Climate Talk at Mt Pleasant Branch DC library tonight

This evening (Thursday, April 2) at 7 PM, NASA Scientist Walt Meier will give a talk on climate change at the Mount Pleasant Public Library in DC.  Dr. Meier will talk about the work NASA is doing in the polar regions and what their observations say about climate change.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP at the following site

The above site has walking directions from Columbia Heights Metro Station.  (Mount Pleasant Library is about 0.4 miles from the station.)  The address of the library is

Mount Pleasant Library

3160 16th St NW

Washington, DC 20010

The talk is organized by the DC Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). After the talk, they’ll describe the work of CCL on lobbying for a revenue-neutral carbon tax in Congress.  (I volunteer with CCL as part of the Silver Spring MD Chapter.)  For information on CCL, you can contact me or visit the CCL site

In particular, last year CCL commissioned REMI (Regional Economic Models Inc.) to do an economic impact study of its Carbon Fee & Dividend proposal (a revenue-neutral carbon tax where all the revenues go back to households).  They found that the proposal would cut carbon emissions significantly (by 33% in 10 years and 52% in 20 years compared to 1990 levels) and at the same time would be beneficial to the economy and for public health: It would create a net 2.1 million jobs in 10 years and 2.8 million jobs in 20 years, add a net $1.375 trillion to GDP over 20 years, and save an average of 11,000 lives a year due to reduced pollution.

More details about the REMI study (including links to download a 4-page summary and the full 121-page report) are at

NOVA Science Seminar: Nuclear energy

All Students, Staff and Faculty are cordially invited to a Science Seminar

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, CE Forum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

12 noon – 1pm

Title:  “Nuclear Matters: Can nuclear energy be the front line of defense against climate change?”

By: Dr. Shivaji Seth, Sc.D

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Light Refreshments and “Meet & Greet the Speaker” in the CE Forum

Abstract: The world is at a critical juncture, facing the dual challenges of providing sustainable, secure energy supply and reducing carbon emissions that impact our environment and climate.  In spite of its sustained contribution towards electricity production, nuclear technology remains underutilized and controversial.  Much of the public is uneasy about all matters nuclear, raising concerns about safety, cost, waste, and proliferation.  To what extent could renewable energy sources address energy demands?  Could and should nuclear energy play any greater role in meeting our challenges?  This presentation will provide a basis to think about these key questions, to understand key national and international developments, and perhaps, to see a path forward.

Dr. Seth has fifty years of well diversified experience in the nuclear engineering and safety field, which includes work in national research institutions, nuclear industry, and the government.  He served in senior advisory capacity for three U.S. government agencies for over twenty years.  Prior to his retirement in 2013, Dr. Seth was Senior Technical Advisor for Nuclear Safety at the Department of Energy for sixteen years, first at its largest nuclear site (Hanford in Washington State), and subsequently, at the Headquarters in Washington, District of Columbia.  Presently, he provides consulting and training in the nuclear field.

Dr. Seth has contributed extensively to the design, analysis, and safety of civilian nuclear reactors and defense nuclear facilities, including the development of regulatory safety standards.  He has authored numerous technical publications and papers at national and international conferences.  He is an emeritus member of the American Nuclear Society.  Dr. Seth earned his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA.

New posting for DCGeology blog

The Paleontological Society of Washington

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, in the Cooper room (E-207A), National Museum of Natural History, Constitutional Ave. entrance

Out with the old, in with the new: How fast can terrestrial ecosystems recover from mass devastation?

– A journey 66 million years back in search of the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary in the badlands of North Dakota

Antoine D. Bercovici

Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington D.C. 20013

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted to the Cooper Room at 6:45 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitutional Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group.

2011 Virginia Earthquake, Dr. Horton, USGS, AEG-BWH Meeting, Thursday, March 19

Geologists and students:

I want to personally invite you and your colleagues to the March 19, 2015 AEG-BWH meeting featuring Dr. Wright Horton of the USGS. He will be speaking on: 2011 Virginia Earthquake and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in the Eastern United States. The meeting is at Amphora Diner Deluxe in Herndon. Please register immediately via email to Patrick Hastings at AEGBWHSecretary. Below is the full notice.

Steve Stokowski, PG
Chairman, AEG-BWH


Notice of Meeting

Announcement from the BWH Section of the
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

Date: Thursday March 19, 2015

Baltimore MD – Washington DC – Harrisburg PA

TOPIC: 2011 Virginia Earthquake and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in the Eastern United States

A new book on “The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America” <> has chapters on a variety of geoscience and engineering aspects. The Mw ~5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of 2011 was the largest to occur in the Appalachian region in more than 100 years. It was felt over much of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, caused significant damage from central Virginia to the National Capital Region, and was responsible for the automatic safe shutdown of a nuclear power station. It invigorated interest in earthquake processes, hazards, and preparedness along the Eastern Seaboard, and responses of the science and engineering communities to this rare event serve as models for responding to future events. The earthquake provided important new seismologic, engineering, geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical data that contribute to the understanding of earthquakes in eastern North America and to better assessment and mitigation of seismic hazards. This collection of 23 chapters makes these results available for geoscientists, engineers, and decision makers interested in understanding earthquakes and seismic hazards in eastern North America and other intraplate settings. As lead editor of the book and author of several chapters, Wright will present some highlights.
Front cover:
Map of ENA quakes Mw ≥5.8 (Fig. 1 of Ch. 1):

Wright is a USGS Research Geologist based in Reston, Virginia. He has years of experience in southern and central Appalachian geology, served as co-leader of the USGS Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Project, explored and mapped pre-Cretaceous terranes and basins beneath the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and recently became involved in Virginia earthquake studies. A Fellow of the Geological Society of America, he earned a B.S. from Furman University, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Chair: Steve Stokowski, AEG BWH, (508) 259-3536,
Vice Chair: William Mikalik, Applied Environmental, Inc.,
Secretary/Treasurer: Patrick Hastings, Seismic Surveys Inc.,


DATE: Thursday March. 18, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Amphora Diner Deluxe
1151 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Below is the Google Map link to Amphora Restaurant,-77.397156,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x271fbd94712cda5b
Parking is where you can find it at the restaurant.

