Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Keith White, P.G., C.P.G. (Arcadis, Inc.) will present:

    “Winning with Karst: Effectively Managing Contaminated Karst Aquifers”

    In terms of groundwater (and contaminant) movement and remediation, karst aquifers are in a league of their own. Groundwater flow in these systems does not follow Darcy’s Law, the fundamental equation that describes the relatively slow movement of fluid through porous media. Furthermore, data from monitoring wells alone cannot definitively characterize groundwater flow directions and rates; nor can they adequately delineate the extent of groundwater contamination. In addition, at the typical site scale, groundwater flow directions and rates cannot be reasonably predicted using computer models. Worse yet, computer models that can reliably simulate contaminant transport in karst aquifers do not even exist. Indeed, compared to other geologic settings, the science of remediating karst aquifers is immature.

    Despite these challenges, contaminant problems in karst aquifers are tractable — that is, contaminated karst sites can be properly understood and managed, and remedial objectives that protect human health and the environment can be achieved. There are situations where, despite the immature nature of karst remediation, active remediation is warranted and becomes an integral element in a site closure strategy. There are also situations where remediation is not practicable, but where the risks posed can be properly managed, allowing for no active remediation or even closure.

    This presentation will provide an overview of:

    • ·         Karst contaminant hydrogeology
    • ·         The karst regions of New York
    • ·         The state of the science of remediating karst aquifers, and
    • ·         Keys to successfully managing a contaminated karst site

    Case histories will be presented where karst sites have been successfully remediated or properly managed. The case histories will highlight several approaches and tools that were used to transition sites into long-term O&M (operation and maintenance) or even to closure.

    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Liz Moran of EcoLogic LLC will discuss the major findings of the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (CLMP), a detailed evaluation of the sources and fate of phosphorus loading to Cayuga Lake from point and nonpoint sources.  The NYSDEC required Cornell University to fund the CLMP as a permit requirement for continued operation of the Lake Source Cooling facility. The university and NYSDEC designed the CLMP to provide knowledge and tools for a rational, science-based approach to managing Cayuga Lake and other regional waters. EcoLogic managed communications among the many researchers, modelers, and institutional partners on behalf of Cornell’s Facilities and Energy Management Division. 

    The investment of four years and three million dollars resulted in a deeper understanding of three issues central to managing Cayuga Lake and other regional waters: phosphorus sources, phosphorus bioavailability (i.e., potency for supporting phytoplankton growth), and the impact of water motion on distribution of phosphorus and phytoplankton. 

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Joe Gonzales (Syracuse University graduate geology program) will present his research.

    Mariana Rhoades will introduce her new book "HISTORIC QUARRIES & THE STONE INDUSTRY ERIE COUNTY, NY, 1820-1930"

    John Nadeau will provide an update to licensure in New York and what to expect next. 

    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

     USGS will present results of a unique project  in the Genesee River valley, in relation to the former Retsof/AKZO-Nobel salt mine.  All remedial operations have shut down at the flooded mine, but brine is slowly being forced up through two collapse chimneys between the mine and the buried bedrock surface in the Genesee River valley. This brine is slowly being assimilated into the basal glacial aquifer and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants to know where this brine is moving and its fate into the future.  All monitoring wells related to the mine collapse and closure, and short-lived brine remediation project were sealed several years ago.

    The USGS is using Time Domain Electromagnetics (TEM) - a non-invasive surface geophysical approach to determine where the high conductivity brine is moving. Data collected in the fall of 2016 indicated that the higher conductivity water can be seen to depths of 1,000 ft, and results of 39 TEM soundings across and along a section of the Genesee valley show that the brine is flowing to the thalweg of the valley and apparently slowly dispersing in the basal aquifer as the brine mixes with natural (fresher) groundwater.  

    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Jamesville Quarry

    Field trip date is tentative.

Past events

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Richard Young (Emeritus Geneseo Geology), "When did the last, late Wisconsin continental ice sheet actually retreat from West-Central, NY?
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Joint Meeting with NEAIPG and NYSCPG
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Schweinfurth Art Center Geologists and Friends Reception
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 September Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Charles Ver Straeten (NYS Museum) Explosive volcanic eruptions, and the fate of volcanic ash in sedimentary environments
Thursday, April 20, 2017 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Rachel Lee (SUNY Oswego) Compositional and Textural Analysis of Maar-Diatreme Volcanic Deposits at Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field (AZ) Using GigaPan and Thermal Infrared Imagery
Thursday, March 16, 2017 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Peter Knuepfer (SUNY Binghamton) Evidence for Changing Flood Frequency, Upper Susquehanna River Basin
Thursday, February 16, 2017 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Barbara J. Tewksberry (Dept. of Geosciences, Hamilton College) Karst Development in Western Egypt
Thursday, January 19, 2017 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas (SUNY Buffalo) I Can See Clearly Now: Improving our ability to reconstruct past rain and snowfall by monitoring seasonal trends of hydrogen isotopes in environmental water and sedimentary leaf wa
Thursday, December 15, 2016 ** CANCELED **December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Jeff Over (SUNY Geneseo)
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker
Friday, October 07, 2016 2016 High Resolution Site Characterization and Emerging Contaminants Symposium
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