AAEES Announces Webinar Series

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND -- The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists announced today that it will begin offering a webinar series consisting of award winning projects presented at the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Conference in Washington, DC. The Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) Conference is the organization's annual event assembling the 'best of the best' in a day-long program featuring cutting-edge solutions to the challenges faced by AAEES members, their colleagues, and their project partners.

The initial webinar features the Superior Achievement Award winner, entitled South Los Angeles Wetland Park – A New Paradigm in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure. It will take place on July 30 and be led by Sean P. Vargas, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP Director of Sustainability for Psomas, the project designer. The session will focus on both the technical and the community/social challenges faced in creating an urban park out of what had been a blighted industrial zone - complete with unexpected side effects.

Dates and topics for future webinars will be announced soon.

Introducing the new program, Burk Kalweit, Executive Director of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, said, "Our E3S-based webinars are intended to introduce a broad spectrum of environmental professionals to the ground-breaking work of their colleagues in environmental engineering and science."

"Our live webinar format provides attendees the opportunity to interact with the thought leaders featured in the presentations. We will be covering the entire spectrum of topics that were featured at the 2014 E3S Conference in Washington D.C. This includes everything from urban watershed restoration and management, to long range water resource planning, to the risk of proliferation of antibiotic-resistant microbes in the activated sludge process. We had some real eye-opening presentations and are looking to raise awareness by building an enhanced information flow across organizational and disciplinary boundaries within the environmental community," concluded Kalweit.

PDH credits for each presentation will be available. Click here for more information, and to register for the webinar. The event will also be recorded for on-demand viewing.

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Posted: July 9, 2014

Oklahoma earthquakes induced by wastewater injection by disposal wells, study finds

House damage in central Oklahoma from the magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 6, 2011.

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The dramatic increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma since 2009 is likely attributable to subsurface wastewater injection at just a handful of disposal wells, finds a new study to be published in the journal Science on July 3, 2014.

The research team was led by Katie Keranen, professor of geophysics at Cornell University, who says Oklahoma earthquakes constitute nearly half of all central and eastern U.S. seismicity from 2008 to 2013, many occurring in areas of high-rate water disposal.

"Induced seismicity is one of the primary challenges for expanded shale gas and unconventional hydrocarbon development. Our results provide insight into the process by which the earthquakes are induced and suggest that adherence to standard best practices may substantially reduce the risk of inducing seismicity," said Keranen. "The best practices include avoiding wastewater disposal near major faults and the use of appropriate monitoring and mitigation strategies."

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