Chemistry Refresher for Environmental Professionals Training Course - CalEPA Water Board Staff Only

  • December 01, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Live Online Training (Webinar)

December 1, 2020, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST (1 Day)

Pacific Time Zone

Live Interactive Online Training

Note: This class is open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff only.

Course Reviews (4.6/5): 

Overview: This course provides a practical review of key chemistry principles essential for understanding contaminant behavior in soil, air, and water. The course begins with a review of atomic structure and the environmental applications of the periodic chart. The course then progresses through topics such as chemical bonds, chemical reactions, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. Environmental professionals working in water quality, stormwater management, contaminated site assessment, and remediation will benefit from attending.
Course Topics: 
Physical and Chemical Properties of Contaminants (S, Kd, Koc, Kow, Kh, Tb, Tm)

Environmental Applications of the Periodic Chart

Oxidizers, Reducers, and Oxidation States

Mass-Based and Molar-Based Concentrations

Covalent versus Ionic Bonding

Empirical, Chemical, and Structural Formulas

Lewis Dot Notation

Predicting Molecular Geometry

Solubility Rules, Precipitation, and Sedimentation
Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, and Thermodynamics


Chemical Equilibrium and Limiting Reactants

Redox Potential and pH

Microbes and Terminal Electron Acceptors

Polyatomic Oxoanions (nitrate, phosphate, perchlorate, etc.)

Organic Molecules and IUPAC Nomenclature

Common Soil and Water Quality Monitoring Parameters

Predicting Contaminant Behavior

Intended Audience: Environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of environmental chemistry. The course is especially helpful for those working with chemical data who have not had a chemistry refresher in over ten years.

Education Level: Introductory/refresher to intermediate.

Course Materials: Course proceedings, worksheets, and reference material.

Credit: 7.5 PDHs and 0.75 CEUs for completing 7.5 hours of instruction.

Registration: This course is only open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff. Please register internally with the Training Academy.

About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has twenty-five years of professional experience in environmental quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated groundwater, soil, and surface water projects for the Department of Defense and other clients. He currently provides consulting support to environmental projects and teaches courses in contaminant chemistry, transport and fate, natural attenuation, geochemistry, hydrogeology, remediation, stormwater, and surface water management with the University of California Davis and the National Environmental Management Academy.

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