.m. Remediation geochemistry (session 7)

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Class exercise and discussion (session 8)

5:00 p.m. Course adjourns

Fees

On/before November 12

  • NGWA members — $995
  • Nonmembers — $1,145

Starting November 13

  • NGWA members — $1,095
  • Nonmembers — $1,245

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

Full-time students can save 10 percent by using code STU-21Dec235. 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

Venue

Music City Center
201 Rep. John Lewis Way South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Accommodations

HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 782-5300

Please note that as of September 2, 2021, the NGWA room block at our headquarters hotel, the Omni, has sold out, but there is still availability in the NGWA room block at our partner hotel, the JW Marriott, listed below.

PARTNER HOTELS
JW Marriott Nashville
201 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 291-8600

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rates of $259/single or double occupancy, $279/triple occupancy, $299/quadruple occupancy, and $459 for an executive suite per night, plus applicable taxes. These rates apply to NGWA room block and are valid until the November 19 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before that date. Click here to make your reservation online. If making your reservation by phone, be sure to state you are attending this NGWA event. Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.

Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown
118 Eighth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 515-5800

Accommodations: NGWA has secured a limited block of rooms on a first come, first served basis at the group rates of $189/single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. These rates apply to NGWA room block and are valid until the November 19 cutoff date, unless our room block has been filled before that date. Click here to make your reservation online. If making your reservation by phone, be sure to state you are attending this NGWA event. Remember, you are responsible for securing your own reservations. For guest check-in and checkout times, please contact the hotel directly.