Meet DBS&A Vice President/Principal Hydrogeologist, Tony Morgan, PG, CHg; Water Resources Planner, Joe LeClaire, PhD; and Geo-Logic Associates (GLA) Principal Hydrogeologist, Mike Reason, PG, CHg, at the 12th Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference on Friday August 10, 2018 in Ontario, California. They will be available to discuss how DBS&A, GLA, and Clear Creek hydrogeologists and engineers are helping to address groundwater depletion, water-quality issues, strict regulations, and developing alternative sources of water.

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DBS&A Principal Hydrogeologist and Engineer, Farag Botros, Ph.D., P.E., will be presenting on Emerging Convergence between the Law and Hydrology of Water Quality and Quantity at a one-day seminar hosted by Law Seminars International in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 2018. The seminar is entitled New Directions in Hydrology & Water Law. The focus is on emerging trends in the interrelated fields of law and hydrology, including the anti-speculation doctrine, the evolution of the State Engineer impairment assessment, third generation issues following tribal water settlements, and the emerging convergence of water quality and water quantity issues. Learn more about Dr. Botros.

Learn more about DBS&A’s water resources services and environmental litigation and expert services.

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The American Ground Water Trust (AGWT) States’ Rights and the Control of Groundwater conference will take place on July 17th and 18th, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This conference will focus on the legal issues surrounding the control of groundwater in the west, including insights to management and ownership of groundwater on tribal lands.

DBS&A’s Neil Blandford, P.G., Senior Vice President and Principal Hydrologist, will present an overview of tribal groundwater issues in the Little Colorado River Adjudication in Arizona. Affiliate Clear Creek Associates’ Principal Hydrogeologist Doug Bartlett, R.G., P.G., will present on groundwater management challenges in Arizona related to definitions of the legal category of water, called “subflow.” Also meet DBS&A Vice President and Senior Engineer, Gundar Peterson, P.E., and Hydrogeologists, Amy Ewing, P.G. and Paula Schuh, P.G. Click here to learn about DBS&A’s water rights expertise.

The AGWT conference will bring together attorneys, federal, tribal and state water resources managers, engineers, scientists, planners, and water end users (utilities, irrigators etc.) to discuss past and current cases, legal challenges, primacy and jurisdictional authority over groundwater management. Presentations will also include the scientific studies and groundwater modeling results that have informed decision-making.

For many states in the western U.S., primacy for administration of groundwater is held by the states. However, recent legal challenges have brought the extent of state control of groundwater into question. Chief amongst these are the Texas v New Mexico case before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Coachella v Agua Caliente case in California. In the case of Texas v New Mexico, one of the issues is groundwater use within the State of New Mexico between the point of delivery under the Rio Grande Compact at Elephant Butte and the Texas state line. In the Coachella v Agua Caliente case in California, the court has backed the Agua Caliente tribe’s claim that it holds a federally granted reserved right to groundwater beneath the tribe’s reservation. Two local water agencies, the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency, have argued unsuccessfully that the tribe has the same right to use groundwater under state law as other landowners. Recently in New Mexico, the U.S. Forest Service attempted to assert its authority to manage groundwater on its lands, contrary to New Mexico water law. This conference will explore the changing landscape of states’ rights and the administration of groundwater.

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Greg Schnaar, Ph.D.

Greg Schnaar, Ph.D.
Director of Expert Services
and Principal Environmental Scientist

At the Annual Conference of the International Network of Environmental Forensics (INEF 2018), DBS&A’s Director of Expert Services and Principal Environmental Scientist, Gregory Schnaar, Ph.D., will be presenting on the Use of Analytical Contaminant Fate and Transport Modeling in Forensic Source Evaluation. Click here to learn more about DBS&A’s environmental litigation and expert services experience and expertise.

#INEF2018 takes place June 25 through 27, 2018 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here for more information on the event. The INEF was founded in 2008 to provide a forum for scientists, environmental consultants, regulators, and lawyers to share information regarding the use of environmental forensics. Environmental forensics is comprised of three key elements:

  • Characterization of chemicals released to the environment
  • Identification of timing and historical context of chemical release
  • Determination of responsibility for chemical release

​In support of the Student Paper Competition, DBS&A is sponsoring an award prize. INEF has an active student outreach program with the express purpose of encouraging students to pursue studies in environmental forensics.

TX Aquifer Program - 2018 _June 6-7_(16)The American Ground Water Trust (AGWT) will hold its Annual Texas Aquifer Conference on “Everything Aquifers and Groundwater Management” on June 6-7, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The conference is co-sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

DBS&A Founder and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens Ph.D., Ph.G., P.G., is the Keynote Speaker. His presentation is titled “Analysis of the Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality Controversy in Pavillion, Wyoming: Applying the Lessons Learned to Oil & Gas Development in Texas.” Click here to read Dr. Stephens’ issue paper on the subject, published by the National Ground Water Association in August 2014.

Hydrologist, Stephanie Moore, P.G., will moderate an afternoon session on groundwater quantity. Hydrogeologist, Andrew Donnelly, P.G., and Geologist, Paul Kirby, P.G., will also be in attendance.

The Texas Aquifer Conference features invited presentations on the legal, policy, management, scientific, and engineering issues relevant to the Texas Groundwater Community. The objective of AGWT conference programs is to showcase groundwater issues and facilitate information sharing among landowners, groundwater end-users, regulators, management agencies, scientists, engineers, lawyers, and citizens who have economic or environmental interests in water resources.

Click here to learn more about DBS&A Water Resources Services. For more information on the conference, click here. 

SCAP-LeClaireDBS&A Water Resources Planner, Joe LeClaire, Ph.D., will present at a special Water Issues Committee interactive workshop on the effects or water conservation on Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs), hosted by the Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (SCAP) on May 31, 2018. The presentation will focus on DBS&A’s study of long-term trends in total dissolved solids (TDS) for the Southern California Salinity Coalition. Click here to read more about the project.

