Courses & Events

Upcoming events

    • March 20, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
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    Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey
    Dauphin Ballroom (Lower Level)
    4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA    DIRECTIONS

    Overview  (Download Full Agenda)
    8:30 - 11:00 (Optional with add-on cost) PCPG Board of Directors Meeting

    11:00 - 11:30  Arrivals and Registration (Lower Level Dauphin Ballroom)

    11:30 - 12:55    Luncheon, Announcements, Opening Remarks

    12:55 - 4:35    Program Sessions

    Update: PA Topographic and Geologic Survey
    Stuart Reese

    Two Plates, One Country:  The Geology and Landscape of Iceland
    Jim LaRegina, P.G. (HRG, Inc.)

    Shale Play Water Management in Pennsylvania: Meeting the Need for Brine Disposal Wells
    Dan A. Billman, P.G., C.P.G. (Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc.)
    Dale Skoff (TetraTech, Inc.)

    Appalachian Natural Gas Liquids Storage Prospects
    Brian J. Dunst, P.G., Chief, Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
    PA DCNR | Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey

    In Pursuit of New Horizons: Use of Drones for Geologic Investigations
    Martin Helmke, Ph.D., P.G., Director, WCU Groundwater Modeling Center
    WCU Department of Earth and Space Sciences

    4:35   Student Poster Awards, Door Prizes, Announcements

    5:05-6:30   Networking Reception

    Visit our Associate Member table during our Annual Meeting.

    Due to planning considerations, a $25 surcharge will be added to late or walk-in registrations. Please help us accommodate all and register prior to the event.

    Hotel Rooms: $99++ through 28 February.  Telephone Red Lion Hotel by dialing (717) 939-7841, or toll free at (800) 637-4817 and ask for the PA Council of Professional Geologists special rate of $99++.  Be sure you ask about the cancellation policy ahead of confirming your reservation.

    • May 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Toftrees Resort and Golf Club, State College, PA
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    In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) during PAEP's Annual Conference.  Registration for the PAEP conference is not part of this seminar.  To register for the PAEP Annual Conference, download the PAEP 2018 Annual Conference registration form.

    12:30-1:00 Registration
    1:00-5:00  Seminar

    Toftrees Resort and Golf Club
    One Country Club Lane     DIRECTIONS
    Silver Maple Room

    Russell L. Losco, M.A., P.G., C.P.S.S.
    Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.

    Level:  Intermediate

    Overview:  Whether remediation, redevelopment or resource management, soils are an integral part of the solutions to environmental problems. A better understanding of soils helps prepare us to manage environmental risk and protect public health and safety. This one half-day course will provide an overview of the current state of soil science and its application to stormwater management, on-lot sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, Brownfield development, urban revitalization, agriculture, and nutrient management.

    Course Description: We will explore the history of soil science and soil basics (i.e. texture, structure, permeability), then focus on the details of the types of soil classifications and taxonomy, published sources of data and the interdisciplinary components, soil genesis and its application, soil management across the spectrum of uses, paleosols and anthropogenic soils and their impacts to various investigations. Methods of soil investigation will be explored including permeability testing, test interpretation, and drainage classification. Some special cases and emerging topics will be explored, as well. Emphasis will be given to practical field methodologies and applications to meet current issues and regulatory requirements (i.e. Soil horizon restoration and reconstruction). Case studies and examples from the real world will be utilized to place the science in context with practice.

    Who Should Attend?  This seminar is intended both for those who have and do not have backgrounds in soil science.  It is aimed at environmental professionals, practicing geologists and engineers, regulators, and, public officials either in need of a refresher course or those who are learning about soils for the first time.

    Instructor Biography:  Russell L. Losco, M.A., P.G., C.P.S.S.  - Mr. Losco has over 40 years' experience as a scientist with over 30 years of that in geology and soil science.  He received a B.A. in anthropology/archaeology from Indiana University of PA and an M.A. in Geoscience from West Chester University. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, a Professional Geologist and an adjunct professor at West Chester University and Delaware County Community College and co-founder and owner of Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc. He served for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists (PAPSS) and is the lead author of the PAPSS Manual for Soil Investigation in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists (PCPG). He is a co-author of the book Soil and Human Health and a number of other scientific publications where he is notorious for over-using commas. He is the recipient of the 2015 USEPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Honorable Mention, for his research on Urban Soils and Stormwater Management. He is currently collaborating on a book on the geology of Costa Rica and pursuing research on anthropogenic changes in soil. 

    What past attendees have said about this seminar

    • Mr. Losco made me look at several soil aspects in a different way which I believe will improve my soil evaluation skills.
    • This seminar held my interest throughout the day.
    • Mr. Losco's presentation was excellent.
    • This seminar exceeded my expectations and provided a lot of great information.

    Toftrees Hotel Room Rate: $109++ Telephone Toftrees by dialing 814.234.8000. Be sure to ask for the PAEP rate of $109++.  Room block expires April 2 or when sold out.

    • September 30, 2019
    • See order form
    To order a replacement certificate for a previously attended PCPG event, please complete the order form and remit payment.

    Replacement will occur only if attendee initialed the sign-in sheet, and for events prior to May 2010, only if registrar is able to verify that the attendee checked-in at the registration table.

    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.

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