Monday, February 20, 2017
Keynote Speaker Darryl Nelson, Nelson Environmental Remediation
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Joel Galloway, Dakota Water Science Center
Commissioner Doug Goehring, ND Department of Agriculture
Bradley G. Stevens, P.E., EERC
Ryan Limb, NDSU
Cody VanderBusch, NDOGC
Spill Remediation Session
Aaron Daigh, NDSU
Kevin Sedivec, NDSU
Dave Glatt, ND Department of Health
Jacqueline Finck & Jon Ellingson, Terracon
Kirk Hartel, HRI
Presentation not available for download
David Toledo, USDA – ARS
Austin Link, NDSU
Dr. Thomas Mitzel
Dickinson State University President
Dr. Thomas Mitzel began his appointment as the 12th president of Dickinson state University Dec. 21, 2015. Mitzel and his wife Rhonda relocated from Hartford, Connecticut where he served as the vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) at Trinity College (July 2013 – December 2015).
Mitzel began at Trinity College in 1996 as a faculty member in the department of Chemistry where he achieved rank of full professor. In 2008, he accepted the position of associate academic dean and continued to teach chemistry until he left Trinity in 2011. Before his return to Trinity College in 2013, Mitzel served as dean of the School of Natural Sciences (July 2011 – July 2013) and interim director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas (May 2012 – 2013).
Growing up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Mitzel attended Northern State University where he participated on the track and field team and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He then earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Mitzel arrived in Dickinson with his wife, Rhonda, on December 7, 2015. It was easy for Dr. Mitzel to adjust to the small town. “One of the things that drew me back [to the Midwest] was my own education in Aberdeen [SD] at Northern State, and I love that interplay between the small city and the university.” He felt right at home, especially because the people were so welcoming. “We had not had a bad interaction with anybody in the community, and that streak continues,” he said. “Everybody’s been wonderful. One of the things I noticed, especially the first time I was here, was the level of enthusiasm, not just on campus, but off campus as well.”
Dr. Mitzel is most excited about the unique opportunities DSU presents its students. “We have a 10:1 student-faculty ratio right now on the DSU campus, which means that you’re going to know your professor. When you knock on a door, somebody’s going to be there. [That] also means if you miss class, I can call your dorm room and find you,” he said, with a laugh. “That level of interaction, you aren’t just sitting in a classroom taking notes, you’re getting outside-of-the-classroom information, you’re able to work on a faculty member’s scholarship with the enthusiasm that got them to go after their advanced degree—you see the light in their eyes, and it picks up.” Dr. Mitzel is confident DSU prepares its students for life after college and continual educational development. “Our goal for our students has to be not only to teach them what we need to within their majors and their areas of study, but to teach them that learning really is a lifelong goal. Once they leave Dickinson State University, they are going to continue to have that learning process.”
Darryl R. Nelson
Nelson Environmental Remediation – Keynote Speaker
Nelson and his brother Warren founded NELSON Environmental Remediation Ltd. in 1992 specializing in thermal remediation of soil contaminated with organic compounds such as petroleum hydrocarbons and other chemicals. The company can mobilize to contaminated sites nearly anywhere in the world and specializes in large-scale remediation projects urban or remote, often operating in extreme climates such as the Canadian Arctic or the tropics.
The NELSON head office is located near Spruce Grove, a suburb of Edmonton, Alberta. NELSON Environmental Remediation is honored to have won the 2015 Alberta Clean Tech Export award and 2016 Business in Edmonton Leaders award.
Darryl studied Business Administration at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) graduating with honor in 1984, and lives on an acreage near Spruce Grove with 6 children and his very busy wife Linda.
Dakota Water Science Center
Joel worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 22 years in North Dakota, Arkansas, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wyoming and is currently the Associate Director for the USGS Dakota Water Science Center. He has a Master of Science degree in environmental/civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of North Dakota. Joel has authored or coauthored over 40 scientific reports and journal articles on different water-quality, ground-water, and surface-water topics including modeling reservoir hydrodynamics and water-quality in Arkansas, Colorado, and North Dakota; investigations of emerging contaminates in streams in northwestern Arkansas, and several sediment transport studies in Arkansas and North Dakota. He also has worked on several ground-water projects including studies defining recharge characteristics of springs and caves in Arkansas and Oklahoma that are home to threatened or endangered species, and a water-quality assessment of groundwater resources in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana.
