SURF Meetings:

SURF Fall 2018 Meeting – Amherst, Massachusetts

In partnership with the 34th Annual International Conference on
Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 15-18, 2018

Abstract deadline: February 2, 2018

SURF is pleased to partner with the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS). SURF will be a visible participant at AEHS conferences through special sessions, technical presentations, a booth, and co-location of our annual business meetings. Learn more about AEHS at


Request for Sustainable Remediation Case Studies:

Help SURF catalogue case studies that demonstrate sustainable remediation implementation and exemplify the nexus of environmental, social, and economic aspects of a project.

If you have been involved in a project that incorporates elements of sustainable remediation, please consider preparing a case study for submittal to SURF’s Technical Initiative team.

For a copy of SURF’s case study template ==> click here

Completed case studies and questions about the initiative may be directed to the CSI team at

Please note that case studies with “green washing” or strong commercial messages will not be accepted by SURF.


2018 SURF Board of Trustees

Please welcome the 2018 SURF Board of Trustees and wish them well on what will surely be a great year ahead.
President: Gerlinde Wolf (AECOM)
Vice President: Matt Ambrusch (Langan)
Secretary: Cathy Rockwell (Woodard & Curran)
Treasurer: Jason McNew (EA)
At-Large: Lynn Tucker (Ford)
At-Large: Buddy Bealer (Shell)
These trustees will join Paul Hadley (DTSC retired), Erin Healy (CH2M), and Michael Smilley (Golder Associates), who will be serving the second year of their two-year terms.
Congratulations to all!



New WA State Dept. of Ecology Guidance Document: Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Remedies

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) has a new guidance document regarding how to address climate change impacts for state cleanup sites.  The official title is: Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Remedies publication no. 17-09-052. You can find the guidance here:

There is also a focus sheet that provides some quick, summary information about the guidance document available here:

The guidance document is intended to:

1. Help understand site-specific vulnerabilities of cleanup sites to climate change impacts – (Vulnerability Assessment); and

2. Provide recommendations to increases resilience of remedies at each phase of cleanup – (Adaptation Strategy).


Portland Harbor Sustainability Project Team Publishes Special Series in Journal of IEAM

A special series featuring the development of a sustainable remediation framework on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site was published in the Journal of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is one of the “mega-sediment sites” in the United States, comprising about 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, running through the heart of Portland, Oregon. The primary aim of the project was to conduct a comprehensive sustainability assessment, integrating environmental, economic, and social considerations of a selection of the remedial alternatives laid out by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The series includes the following articles which are available to download free of charge: 

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site Sustainability Project: Introduction

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLA)-Linked Environmental Impact and Benefits Analysis 

Stakeholder Value-Linked Sustainability Assessment 

Regional Economic Impact Assessment 

Application of Probabilistic Risk Assessment 

Please click here to download a copy of the announcement in our library to learn more.


Help SURF Measure the Value of Sustainable Remediation

SURF is currently working on a technical initiative in order to better understand the value that sustainable remediation (SR) brings to the remediation community. To better understand this, we have created the following survey to gather feedback on SR from a diverse group of stakeholders, including those who may not be familiar with using or considering SR practices.  Once polling is complete, SURF will prepare a summary of the survey findings. Please be aware that respondents’ name and company affiliation will remain confidential. This survey should take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will ultimately help SURF better communicate the value of SR practices throughout the environmental remediation industry.

SR Value Survey

Please feel free to distribute the survey link to others that you work with in order to help us broaden our reach of participants. 

We respectfully request that you complete the survey by Friday, September 22nd.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Healy, the leader of this technical initiative, at


Join SURF at the National Adaptation Forum - May 11th, 2017

National Adaptation Forum - Action Today for a Better Tomorrow
May 9-11, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Please join us on 11 May for SURF’s inaugural session at the National Adaptation Forum. The National Adaptation Forum (NAF), a premier gathering of the adaptation-minded, focuses on issues of the day - established and emerging.

SURF will facilitate a working session on our technical initiative: Climate Change and Resilience within Sustainable Remediation.  A public/private sector team is currently evaluating the planning, research, and activities needed to (1) ensure the long-term sustainability of site remediation from climate change impacts, and (2) examine the benefits of rehabilitated land to strengthen community and ecosystem resilience. 

Meeting this challenge will involve a holistic approach incorporating scientific, engineering, social/economic, and ecosystem disciplines.  The National Adaptation Forum provides a perfect venue for discussing and developing this holistic approach.
SURF’s working session will build on the 2016 webinars co-hosted with the NAF and highlight technical initiative progress, including:

  • Federal and state regulatory requirements and priorities for climate change
  • Consideration of all aspects of site remediation to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience
  • Redevelopment impacts & benefits
  • Social equity

SURF’s working session at the NAF will help advance the science and application of sustainable remediation in the face of climate change impacts.

Hope to see you in St Paul!  For more information, please contact Barbara Maco, SURF Vice President.