Hydrogeology symposium to draw hundreds of geology specialists

March 4, 2016

With 43 presentations covering issues addressing hydrogeology, groundwater quality, and use, the 24th annual David S. Snipes/Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium will draw scientists and engineers from universities, government and industry to the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University on March 31st.

Sponsored by Clemson’s Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences department, the symposium will draw 30 commercial exhibitors engaged in environmental sciences from seven states.

“This is an opportunity for industry-related projects to intermingle with academic research and bridge the gap that has traditionally separated these two endeavors,” said Scott Brame, a Research Faculty member in the department.

“This symposium is an on-going effort to engage and educate the hydrogeological community at large, whether from industry or academia,” Brame said. “Our primary focus is on geologic- and hydrologic-related issues in the southeastern United States, but it is not restricted to any geographic extent.”

The presentations will cover a wide assortment of topics, from hydrogeology to contaminated site remediation to geophysics.

Associated with the symposium are field trips scheduled for March 30th, April 1st, and April 28th, which will focus on the transition from the Piedmont to the Blue Ridge in the vicinity of Bad Creek and the Whitewater River, including the Brevard Fault Zone.  This may be the last year we will to offer a tour of the Bad Creek Underground Powerhouse, since the Duke Energy employee who arranges this trip will be retiring soon, and a new contact person has not yet been identified.  Malcolm Schaeffer and Scott Brame will lead the trips.

The first Hydrogeology Symposium, organized by David S. Snipes, began in 1992 as a single-session conference with 50 participants. It now draws over 300 attendees and dozens of exhibitors for 50 oral and poster presentations in three concurrent sessions.