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Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock

Course Code: EW0108CA20

Now Approved for NJ Well Drillers and Pump Installers, NJ LSRP, and CT LEP Credits!

Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock

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Last Held: September 24, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm (Check-in time 8:30am)

Next offering TBD.


This one-day course focuses on practical aspects of groundwater in the fractured sedimentary bedrock of the Newark Group (Brunswick Aquifer), where thousands of sites have been impacted by industrial contaminants. Remedial activities at such sites are usually impaired by oversimplified notions regarding groundwater flow and contaminant migration, as well as by the use of inadequate hydrogeologic characterization methods.

The course is intended for geologists, hydrogeologists, environmental professionals, licensed site remediation professionals (LSRPs), remediation engineers, regulators, and corporate site managers responsible for the investigation and remediation of complex bedrock sites. Participants will improve their understanding of the hydrogeologic framework best used to represent sedimentary bedrock sites.

Program Topics

  • Dominant role of certain bedding fractures in sedimentary bedrock and harmful consequences of using inadequate conceptual models of groundwater flow
  • Fracture flow basics and differences with porous media
  • Plume delineation and CEA determination at fractured bedrock sites
  • NJDEP's technical guidance document on groundwater investigation in fractured bedrock
  • How to conduct remedial investigations and groundwater cleanups at DNAPL and LNAPL Sites
  • Various conceptual flow models applied for groundwater in bedrock, and how their use influences apparent groundwater flow direction, velocities, plume delineation, and remediation outcomes at contaminated bedrock sites

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to properly investigate and apply improved understanding of the complex hydrogeologic framework present in sedimentary bedrock sites, which is necessary for the successful removal of industrial contaminants and complete remediation of impaired sites.


Richard Britton, P.G., LSRP, joined Matrix New World Engineering in 2018. As Senior Technical Director, Mr. Britton is responsible for technical leadership, mentoring, and direction on a company-wide basis. He has co-authored several publications describing innovative investigative techniques for bedrock aquifers that result in a more economical and efficient remediation approach. Mr. Britton works with attorneys as an expert on matters of cost allocation, liability, insurance, and remediation and has prepared expert reports for litigation on these issues.

Andrew Michalski, Ph.D., CGWP, P.G., LSRP, a Principal at Michalski and Associates, specializes in groundwater consulting. He has over 30 years of academic and consulting experience conducting groundwater investigations at hundreds of sites. In addition to publishing seminal papers on groundwater occurrence and movement in fractured bedrock of the Passaic Formation, Dr. Michalski developed practical bedrock hydrogeologic characterization tools that will be discussed in this class. He received a M.S. in Mine Hydrogeology (in 1969) and a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences from Cracow, Poland (in 1974), and held senior technical positions with The Whitman Companies, TRC, and the Earth Technology Corp. He also taught an undergraduate hydrogeology course at Rutgers University for nine years.

James Peterson, P.G., LSRP, President of Princeton Geoscience, Inc., has 28 years of New Jersey site investigation and remediation experience. His firm provides borehole geophysical logging services and geologic structure assessments at fractured bedrock sites, to help consulting industry colleagues develop effective remedial programs. He has provided training to LSRPs and other interested consultants on the use of borehole geophysics to support site remediation.

Continuing Education Credits

The September 24, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this groundwater training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water and Wastewater Operators: 6 TCHs (Approval #: 01-040701-30)

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: 6 Technical

NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

NJ LSRP CEC's: 6.5 Technical

NJ Well Drillers and Pump Installers - 6 Technical/Industry CEPs

NJ Health Officers & REHSs: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 5.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NY Professional Engineers: 6 PDHs (NOTE: This class may not be used to fulfill the land surveyors continuing education requirement in NYS.)

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 6.5 CTLEP CECs – Course Number CTLEP 390

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 6 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1310

This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.

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Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium
Suite 101, Room 120 Sequoia
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180

Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.