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B.F. Environmental Consultants based in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Poconos region has been providing professional geological soils hydrogeological environmental consulting services since 1985. The company specializes in the following areas: hydrogeological and wastewater evaluations for siting land-based wastewater disposal systems; soils consulting (soil scientists), environmental monitoring, overseeing the siting, exploration, and development of community/ commercial water supply sources; environmental training/ professional training courses, and other environmental services.

Because of Mr. Oram background in Environmental Pollution Control and research on removal mechanisms for the parasitic protozoan Giardia, B.F. Environmental Consultants has been involved with developing Sourcewater Protection Plans, Private Well Ordinances, and Regional Watershed/ Groundwater Assessments. The company has provided expert testimony in the fields of environmental science, hydrology, on-lot wastewater disposal, and geology.  The company has also assisted in the evaluation and remediation of both private wells and regulated water sources.   

Major Completed Projects

Acid Mine Drainage Mineral Harvesting - Aiding in the 
geochemical evaluation, design, and operation of a 10+ million gallon per day harvesting and treatment system 
(0ngoing)

5000 gpd - Forested Drip Irrigation System Developed hydraulic loading depths, design elements, operational periods, and conducted hydrogeological assessment.  

1.4 MGD gpd - Land-based wastewater disposal alternatives analysis and sizing for a seasonal spray irrigation wastewater treatment and disposal system and applications of water reuse through landscape irrigation, industrial use, drip irrigation, and forested irrigation.

360,000 gallon per week - Stormwater Management Spray Irrigation System for Low Impact Development.

Regional Baseline Water Eduation/ Testing Program - developing program, selecting parameters, and outreach program to educate citizens regarding Marcellus Shale.- "Getting the Waters Tested - The Marcellus Shale Factor", "Private Well Owner Education and Awareness Programs , Private Well Owner Survey (PA) with Radon in Water Testing (current web-based survey)- pdf version of survey", and Citizen Groundwater/Surfacewater Database at Wilkes University.

Most Recent Article - Baseline Testing It Is NOT Just About Collecting a Water Sample - ONG Marketplace (3/2013)

Geothermal - Evaluation and Rehabiliation of Exisitng Geothermal Systems and Developing Design Specifications for Geothermal Systems Using Mine Water in PA.

SRBC/ DRBC - Consumptive Water Withdrawal for Spring Water Development (> 100,000 gpd) - Consumptive Water Withdrawal for Golf Course Irrigaiton (> 100,000 gpd). Evaluation of Graywater Reuse for Golf Course Irrigation and Landscape Irrigation (Luzerne, Monroe, and Pike County).

Completing Preliminary and Detailed Hydrological Investigations, Nitrate Loading Evaluations, Groundwater modeling, and developing for groundwater monitoring plans for proposed spray irrigation, drip irrigation, and conventional large-volume land-based wastwater disposal systems (Design Flows ranging from 5,000 to over 1.5 MGD).

Wellhead Protection and Groundwater Capture Zone Analysis and Sourcewater Protection Plans for the development of water supply protection plan for Community Water Supplies in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Community Water Supply Development - Fracture Trace Analysis - Groundwater Resource Evaluations and Feasibility Studies in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne County. Production flows ranging from 10,000+ to over 1,500,000 gpd.

Act 537 Planning - Land-based and Hybrid Wastewater Disposal Alternative Analysis for
the Lake Carey Region- 446 EDUs, Susquehanna and Wyoming County, PA.

Spring Development Projects, Groundwater Sources and Hydrogeological Evaluations for Bottled Water Facilities ranging from 35 to over 200 gpm- Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Pike County, PA , NY, and WV.

Evaluating the Use of Constructed Wetlands System, Drip Irrigation, Spray Irrigation and Evapotranspiration Systems for treating wastewater from a single family residence, agricultural waste stream, and low impact development and making recommendations regarding system configuration, pretreatment, design, and operation.

Developing a Certification Progarm and Training Program for Professionals related to Baseline Water Testing and Natural Gas Development-Students from NY, NJ, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Colarado, PA, and Texas.

Announcement - Private Well Owner and Watershed Survey - The Marcellus Shale Region Pennsylvania and Research Project Offering Free Radon in Water Testing (Act Now !)

Proposed PADEP Policy on Nitrates and Septic Systems in PA- Proposed Requlations and Our Blog PostOur Presentation to County Governments, News Article 1, News Article 2, Our Review of PADEP Myth and Fact On the Proposed Guidance and Formal Comments to PADEP (May 2013)

Featured Events and Outreach - Schedule A Workshop Today !

Shale Justice Spring Break (March 2014)- Presentation on Baseline Water Testing - Private Well Water Contamination/ Pathways- Natural Gas Development - Presentation Available for Review - 2 continuing education units available for PE, PG, and PLS - Issued by B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.

PASEO Conference Presentation - Soil Profile Description and Classification - The POT Approach (March 9 - 11) - Presentation available for Review - 2 contiuning education units are available for PE, PG, and PLS- Issued by B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. 

Careers in Energy - Tunkhannock High School - Earth Sciences, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Energy Audit, Weatherization/ Efficiency, Sustainability and More (Presentation- Feb 2014)

Kings College - 1 hour presentation lecture in Ethics Class on Natural Gas Development and Energy(Feb 2014) Presentation on Natural Gas and Groundwater PA and Basic Energy Presentation.

House Energy and Environmental Testimony on Riparian Buffers for EV and HQ Streams
(Jan 2014)

West Virginia Water and Wellness Event - Panel Discussion (June 2013)

Wayne County, Pennsylvania - Presentation for a Lake Association on Marcellus, Utica, and Baseline Testing.  (June 2013)

Lafayette College - Guest Speaker - "Life After Earning a BS and MS Degree- Working as a Professional in Pennsylvania- The Challenges for Our State." (September 2013).

Eastern Water Quality Association Conference - "Natural Gas Development and Hydraulic
Fracturing - What it Means To- Mr. and Mrs. Jones - The Third Party Professional" (September 2013). (Continuing Educuation Credits Avaiable - see Document)

Where is the Water Table ?  The Role of Episaturation and Endosaturation in Pennsylvania
Regulations- Full Day with Field Training- Course Materials, Presentation, and Credits Available - Request details (September 2013).

Presentation to Bradford County Office of Community and Grants (October 2013)- Updated
Methane Gas Migration Website 

Featured Training Programs- Schedule A Workshop Today !

Register ASAP - -Open Registration for LEED-AP, LEED-AP Training Courses, Green Associate, AIA Continuing Education, and Sustainability Certification, Crediential Maintenance, and Exam Prep

NEW- Energy Auditor Training and Energy Audit Certification - RESNET- BPI- NEASI Energy Auditor Certification

NEW - Hand-on Soils and Wetland Training Courses/Workshops for 2014 and Online Training
in Wetlands and Hydrology

Register ASAP -- Open Registration of Online OSHA, HAZWOPER, and Industrial Health & Safety Training

Open Registration for Contining Education Courses (CEU) and PDH for Licensed Professional in Pennsylvania (Engineers, AIA, Geologists). (2014)

More Training Courses
Continuing Education Courses (Multi-State Approval) for Licensed Professionals