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.

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Call For Papers : : Environmental Technology and Innovation

The peer-reviewed journal Environmental Technology and Innovation is currently soliciting manuscripts for potential publication within a special edition focusing on the topic:

Influence of Climatic Uncertainty on Groundwater Remediation and Restoration

 The formal announcement can be found at:


Professor Ravi Naidu of the University of Newcastle, and Dr. Scott Warner, of  Ramboll Environ, are co-editors for this edition which will be published in December 2016. They anticipate that up to 25 papers will be included in this special edition from a global network of authors. Note that manuscripts should be submitted by June 30, 2016 according to the instructions that you can find on the webpage identified above. This is an important area of focus they have been working and  look forward to sharing the collective experience of others for the benefit of a global audience.  

 This special issue will compile studies focusing on:


  • Decision making for groundwater restoration approaches
  • Economic and environmental value assessment related to remediation
  • Climatic influence on hydrologic systems and impact to environmental projects
  • Designing environmental remedies to withstand extreme events (including flooding)
  • Model predictions of hydraulic changes due to climatic shifts
  • Innovative remedial approaches that are adaptive to long-term climate/hydraulic shifts
  • Best remediation practice for developing nations/communities in light of climate change
  • Lessons learned from long-term remediation approaches
  • Geochemical changes resulting from climate and hydraulic shifts – applicability to bioremediation and passive remedial measures
  • Research and development needs to reduce the negative impact of climatic impact remediation methods
  • Long-term protection of legacy remedial measures
  • The impact of sea level rise on coastal zone environmental remediation

email submissions to: or


New Global Groundwater Map

For the first time since a back-of-the-envelope calculation of the global volume of groundwater was attempted in the 1970s, an international group of hydrologists has produced the first data-driven estimate of the Earth’s total supply of groundwater. The study was led by Dr. Tom Gleeson of the University of Victoria with co-authors at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Calgary, and the University of Göttingen, and was published in Nature Geoscience.

Measured groundwater ages range from months to millions of years.  The study estimates global volume and distribution of groundwater less than 50 years old — "modern groundwater" — through a combination of geochemical, geologic, hydrologic, and geospatial data sets with numerical simulations of groundwater and tritium age analyses. 

The research shows that less than 6% of groundwater in the upper 2 km of the Earth's landmass is renewable within a human lifetime.  The total groundwater volume in the upper 2 km of continental crust is approximately 22.6 million km3, which represents a small percentage of the total groundwater on Earth yet dwarfs all other components of the active hydrologic cycle. The volume is equivalent to a body of water with a depth of about 3 m spread over the continents.

Get the paper here:


Groundwater Remedy Completion Strategy

Groundwater remediation is a component of more than 90% of active Superfund sites and achieving groundwater remedial action objectives (RAOs) can take years or even decades. The purpose of this guidance is to help focus resources on the information and decisions needed to effectively complete groundwater remedies and to ensure that these remedies protect human health and the environment. This document presents a recommended "groundwater remedy completion strategy" for evaluating Superfund groundwater remedy performance and making decisions to help facilitate achievement of RAOs and associated cleanup levels.

Download the guidance document here:


Call for Abstracts: Groundwater Issues and Water Management - Strategies Addressing the Challenges of Sustainability in California

The Groundwater Resources Association of California, in cooperation with USCID, the US Society for Irrigation and Drainage Professionals, is requesting abstracts for the upcoming conference:

Groundwater Issues and Water Management - Strategies Addressing the Challenges of Sustainability in California

The conference will be held March 4-5, 2014, in Sacramento, California.

Submit your abstract online by September 1, 2013, at

Many topics will be covered, including:

Sustainable Water Supplies

  • Climate Change Adaptation Strategies
  • Importance of Infrastructure Design and Investments
  • How Groundwater Fits into the "Sustainability" Picture
  • "Are My Groundwater Uses Sustainable?""Are Yours?"
  • Practical and Legal Definitions of Sustainability
  • Water Quality as a Measure of Sustainability
  • Water Conservation: Intended and Unintended Consequences

Visit the conference website to learn more.


Groundwater Conference & GRA Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts

Please join the Groundwater Resources Association of California for their 22nd annual meeting and 29th Biennial Groundwater Conference.

Abstract submittals are welcome now through June 30, 2013.

The conference theme is California's Groundwater Future in the Balance: Integrating Quantity & Quality in a Changing Climate.

Abstracts are welcome on the following topics:

  • Groundwater Quality Challenges & Advancements Toward Improved Supply Reliability
  • Chronic Groundwater Level Declines: Options for Improved Management for Protection of Water Supply and Quality
  • Recent Innovation in Groundwater Quality Remediation to Improve Supply Reliability
  • Strategies to Sustainably Manage Groundwater Quality and Quantity in an Uncertain Climate Future
  • Emerging Groundwater Trends
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge: Water Quantity and Quality Considerations

The meeting will be held on October 8-9, 2013 at the Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel in Sacramento, California.

Please visit the GRA website for abstract submission instructions and to learn more about the conference.