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“I have always been passionate about environmental issues and the responsibility of engineers to global society. I am excited to join the RESTORE team as I see that same passion echoed in each of the RESTORE members.”


Project Title:
DNAPL Lagoon Drainage and Subsequent Migration Examined via Numerical Modelling

Project Description:
For two decades groundwater contaminants, specifically dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), were disposed and stored in lagoons in relatively impermeable soils. However, due the heterogeneous nature of the subsurface, DNAPLs leaked through to the subsurface from the storage lagoons. This investigation aims to determine the timescales of DNAPL lagoon drainage into the subsurface and the time required for the leaked DNAPL to stop migrating. DNAPL3D, a published numerical model, will be used in a series of simulations to analyze the drainage and migration of DNAPLs from a lagoon. As an extension of the DNAPL3D model, the project will expand the current understanding of DNAPL migration as well as offer real field applicability as it could provide insight into the subsurface condition of sites previously commissioned as DNAPL storage lagoons.

Personal Background:
Lauren is currently working towards a concurrent degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Western Ontario. Lauren is joining the RESTORE team as an undergraduate engineering student completing an undergraduate thesis.