Commissioner Doug Goehring
ND Department of Agriculture
A third-generation farmer, Commissioner Goehring, along with his son, Dustin, operates a 2,000-acre, no-till farm near Menoken in south central North Dakota, where they raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, sunflowers, and barley. In the past, the Goehrings have also produced durum, canola, mustard, millet, safflower, alfalfa, lentils and field peas, and have had a feeder cattle operation.
Commissioner Goehring is the former president and chairman of the board of Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. and a director of American Agricultural Insurance Co.
Long active in farm organizations, Commissioner Goehring has served as vice president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau and is a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, the North Dakota Grain Growers, the North Dakota Soybean Association, the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors. An early supporter of agriculture-based, renewable fuels, he is an investor in the Red Trail Energy Ethanol Plant at Richardton.
Commissioner Goehring is past president of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He is a former director of the United Soybean Board where he served as chairman of the sustainability committee, domestic research committee, industrial uses and international marketing committee. He was a former director of the North Dakota Soybean Council, a former secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and a member of USDA’s Area 4 Research Farm Steering Committee. He is the former president of the Menoken School Board and past chairman of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber Agriculture Committee.
He is past president of the Food Export Association of the Midwest, a non-profit organization composed of 12 Midwestern state agricultural promotion agencies that use federal, state, and industry resources to help U.S. suppliers increase product sales overseas.
Commissioner Goehring attended Bismarck State College and is a licensed medical laboratory technician.
Commissioner Goehring and wife Annette have six children and seven grandchildren. They attend Evangel Assembly of God in Bismarck.
Brad Stevens is a Senior Research Engineer in Civil Engineering and Renewables at the EERC. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota. Prior to his employment at the EERC, he worked on leaking underground storage tank remediation for consulting firms in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Mr. Stevens’ principal areas of interest and expertise include wind power generation; soil, groundwater, and industrial process water remediation; and process instrumentation and control. Mr. Stevens is a registered professional engineer in North Dakota and Minnesota.
PhD – Oklahoma State University
Dr. Limb’s career focus is working to restore rangeland species and ecosystems with over 12 years of experience stretching though the Northern and Southern Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin and the Pacific Northwest. Much of his work has centered on restoring plant communities and soil properties after industrial and military activities. Currently he is working on reclaiming historic and recent brine spills as well as improving reclamation success on surface coal mines.
Dr. Limb was recognized as the Outstanding Young Professional in 2015 by the Society for Range Management. In addition to serving on the societies Reclamation and Restoration Committee as well as the Wildlife Habitat Committee, he is a co-PI and member of the Board of Directors for the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange.
VanderBusch began working with the Oil and Gas Division in 2006 as a field inspector in the Dickinson district. In 2010 he moved to Bismarck and accepted his current position as the Reclamation Specialist. VanderBusch is a North Dakota native and is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in Geology and a minor is Soils. His appreciation of the outdoors as well as his North Dakota heritage gives VanderBusch an important perspective when managing a critical regulatory department within Oil and Gas.
Presentation: North Dakota’s AWPSRF Program
Dr. Aaron Daigh
Dr. Daigh (pronounced “Day”) is an Assistant Professor of Soil Physics in the School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. He obtained his B.S. in Environmental, Soil and Water Science and his M.S. in Agronomy at the University of Arkansas followed by a PhD in Soil Science and Environmental Science at Iowa State University. Before joining NDSU, he was an Associate Researcher of Drainage Water Quality in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Dept. at Iowa State University. He has conducted research in soil physics and soil management for over 10 years on topics ranging from soil salinity, land reclamation, soil tillage, tile drainage, bioenergy, nutrient management, crop rotations, and soil flooding.
– Started in 1989 and
– B.S in Zoology – Wildlife Management
Been conducting extension reclamation and remediation of energy related impacts since 2013.
