Workshops and Field Trips

Workshops and Field Trips


Workshops are scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017.

  1. Workshop 1: Training for Water Rights Analysis – Certified Water Rights Examiners
    Danielle Squeochs, Washington State Department of Ecology, Office of Columbia River, Union Gap, WA
    Scott Turner, Washington State Department of Ecology, Central Regional Office, Union Gap, WA
    Buck Smith, Washington State Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office, Bellevue, WA
    John Rose, Washington State Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office, Bellevue, WA
    Tyler Roberts, Washington State Department of Ecology, Office of Columbia River, Union Gap, WA

    This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the application of Water Law in Washington State and a refresher for Certified Water Rights Examiners. In 2010, the Washington State Legislature created the Certified Water Right Examiner Program. Ecology was directed to certify qualified individuals as water right examiners to conduct proof examinations of perfected (fully developed) water right permits and change authorizations.Proof examinations involve review of the associated water right record and performing a field examination of the water withdrawal or diversion works, distribution or transfer system, and the actual water use or uses. The certified water right examiner then prepares a Proof Report of Examination and Recommendations to submit to Ecology for their review and decision-making.This training will cover basic Water Rights Analysis, including:

    • Water law in Washington State.
    • Measurement of the flow of water through open channels and enclosed pipes.
    • Water use and water level reporting.
    • Irrigation crop water requirements.
    • Aerial photo interpretation.
    • Location of land and water infrastructure through the use of maps and global positioning.

    Other topics related to the preparation and certification of water rights in Washington State

    Hotel Murano Venice Rooms, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    cost: $125.00  (lunch on your own)

    Minimum 10, Maximum 20
    Note: Bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop

  1. Workshop 2: Basic Streamflow Measurement CANCELLED
    Ken Frasel, U.S. Geological Survey, Tacoma, WA

    A key to many hydrologic studies is knowing streamflow. Knowledge of how to accurately measure discharge in open channels is a basic requirement to determining streamflow. This workshop will provide an overview of the principles of open-channel discharge measurement following USGS standards and some of the tools used to make the measurements that include mechanical and acoustic-doppler velocity meters. Following the overview, we will travel to a local creek to see the equipment in action and allow participants to make a discharge measurement under the guidance of USGS stream gagers.   Class size will be limited to 12 students. If you have your own waders and PFDs, bring them, otherwise, a limited number of waders and PFDs will be provided.

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Meet at the Hotel Murano in the morning and plan to carpool to an offsite location.
    cost: $125.00
    Minimum 8, Maximum 12
    Note: If you have your own waders and PFDs, bring them, otherwise, a limited  number of waders and PFDs will be provided.
  1. Workshop 3: Unsaturated-Zone Water and Contaminant Transport: A Twenty-First Century Understanding
    John R. Nimmo, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

    Water flow in the unsaturated zone is central to critical issues in many fields, for example agriculture, geophysics, hydrology, soil mechanics, waste disposal, and ecology. Major hydrologic problems such as aquifer recharge and subsurface contaminant transport rely on predictions of how much and how fast water goes through the unsaturated zone.This course examines unsaturated flow and associated contaminant transport from the standpoint of observational evidence, basic theory, and recently developed concepts and models. Diverse cases of unsaturated flow will be considered: diffuse and preferential, explainable and problematic, in soil and in rock. Certain questions will be explored throughout the course: what does the actual evidence support, what can we do with that, and what new techniques and models might be beneficial. Case studies and examples representing diverse climates and settings will be examined and topics will be treated in terms of both practical value and importance to earth science. Quantitative tools will be presented for common hydrologic problems such as estimation of contaminant travel times based on empirical evidence, and aquifer recharge based on water table fluctuations. In-class exercises will provide experience with selected methods of data evaluation for hydrogeologic applications.

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Hotel Murano Venice Rooms
    cost: $125.00  (lunch on your own)
    Minimum 10, Maximum 20
    Note: Bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop; a software download will be required for the class.
  1. Workshop 4: Performance Assessment of SVE and P&T Systems to Support Remedy Transition or Closure Decisions CANCELLED
    Mike Truex, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

