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10th Washington Hydrogeology Symposium

April 14–16, 2015           Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington

 

2013 Field Trips

PLEASE NOTE that the Washington Hydrogeology Symposium holds no responsibility or liability for those participating in Symposium field trips. All field trip registrants must complete and sign a liability waiver form.

  1. Prolific Aquifers in South Puget Sound
    Monday, April 22, 2013 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  2. On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods
    Friday, April 26, 2013 8:00 AM to Sunday, April 28, 2013 6:00 PM

Workshops

  1. CANCELLED Spatial and Temporal Variability in Exchange Between Groundwater and Surface Water: New Methods, New Understanding, and Relevance to Water-Resource Management
  2. Well Drilling Workshop
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  3. Bioremediation Fundamentals and Applications
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Chemical and Thermal Remediation Fundamentals and Applications
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
  5. MLU:  A new way to analyze aquifer tests in multi-layered systems – a hands-on workshop
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  6. Aquifer Characterization Tests and Pressure Transducer Data Collection
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:30 – 4:30 PM


Field Trips

  1. Prolific Aquifers in South Puget Sound
    Monday, April 22, 2013 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Thurston County has two prolific aquifers: one supplying water to the former Olympia Brewery, and now the cities of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey; and the McAllister Gravels on the upper Nisqually delta, source of the city of Olympia water supply at McAllister Springs and the city’s new well field.  Recent work by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Golder Associates has done much to clarify the hydrogeologic and stratigraphic framework of these aquifer systems.  This trip will focus on geologic evidence on the ground as well as subsurface data from drilling programs.  Transportation will be by van.

    Leaders and Contacts: Tim Walsh, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources, tim.walsh@dnr.wa.gov, (360) 902-1432; Chris Pitre, Golder Associates Inc., Chris_Pitre@golder.com, (206) 316-5646.
    Cost
    : $75, includes lunch and guide book.
    Maximum Size: 20 participants; minimum: 8.
    Special Considerations: Be prepared for the chill of spring in Western Washington.  Sturdy shoes (or better yet, rubber boots), sunglasses, sunscreen, jacket or sweater, and raingear are recommended.
    PLEASE NOTE that the Washington Hydrogeology Symposium holds no responsibility or liability for those participating in Symposium field trips. All field trip registrants must complete and sign a liability waiver form.

  2. On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods
    Friday, April 26, 2013 8:00 AM to Sunday, April 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    Ice Age cataclysms violently transformed the Pacific Northwest thousands of years ago, leaving behind scores of flood features, many found nowhere else on Earth.  Join us on a three-day tour of an astonishing landscape scoured by outburst floods, including those from Glacial Lake Missoula, as recently as 14,000 years ago.

    PNNL geologists Bruce Bjornstad, author of the “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods” series of geologic guidebooks, and George Last will be your guides to some of the most dramatic and spectacular evidence for floods within the extraordinary Channeled Scabland and Lake Lewis regions of eastern Washington including:

    • Frenchman and Potholes Coulees
    • West Bar Giant Current Ripples
    • Grand Coulee including Dry Falls and Steamboat Rock
    • Odessa Craters
    • Crab Creek Coulee
    • Frenchman Hills Erratics
    • Drumheller and Othello Channels
    • Wallula Gap
    • Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig
    • Cold Creek and Priest Rapids Flood Bars
    • Sentinel Gap

    Smithsonian Magazine recognized this area as one of “The 10 Most Spectacular Geologic Sites” in the continental United States and in 2009 Congress followed suit to establish the first-of-its-kind Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.  Transportation will be via mid-sized van, stopping at least twice each day for short hikes and excursions into special places such as Frenchman Coulee, Lenore Caves, Odessa Craters, Drumheller Channels, and the Coyote Canyon mammoth dig.  As time permits stops will be made to taste the unique terrior of the floods’ region at some of the many fine wineries located along route. 

