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General Information
Event Name: Introduction to Groundwater Investigations
Hosted By: Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)
Event Description:

This 3-day introductory course is designed to provide participants with information concerning hydrogeological processes and the necessary elements of an effective and efficient groundwater site investigation. It is intended for personnel who are involved in groundwater contamination investigations but have little to moderate prior hydrogeological experience
Topics that are discussed include hydrogeological definitions and concepts; discussion of aquifer types and settings; geophysics; drilling, construction, and placement of monitoring wells; collection of soil and groundwater data while drilling; groundwater modeling; determining hydrogeologic parameters from aquifer tests; and vapor intrusion.
Instructional methods include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and class problem-solving exercises.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a groundwater system.
  • List the primary hydrogeological parameters to be considered in a site investigation.
  • Construct a groundwater flow net and calculate hydraulic gradient at a site.
  • Discuss common geophysical survey methods.
  • Identify common aquifer stress tests and the information obtained from each.
  • Describe monitoring well drilling and construction techniques.

A PDF file of all course presentation Powerpoint slides in a 3-to-a-page/notes format will be made available online for download no later than one week prior to the scheduled course start date.

A scientific calculator is required.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

 Continuing Education Units: 2.2


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.* 

Registration Status: Registration Open
Event Begins: July 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Event Ends: July 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM
For questions about this event, please contact: Registrar
Phone: 513-251-7669
This event will be held at: U.S. EPA - Region 9
75 Hawthorne St
1st floor - Rooms California/Arizona/Nevada
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Location Contact Information: Peter Tran
Phone: 415-972-3122
Hotel Information
Hotel name and address: Arrangements for hotel accommodations, if needed, are the responsibility of individual participants.

EPA Travelers: It is not anticipated that this course will require a 5170. Please use your organizations's generic exempt conference budget code in your TA for this course.

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