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The Outstanding Environmental and Engineering Geologic Project Award was established in 1993 to recognize a project that meets the following criteria:
- Displays national or international significance.
- Demonstrates the application of the principles of environmental and engineering geology to the solution of a problem affecting the public.
- Shows recognition of and respect for the environment and history and culture of the project area.
- Provides an opportunity for public education in environmental and engineering geology, environmental issues, and culture and history of the area.
A nomination package should be submitted to AEG President David Fenster and AEG headquarters by March 1, 2019. The nomination documentation shall include and describe:
More information regarding this award and the selection process can be found here.
- National or international significance of the project.
- Project description, including: history of project need, problem solved, environmental and engineering geologic principles applied, protection and enhancement of the environment, benefit to the public, advancement of public’s understanding of geology and engineering geology, enhancement of local cultural and historical understanding, and photographs of the project.
- Proposed citation for large plaque.
- Proposed public location of plaque.
- Proposed technical session or symposium moderator/ organizer and topics including titles and authors.
- Author committed to write the article about the project for the December issue of AEG NEWS.
- Person committed to organizing the award ceremony, including invitations to speakers, representatives, project honorees and public representation, and preparing printed ceremony program.
- Person who will coordinate production of the large plaque and other awards.
- Name, title, and address of project honorees.
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The AEG Advocacy Committee hosted the first AEG Advocacy Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This annual award is to recognize and showcase the accomplishments of one or more effective advocates for geological practice. In 2018, the AEG Advocacy Award was presented to Jennifer Bauer.
In 2019, the AEG Advocacy Award again will be made to the person or group whose advocacy and outreach work best promotes the value of geological practice among the general public and/or a legislative body.
Recognized efforts may include:
The deadline for nominations for the 2019 AEG Advocacy Award is March 31. All nominations should be sent via email to Eldon Gath. They will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the AEG Advocacy Committee. The decision of the AEG Advocacy Committee is final.
- Proactive outreach to mainstream media that results in raising the overall awareness of the value of geological practice;
- Proactive outreach using social media that results in raising the overall awareness of the value of geological practice;
- Proactive outreach to a legislative body, in anticipation of or in response to, specific legislation or legislative inclination that involves some aspect of geological practice;
- Proactive outreach to a museum, university, local or tribal government, or similar organization that results in raising the overall public awareness of the value of geological practice; or
- Proactive outreach, using any relevant means, toward any relevant outcome that beneficially raises the public awareness of geological practice.
The bulk of the advocacy and outreach work achieved within each nomination should have been completed within the past three years. Nominations that have been previously submitted are welcome to submit in future years.
Self-nominations are encouraged. Each nomination should include the name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and affiliation for the nominee. There is no specific form needed. In the case of a group nomination, the main point-of-contact will be shown with full information listed above, as well as the name, affiliation, and email address for each individual in the group.
The nomination will also include a short essay or listing of the nominee’s efforts and their outcomes. The essay or listing will not exceed 300 words. Up to three photographs are welcome, but not required. Photo captions will be limited to 20 words each, and do not count toward the 300-word limit.
At its discretions, the AEG Advocacy Committee has the option to not make an AEG Advocacy Award in any year. An engraved plaque and a small honorarium will be awarded to the AEG Advocacy Award winner at the AEG Annual Banquet.
The recipient of the AEG Advocacy Award, as well as other nominees, may have their nominations included in one or more articles in the AEG News and/or the AEG Insider. In future years, previous winners will not be eligible for three years after their award.
AEG is excited to offer four fantastic field course options at the upcoming Annual Meeting.
Field Course #1: North Fork Dam Improvements – Making Asheville's Water Supply More Resilient
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, North Fork Dam is a high hazard earthen embankment located approximately twenty miles east of Asheville. The impounded body of water, Burnett Reservoir, is the primary water source for the City of Asheville and other surrounding communities. Completed in the early 1950’s, North Fork Dam is undergoing a series of improvements that will allow for the controlled discharge of the Probable Maximum Precipitation event and increase the global stability of the Main Dam and Saddle Dam during a seismic event. To these ends, the construction of a new 530-foot-long and 218-foot-wide auxiliary spillway with Fuse Gates, the placement of two stability berms on the Main Dam (133 feet tall) and Saddle Dam (63 feet tall), and the modification of gates and a concrete chute overlay of the principal spillway are currently underway. This exciting construction project is set within the grand and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, just below the Blue Ridge Parkway. On this trip we will discuss the challenges and design of the auxiliary spillway, principal spillway modification, and embankment improvements. Additionally, the trip will include an overview of the geologic history of the site and region. Expect a few bear and wild turkey sightings during this eventful afternoon field trip.
Field Course #2: Breweries and Brownfields - The Environmental History of Asheville's River Arts District
Asheville's River Arts District (RAD), located along the French Broad River, has seen a significant transformation over the past 25 years. In this half-day field course, we will explore the rich history of the RAD beginning with the industrial development in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We will survey the impacts this historical development has had on the environment and how developers are taking advantage of the North Carolina Brownfields Program to redevelop properties in this unique and desirable area of Asheville. We will begin with a presentation at the Wedge Brewing, which is located at a Brownfields site, and then take a trolley tour to sites with environmental impacts located in the River Arts District. Topics discussed will include the status of sites in the Brownfields Programs and other environmental programs in the RAD, as well as initiatives by the City of Asheville for redevelopment of the area. We will have lunch catered by 12 Bones barbecue at Wedge Brewing.
Field Course #3: Debris Flows, Rock Slides, Rock Falls and Big Slow Movers: Who Could Ask for More?
