Although our work often pulls us in different directions on a regular basis, our professional mandate will always be to protect human health and the environment. Our June staff meeting presentation focused on the design and implementation of Conceptual Site Models (CSMs).
For those who do not know, a CSM is pictorial story of the biological, chemical, and physical processes which govern contaminant transport from a Site towards sensitive receptors. These models are as dynamic as a Site itself, continuing to evolve as more information becomes available. They consider not only the current and historical uses of the Site and surrounding area, but the future uses as well. A CSM can be used to determine sensitive migration pathways, identify data gaps, or predict what could occur should contaminant management not be implemented or fail. CSMs are not a new tool, but their popularity has increased in recent years as it’s simple presentation can reach a range of stakeholders, including the public.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a CSM would be priceless.