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Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock


Course Code: EW0108WB21

Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock

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Last Held: May 25-26, 2021
10:00am - 1:30pm EDT (Log-in time 9:45am EDT)

Next offering tentatively planned for March 2022. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


This online 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.

New Jersey is a very geologically diverse region. Due to its wide range of geological characteristics, the content of this course will be applicable to environmental professionals working in other areas throughout the country as well.

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. is a semi-retired hydrogeologist with over 45 years of academic and consulting experience. In addition to publishing seminal papers on groundwater occurrence and movement in fractured bedrock of the Newark basin, Dr. Michalski developed practical bedrock hydrogeologic characterization tools based on his hands-on investigations of numerous contaminated bedrock sites. He received a M.S. in Mine Hydrogeology (in 1969) and a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences from Cracow, Poland (in 1974). He was a principal at Michalski & Associates, Inc. for 25 years. Earlier, he held senior technical positions with The Whitman Companies, TRC, and the Earth Technology Corp. He also taught an undergraduate hydrogeology course at Rutgers University.

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 May 25-26, 2021 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 (CPWM): 6 Technical

NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 6.5 Technical CECs

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

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: 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 6.0 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

This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.

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Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Zoom.

Equipment needed to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is not necessary (all students will be muted on entry; you can use the "chat function" to type your questions and interact with the instructor)
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Pre-registration is required.


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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.

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