Surface Water and Stormwater Pollutant Chemistry: Principles and Applications - Union Gap, WA

  • November 02, 2016
  • 8:00 AM
  • November 03, 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Department of Ecology Building, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903


  • Two or more people from the same agency or company.

Registration is closed

November 2 - 3, 2016, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (2 Days)

Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office - Yakima
1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA 98903 [directions]

Note: This training is open to all local, county, state, and federal government staff only.

This practical and engaging course provides a comprehensive overview of common surface water and stormwater pollutant sources and characteristics, contaminant behavior, treatment processes, current research, and emerging treatment technologies. Course sections are applicable to professionals working in surface water and stormwater quality management. The topics provide essential information for understanding and managing water pollutants for environmental protection and permit compliance.

Course Topics

Surface Water & Stormwater Chemistry
  • Pollutant Types & Sources
  • Pollutant Transport & Fate
  • Atmospheric Deposition

  • Contaminant Partitioning
  • Organic Pollutant Properties
  • Metal Pollutant Properties
  • Cation Exchange
  • Complexation & Speciation
  • Ion Precipitation
  • Particle Settling
  • Water Quality Monitoring

  • Redox Potential
  • Acidity (pH)
  • Alkalinity
  • Hardness
  • Conductivity

  • Grab versus Composite Sampling
  • Event Mean Concentrations (EMCs)
  • Pollutant Loading
  • Chemo/Pollutographs
  • Managing First Flush
  • Sediment Chemistry
  • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET)

Pollutant Properties
  • Thermal Pollution
  • Solids (Turbidity, TS, TSS, and SSC)

  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Nanoparticles
  • Acid/Base Generating Material
  • Metals (Al, Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb, Hg, Ni, Pb, Se, Sb, and Zn)

  • Road Salts

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus

Pollutant Properties (cont.)

  • Oxygen Demanding Pollutants
  • Petroleum Products
  • Antifreeze Glycols

  • Detergents, Soaps & Other Surfactants
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • PBDEs
  • PAHs
  • PCBs
  • Phthalates
  • Pesticides & Degradates
  • Pathogens

Treatment Processes

  • Coagulation/Flocculation
  • Precipitation
  • Sedimentation
  • Flotation
  • Laminar Separation
  • Vortex Separation
  • Screening
  • Filtration
  • Sorption
  • Temperature Reduction
  • Acid/Base Neutralization
  • Volatilization
  • Disinfection
  • Biodegradation
  • Phytodegradation
  • Infiltration

  • Soil Reactions

  • Zero Valent Iron (ZVI)

  • Activated Carbon & Biochar

  • Hyporheic Flow

  • Engineered Streambeds
  • Permeable Reactive Weirs

Groundwater Protection

Intended Audience: Water quality professionals seeking an improved understanding of surface water and stormwater pollutants, and their associated behavior and treatment. Scientists, engineers, enforcement staff, program managers, and permit writers will benefit from attending.

Education Level: Introductory to intermediate. Current research and advanced topics are included to ensure all experience levels benefit from attending. This course is preceded by the one day Chemistry Refresher for Environmental Professionals course.

Course Materials: Course proceedings and reference material.

Credit: 15 PDHs and 1.5 CEUs for completing 15 hours of instruction.

Registration: $495 (save $100 per person when registering a group of two or more  - $395 Ecology staff and group rate). Register online or by calling us at (800) 385-0783. Registration closes Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5 P.M.

Accommodations: Click here for a map of nearby hotels.

Parking: Free on site.

About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has twenty-two years of professional experience in water quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated surface water and groundwater projects for the Department of Defense and other clients. He currently provides consulting support to water quality projects and teaches courses in contaminant chemistry, transport and fate, geochemistry, hydrogeology, remediation, stormwater and surface water management, and contaminant attenuation with both the University of California Davis and the National Environmental Management Academy. Between teaching and consulting, Erick develops surface water and stormwater treatment technologies. He holds two patents on permeable reactive weir technology.

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