Groundwater Research Continues in all Weather Conditions

Fieldwork is the foundational core of the research carried out at Morwick G360. Real world sites offer the ability to capture comprehensive, high-resolution datasets about unique subsurface conditions, enabling us to better understand groundwater systems and contaminants, and devise more effective remediation techniques to keep our drinking water safe. In this way, fieldwork is and incredibly rewarding undertaking, but it can also be a challenge, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Dr. Jonathan Munn braving the weather at Grayling Airfield.

This month, for example, at a research site at the Grayling Army Airfield, Michigan, where Morwick G360 researchers in collaboration with partners Arcadis and ENRX are testing new methods of measuring mass flux (the movement of contaminants across an area), an unexpectedly heavy snowfall blanketed the area. Dr. Jonathan Munn, who was heading out to the site, woke up to a message that:

“the site area received up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) of snow in the last 24 hours. Drive carefully – take it slow in ice and snow. Monday looks like it will be windy (13-20 mph), which really increases the chill factor on this site. Tuesday and Wednesday looks like temperatures will be pretty low (highs around 20F/-7C) with moderate winds. Dress warmly.”

With safety precautions taken, and shovels in hand, the wintery weather didn’t hold the team back or keep them from splicing a fibre optic network to run planned A-DTS tests to measure groundwater flow. Just another day in the field.

With the holidays just around the corner, we at Morwick G360 would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2022. To send us off, Jon shared a couple more photos of, as he put it, the “winter wonderland.” Enjoy!

Equipment set up as snow squalls roll in.

Testing during cold weather.

Thank You to Aardvark Drilling for Supporting the Morwick Groundwater Research Centre

We are happy to announce that Aardvark Drilling has made a substantial contribution to the development of the Morwick Groundwater Research Centre at the University of Guelph. With their help, we are building a world-class hub for groundwater research, training, and collaboration. When complete, the Centre will house classrooms, a rock core library, teaching wells, and technology demonstration displays, serving as a focal point and staging ground for Groundwater projects and student education.

Aardvark Drilling Inc. is a contractor with roots in the Guelph community. They have operations throughout Southern Ontario, Eastern Canada, and Bermuda. Since 2002, they have provided high quality drilling services, equipment, and expertise for a wide variety of projects. They employ over 20 people, and serve the public sector, private sector, and government projects alike. Aardvark and the Morwick G360 Institute have a long history of collaboration, working together on various projects in Wellington Region for over a decade. With this contribution, Aardvark demonstrate an ongoing commitment to evidence-based research, hands-on training, and collaborative, sustainable best practices in the field.

The Morwick Groundwater Research Centre is now nearing three-quarters of our fundraising goal, and there are more opportunities available to support this endeavour. Contact us or visit https://www.uoguelph.ca/ceps/water-protection to learn more.

Morwick G360 extends a warm thank you to Aardvark Drilling Inc. for their valuable gift in support of the project.

Remembering Michael MacCarthy

Morwick G360 is saddened by the loss of our good colleague and friend Dr. Michael MacCarthy. We would like to take a moment to honour his legacy and celebrate his many achievements. Mike was an Associate Professor in Environmental & Civil Engineering at Mercer University, and a Special Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph (Canada). He was an Associate Editor & Member of the Editorial Board for the Hydrogeology Journal (International Association of Hydrogeologists), and in 2019 received the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Section’s Outstanding New Faculty Research Award.

Mike led the Engineering for Development program at Mercer University, designed to help students become leaders in finding sustainable solutions for the environment and to improve the lives of under-served people. Through this program, Mike joined with MG360 to help maintain cost-effective, sustainable sources of drinking water in developing communities around the world. Mike worked with MG360 faculty and students to create the Spring Wells Project, which monitors contamination levels and water quality in mountain springs around cities in the San Juan province of the Dominican Republic. Research here will provide valuable data to ensure the sustainability of drinking water sources in mountain communities worldwide. The project is a clear example of the meaningful work Mike carried out during his career.

In addition to performing research with real-world humanitarian impact, Mike also served as a mentor to graduate students here at MG360 and the University of Guelph, and will be remembered for his care, and his commitment to training the next generation of researchers dedicated to a sustainable future for all. We at Morwick G360 mourn the loss of this exceptional individual. He will be remembered fondly by colleagues, friends, students, staff, and all who knew him.

Introducing Morwick G360’s New Advisory Board Member Glen Kirkpatrick

We are pleased to announce that Glen Kirkpatrick (PEng, PG) is joining the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute’s Advisory Board this Fall. Throughout his career, Glen has demonstrated a clear commitment to groundwater research. With degrees in environmental engineering, contaminant hydrogeology, and strategic management, Glen’s insight into groundwater science and the field of contaminant remediation is exceptional. He is currently a Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., a consulting firm engaged in remediation practices in the northeastern United States. Glen’s work involves the remediation of sites impacted by chlorinated solvent DNAPLs, PFAS, and other recalcitrant contaminants.

The Morwick G360 Advisory Board plays an important role in shaping the future direction of the Institute. By providing input and oversight, they help chart a path forward, enabling the Institute to achieve its mission. With Glen’s combination of experience and expertise, we are pleased to have him as part of the team.

Morwick G360’s Mission: Enable evidence-informed groundwater resource stewardship by providing a world class research institute of excellence for training and collaboration to advance knowledge, professional practice, and policy.