Fall is busy for the SERDP and ESTCP offices. Just as FY19 proposals are being reviewed and selected, the FY20 solicitations will begin to form. The next couple of months are filled with meetings with our Technical Committees, SERDP Council, and Executive Working Group to continue our process of funding solutions to the pressing environmental issues of the day.
Mike Richardson, a technical advisor to the Munitions Response Technical Committee, has been working for the last several years to pull together a plan for a standardized underwater test site. We are putting this planning into a higher gear starting this year.
The ASETSDefense Workshop for 2018 was concluded on Thursday August-23, with great success. A total of 221 representatives of over 130 different organizations, including both public (78 participants) and private sector (143 participants), made their way to Denver CO, along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for 3-days to share developments on testing and implementation of sustainable chemical and process alternatives.
Since the 1970s the Department of Defense has used Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) formulations to suppress fires, which has spread per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. In May of 2017, SERDP and ESTCP held a Workshop on research and demonstration needs for management of AFFF impacted sites. As a result, SERDP began funding a group of projects in 2018 to address identified knowledge gaps on PFAS.
With the recent completion of SERDP project RC-2334 we now have a new understanding of the impact climate change and sea-level rise have on Roi-Namur Island on Kwajalein Atoll. This week we take a look into the approach these investigators followed to conduct their experiment, along with their results and proposed next steps.
Outreach through SERDP and ESTCP social media will begin to look different in the coming weeks. Instead of separate Twitter and Facebook pages for each of the five program areas, all content will be coming from the main SERDP-ESTCP accounts. However, our LinkedIn presence will remain the same. Click the link in the blog and make sure you are following us to stay up to date with projects, conferences, webinars and more!
SERDP and ESTCP support ASETSDefense Workshops to provide an opportunity for Design and Sustainment Engineers, Industrial Hygienists, Program Managers, and Government Officials to share recent developments and information on testing and implementation of sustainable chemical and process alternatives. The 7th Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held at the Grand Hyatt of Denver Colorado, August 21-23, 2018. Visit www.ASETSDefense.org for links to meeting registration and hotel information.
ESTCP is gearing up for the 2018 Energy Exchange to be held August 21 to 23, 2018 in Cleveland, OH. The Energy Exchange is an excellent forum for ESTCP to interact with federal and private sector energy professionals, learn about developments in federal- building management and share results from our portfolio of new technology demonstration projects.
The Department of Defense has been using aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) since the 1970s to suppress fires. Due to this use, there are numerous sites with related per-and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination.