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SDAG Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Location: The Alamo Mexican Cafe
2543 Congress Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Tel: 619-296-1112

FROM INTERSTATE 5: Take the OLD TOWN AVENUE exit. Proceed east on Old Town Avenue. Turn left on to San Diego Avenue and then left at the fork onto Congress Street. The restaurant is located approximately three blocks to the north on the left (west) side of the street.
FROM INTERSTATE 15: Take CA 163 south to Mission valley and then take Interstate 8 west. Take the Taylor Street/Hotel Circle exit and head west on Taylor Street. Turn left (south) onto Congress Street. The restaurant is located approximately three blocks to the south on the right (west) side of the street.
happy hour
5:30pm -
Social hour  

Menu: Mexican Buffet

6:30pm -

Cost: $35.00 for non-members, $30.00 for members, $20.00 for students.
if pre-registered by the deadline, $5 extra if you did not make a reservation. Click the SDAG member checkbox on the reservation form if you are a member.

Reservations: Make your reservation online by clicking the button below no later than NOON, Monday, May 13
Late reservations/cancellations are preferred over walk-ins or no-shows. Fees payable at the meeting or pre-pay with PayPal.
There also will be a phone credit card reader at the meeting.

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make sure the SDAG secretary has your correct e-mail address.

7:15pm -


Speaker: Chuck Houser, CHg

Abstract: Litigation support work has some unique challenges compared to more typical assessment work conducted by environmental consultants. Several years ago, I was tasked with evaluating post-fire sedimentation in some former ponds on a north County property. This required some innovation since there is as yet no reliable test to distinguish "pre-fire soil" from "post-fire soil". Projects like this afford the project geologist the opportunity to take a scientific approach and utilize investigation techniques that may not be justified on more typical projects. This talk presents the process of evaluating the project needs and devising an investigation technique that would hopefully meet those needs. The investigation was designed to allow observation of sediments (ash?) connected directly to the fire. That goal was not met. However, the results were somewhat surprising and turned out to be quite useful. An underlying aspect to this presentation is an evaluation of investigation techniques and the need to use techniques capable of providing useful information.

Chuck Houser is a geologist and project manager with SCS Engineers in San Diego. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University from 1986, and a Master's degree from SDSU from 1997. His undergraduate thesis was on structural controls and mineralogical indicators for the formation of pockets in the Elizabeth R Mine in Pala, and his master's thesis was on the tectonic geomorphology and Quaternary history of the Old Woman Springs fault in the western Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County.

His practice has included an emphasis in assessment and remediation of leaking underground storage tank sites. He has worked on numerous leaking UST sites in San Diego County, and has achieved closure of at least 20 cases over the past decade.

Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2019

June 26 [4th Wednesday]: Joint Meeting with SCGS ! "Recovering Our Future - The Past, Present, and Future of Coastal Wetlands"

July: TBD

August 28 [4th Wednesday]: Rob Hawk - TBD

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