SURF Meetings:

SURF Spring 2019 Meeting – San Diego, California

In partnership with the 29th Annual International Conference on
Soil, Water, Energy, and Air
March 18-21, 2019

Program will be available in December 2018.


SURF Fall 2019 Meeting – Amherst, Massachusetts

In partnership with the 35th Annual International Conference on
Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 21-24, 2019

The call for abstracts will be published in December 2018.
The deadline to submit an abstract will be February 8
, 2019.


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.


Call for Abstracts and Session Proposals, Spring 2019 Conference

SURF is soliciting abstracts and proposals for green and sustainable remediation sessions for the 29th Annual International Conference on Soils, Water, Energy, and Air to be held March 18-21, 2019 in San Diego, California.

In strengthening SURF’s partnership with the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) and sharing the body of knowledge generated by each organization, we are reaching out to our always strong SURF network and requesting that you submit an abstract relating to sustainable remediation. As SURFers, it is our mission to further the understanding and development of sustainable remediation, and what better way than presenting, whether it be a platform or a poster, to 1,000+ of your colleagues at a well-respected technical conference.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please click the link above for additional information.  

Possible abstract categories include:

  • Green and Sustainable Remediation Project Case Studies
  • Remediation
  • Sustainability
  • Water Conservation
  • Climate Change

Example technical session proposals that may be of interest to SURF members could include:

  • The Role of Sustainability in Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Prevention Rather Than Treatment – Focusing on the Younger Generations
  • How to Implement a SR Program within Your Organization
  • Extreme Weather and Resilience Planning for Remediation Sites

If you are interested in submitting an abstract to one of these proposed technical sessions, or if you have a session idea in mind, please contact the SURF Meetings and Programs Committee Chair, Matt Ambrusch. Each technical session will accommodate up to six presentation and/or panel discussion slots. Yes, you read that right: panel discussion. SURF is happy to announce that it will be hosting a first-of-its-kind panel discussion at the upcoming 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, October 15-18, 2018 in Amherst, Massachusetts (stay tuned for registration details, but save the date now!). We would love to make this a SURF signature and host something similar in San Diego, so if you have an idea let us know!

Please feel welcome to reach out to Matt Ambrusch with additional questions or inquiries about how to get involved with SURF meetings and programs. 



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