GEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY
2011 Annual Conference and Field Trip
GANJ XXVIII: Environmental Geology of Central New Jersey
Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th, 2011
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As announced in the spring, the 28th Annual Geological Association of New Jersey (GANJ) conference and field trip will focus on environmental geology of Central New Jersey. There will be a significant emphasis on real-world applications of geologic knowledge in solving environmental problems during the Friday conference and Saturday field trip.
The scheduled speakers are experts in research and environmental consulting in New Jersey. The presentations will include talks on the results of geologic research that has been applied to solve water supply and other Coastal Plain environmental issues, the use of innovative methods to characterize sites subject to environmental investigation and cleanup, and the influence of site geologic conditions on the distribution of contaminants and remedial alternatives. Some of the methods to be discussed are the use of borehole video in the Passaic Formation that shows evidence of flow between different fractures, geophysical and other field investigation screening tools, and various modeling techniques.
For those working in the environmental field, this should be an opportunity to see some new techniques, see successful application of technologies you were considering, and network with others in the field. For geology, environmental engineering, and environmental science students, it will be an opportunity to learn about an area of geology that will be employment opportunity for many; it should also be an opportunity to meet leaders in the field. Teachers should see aspects of environmental geology that could be used to generate student interest in related science classes. In addition, the teachers’ workshop will discuss classroom activities that deal with common misconceptions in earth and environmental science. To close out the Friday conference, before the annual dinner and business meeting with the election of GANJ officers for 2011-2012, our keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Hoffman, Research Scientist from the New Jersey Geological Survey, speaking on Northern Coastal Plain water supply issues. The Saturday field trip will include the Passaic Formation, Coastal Plain sand and clay deposits, a salt marsh with evidence of sea level rise.
11:30-12:30 Teacher Workshop – Challenging Common Misconceptions in Earth and Environmental Science - Jane Alexander, College of Staten Island/CUNY, and GANJ President-Elect
1:00-1:20 Welcoming Remarks/Conference Overview – Alan H. Uminski, GANJ President
1:20-1:40 How Laterally Extensive are Major Conductive Fractures in the Passaic Formation? – Richard Britton, The Whitman Companies, and Andrew Michalski, Ph.D., Michalski and Associates
1:40-2:00 Hydraulic Diffusivity-Based Methodologies for Characterization of Fractured Rock Hydrogeologic Regimes: Examples from the Passaic Formation, New Jersey - Robert D. Mutch, Jr., P.Hg., P.E. Mutch Associates, LLC
2:00-2:20 Characterization of a Previously Unmapped Subsurface Fault Zone in Central New Jersey – Robert Bond, P.G., Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
2:20-2:40 Earthquake Loss Estimation for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, New Jersey – Scott Stanford, New Jersey Geological Survey.
3:00-3:20 Direct-Sensing Tools for the Evaluation of Overburden Geology and Formation Hydraulic Properties in Unconsolidated Sedimentary Deposits of New Jersey - Jason C. Ruf and Matthew Ruf, S2C2, Inc.
3:00-3:20 Stratigraphy and Hydrogeology of the Cretaceous-Age Raritan and Magothy Formations in the Sayreville-Parlin Area, Middlesex County, New Jersey – John W. Jengo, P.G., MWH Americas, Inc.
3:20-3:40 Ground Water/Surface Water Interaction at an EPA Superfund Site on the Coastline of New Jersey - John Dougherty, CDM, Inc.
3:40-4:00 Correlation of Outcrop to Subsurface Magothy Formation Sequences and Members - Peter Sugarman, Ph.D., New Jersey Geological Survey
4:30-5:30 Keynote Speaker – Jeffrey L. Hoffman, New Jersey Geological Survey - Critical Area 1 - A Success Story
6:00 ........... Dinner and Business Meeting
Saturday, October 15th - Meet at Parking Lot 2, Middlesex County College, Edison NJ
Field Trip: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
The Saturday field trip will include the Passaic Formation, Coastal Plain sand and clay deposits, a salt marsh with evidence of sea level rise, and a fossil-collecting stop.
For the fossil locality: please bring sieves if you have them; and a change of footwear can be advisable (it is a stream locality).
