CEPS Highlights G³⁶⁰ Groundwater Remediation Research

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) at the University of Guelph recently featured G³⁶⁰ groundwater remediation research headed by Dr. Beth Parker, including team members Dr. Kari Dunfield and Dr. Philip Wanner. The article highlights how new multi-disciplinary methods provide seasonal data that can help protect groundwater using monitored natural attenuation (MNA). With MNA, a range of physical, chemical and biological processes can be used to naturally reduce (attenuate) contaminants, as demonstrated at a historic manufacturing facility in southwestern Ontario.

Read the full article on the CEPS website here and check out the CEPS Twitter feed to add to discussion on this topic.

See the 2019 journal article that inspired this highlight:
Wanner P, Aravena R, Fernandes J, BenIsrael M, Haack EA, Tsao DT, Dunfield KE, Parker BL. Assessing toluene biodegradation under temporally varying redox conditions in a fractured bedrock aquifer using stable isotope methods. Water Res. 2019 Nov 15. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.114986.

A Fellow Speaks: Beth Parker Featured in AGU Hydrology Section Newsletter

As a 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Section Fellow, Dr. Beth Parker was asked to reflect on the events that have lead to the person she is today, not only to inform the hydrology community but to inspire early career scientists to understand the different paths that a Fellow may take. Starting from an early appreciation for water and soil quality fueled by growing up on a dairy and cash-crop farm, Dr. Parker describes the value of field-based teaching and interdisciplinary work, and her career experience in both industry and academia. Read Dr. Parker’s article here.

The AGU will present and pay tribute to the 2019 Union Awardees, Fellows, Medalists and Prizes recipients tonight, at the AGU Fall Meeting, Honors Ceremony in San Francisco. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a champagne reception.

Read the full December 2019 AGU Hydrology Section newsletter here to learn more about this year’s Hydrology Section Fellows, Awardees and Medalists.

G³⁶⁰ presenting at the AGU Centennial Fall Meeting

The G360 Institute for Groundwater Research will be presenting at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco from the 9th – 13th December 2019.

Jessica Meyer: Monday, 9 December, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Moscone West – 3024, L3
Geologic Controls on the Contaminant Phase and Mass Distribution in a Mixed Organics DNAPL Source Zone in Sedimentary Rock: Insights from High Resolution Field Data

Oliver Conway-White: Monday, 9 December, 1:40 PM – 3:40 PM | Moscone West – 2022-2024, L2
Delineating the hydrostratigraphy of a buried bedrock valley through airborne and surface geophysical measurements

Teresa Pilato: Tuesday, 10 December, 8:00 AM – 12:20 PM | Moscone South – Poster Hall
The Method of Moments: Using statistical moments of solute mass to bridge the gap between local-scale heterogeneous fracture systems and the regional-scale transport processes that control capture zones in fractured rock aquifers

Brent Redmond: Thursday, 12 December, 8:00 AM – 12:20 PM | Moscone South – Poster Hall
Evaluation of FLUTe FACT as a Screening Tool for Vertical Distribution of Contaminant Mass Flux in Fractured Rock Boreholes

Beth Parker and Jessica Meyer will be chairing and convening the session: Characterizing Hydrological Processes and Contaminant Migration in Fractured Rocks and Karst Systems: Combining Experimental, Field, and Modeling Approaches
Poster Session: Thursday, 12 December, 8:00 AM – 12:20 PM | Moscone South – Poster Hall
Oral Session: Thursday, 12 December, 1:40 PM – 3:40 PM | Moscone West – 3016, L3

Colby Steelman: Thursday, 12 December, 1:40 PM – 3:40 PM | Moscone West – 2010, L2
The Significance of Incised Valleys: Using Airborne Geophysics to Understand the Role of Buried Bedrock Valleys in Regional Groundwater Flow Systems

