IES News and Events

2018 UCOWR Annual Water Resources Conference

The Dismissal of Facts in Water-Related Decision Making: Root Causes and What to do About It

Presenter: Donald Siegel, Ph.D.

Date: June 26th or 28th, 2018 (Morning sessions), at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania

On the 26th or 28th of June 2018, Don Siegel of Independent Environmental Scientists, Inc. (IES) will give a presentation for the combined Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) & National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) conference.

Stay tuned for further details or visit the  UCOWR Conference Website.

2018 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium – May 8, 2018 – Keynote Presentation

Presenter: Donald Siegel, Ph.D.

Date: May 8, 2018, at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, State College, Pennslyvania

On 8 May 2018, Don Siegel of Independent Environmental Scientists, Inc. (IES) will give a keynote presentation for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The symposium is also sponsored by the Pennslyvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennslyvania Ground Water Association, the Pennslyvania Water Research Center, the USGS, and the SRBC.

The topic of the presentation is to be determined. Stay tuned for further details.

Education Class – May 24, 2017 – Lead in Drinking Water

Presenters: Ed Hinchey, P.G. and Donald Siegel, Ph.D.

Date: May 24, 2017, at the New York State Rural Water Association Annual meeting in Niagara Falls, New York

On 24 May 2017, Independent Environmental Scientists, Inc. (IES) will lead a 2-hour continuing education class at the 2017 New York State Rural Water Association Annual meeting in Niagara Falls, New York.

The class will cover the environmental and hydrogeochemistry of lead; the chemistry of protective scaling; and the process of galvanic corrosion associated with lead pipes used in older water systems.

This will be followed by a detailed chronology and history of the Flint, Michigan lead contamination matter including by a root cause analysis of the reasons for the lead contamination of Flint.  The history of lead contamination in Flint is presented in the framework of “risk normalization” and the need to develop and follow reliable operating protocol.

The presentation ends with a review of water systems that may be at risk in the future based data recently published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

More Details to come.

Webinar – January 12, 2017 – Lead in Drinking Water: Who is Vulnerable, Where, When and How

Presenters: Ed Hinchey, P.G. and Donald Siegel, Ph.D.

Date: January 12, 2017 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST

Outline

  1. The chemistry of lead — introduction of lead chemistry and soil in water
  2. The two scientific measures used to predict where lead may be a problem: LSI and CSMRI
  3. Two case studies where science determined outcome: what was the determining scientific argument.
  4. Nationally, where is lead in water found now with the potential for producing lead in drinking water?
  5. How does lead get into water?
  6. How to explore where problems should be in the future
    • climate change
    • sea water intrusion
    • road salt
    • over-pumping
    • mine draining
    • anoxia from fertilizer
  7. Who is vulnerable?
  8. Questions and answer period

CLE Credit: 1.5-2.0 CLE credits, depending on state requirements.

$129 registration fee is for CLE Credits, discounts can be arranged for those not needing credits.

Registration: Register here for this webinar. 

News: IES’s Don Siegel will Receive an AAPG Award

Don Siegel has been selected to receive the Division of Environmental Geosciences Award from the Eastern Section of AAPG. The award is presented in recognition of his outstanding contributions to environmental geology and the goals of the Association’s Division of Environmental Geology in the Eastern Section.

Don will receive the award in person at the Eastern Section AAPG annual meeting on Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Webinar – October 5, 2016 – Lead in Drinking Water: Who is Vulnerable, Where, When and How

Presenters: Ed Hinchey, P.G. and Donald Siegel, Ph.D.

Date: October 5, 2016 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST

Outline

  1. The chemistry of lead — introduction of lead chemistry and soil in water
  2. The two scientific measures used to predict where lead may be a problem: LSI and CSMRI
  3. Two case studies where science determined outcome: what was the determining scientific argument.
  4. Nationally, where is lead in water found now with the potential for producing lead in drinking water?
  5. How does lead get into water?
  6. How to explore where problems should be in the future
    • climate change
    • sea water intrusion
    • road salt
    • over-pumping
    • mine draining
    • anoxia from fertilizer
  7. Who is vulnerable?
  8. Questions and answer period

CLE Credits are available depending on state requirements.

Registration: Register here for this webinar. 

Symposium – October 7, 2016 – High-Resolution Site Investigation and Emerging Contaminants

IES will attend the Central New York Association of Professional Geologists High-Resolution Site Investigation and Emerging Contaminants Symposium.

October 7, 2016; 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

University Sheraton, Syracuse, New York

Click here for more information.

News: IES Expands Forensic Services

Independent Environmental Scientists (IES) is pleased to announce that Donald Siegel, Ph.D. has joined IES as a Senior Scientist. Dr. Siegel has had over 35 years of experience in aqueous geochemistry and hydrologic research at Syracuse Universality. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed scientific articles, participated on many National Academy of Science panels, and has testified before Congress. He will continue as Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University while conducting independent research and providing advice to clients at IES.

Don brings a wealth of scientific knowledge and extensive expert experience and has been approved to testify in municipal, state and federal courts. His forensic work includes fate and migration of toxic chemical releases, geochemistry of surface and groundwater, wetlands affected by hydrologic or chemical changes within their watersheds, and how to characterize natural from anthropogenic sources for metals, organic substances and other compounds found in water.

IES has developed an outstanding reputation as environmental forensic scientists since 2012. We conduct independent scientific investigations strictly adhering to scientific principles for public and private clients.

For more information contact IES or reach to Don or Ed.

Don Siegel, Ph.D.

p:(315) 380-1857

email: dsiegel@indieScientists.com

Ed Hinchey, P.G

p: (315) 256-5355

email: ehinchey@indieScientists.com

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