COST (dinner & mtg):
Bring personal or company check or cash to the meeting and pay treasurer
before presentation.
Members: $40
Non-members: $45
Students: $25


6:00 to 7:00 pm Social, Networking and Registration
7:00 to 7:45 pm Dinner
7:45 to 8:45 pm Presentation, Questions, Closing Statements

To reserve a seat, please email Patrick Hastings by TUESDAY, March 17,
2015 at AEGBWHSecretary.

AEG-BWH 2015 Upcoming Meetings/Field Trips
April 18 (Saturday) – AEG-BWH Spring Symposium (NEW! and at James Madison
May 21 – Mr. David Fenster (Location Vienna, VA.)

Call for presentations, AEG-BWH 2015 Spring Symposium

AEG-BWH is sponsoring a Spring Symposium on Saturday April 18, 2015. The Symposium will this year be held at James Madison University. The theme of the Symposium is: The many facets of engineering geology

There are currently 5 opportunities for students to make oral presentations. We encourage students to make oral presentations. Some can also make poster presentations. We already have 5 professionals making presentations.

Our goal is to gather together leaders and students in geo-science, geo-engineering, and related disciplines to discuss their experiences with innovative methods (applied or research) being used in today’s projects. Our hope is that, through such gatherings, the AEG community will continue to grow and better serve to protect property and the environment.

My goal is to make the conference a yearly event. I hope to make it an opportunity for those universities with geology departments with an engineering bent to showcase their achievements.

For those students who wish to just attend the symposium, the cost is nominal ($20). Scholarships are available. Students making a presentation will have a scholarship. Others may be supported when recommended by their department professors.

Below is the current program.

S. J. Stokowski, PG
Chairman, AEG-BWH
cell: 508-259-3536


Presentation Schedule:

8:30 am Registration

9:00-9:10 am Welcome & Introductions

9:10-9:35 am Steve Stokowski, TEC Services, “History and Geology of Aggregate Supply to Washington, DC”

9:35-10:00 am Student presentation

10:00 am BREAK

10:15-10:40 am Stephen Lane, VA Highway Res. Council., Application of Petrography to Highways

10:40-11:05 am Student presentation

11:05-11:30 am Student presentation

11:30-11:55 am Poster Session and LUNCH (sandwiches and soft drinks included)

1:00-1:25 pm Dr. Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison U., “Visualizing the Geology of Virginia Appalachians”.

1:25-1:50 pm Student presentation

1:50-D18 Matt Heller, VA DMME, “Surface Exposure Dating of Debris Deposits in the Valley and Ridge Province, Rockingham County, Virginia”

2:15 pm BREAK

2:15-2:40 pm Student presentation

2:40-3:05 pm Dave Fenster, Bechtel, “TBD”

3:05 pm-4:00 Mineral Museum

PGS: DC Clean Rivers Project

The March 19, 2015 meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society will be held at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, VA ( in the Glassed-in room in the Fife and Drum (main dining room).

Timothy J. King, P.G. AECOM Germantown, Maryland

The DC Clean Rivers Project is an ongoing program being implemented by DC Water to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. The Project involves construction of a series of storage and conveyance tunnels and related infrastructure to capture and subsequently treat combined sewer water from heavy rainfalls to reduce impacts to the region’s waterways.

Mr. King’s presentation will discuss the application of geophysical investigation methods to the planning and design of tunnels, shafts and related infrastructure associated with the project. Investigations have included seismic surveys to assess subsurface stratigraphy and depth to bedrock, borehole geophysical logging to characterize bedrock discontinuities, multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) to delineate buried channels, vertical seismic profiling for seismic design, and side-scan sonar surveys to delineate underwater obstructions.


Timothy King is a Principal Geologist at AECOM (formerly Woodward-Clyde Consultants and URS Corporation) in Germantown, Maryland. He built and is the leader of the geophysical services team at URS/AECOM. His experience includes engineering geophysics, engineering geology, and hydrogeology applied to site investigations to evaluate subsurface conditions related to tunnels, mines, highways, bridges, dams, and other civil infrastructure. He has been responsible for technical and management aspects of investigations at hundreds of sites across the United States and has worked on projects in Africa, South America, Europe and New Zealand.

Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day ( Reservations are not necessary, however, we need a head count, so, if you wish to attend dinner ($25), please inform Bob Fraser at 540-888-3001 or via E-mail at If you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner. Non-members and guests are welcome. Visit the PGS web site at for new meeting announcements, etc. Please send changes of address or email to

Marcia McNutt at UMD

2015 Geology Colloquium Series – Geology Dept., University of Maryland, College Park

Friday, March 6th 2015 at 3:00 pm
in PLS 1140

Marcia McNutt
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Geoscience Problem Solving for Sustainability: Focus on Climate and Energy

Geoscientists are and will continue to be at the forefront of finding solutions to many of the world¹s most pressing challenges for how to find solutions to many of problems in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for the billions of people on Earth in a sustainable manner. At the center of this challenge is the energy-climate change nexus: how to provide abundant energy to power modern society without continuing to contribute to the risk of climate change. Geoscientists are solving these problems by helping to find energy sources with lower CO2 emissions, providing the science for climate change adaptation, and exploring the prospects for climate intervention. Hand-in-hand with these issues, geoscientists need to be cognizant of the continuing need for abundant critical materials and water for alternative energy technologies and energy production.