Professional Development/Continuing Education Credits
If attendance at the GANJ annual meeting is considered by your school or other organization as an acceptable professional development activity, GANJ will provide annual meeting certificates of attendance. Four (4) hours will be credited for the Friday presentations and six (6) hours for Saturday’s field trip. If you will need a certificate of attendance, note this with your registration form.
Nominations for the
GANJ 2011-2012 Executive Board
Nominees for the GANJ executive board were solicited from the GANJ membership in the Spring Newsletter. Nominees are all individuals who had been contacted by the person nominating them and had agreed to serve. The board presents the following list of candidates and will seek election of the entire slate by voice vote at the annual meeting. If anyone would like to make a nomination for future service, including a self-nomination, please contact any existing board member. Current board members can also answer questions regarding specific duties of the various positions. Please consider volunteering your time and energy to serve. We meet about once every four (4) to six (6) weeks. Members are also invited to suggest ideas for future meeting themes, locations, and presenters.
The board would like to thank Pierre Lacombe, U.S. Geological Survey, as he completes his three (3) year term as President.
President-Elect: Alan I. Benimoff, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Responsibilities: A three (3) year position (as President-Elect, President and Past-President) where during the first year one learns the responsibilities of the President, the second year is responsible for organizing the annual meeting and field trip, and the third year assists the President by sharing past experiences.
Treasurer: Emma Rainforth, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position (with the understanding of serving multiple years) keeping track of the organization’s finances.
Membership Secretary: Suzanne Macaoay Ferguson, Sadat Associates
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position (with the understanding of serving multiple years) maintaining the membership database.
Recording Secretary: Stephen J. Urbanik, NJDEP
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position recording minutes at the executive board and annual meetings, preparing the bi-annual newsletters, and tracking correspondence.
Councilors at Large (three (3) positions):
Nurdan S. Duzgoren-Aydin, New Jersey City University
Pierre Lacombe, U.S. Geological Survey
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position assisting other members of the board as needed and learning the organization’s operations in order to possibly serve in another position of the executive board.
MAtthew l. Gorring, Montclair state university
Gregory Herman, New Jersey Geological Survey
Michael J. Hozik, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Currently Elected Officers:
President: Jane Alexander, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Past President: Alan H. Uminski
Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison NJ
Driving Directions and Campus Map are available at the MCC website
Directions to College Center / parking: Follow College Drive East to the south side of the campus; the College Center is located across from the Physical Education Center. Visitor parking is available in Lots 1 and 2; these are the two (2) large lots to the right and left at the end of College Drive East, just before it intersects Mill Road (Route 667). There may be limited parking, especially for those with accessibility needs, in Lot 3, adjacent to the College Center. For additional information, stop at the information window at the Gateway Building. This is the first building on the right on College Drive East as you enter the campus.
Each conference attendee is responsible for his/her own lodging. Due to the large number of facilities in the area, special arrangements/group discounts have not been established. Nearby Edison hotels include:
Crowne Plaza Edison, 2055 Lincoln Highway - 732-287-3500
Hotel Classique, 21 Cortland Street - 732-548-7000 - 1 mile from college
Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center, 125 Raritan Center Parkway - 732-225-8300 - 3 miles from college
Fairfield Inn & Suites Edison -South Plainfield, 875 New Durham Road - 732-650-0011
Red Roof Inn, 860 New Durham Road - 732-248-9300 – 2.5 miles from college
Hilton Garden Inn Edison/Raritan Center, 50 Raritan Center Parkway - 732-225-0900
Days Inn Edison, 610 U.S. Route 1 North -732-985-2666
GANJ invites support of the annual meeting through sponsorship ($250.00). Sponsors receive recognition in the proceedings volume and on the GANJ web site for a year. More important is the opportunity to support geologic education in New Jersey. If interested, please contact a board member. Thank you again to our 2010-2011 sponsors: Environmental Compliance, Inc.; GEI Consultants; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Matrix New World Engineering, Inc.; New Jersey City University; Rutgers University-Newark-Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; and the U.S. Geological Survey-New Jersey Water Science Center.
GANJ is also accepting advertisements from geologically-oriented entities (e.g., universities, environmental consulting firms, environmental laboratories, well drilling firms, etc.). For $15.00, a copy of your business card will be included in the annual meeting proceedings volume. If interested, please contact a board member.
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