Feb 02, 2012

NGWA Short Course on Phytoremediation to Take Place Feb. 29 to March 1

Phytoremediation as treatment for groundwater contaminants is subject of offering

A National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) short course offering, “Phytoremediation of Common Groundwater Contaminants,” will take place Feb. 29 to March 1 in San Antonio.

The course, designed for hydrogeologists, consultants, regulators and academia, will focus on the history, theory and application of phytoremediation, which can be used to remediate many contaminant compounds detected in groundwater. Processes used at phytoremediation sites may include direct uptake of dissolved-phase contaminants, uptake of contaminant vapors and root-facilitated bioremediation of residual contamination in the unsaturated zone.

Experience from the implementation of phytoremediation systems at multiple sites characterized by BTEX, MTBE, chlorinated solvents such as PCE and TCE, and PAH groundwater contamination will be described. Attendees will learn phytoremediation fundamentals, installing and monitoring a phytoremediation system, and assessing work plans that include phytoremediation as a potential remedial strategy.

The course instructors will be James E. Landmeyer and Don A. Vroblesky. Both are with the U.S. Geological Survey and have more than 50 years of remediation experience between them.

More information is available in the events/education section of NGWA’s website.