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When: December 21, 2016
Where: Holiday Party - Blackfinn Ameripub
43781 Central Station Drive
Ashburn, Virginia  20147
United States
Contact: Katelyn Vieten

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TOPIC: Site Characterization in Fractured Bedrock: DEQ’s (aka Santa’s own) Wish List

PRESENTER: Kristopher K. McCandless, CPG, Environmental Geologist, VDEQ-NRO, Tanks/Remediation
Fractured bedrock and the groundwater therein may seem to be a “black box” of secrets but its mysteries CAN be unlocked with the right approach and methodology! Having now spent a year on the regulatory side of the Environmental Compliance “Fence” with more than 25 years on the “other side” (consulting), and with a keen interest in how structural geology lends itself to Hydrogeology, I wanted to share some of the DO’s and DON’Ts that the DEQ is looking for when it comes to characterization of contaminants within the fractured bedrock regime.

My history with AEG starts with my first job at Schnabel Engineering Associates in 1988, after graduating from George Mason with a BS in Geology. Our boss regularly towed
several of us to meetings in Frederick, while I learned the ins and outs of geotechnical engineering, drilling, field density and soils lab testing and the beginnings of Phase I ESAs. After some rude encounters with excavating contractors, I steered my career towards the full environmental geologic experience at Ogden Environmental and Energy Services, where I first got involved with DEQ’s State Lead work and some government contracting with the Navy (first trip to Hawaii in 1993 sampling monitoring wells – heaven!!). After a brief Texas and Wisconsin sabbatical in the mid-90s, I reconnected through an old AEG/Schnabel contact and then treasurer of AEG-BWH, Ralph Rodina, returning to Virginia to become more fully involved with AEG and eventually to serve in all positions of AEGBWH (1998 to about 2012). I served as the environmental manager at BDE/Burgess & Niple from 1998 to 2002 with a simultaneous six-month stint as drilling manager, concentrating efforts on Phase I & II ESAs for existing developer clients and offering VDEQ site characterization field work and documentation experience to new clients. These were all good foundations to prepare me for the extensive environmental, hydrogeological work
that I would do for Total Environmental Concepts, Inc., from 2002 until 2015, and largely for sites with fractured bedrock (because I lived out in western Loudoun County!). No layer cake, Coastal Plain geology for me, no sir! But these sites would form the basis for one AEG News publication and the grist for this presentation. And now at the DEQ, I’ve been exposed to similar cases from other consultants. So come on out for some good food and an entertaining presentation.


DATE: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 - TIME:  6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.

Blackfinn Ameripub
43781 Central Station Drive

Ashburn, VA 20147

(located just off the Dulles Greenway in Ashburn…. Very easy travel for Frederick and NoVA Folks so we hope to see you ALL there!)

COST (dinner & meeting):

Members:                  $40
Non-members:          $45

Discounts Available:Students save $20 -Retirees save $10

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.                           Social & Check-In

6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.                      Dinner

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.                      Section Business & Presentation


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