Ground Water Canada

NGWA short course on phytoremediation

February 3, 2012  By Administrator

February 3, 2012, San Antonio, TX – A short course on phytoremediation of common ground water contaminants will be offered by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) from Feb. 29 to March 1.

The course, which will b offered in San Antonio, Tex., focuses on the history, theory, and application of phytoremediation, which can be used to remediate many contaminant compounds detected in ground water. 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.


Designed to be of benefit especially for hydrogeologists, consultants, regulators, and academia, attendees of this short course will learn about:

  • Phytoremediation fundamentals
  • Installing and monitoring a phytoremediation system
  • Assessing work plans that include phytoremediation as a potential remedial strategy

Course instructors James E. Landmeyer and Don A. Vroblesky, both with the U.S. Geological Survey, have more than 50 years of remediation experience between them.

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