Nathan Glas: Friday, 13 December, 8:00 AM – 12:20 PM | Moscone South – Poster Hall
Establishment of baseline natural gas concentrations and assessment of gas migration pathways using multi-level groundwater monitoring systems in the Liard Basin, Canada

For more details, view the entire AGU Fall Meeting Program here:

G³⁶⁰ Presents DFN Approach to Swedish Trade Organization

On October 24, G³⁶⁰ Senior Research Engineer & Hydrogeologist, Steven Chapman, along with Erik Bergstedt (Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU) and Janna Svensson (Sweco) presented to members of the Swedish National Trade Organization, Nätverket Renare Mark (www.renaremark.se). The meeting was comprised of consultants, local and regional environmental authorities, community stakeholders, and contractors in Sweden.

Presentations were given to two groups (20 participants each) followed by site tours of a former dry cleaner site in Helsingborg, where ongoing G³⁶⁰ research activities including rock core sampling, use of FLUTe liners for sealing boreholes, A-DTS testing and multilevel installations were showcased. Carlos Maldaner and Ryan Kroeker of G³⁶⁰ participated in the field demonstrations along with Lina Ingelstedt Frendberg of Sweco.

G³⁶⁰ is collaborating with the SGU and their consultant Sweco on applying the DFN field investigation approach at the Helsingborg site, where presentations like this are organized to facilitate technology transfer as a requirement by the Swedish EPA.

In thanks for our participation, event participants from the Swedish National Trade Organization network provided a donation on behalf of the G³⁶⁰ Group, SGU, and Sweco to WaterAid (www.wateraid.se), whose mission is to change the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

More details of the event can be found on the Nätverket Renare Mark events page.

Site tours of a former dry cleaner site in Helsingborg.
Technology demonstrations at the Helsingborg site.

G³⁶⁰ Presents at the 46th IAH Congress in Malaga, Spain

The G³⁶⁰ group is excited to attend and present this week at the 46th IAH Congress in Malaga, Spain. The 2019 International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress, hosted by the IAH Spanish Chapter (IAH-GE) and the Center of Hydrogeology of the University of Malaga (CEHIUMA), focuses this year on groundwater management and governance: coping with water scarcity.

Presentations | Tools, Methods and Models to Study Groundwater
Carlos Maldaner, G³⁶⁰ Post Doctoral Fellow
Talk Title: Depth-discrete groundwater flow quantification in poorly cemented sandstone using active distributed temperature sensing to optimize remediation strategy
Talk #559 | Monday September 23 | 17:45 – 18:00

Amélie Dausse, G³⁶⁰ Post Doctoral Fellow
Talk Title: Evaluating sensitivity and uniqueness of underdamped slug test models for fractured rocks
Talk #373 | Tuesday September 24 | 15:15 – 15:30

Nicolas Guihéneuf, G³⁶⁰ Post Doctoral Fellow
Talk Title: Interpretation of a large scale pumping test conducted in faulted sedimentary rock from channel type flow structures
Talk #376 | Tuesday September 24 | 15:45 – 16:00

Ferdinando Manna, G³⁶⁰ Post Doctoral Fellow
Talk Title: Developing a process-based conceptual model for quantifying groundwater recharge in an upland sedimentary bedrock aquifer in a semi-arid region
Talk #347 | Thursday September 26 | 15:30 – 15:45

Presentations | Innovative Approaches for Understanding Groundwater Flow Systems
Jonathan Munn, G³⁶⁰ Post Doctoral Fellow
Talk Title: Estimating natural gradient groundwater flow direction at multiple depths simultaneously in a bedrock aquifer using fibre optic Active Distributed Temperature Sensing (A-DTS)
Talk #707 | Friday September 27 | 12:15 – 12:30

Poster Session | Urban Groundwater
Chrystyn Skinner, G³⁶⁰ MSc Candidate
Poster Title: A depth-discrete sentry well network for monitoring water quality impacts to a municipal supply aquifer
Poster #536 | Tuesday September 24