This one-day field course will examine a variety of landslides in the mountains of western North Carolina. We will visit locations along the steep rugged terrain of the Blue Ridge Escarpment with over a century of historic landslide activity. In the steep Pacolet River valley, we will visit sites affected by damaging debris flows triggered by intense thunderstorms the evening of May 18, 2018. Attendees will visit a large-scale debris slide moving within landslide deposit impacting a development at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. At Chimney Rock State Park in Hickory Nut Gorge we will see spectacular, but challenging terrain that poses challenges from debris flows and rock falls that have been documented there since 1916 and more recently in May 2018. In the afternoon we will stop and see a large weathered-rock slide that closed Highway 9 in June 2018. Topics to be discussed are the landslide history of the area, and the geologic controls on landforms at a variety of scales that are prone to landslides, and relationships between rainfall and landslides.
Field Course #4: These Rocks are Mined, But You Can Look at Them: Mining and Geology Field Course
Spend the day learning about western North Carolina’s complex geology and rich mineral history. In the morning we will visit an operating aggregate mine to examine the geology and some of the challenges presented by mining in the mountains. We will then explore a classic pegmatite mine. The area mining industry began in the Spruce Pine pegmatites which were the source for high quality feldspar and mica. Today Spruce Pine leads the nation in feldspar production and the world in high purity quartz production. After lunch we will tour the Museum of North Carolina Minerals along the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit two stops along Linville Gorge to see the geology and spectacular views. Topics to be discussed include regional metamorphic and structural history as well as slope instability associated with the Blue Ridge escarpment, the steep, rugged transition from the piedmont into the mountains.
For more information on field course offerings please refer to the
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Field Course Disclaimer:
Field courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration will be limited to the number of spaces shown. The indicated minimum and maximum numbers of participants are based on a combination of factors, including transportation, accessibility and safety at roadside outcrops. Field courses are subject to cancellation if minimum number of registrants is not met. Field course logistics (e.g., schedule, duration, route, transportation, location/number of stops, etc.) are also subject to change. Participants should be prepared for variable weather conditions and hiking on uneven ground. Field courses will proceed rain or shine. Additional information regarding the logistics of each field course will be provided to the paid registrants by the field course leader(s) at a later date, but well in advance of the course.
AEG is currently accepting nominations for several different awards. Please see a list of awards currently accepting nominations and related due dates.
For questions regarding any of these awards, please contact AEG Headquarters.
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Our current Acquisitions Editor is leaving at the end of 2019, and a new Acquisitions Editor is needed. The editor position will work with the current copyeditor/proofreader for the AEG NEWS.
JOB DESCRIPTION FOR ACQUISITIONS EDITOR:
- Work with co-editor to determine main them for professional articles for the April, July, and December issues and solicit submissions for "Professional Contributions" from general membership
- Set deadlines and send reminders to EC and HQ for their columns
- Set deadlines and send reminders to chapters for both chapter news for the HomeFront Section and/or the Field Trips section
- Work with Annual Meeting Manager to get information pertaining to the Annual Meeting for the July issue
- Organize text and send off to co-editor for review and copyediting
The ideal candidate will have:
The incoming editor will have at least a few issues to be mentored by the outgoing editor. If interested or if you know of someone that would be a good candidate, please submit your name or the candidate's name to Kristy Howard, Association Manager, at email@example.com.
- Knowledge of the scope of AEG membership and the various disciplines in which they work
- Great organizational and time management skills
Geoprofessional Business Association
For 50 years, the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has provided valuable resources and programs for confronting risk and optimizing business performance to help their members, their clients, and the communities where they work.
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) will be kicking off a year of celebration recognizing its five decades of dedicated service to the geoprofessions at it's Spring Conference (April 4-6, 2019) at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii. With a theme of "Celebrating our Foundation, Building Our Future," the conference will be an opportunity to welcome its many friends and members to honor accomplishments while renewing commitment to confront risk and optimize business performance for future generations.
Throughout the year, GBA will highlight the accomplishments of the association. It was established in March 1969 as Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers, Inc. (ASFE) in response to a need to identify the causes of professional liability claims and losses and to develop programs and materials to help geoprofessionals avoid such exposures.
Through five decades, GBA has evolved to innovate and support the entire span of geoprofessional business best practices beyond its risk management roots. Pioneering advancements such as contractual limitation of liability, alternative dispute resolution, and organizational peer review, as well as leading professional development seminars, over 100 case histories and hundreds of other guidance and educational publications, make GBA the foremost producer of business improvement resources in the industry.
GBA Executive Director Joel Carson shared his thoughts: "Fifty years is a milestone worth celebrating! It is a testament to the founders of this organization and the hundreds of volunteer leaders who have sustained the focus of the association while maintaining relevance through decades of change and advancements in the geoprofessions and in business. We will celebrate their great work and look to the future to ensure we build on the strong foundation."
GBA is a dynamic, growing organization that offers a wide array of best practice and risk management resources to its members at no charge. Please join us in wishing GBA happy 50th anniversary! Learn more at www.geoprofessional.org.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is dispelling rumors today that Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Kentucky, is in danger of imminent failure.
A local radio station commentator put out false information this morning that Wolf Creek Dam could fail at any time and local residents downstream needed to formulate an evacuation plan.
Princeton University via ScienceDaily
Geophysicists used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. Their statistical model didn't allow for precise height measurements, but these mountains may be bigger than anything on the surface of the Earth. The researchers also examined the top of the transition zone (410 km down) and did not find similar roughness.
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