This workshop provides attendees with management and remediation solutions to contaminants in both marine and freshwater sediments including the effects of remediation on the benthic environment. All aspects of contaminated sediments will be reviewed, including determination of contaminant sources, site characterization, remedial technology selection, monitoring, and demonstration of the effectiveness of remedial technology. Participants will come away from this course with the skills and knowledge to assess and remediate contaminated sediments with a scientifically valid and legally defensible plan at minimum cost.
Attendees will learn about both conventional and emerging technologies for remediating contaminated sediments. Technologies presented will be: removal followed by treatment and disposal; in situ isolation of the sediments from the environment by covering the sediment with neutral materials (i.e., passive capping); active capping technologies that employ chemically active sequestering agents, and monitored natural recovery, which involves monitoring processes that isolate, degrade, transform, and immobilize sediment contaminants under natural conditions.
These emerging technologies that address contaminant toxicity, biogeochemistry, and transport mechanisms offer much promise and will enhance the attendee’s ability to effectively manage sediments at a reduced cost and improved effectiveness over conventional methods.
"Thank you for providing this training. It will be helpful in the future when updating our state's guidance documents. Also, Dr. Knox is now one of my heroes!" J. Mauricio, February 2014
"This is a great way to stay informed on sediment remediation as well as learn new ideas and approaches for sediment remediation." R. Baeten, July 2013
"Dr. Knox was fantastic and a clear expert in the field, yet was able to distill her knowledge into a forum easy to follow and understand.…[She also presented] a lof of great real-world data and applications." J. McCorkle, July 2013
"Instructor is very friendly and knowledgable. Answered all of our questions in detail and provided many references for future use. I thought the chemistry and chemical review and site management info was excellent. Site remediation and case study were valuable as well." C. Nelson, July 2013
CEC's: 13 Technical CEC's
*Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes, government employees, nonprofits, students and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, TAEP members.
You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274. Online registration is strongly encouraged.
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.
This course is intended for environmental professionals, consultants, researchers, students, industrial site owners and operators, and government agencies such as DOD and DOE. It is designed for professionals related to contaminated sediments, including contaminant sources and fate, remediation technologies, and risk assessment. Professionals seeking a greater understanding of contaminated sediments and remediation technologies for contaminated sediments will greatly benefit from this workshop.
Continuing Education Units: 1.30 CEUs
Some college-level chemistry or environmental chemistry. A basic knowledge of environmental contamination would be helpful.
Attendees will receive a course manual containing workshop proceedings and reference material.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Distinguish sources and types of contaminants at sites
Determine fate and transport of contaminants
Understand current remediation strategies and new approaches
Assess remediation effectiveness: defining, monitoring, and demonstrating success
Apply chemical/toxicological/biological measurements to characterize the site before/after remediation
Understand the selection of remedial technology
Understand remedial technology deployment methods
Apply novel, improved tools and techniques for site-specific assessment of contaminants before/after remediation
About the Instructor
Dr. Anna Sophia Knox is a Principal Scientist at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, SC where she conducts research on the remediation of contaminated sediments and soils and development of new materials for the stabilization of contaminants. She has a Ph.D. (1993) in Agronomy and Soil Science and has been a certified Professional Soil Scientist by the Soil Science Society of America since 12/20/99. Dr. Knox has 25 years of responsible experience in environmental science, with emphasis on the biogeochemistry and geochemistry of metals and radionuclides in natural and contaminated soils/sediments; the transformation, transport, and bioavailability of contaminants; and the remediation of contaminated soils/sediments.
She has published more than 95 scientific papers, book chapters, and patents; has presented numerous papers at scientific meetings and international conferences; and has organized several sessions and special symposia on contaminants in soils and sediments for international conferences/meetings such as the International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, International Conference of Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (10th, 11th, and 13th ICOBTE), International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (15th and 16th ICHMET2012), and others.
Dr. Knox is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities in the area of active capping research. She has received several awards including a DOE Women of Excellence in Science and Engineering award and several Key Contributor Awards due to crucial contributions to the strategic goals of the Savannah River National Laboratory. Her participation in professional societies includes serving on the editorial boards for both the International Society of Environmental Forensic Journal and Journal of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science.
What to Bring
Pen or pencil to take notes and paper if you do not want to write in your manual. Lunch will be on your own but drinks and snacks will be provided each day.
In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.
If You Need to Cancel
With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
- With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
- With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available
*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time
To request disability accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.