Groundwater Resources Association Call for Abstracts

  • by BPC Staff
  • on December 11, 2013

Call for Alternate Platform and Poster Presentations
Submittal Deadline is January 6, 2014

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Emerging Contaminants Symposium
February 4-5, 2014 • Concord, CA

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About the Conference
Emerging contaminants present numerous technical and institutional challenges to society and to environmental and public health professionals. Increasingly sensitive analytical techniques have detected the presence of previously unregulated chemicals in actual or potential sources of drinking water. In some cases, the impacts of these chemicals to human health and the environment are uncertain. Many emerging chemicals remain unregulated, but the number of regulated contaminants will continue to grow slowly over the next several decades.

GRA’s one and a half day event will profile the latest developments in detection, risk assessment, remediation and regulation of emerging contaminants in groundwater. Experts from academia, regulatory agencies, consulting, industry, and the legal arena will participate in moderated speaker sessions, poster sessions, and round-table panel discussions.

Conference Format and Topics

DAY 1 — Event Will Start After Lunch on Tuesday February 4, 2014

Opening Keynote Presentation by Dr. Andrea Leeson (SERDP/ESTCP)
Department of Defense Perspective on Emerging Groundwater Contaminants

Afternoon Session — Chromium and Other Metals
Moderated by Kevin Sullivan (PG&E) and Richard Makdisi (Stellar Environmental)

Six presentations including:
• Regulatory Perspective by Dr. Bruce Macler (US EPA)
• Toxicological Perspective by Deborah Proctor (ToxStrategies)
• Case Studies by Yvonne Meeks (PG&E), Leighton Wong (Glendale Water and Power) and Dr. John Izbicki (USGS)

Poster Session and Student Paper Competition (featuring the work of students from universities nationwide)

DAY 2 — Full Day on Wednesday February 5, 2014

1st Morning Session — Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)
Moderated by Dr. Ron Porter (Noblis) and Dr. Ramona Darlington (Battelle)

Discussion will topics include:
• The fate and transport of PFCs
• Industry practices highlighting a variety of treatment technologies

Speakers will include:
• Dr. Linda Lee (Purdue University)
• Dr. Chris Higgins (Colorado School of Mines)
• Dr. Shaily Mahendra (UCLA)
• Dr. Jennifer Field (Oregon State University) and Elisabeth Hawley (ARCADIS)

2nd Morning Session — 1,4-Dioxane
Moderated by Bill DiGuisseppi (CH2MHill) and Adnan Anabtawi (MWH Global)

Five presenters including:
• Dr. Pat Evans (CDM Smith)
• Tom Mohr (Santa Clara Valley Water District)
• Dora Ogles (Microbial Insights)

Afternoon Session — Other Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Moderated by Dr. Eric Suchomel (Geosyntec) and Brian Lewis (DTSC)

Discussion topics will include:
• Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE)
• 1,2,3-TCP
• Hydrofracturing as Potential Source of Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater

Panel Discussion moderated by David Woodward (AECOM) and Dr. David Sedlak (UC Berkeley)
Predicting and Managing the Next Generation of Emerging Groundwater Contaminants

Call For Abstracts
We are accepting abstracts for alternate platform presentations (2 per session). Alternates will be listed on the program. If no speaker cancellations take place, alternates will be asked to present a poster. Abstracts will also be accepted for the poster session.

Please submit your abstract online no later than January 6, 2014 —

Abstracts are being solicited for the Symposium in areas related to the session topics listed above. Guidelines for submitting an abstract for a Platform and Poster Presentations are as follows:

• Word 2010 documents are preferred.
• Indicate the preferred presentation method (platform or poster) and the topic of the abstract.
• Abstracts must be one page in length or less, and should be titled and include all contributing authors’ names and affiliations. Please identify the name of the person who will be presenting the paper or poster, and add biographical sketches of the authors as a second page. The sketches should be 50 words or less in paragraph form, and full mailing and e-mail addresses and phone numbers must be included.
• Margins should be 1-inch top, bottom, and 1¼-inch right and left margins. The text should be single-spaced, 12-point size, Arial font, with no pagination, footers and headers. Paragraphs should be justified.
• Major headings should be 16-point bold; minor headings should be 12-point not bolded. There should be one blank line above and below all headings, except above major headings, which should have two blank lines.
• Graphics should not be used in abstracts.

By virtue of submitting an abstract, the submitter(s) grants GRA the right to publish any accepted abstract or the right to decline any abstract. The Conference Committee will review abstracts and make final selections. If your abstract is accepted and you agree to present, you will be expected to register and pay for the event using GRA’s online registration.

Contact Mary Megarry at if you have questions regarding your abstract submission.

Student Paper Competition
Students are invited to attend this conference at the significantly subsidized rate of $115. Students are invited to submit an abstract for the student paper competition. All students will be automatically invited to give a one-minute overview of their poster presentation during the conference program. Cash prizes and award certificated will be awarded to the student winners. For questions on the student paper competition, please contact Rula Deeb (, 510-932-9110).

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
GRA welcomes co-sponsors as well as lunch, break, reception and student paper competition sponsors. If you are interested in exhibiting your organization’s services or products, or being an event sponsor, please contact Mary Megarry (, 916-446-3626).

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Additional information
Please contact the conference co-chairs, Rula Deeb (, 510-932-9110), Kevin Sullivan ( and David Sedlak ( for information about the technical program.

GRA is dedicated to resource management that protects and improves groundwater
supply and quality through education and technical leadership.