This presentation advises how to avoid the mistakes in groundwater remediation as identified by industry experts.

Environmental engineers are responsible for determining the appropriate technical course to define acceptable levels of contamination, identifying appropriate contractors, and assessing final reports and work efforts. This is made more complicated by the myriad of technical tools available. It is the responsibility of the environmental engineer to identify which of these tools is most appropriate to the specific conditions found at the site. Mistakes are costly and may be life threatening.

Groundwater remediation operations are costly and can take years to complete. There are some simple requirements which make every operation run smoothly from budgeting through installation, maintenance and closure. Specific data must be collected to select and apply appropriate characterization of the site, plume configurations, classification of the product to be recovered, methods of remediation and criteria for site clean-up closure, all which must be calibrated to regulatory requirements in order to show a significantly reduced plume footprint in future years and reduce remediation costs. Difficulties arise when multiple variables can either singly or in tandem interact to allow calibration for geologically inconsistent data sets.

Primary Author:
Roy Cockwell
Technical Sales
GEotech Environmental Equipment, Inc.
Denver, Colorado

Conference Presenter:
Jeff Popiel, Geotech Environmental Equipment Inc.