ND Department of Health
Glatt joined the North Dakota Department of Health in 1983 as an environmental engineer. In 1989, he became manager of the Ground Water Protection Program and was named as assistant director for the Division of Water Quality shortly thereafter. In May 2000, Glatt was named director of the Division of Waste Management, and in 2002, he was named section chief of the Environmental Health Section. In December 2016, he was named interim acting co-director of the North Dakota Department of Health. He is a registered professional engineer receiving a BS degree in biology with a MS degree in Environmental Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo.
Presentation: Oilfield Waste and Spill Remediation
Finck completed her Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. After graduating, she started working for a consulting company in North Dakota where she worked on aggregate mapping and exploration. She also worked on brine and petroleum hydrocarbon spill cleanups in the Williston Basin. Finck is currently a Staff Geologist for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in West Fargo, North Dakota where she manages site investigation, remediation, and reclamation of petroleum hydrocarbon, brine, and agricultural contaminated site projects in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Ellingson completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Geology from the University of North Dakota. After completing two years of his PhD, he moved to Rome, Georgia where he taught college geology and environmental classes. Jon then moved to Minnesota, where he worked on mineral exploration and mine reclamation for the MN/DNR. From there, he went into consulting, where he worked on large reclamation and remediation projects in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. About four years ago, he moved back to North Dakota, primarily working on oil and gas and brine spill cleanup in the Williston Basin. Ellingson is currently the office manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in West Fargo, North Dakota and the office’s project director for site investigation, remediation, site closures, and reclamation.
Hartel is the cofounder of Hartel Reclamation, Inc. (HRI), which provides high-quality, full-cycle land reclamation and stewardship services in North Dakota. Leveraging science-based principles and long-term relationships with landowners, HRI seeks to maximize the success of land reclamation and improve reclamation experiences for landowners and oil & gas industry stakeholders.
Hartel comes from McKenzie County, where his sixth-generation farm & ranch family has focused on enhanced land conservation through the continual adoption of new technologies and management practices. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s Degree in Plant Sciences from NDSU, as well as, an MBA in Finance and Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. While at NDSU and the USDA-ARS, his research focused on molecular genetics and the development of disease resistant wheat for North Dakota.
Hartel served as Vice President and cofounder of Fluorescence Innovations, a research and development firm focused on developing advanced technologies for the life science industry, and went on to cofound a family-based business that provides fresh water and heating services to the oil & gas industry in McKenzie County. Prior to starting HRI, Hartel held roles in business development, new ventures, and mergers & acquisitions for Dow AgroSciences (a Dow Chemical Company) and Alcon (a Novartis Company).
Presentation: Advancing Land Reclamation through Tailored, Full-Cycle Service
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Dr. David Toledo
USDA – ARS
Dr. Toledo completed his Ph. D. in 2012 in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University, where he was also a trainee of the National Science Foundation – IGERT Applied Biodiversity Science Program. Dr. Toledo is currently a Research Rangeland Management Specialist with the USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND and his research focuses on ecosystem health evaluation and finding ways of optimizing land management practices under changing climate and land-use scenarios. Dr. Toledo’s previous research experience includes the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, where he worked on the development and application of indicators for monitoring soil and vegetation attributes and his Doctoral research where he evaluated the social dimensions of using prescribed fire as a rangeland restoration tool. David has also contributed to projects related to ecosystem health in the USA as well as in Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia.
Austin Link grew up on a dairy farm in north central Minnesota. He followed his passion for agriculture and the outdoors to the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he earned a B.S. in Natural Resources Management. Austin proceeded to earn a M.S. in Range Science at North Dakota State University. After spending a year with BKS Environmental Associates, as a Vegetation Ecologist, he returned to NDSU to perform research at the Williston Research Extension Center. He currently serves as an Agronomy Research Specialist at the WREC. His responsibilities include dryland crop variety testing, agronomic production research trials, and reclamation research. He enjoys having the opportunity to conduct research that will have an immediate impact in cropping systems of producers in western North Dakota. In his free time, Austin enjoys pheasant hunting and downhill skiing with his wife, Emma.