Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC)

Groundwater Contamination and Remediation: Principles and Practices

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In this 2-day course, attendees will learn the basic principles of contaminant geohydrology, fate and transport, and groundwater remediation. This course will cover the scope of the groundwater contamination problem in the United States, the drivers that mandate addressing these problems, and the technical constraints and practical solutions to remediate these problems. Participants will be exposed to basic concepts of hydrogeology and contaminant transport in groundwater.

Participants will also learn the status of remedial technologies employed by remedial practitioners to cleanup groundwater contaminated with the most common inorganic, organic and persistent contaminants such as fuel hydrocarbons, metals, 1,4 dioxane, perchlorates and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Case studies and active engagement with the attendees will be used to reinforce the points presented in lecture. Understanding the topics covered will provide attendees with a current and better-informed perspective on the practice of groundwater investigation and remediation.

Intended Audience:

This course is refresher training for scientists and engineers engaged in remedial planning and implementation and as a comprehensive overview of regulations, policies, and remediation practices for non-technical facility managers, municipal planners, real estate developers, and attorneys that employ environmental remediation professionals to support their respective projects and clients.

Continuing Education Units: 1.30 CEUs

Course Materials:

Attendees will receive a course manual containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Course Topics

  • Groundwater Contamination Problem Definition
  • Drivers that Mandate Action
  • The Importance of Conceptual Site Modeling
  • Basic Hydrogeological Concepts
  • Common Organic Contaminants
  • Common Inorganic Contaminants
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport in Groundwater
  • Overview of Remedial Technologies for Organic Contaminants in Groundwate
  • Overview of Remedial Technologies for Inorganic Contaminants in Groundwater
  • Case Studies of Groundwater Contamination

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