    Leaders and Contacts: Bruce Bjornstad , PNNL, Bruce.Bjornstad@pnnl.gov and George Last, PNNL, george.last@pnnl.gov
    Cost: $260 (double-occupancy room); $345 (single-occupancy room) Price includes transportation, two nights lodging (in Ephrata and Moses Lake, WA.), field guide, lunches and snacks.
    Minmum Size: 10
    PLEASE NOTE that the Washington Hydrogeology Symposium holds no responsibility or liability for those participating in Symposium field trips. All field trip registrants must complete and sign a liability waiver form.

    Dry Falls
    Dry Falls

    Drumheller Channels
    Drumheller Channels

    Grand Coulee's Steamboat Rock
    Grand Coulee’s Steamboat Rock



Workshops

  1. CANCELLED Spatial and Temporal Variability in Exchange Between Groundwater and Surface Water: New Methods, New Understanding, and Relevance to Water-Resource Management (we regret that the organizers had to cancel this workshop)

  2. Well Drilling Workshop
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Presentations will briefly discuss the state-specific laws governing the drilling of geotechnical holes, water wells and monitoring wells, including notices and reporting requirements for drillers, geologists, and engineers. The workshop will also include an off-site drilling demonstration.
    This workshop is authorized to provide 2.0 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) for Washington rules and 2.0 hours of continuing education credits (CECs) for Oregon rules.

    Workshop Presenters: Bill Lum, WA Dept. of Ecology, blum461@ecy.wa.gov, (360) 407-6648; Ken Smith and Kris Byrd, OR Water Resource Dept., kenneth.l.smith@state.or.us and kristopher.r.byrd@state.or.us, 503-986-0900
    Contact: Angie Goodwin, angie.goodwin@hartcrowser.com, (206)324-9530
    Cost: $100 for Symposium registrants. $200 for Driller Workshop only (not registered for the Symposium). Fee includes box lunch.
    Maximum: 50
    Special Considerations: Be prepared for the chill of spring in Western Washington. Sturdy shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, jacket or sweater, and raingear are recommended.
    Location: Registered participants only. The presentation and drilling demonstration will be held at the USGS warehouse at 8914 Lakeview Avenue Southwest Lakewood, WA 98499.

  3. Bioremediation Fundamentals and Applications
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    This 4-hour classroom session will provide essential understanding of the complex processes involved in the bioremediation of environmental contamination.  Major topics covered include microbial respiration, remedy design and implementation, on-going performance assessment, regulatory concerns, and cost.  Discussion will primarily focus on the in situ and ex situ remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and heavy metals.  This Workshop offers the hand-on opportunity to practice designing bioremediation approaches for hypothetical case studies, as well as practice reviewing and assessing performance during real-world application examples.

    Students will leave with a working knowledge of how to design, implement, and assess performance for both oxidative and reductive bioremediation approaches. Students will also receive a CD containing presentation slides and useful guidance documents.

    This course is designed to complement the Chemical and Thermal Remediation Fundamentals and Applications short course.

    Workshop Leader and Contact:  Troy Fowler troy.fowler@hartcrowser.com
    Cost: The Washington Hydrogeology Symposium is pleased to offer this workshop to registrants of the Symposium for $75.  Registration is also available for the general community (i.e., people who are not registered to attend the Symposium) for a fee of $150.  Register early as space is limited!

  4. Chemical and Thermal Remediation Fundamentals and Applications
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

    This 4-hour classroom session will provide students with broad understanding of in situ thermal and chemical remediation of environmental contamination.  Students will develop an understanding of the processes involved with these remediation techniques, as well as how to couple these approaches with other technologies for plume-wide remediation.  Application examples will be presented outlining contaminants of concern, design considerations, and treatment outcomes from actual sites.
     
    Students will leave with a working knowledge of how to design, implement, and estimate costs associated with these remedial approaches.  Each student will also receive a CD containing presentation slides and useful guidance documents.
     
    This course is designed to complement topics presented in the Bioremediation Fundamentals and Applications short course.

