Forum on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Wells

Forum on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Wells:

DATE: Monday, May 4th, 2009
TIME: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Meeting Room reserved until 10:00 p.m.)
LOCATION: Viera Government Center Building C, County Commission Meeting Room
ADDRESS: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Fl 32940
SEATING: The Commission Room has seating for 217 and holds 270. The Florida Room, on the third floor, is reserved for overflow. It holds 92 people.
TELEVISED: The forum will be televised on Space Coast Government Television.  Space Coast Government Television (SCGTV) is a 24-hour, 7 days/week government access channel which can be viewed on BrightHouse cable channel 199 (or 99-2 on a digital TV), Comcast channel 51 in North Brevard, and Comcast channel 26 in South Brevard.  SCGTV is simulcast on WBFT-LP 105.5 FM in Southeast Brevard.  Additional air dates include:  (Times are approximate) May 7 at 8 a.m,  May 9 at 9 p.m., May 11 at 9 p.m., May 12 at 2 p.m., May 15 at midnight, May 16 at 2 p.m., May 17 at 9 p.m., May 21 at 6 p.m.   
 
This forum will delve into the pros and cons regarding sewage wastewater ASR wells, and will provide the alternatives to ASR wells.  The City of Rockledge and Save Our Aquifer will each have a panel of professionals and scientists (see below).   Each panel will provide presentations offering information and scientific studies. Tony Sasso of Cocoa Beach will be the moderator.   After the presentations, Tony Sasso will ask questions, provided by the public, to the panelists. Please mark your calendars to attend this Forum.  It is sure to be an informative evening!
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The City of Rockledge and Canaveral Port Authority Aquifer Storage and Recovery wells are not the typical “deep” injection wells, but rather shallow wells, directly into the Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW).  The deep injection wells are usually 2,700 to 3,000 feet below land surface into the boulder zone.  The proposed Port Canaveral ASR injection well is 35-60 feet below land surface.  The proposed Rockledge ASR injection well is 370-470 feet below land surface.  These wastewater injection ASR wells are a very new concept, and one that is highly questionable and controversial.  Imagine annually injecting 150 million gallons of partially treated sewage at the Canaveral Port Authority 35-60 feet deep into sand, shell, and a little bit of clay.  The Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean surround the Port on three sides.  Currents flow south down the beach from the Port to the neighboring communities of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.  
 
Panelists invited by the Save Our Aquifer include:
 
Jim Egan has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Geology, New York City University.  Since 1998 he has been the Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council, a 501c3 non profit dedicated to the preservation of the Indian River Lagoon.  He oversees the nation’s second largest volunteer water quality network, MRC’s Shoreline Restoration Program,  Northern Right Whale Program, the Regional Land Trust of the Indian River Lagoon, the Adopt a Drain Program, Boaters for a Healthy Lagoon, the Brown Bag Lunch Educational Series, and the Library of the Indian River Lagoon. He has taught Environmental Science at several universities and reached the title of full professor. From 2000-2008 he served as Executive Director of the Indian River Lagoon Nation Scenic Byway Corridor Management Group.  From 1986-1996 he was Laboratory Director of an EPA and Dept of Health-approved Environmental Analysis Laboratory. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed books and scientific studies.
 
Randall W. Parkinson. Ph.D.. P.G.
Randall W. Parkinson is president of RWParkinson Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in geological issues associated with the management and protection of coastal resources. He received a BS in Environmental Science from Cornell College (1979), MS in Geology from the University of Iowa (1982), and Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami (1987).  He is an Eagle Scout, Fulbright Scholar, NASA Summer Faculty Fellow, Registered Professional Geologist (State of Florida), member and vice-chair of the Selection and Management Committee, Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (1990 to present), and Associate Editor of the Journal of Coastal Research.  Prior to starting his own business in 2006, Parkinson was an Associate Professor of Geological Oceanography at the Florida Institute of Technology (1987 – 2000) and thereafter employed as a Senior Geologist and Laboratory Director for a coastal engineering firm (2000 – 2006).
 
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Panelists invited by the City of Rockledge includee:
 
Patricia Cline, Ph.D.
Dr. Cline has over 25 years of professional experience characterizing the environmental fate and potential adverse impacts from chemicals. She was the principal investigator for a two year research project evaluating potential impacts of endocrine disrupters associated with wastewater discharges to surface water. Her expertise is applied in design of sampling and analysis plans, evaluating data quality, and modeling fate of chemicals in soils, groundwater and surface water. This has included evaluating the fate of wastewater constituents in the Floridan aquifer and persistence and fate of microconstituents in land applied biosolids. She has an ongoing affiliation with the University of Florida, including classroom lectures, seminars, and collaborative research projects, and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in her field. Dr. Cline earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida.
 
Mark McNeal, P.G.
Mr. McNeal developed and obtained permitting for the first Reclaimed Water ASR well in Florida while working for the Englewood Water District and is currently the Chief Executive Officer for ASRus, LLC.  Mr. McNeal has more than 24 years of experience in hydrogeologic investigations in Florida, including management of projects for Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), deep injection wells, reuse, and computer modeling of groundwater systems. He also has experience in aquifer pumping test design and analysis, ASR and water supply system startup, and ASR operational cycle testing. He has worked with water suppliers and water management districts across Florida including the Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, and the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. Mr. McNeal worked with CH2M HILL in their Tampa office for 21 years, where he was Director of Groundwater Practices and Reuse for their Southeast Region. Mr. McNeal obtained his B.S. in Geological Engineering from Brigham Young University.
 
James McLellan, P.E. (Spokesperson for Jones Edmunds, Project Engineers)
Mr. McLellan is a Vice President of Jones Edmunds and has extensive experience in project management and water and wastewater facilities evaluation, design, and construction oversight.  He has developed comprehensive systems facilities plans and designed, coordinated, and managed a multitude of projects involving water storage and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment systems for municipalities and industries. He is the principal-in-charge of projects specifically involving wastewater treatment, collection, transmission and reuse, water treatment, supply, and distribution. In addition to his engineering experience, he has taught several courses at the university level, including Environmental Chemistry, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering, Water Supply Treatment and Design, and Water and Wastewater Process Design. Mr. McLellan obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine.
CONTACT:
Amy Mosher, Secretary
Save Our Aquifer, Inc.
(321) 636-2229
www.saveouraquifer.org
P.O.Box 251 Cocoa, Fla. 32923
Please forward freely…
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