The SCAP is a non-profit corporation organized to help ensure that regulations affecting POTWs and collection systems are reasonable and in the public’s best interest. Its mission is to provide leadership, technical assistance and timely information to promote regulations that focus on the sustainable protection of the environment and public health.

TCEQ-program-coverDBS&A will exhibit at the 2018 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (TCEQ ETFC) on May 15-16, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The two-day conference features over 100 classes on air and water permitting, oil and gas, industrial and solid waste management, compliance and enforcement, and remediation programs. Meet DBS&A’s President, Jim Kelsey, P.G.; Vice President and Senior Scientist, Kevin Hopson, P.G.; Geologists, Paul Kirby, P.G., Kathy Vail, P.G., Russell Perry, P.G.; Lubbock Operations Manager, Todd Seebaum, C.A.P.M.; Hydrologist, Stephanie Moore, P.G.; Senior Engineer, Gundar Peterson, P.E.; Marketing and Communications Director, Janet Wolfe, C.P.S.M.; and Geo-Logic Associates (GLA) Senior Project Manager, Douglas Junk, at exhibit #327 to discuss solutions to the environmental issues that Texas is currently facing.

Read about the Assessment, Investigation, and Remediation Services that DBS&A has provided to TCEQ since 2009 here.
For more information on DBS&A’s remediation services, here.
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Water ReuseDr. Joe LeClaire will be presenting on the recently released “Southern California Salinity Coalition Study to Evaluate Long-Term Trends and Variations in the Average Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Concentration in Wastewater and Recycled Water” at the WateReuse Inland Empire Chapter meeting on May 8, 2018. Click here to read more about the Study.

The mission of the Inland Empire Chapter of the WateReuse Association is to provide a forum to share information relative to recycled water projects at the local level. To learn more about the Inland Empire Chapter, click here

New_Mexico_2018_Annual New Mexico Water Workshop

New Mexico Water, a joint committee of the Rocky Mountain Section of American Water Works Association (RMSAWWA) and Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA), is hosting the 2018 4th Annual New Mexico Water Workshop on April 26 and 27, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s workshop theme is “Emergency Planning and Preparedness: Be Prepared New Mexico.” DBS&A is sponsoring the event, and the firm’s engineers and hydrogeologists will present on important topics, such as: Rehabilitation of Rio Rancho Well No. 3 – Challenges, Hazards and Successes by Hydrogeologist Robert Gray, P.G. City of Albuquerque Microbial Source Tracking Program by Hydrogeologist Chad Johannesen, P.G. Reuse and Recharge Site Selection, Permitting, and Design by Engineering Intern Liie Hill, will present on Reuse and Recharge Project Examples in the Southwest U.S. by Senior Engineer Jennifer Hill, P.E. For more information on DBS&A’s water resources services, click here. Click here for more information on the conference.

2018TXWATERHydrologist Stephanie J. Moore, P.G., will present on Collaboration for the Albuquerque Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Watershed Based Permit at Texas Water 2018 from April 24-26, 2018, in San Antonio. DBS&A Engineer Jennifer Hill, P.E., and DBS&A Hydrogeologist Chad Johannesen, P.G., are co-authors of the presentation. Click here to learn about DBS&A’s stormwater management expertise.

Texas Water 2018 is the largest regional water conference in North America. The conference is a joint effort of the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Association (WEA) of Texas. Click here for more information about the conference.

Collaboration and the Albuquerque MS4 Watershed Based Permit presented by Stephanie Moore, P.G.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MS4 Stormwater Program is intended to improve the Nation’s waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants transported into receiving bodies of water during storm events. Common pollutants include oils and grease from roadways, herbicides and pesticides from landscaping runoff, and sediment from construction sites. When deposited into nearby waterways, these pollutants can impair the waterways, discouraging recreational use of the resource, contaminating drinking water supplies, and degrading with wildlife habitat.

The watershed based permit encourages collaboration between co-permittees by reducing monitoring requirements and extending permit deadlines for organizations that collaborate. Collaboration can either occur on limited conditions of the permit, or on many, or all conditions of the permit. Collaboration can be between two parties or multiple parties on the permit. For the Middle Rio Grande watershed, 12 of the 17 co-permittees are currently collaborating on the required water quality monitoring. This collaboration dramatically reduces the number of monitoring locations, and the monitoring program costs.

The Phase 1 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program, promulgated in 1990, requiring operators of medium and large MS4s (generally communities with populations >100,000), to implement stormwater management programs. The Phase II rule extends coverage of the NPDES program to certain “small” MS4s. The Phase II rule automatically covers all small MS4 located in urbanized areas (UA’s) as well as small MS4 communities located outside of UA’s that the NPDES permitting authority designates on a case-by-case basis.

There are six program elements of the MS4 program: 1) public education and outreach, 2) public participation/involvement, 3) illicit discharge detection and elimination, 4) construction site runoff control, 5) post-construction runoff control, and 6) pollution prevention/good housekeeping.

The Middle Rio Grande watershed was one of three areas nation-wide to receive a permit under EPA’ s pilot program. The other areas include Ramsey Washington Watershed District in Minnesota, and Milwaukee Metro Watershed in Wisconsin. The Middle Rio Grande watershed has 17 co-permittees, including municipalities (small and large), two counties, the University of New Mexico, two flood control districts, three Native American tribes, the State fairgrounds, and Sandia National Laboratory.

This presentation will provide an overview of the MS4 watershed based permitting program, and give examples from the Middle Rio Grande watershed Phase I and Phase II projects, highlighting the collaborative efforts being used to meet the permit conditions.