A groundwater well is a lifeline for many people and communities. It will provide drinking water for decades, if it is properly maintained. Just like your teeth need to be cleaned by the dentist and the oil in your car's engine needs to be changed to maintain a long and healthy life, so does your well. We will explore what causes a well to decline in performance and why.
New England Aquifers Series
This is the second course in the New England Aquifers webinar series. Click on the titles below to view the other courses in this series.
- Aug 30, 2018: A Journey through the Geology and Aquifers of New England and Why Groundwater Wells Need to be Re-developed - Specific Capacity
- Oct 18, 2018: Techniques for Well Re-Development and Maintenance
- Nov 15, 2018: Well Re-Development Permitting Considerations and Costs
All registrants who attend the entire duration of this webinar will receive 0.13 CEUs from the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
College Course Participation: A faculty member can register on behalf of a course and/or group of their students to participate in the webinar. With this registration, the faculty member can submit up to 20 participating students for awarding of 0.13 CEUs to each of them by AIPG.
Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G.
Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.
Dr. Raymond Talkington is the Principal Hydrogeologist and President of GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience providing direction to GEOSPHERE’s hydrogeological and geological projects. Typical projects involve groundwater supply exploration and development in sand and gravel and fractured bedrock systems. This includes the interpretation of glacial features on U.S. Topographic Maps along with the air photo interpretation and performing fracture trace analysis (FTA) to locate potential drilling targets for high yielding bedrock groundwater sources. For over 20 years Ray has been a regular instructor for courses on well redevelopment and maintenance, bedrock wells, and helping people understand the ABCs of groundwater, wells, and aquifers. Dr. Talkington was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a past Editor of the professional journal “The Professional Geologist.” He has 50 professional publications including books and chapters in geology laboratory manuals.
Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist, WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham
Frank Getchell is a Senior Supervising Hydrogeologist with WSP USA formerly Leggette, Brashears & Graham. His over 30 years of professional consulting experience includes management, design and implementation of subsurface investigations related to groundwater resource development and planning; aquifer hydraulics; groundwater recharge and storage and ASR; construction, foundation and quarry dewatering; land use impacts related to building development and extractable resource activities; and delineation and remediation of contaminated soil and water. Typical projects involve the evaluation of aquifer and well yields and hydraulic performance; the design, siting, and rehabilitation of screened and open-borehole wells; assessment of groundwater movement and the implications for contaminant fate and transport, and remediation of soil and ground water in unconsolidated deposits and fractured bedrock aquifers for private, municipal, utility, and industrial clients throughout the country. His experience dealing with regulators and permitting includes: water supply diversion and allocation permits; wetland delineations and impact mitigation; stormwater and wastewater subsurface disposal systems and SPDES permitting. His experience also includes the development and utilization of 2-D and 3-D numerical and analytical models and GIS-based analysis to evaluate contaminant fate and transport, aquifer hydraulics, and groundwater flow and recharge.
Mr. Getchell’s experience includes the application and interpretation of surface and downhole geophysical investigations to delineate and estimate hydraulic properties of aquifers. Frank regularly provides technical support and expert witness testimony before local planning boards and courts of law regarding the impacts on land use, the subsurface environment, water-supply wells and water resources resulting from proposed and existing groundwater supply development, land use, contamination sources, resource extraction, and waste disposal practices.
Mr. Getchell has published numerous papers and provided related presentations at local and national water-resource and environmental organization meetings, conferences, and workshops, in connection with water supply development, and land use impacts on soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions and contamination. He also is a regular technical instructor for the NJWA, NYRWA, and AWWA/NEWWA in connection with water-supply operator certification continuing education programs.
We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to the following organizations who have partnered with us on this webinar to spread the word to the community.
- Association of American State Geologists
- American Institute of Professional Geologists
- Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Society
- Environmental & Water Resources Institute
- European Federation of Geologists
- Geological Society of America
- Geological Society of New Hampshire
- International Association for Geoscience Diversity
- International Association of Hydrogeologists US National Chapter
- National Association of State Boards of Geology
- National Ground Water Association
- National Science Foundation Directorate for Geosciences