(Western PA) Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Groundwater Geochemistry (900 mins.)

  • September 12, 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • September 13, 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Western PA Location
  • 26


  • September 12-13. Registration closes August 23 or when sold out.
  • Monday-Tuesday, September 16-17. Non-member registration closes August 9, or when sold out.

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September 12-13, 2019
Western-PA Location


This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the fields of soil and groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of geochemistry as applied to water/rock interactions.  Chemical interactions between water and soil/aquifer material that determine the composition of natural water and affect the migration of contaminants will be covered. 

A basic knowledge of aquifer geochemical processes is necessary to understand the natural system and the chemical evolution of groundwater as it flows through the aquifer.  Geochemistry is also necessary to evaluate the natural attenuation of contaminants and to design remediation methods to remove or immobilize contaminants (organics and inorganics) in the subsurface.  This course provides an introduction to the important geochemical processes that affect the dissolved constituents of groundwater.  These processes include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, adsorption/desorption, and biodegradation.  To understand the importance of these processes at a particular site, sufficient groundwater and solid phase data must be collected; therefore, this class will include a discussion of data collection requirements and methods of data interpretation to elucidate the important geochemical reactions at a site.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.

Case studies will be described for the contaminants lead, arsenic, and chromium as well as the occurrence and source(s) of methane in groundwater.  Stable isotopes will be discussed and used in the methane case study.

Who Should Attend
  • Environmental scientists involved with site characterization and contamination assessment
  • Hydrologists working with contaminant fate and transport
  • Environmental engineers designing remediation methods at contaminated sites
  • Project managers at environmental consulting firms
  • Regulatory Project Managers and Technical Support Staff
  • Industries with sites requiring contaminant characterization and remediation.

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Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists
116 Forest Drive, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011

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