    Approaches for performance assessment of Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) and Pump-and-Treat (P&T) systems have been described in recent publications and associated tools. The workshop will provide information about the technical basis for the performance assessments and will help attendees learn how to apply these approaches and related tools at remediation sites.For SVE, the document “Soil Vapor Extraction System Optimization, Transition, and Closure Guidance” describes the process of compiling appropriate data and conducting analyses to determine if sources of volatile contaminants in the vadose zone have been diminished sufficiently that groundwater is protected. A related document provides an approach to conduct the same type of assessment for vapor intrusion. These approaches can be used either to verify that a SVE remedy can be terminated or to define performance objectives for meeting remedy completion goals in the future. The approach may also identify when SVE optimization or transition to another remedy are appropriate. While the fate and transport evaluation to estimate how a vadose zone source affects the groundwater can be complex, the SVE guidance provides calculation approaches (including the spreadsheet-based SVEET and VIETUS tools) that enable users to access and interpolate between the results of 1000 pre-modeled scenarios to match site-specific conditions and support an appropriate decision.The “Performance Assessment for Pump-and-Treat Closure or Transition” document provides a structured approach to P&T performance assessment, including decision logic, compilation of relevant site data and information, description of appropriate analyses and calculations, and links to supportive guidance and tools. The core approach is based on gathering information for key decision elements that can be used to determine the most appropriate type of decision outcome. Outcomes include remedy closure, transition to MNA, continued/optimized P&T, supplemented P&T, and transition to a new remedy approach. The document also includes a number of case-study examples that illustrate each of these outcomes.

    1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Hotel Murano Venice Rooms
    cost: $100.00
    Minimum 10, Maximum 20
    Note: Bring Wi-Fi ready laptop.
  1. Workshop 5: Groundwater in Tidally Influenced Aquifers CANCELLED
    Roy E. Jensen, L.HG., Hart Crowser, Inc., Seattle, WA

    This workshop will focus on practical tools that can be used by groundwater professionals in interpreting data from tidally influenced aquifers. The workshop will be structured as a combination of practical examples, formal lectures, and discussion, with an emphasis on case studies. A rigorous, yet practical approach is taken towards first setting up a reliable data collection program, and following on with the diagnosis of aquifer response and the estimation of representative aquifer properties in tidal settings.Physical and chemical processes at the groundwater/surface interface will also be discussed.Topics covered during the workshop will include:

    • Hydraulic gradients in tidally fluctuating groundwater
    • Aquifer properties from tidal response.
    • Strategies for designing successful aquifer tests in tidal influenced groundwater.
    • Physical processes present at the groundwater/surface water interface.
    • Chemical tidal attenuation: fact or fiction?
    • Designing groundwater monitoring programs.

      8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Hotel Murano Venice Rooms
      cost: $125.00  (lunch on your own)
      Minimum 10, Maximum 20


Field Trips

    1. Stormwater, half day, Monday, May 8, 2017
      Urban and suburban land development have caused significant changes in surface runoff patterns and increased concentrations of pollutants. For the past two decades, Washington has been a leader in identifying and requiring new stormwater flow control approaches and treatment techniques.  The Washington State University Extension Campus in Puyallup features a variety of stormwater field and bench experiments including permeable pavements, “rain gardens,” and toxicity studies. WSU Professors Ani Jayakaran and Jen McIntyre, and USFWS Toxicologist Jay Davis, will demonstrate the stormwater management approaches under study and engage participants regarding appropriate techniques for different hydrogeologic settings.

      8:50 AM: Meet in Hotel Murano lobby.
      9:00 AM: Vans will depart from in front of the Hotel Murano.
      Noon: Arrive back at hotel.
      Cost: $10.00
      Minimum 10, Maximum 24
      Note: Please dress appropriately for the outdoors.
      Contact: Karen Dinicola,

    2. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge , half day, Monday, May 8, 2017
      The Nisqually River estuary is located in southern Puget Sound just north of Olympia, Washington. In the early 1900’s an earthen dike was built converting a thousand acres of the estuary to agricultural land. In 2009, the dike that had separated the 762 acres of the Nisqually Estuary from the tidal waters of Puget Sound was removed. Since the tidal waters have been restored, the site has been transitioning from fresh water to salt water habitat.  This field trip will provide a tour of the wildlife area, and present an overview of the dynamic hydrology and geomorphology shaping this delta restoration project.

      Dr. Eric Grossman, Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will lead the tour and discuss relevant research.

      11:50 AM: Meet in Hotel Murano lobby.
      Noon: Vans will depart from in front of the Hotel Murano.
      5:00 PM: Arrive back at hotel.

      Cost: $10.00
      Note: Plan on a four mile walk on gravel or muddy trails. Bring rain wear as needed.
      Contact: Andy Long,, 253-552-1660