- ALWI supported an initiative of the non-profit organization Engineers Without Borders, with the specific project located in Kenya. We helped to plan the development and installation of a community supply well for a rural village presently lacking in a safe and sanitary water supply. Our support included well design and construction advice. On April 15, 2013, we presented to the volunteers, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Mark W. Eisner, PG, spoke on matters of hydrogeology, well design, scoping and managing the driller's contract and field methods to help ensure a successful and sanitary outcome.
- Maryland leads the nation in research and technology development, but continued economic growth in these sectors continues to rely on adequate water and sewer infrastructure. The MD Economic Development Assoc. (MEDA) is focusing its 2013 Conference on the relation of infrastructure and economic development Mark W. Eisner, PG has been invited to present on the natural water availability in Maryland. He also will sit on a panel of water experts discussing the relationship of water to economic development in general and to specific current and future economic development projects such as the cooling needs of computer equipment in data centers with are a high-intensity, high-technology form of economic activity of particular interest to many communities.
- As a component of our ongoing contract to update Source Water Protection Programs for vulnerable communities in Maryland, ALWI has scheduled a public workshop to discuss our findings and recommendations for certain water systems in western Maryland. On May 15, 2013, Garrett County will host an ALWI multi-system workshop on source water protection issues benefiting the citizens of Barton, Frostburg, Lonaconing, McHenry, Midland and Mountain Lake Park. Mr. David Pielmeier, Senior Scientist and Operations Manager, will present at the workshop ; the public is invited to attend.
- Mr. Mark Eisner, ALWI President, presented at the May 7, 2012 Maryland Rural Water Association Convention held in Ocean City, Maryland. His two presentations focused on the relationship between MDE Water Appropriation Permits and growth approvability for public water systems in Maryland. One presentation focused on those public supply systems using groundwater from the confined aquifers of the Atlantic Coastal Plain east of I-95, and the other focused on groundwater supplied from fractured bedrock aquifers elsewhere in Maryland. Following the conference, Mr. Eisner received a letter of appreciation from MRWA for his dedication and volunteerism in designing and presenting these well-received continuing education classes.
- On October 13, 2011 and at the invited request of the Carroll County Commissioners, Mark W. Eisner, ALWI President, delivered an audio-visual presentation on the history and present application of the MDE Groundwater Appropriation Permitting process. The presentation focused on the application of MDE appropriation guidelines and policies to Carroll County municipalities, and the interrelationship of sustainable well capacity, groundwater recharge area, growth approvability and PlanMaryland. The Commissioners desired this information for contextual background in considering Water and Sewer Master Plan amendment requests and for consideration in decision of long-range planning. An extensive question-and-answer session then followed.
- Mark W. Eisner, ALWI President, was invited to present before the Adams County Water Resources Committee. Mr. Eisner's October 26, 2010 presentation was entitled "Hydrogeologic Projects: Scoping & Contracting Considerations" and was developed for an audience of Borough and Township water supply officials. We would welcome the opportunity to make a similar presentation before other water supply committees and governmental bodies charged with locating, developing, allocating, managing and protecting water supply capacity in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
- Messrs. Mark W. Eisner, P.G. and David L. Pielmeier, ALWI Senior Scientist, presented at the 2010 MDE Groundwater Symposium, held in Baltimore on September 29, 2010. Their abstract was entitled, "Careful Hydrogeologic Evaluation May Protect Against Unfair and Baseless Domestic Water Supply Impact Allegations" and was accepted by MDE following a competitive selection process. Several project case histories were presented, from domestic wells wherein water supply impacts were alleged to have arisen from nearby groundwater withdrawal and/or discharge activities. Contrasts between actual causal effects and unsubstantiated allegations were illustrated in the context of the importance of accurate and defensible investigative forensics.
- Mark W. Eisner, ALWI President and Principal Hydrogeologist, presented a professional paper at a conference on May 5, 2010, convened in Pittsburgh by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. The symposium was attended by industry representatives, including energy companies, regulators, consultants and others interested in the Marcellus Shale and the hydraulic fracturing process involved in maximizing natural gas production. Mr. Eisner's presentation followed acceptance of a submitted abstract, entitled "Separating Fact From Fiction: Careful Hydrogeologic Evaluation May Protect Against Unfair and Baseless Domestic Water Supply Impact Allegations." Mr. Eisner offered concrete examples and made detailed recommendations for baseline hydrogeologic assessments to help Marcellus interests parse genuine impacts from questionable allegations. Baseline hydrogeologic evaluations of the type Mr. Eisner recommended are rapid and cost-effective. ALWI would welcome the opportunity to discuss the application of our recommendations to a specific circumstance or need.
- By the invitation of the Balitmore, Washington and Harrisburg (BWH) Chapter of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG), Mark W. Eisner, P.G., ALWI President presented and discussed "Groundwater Resources on Delmarva: Sustainable Management or Long Term Mining?" at the January 28, 2010 meeting held in Frederick, Maryland. The presentation reviewed the hydrogeological and regulatory settings of several select areas on and near the Delmarva Peninsula where groundwater withdrawals are occurring at rates that appear to be not sustainable and offered recommendations for the future.