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Soil Sampling Training for Four Rivers Environmental Students

22 th May 2014

As part of our continued commitment to environmental stewardship and working with community partners DST welcomed First Nations students from Four Rivers, Matawa First Nations Environmental Services Group, to our Thunder Bay, Ontario office.

We provided the students with hands-on training in sediment and soil sampling and drill operation.

DST geotechnical engineering drill demonstrationThe workshop started off with DST drillers James Murray and Shawn Hamlyn giving the students an in-depth demonstration of the CME 750X ATV mounted drill which included various drill operations and safety precautions to be taken during drilling and sampling.  James explained to students what a drillers job responsibilities were and the differences that exist between drilling for geotechnical and environmental soil and sediment samples.

soil vapor samplingFollowing the drill demonstration, DST’s Environmental Technologist, Kristen Boorse, took over and provided students with training on borehole logs, soil sampling, handling of drill clippings, and monitoring wells.  Students were shown various types of soil sampling techniques as well as sampling technology that was innovated in-house by DST’s geotechnical engineers.

Kristen and James, using hands-on examples, taught students about groundwater monitoring well installation, sampling and decommissioning.

This presentation was one small part of a much broader Environmental Monitoring program designed by Four Rivers to provide environmental training to First Nations representatives from various communities.

Upon completion of the 6 month program delegates return to their communities with the qualifications and training necessary to carryout environmental monitoring in their region.

It was a real privilege for DST to have had the opportunity to support this worthwhile program and we look forward to working with the next generation of First Nations environmental monitors participating in the Four River program.

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