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Introduction to Groundwater Geochemistry

Come early to Las Vegas to take advantage of attending this one-day short course!

Introduction to Groundwater Geochemistry (short course #235)

Monday, December 5, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

This course introduces the important geochemical processes that produce and control the concentrations of dissolved constituents in groundwater. Each section of the course describes a phase or process in the aquifer geochemical system, discusses its impact on groundwater composition, and provides examples. An understanding of the basic subsurface geochemical processes allows an investigator to predict the fate and transport of groundwater contaminants and evaluate remediation options, including natural attenuation.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for groundwater professionals who need an introduction or refresher on groundwater geochemistry and can serve as a prerequisite to other NGWA classes on this topic. It will be of benefit to:

  • Geologists/hydrogeologists planning, collecting, and interpreting groundwater data
  • Project managers dealing with groundwater contaminants
  • Hydrologic and geochemical reaction modelers
  • Chemical engineers/chemists designing remediation programs
  • Quality assurance personnel.


  • 7:30 a.m. — Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. — Section 1: Basic Groundwater Geochemistry Introduction
  • 9:15 a.m. — Break
  • 9:30 a.m. — Section 2: Groundwater Is the Aquifer Solution Phase
  • 10:45 a.m. — Break
  • 11:00 a.m. — Section 3: Groundwater/Gas Interactions
  • 12:00 p.m. — Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 p.m. — Section 4: Groundwater/Solids Interactions
  • 2:15 p.m. — Break
  • 2:30 p.m. — Section 5: Oxidation/Reduction Processes
  • 3:45 p.m. — Break
  • 4:00 p.m. — Section 6: Adsorption/Desorption Processes
  • 5:00 p.m. — Course adjourns

Course CEUs: 0.8


Bill Deutsch, Geochemistry Services LLC, is a groundwater geochemist with more than 40 years of experience. He’s been involved with all aspects of contamination characterization, fate and transport modeling, and remediation. Deutsch’s project experience includes environmental assessments and investigations of landfills, manufacturing plants, refineries, pesticide plants/distributorships, military bases, mines and mills, federal weapons facilities, and a wide variety of additional industrial sites. He’s also participated in remedial designs of sites contaminated with metals, radionuclides, pesticides, solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, and ordnance compounds. Deutsch worked as a research scientist for 13 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and as a consultant for more than 27 years. Since 1985, he has instructed more than 190 classes on groundwater geochemistry and geochemical modeling for professional organizations, federal/state agencies, and private companies. Deutsch is the author of Groundwater Geochemistry published by CRC Press in 1997.

Fees and registration

There is a separate fee for this short course and you must register to attend it separately from Groundwater Week by clicking here.

Fees on/before November 4

  • NGWA members — $400
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $400
  • Nonmembers — $550

Fees starting November 5

  • NGWA members — $500
  • Government employees (ID required)* — $500
  • Nonmembers — $650

*Please note those registering as a government employee must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.

Team discounts up to 10 percent available. Click for more details.

Full-time students can save 10 percent by using code STU-22DecTBD. In order to receive this discount, you need to register by phone, or enter the code on the print form and return it to us by fax or mail.

Hotel reservations

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