    Workshop Leaders and Contacts:  Greg Beyke gbeyke@thermalrs.com; Stacey Telesz Stacey.telesz@fmc.com; Jim Mueller jim.mueller@fmc.com; Troy Fowler troy.fowler@hartcrowser.com
    Cost: The Washington Hydrogeology Symposium is pleased to offer this workshop to registrants of the Symposium for $75.  Registration is also available for the general community (i.e., people who are not registered to attend the Symposium) for a fee of $150.  Register early as space is limited!

  5. MLU:  A new way to analyze aquifer tests in multi-layered systems – a hands-on workshop
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    MLU for Windows is a modern groundwater modeling tool to compute drawdowns, analyze aquifer test data, and design well fields.  Unlike other aquifer test analysis software supporting a wide variety of different solution types for one and sometimes two aquifers, MLU is based on a single analytical solution technique for well flow that handles:
    • Layered aquifer systems, that is, multi-aquifer systems (aquifers and aquitards) and single layered (stratified) aquifers
    • Confined, leaky, and delayed yield aquifer conditions
    • Effects of aquifer and aquitard storativities
    • Up to 300 pumping or injection wells
    • Up to 50 pumping periods for each well
    • Up to 100 observation wells with 500 measured drawdowns in each well
    • Wellbore storage and skin effect for each pumping well and observation well
    • Partial penetration

    MLU can be used to analyze and simulate all sorts of tests, including variable discharge tests, recovery tests, step-drawdown tests, complex tests in multi-well well fields and slug tests. It also handles partially penetrating and large diameter wells, bounded aquifers, and double-porosity systems. In addition, MLU can also be used in forward prediction mode to:

    • Compute drawdowns at various times and locations in a well field—it is very easy to use multilayer aquifer simulator using known or assumed aquifer parameters 
    • Assist in aquifer test design by “pre-simulating” tests to help determine which parameters can be measured given a fixed array of monitoring and pumping wells

    This four-hour workshop will start with a review of fundamental aquifer test analysis concepts before moving on to an introduction to MLU including a step-by-step tour of the software and a guided example problem.  Participants will then work on a series of example problems to increase familiarity with the mechanics of the software and it capabilities.  Printed materials and electronic copies of the software and example datasets will be provided.

    Workshop Leader:  Jeff Randall, jrandall.hydro@gmail.com. Dr. Jeff Randall was a Principal Hydrologist at CH2MHILL for over 34 years (recently retired). His projects ranged from hazardous and solid waste to water supply and resource evaluation. He co-authored the MLU Tutorial and recently co-authored a Software Spotlight review of MLU in the journal Ground Water.
    Cost: The Washington Hydrogeology Symposium is pleased to offer this workshop to registrants of the Symposium for $75.  Registration is also available for the general community (i.e., people who are not registered to attend the Symposium) for a fee of $150.  Register early as space is limited!
    Maximum: 50

  6. Aquifer Characterization Tests and Pressure Transducer Data Collection
    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:30 – 4:30 PM

    This workshop will cover groundwater hydrology fundamentals and is designed for groundwater specialists, environmental professionals, and drill operators. Learn how to streamline aquifer tests, reduce field time, and deliver reliable data. Due to technological advances, aquifer tests can be conducted with greater speed and accuracy and at a lower cost. This workshop will review slug tests, step-drawdown tests, and constant-rate pump tests; equipment requirements; test duration; and techniques to improve efficiency in the field. Participants will learn:

    • Definitions and goals of aquifer tests
    • Equipment needs
    • Design and operation of testing procedures
    • Test duration
    • How data is used to calculate hydrologic parameters
    • Techniques to improve efficiency in the field.

    This presentation will cover new software developments that improve efficiency and allow users to capture pump and recovery data on the same log without reprogramming. Additionally, software advancements allow operators to change aquifer test protocols in real-time, which saves money and improves results. Users can export time-synchronized data from all pressure transducers involved in the aquifer tests to one data file.

    Workshop Leader and Contact:  Bill Mann, BMANN@IN-SITU.COM. 
    Cost: The Washington Hydrogeology Symposium is pleased to offer this workshop to registrants of the Symposium for $75.  Registration is also available for the general community (i.e., people who are not registered to attend the Symposium) for the same cost.  Register early as space is limited!
    Maximum: 50

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