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Remediation System Optimization: When Is It Time to Evaluate your Existing Remediation System?

Is your remediation system performing at its peak?  Is it costing you more than it should in operations and labor costs?  Environmental managers often struggle with tight budgets and limited resources.  Answering these questions can result in innovative solutions for improving performance and reaching site closure quickly, efficiently, and in a cost-effective way.  In this blog, Project Engineer Ross Horton offers practical …

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How to Obtain Regulatory Approval of a Monitored Natural Attenuation Remedy

Regulatory agency approval of monitored natural attenuation (MNA) as the chosen remediation method for groundwater at your contaminated site can mean a significant savings in cleanup costs.  How do you go about effectively convincing regulatory agencies that MNA is an appropriate remedy for your site?    In this blog, Senior Hydrogeologist Stacia Prazen explains how …

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What Stakeholders Should Know About Upcoming PFAS Regulations

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances are a large family of thousands of chemicals consisting of varying degrees of chemical properties and potential risks to human health. PFAS’s persistence in the environment is due to widespread use in industrial processes, firefighting foams, and consumer products. Toxicological studies within the last decade have raised concerns regarding PFAS …

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Why Securing Water Resources is an Urgent Priority for Land Development

The southwestern U.S. is facing a dire water crisis. Yet, the pace of recent land development in the region has drastically increased. Real estate investors, land developers, ranchers, farmers, urban planners, and other large groundwater users are urgently working to secure water resources for long term stability.  Where does that leave you?  In this blog, …

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Considering Heterogeneity in Site Characterization and Remedy Design

Subsurface site conditions are complex. When it comes to environmental remediation, understanding the hydrogeologic conditions is critical in achieving effective remediation and regulatory compliance.  In this blog, Principal Hydrogeologist Dr. Leo Leonhart explains how heterogeneity impacts site characterization and remedy design.   What is Heterogeneity? We celebrate diversity in such contexts as cultural diversity, species diversity, …

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Remedy Optimization – Expediting Cleanups

There is often a period during the life cycle of any groundwater remediation project when the finish line appears to be just around the corner, but not yet within reach. Implementing a remedy optimization strategy can get you to closure faster with a lower total project cost.   In this blog, Senior Hydrogeologist Amanda Beam …

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How to Optimize Long Term Performance of Extraction and Injection Wells

Water resource managers, well field operators, and environmental remediation managers often struggle with the frustration over poor  extraction and injection well performance and the unpredictable costs of well rehabilitation or replacement.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Establishing a  well performance monitoring program benefits project performance and reduces long-term project costs. In this blog, …

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Welcome to the Hargis Blog

Welcome to the Hargis blog. There are plenty of choices in the consulting industry and no shortage when it comes to opinions, resources, and information.  You want convenient access to content you can trust from experienced environmental consultants. The staff at Hargis is excited to launch this blog for that purpose.  We will tackle hydrogeology …

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Sampling and Remediation Considerations for Groundwater Contamination in Fractured Bedrock

You know there’s groundwater contamination problem.  Before jumping into the remedial design, it’s critical to understand the subsurface geology of your site.  The geology and lithology shape the distribution of contaminants and when there’s fractured bedrock, you’re facing a whole new set of challenges for successful site characterization and remediation.  Successful groundwater remediation depends on …

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4 Benefits of Continuous Air Sampling for Vapor Intrusion

Typical grab sampling or integrated sampling methods used for indoor air monitoring to evaluate vapor intrusion risks may not tell you the whole story.  They represent only a static snapshot of conditions, or an average value of contaminant concentrations over a certain period of time. What’s the risk in that?  Sampling results may be misleading.  …

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