EPA NARMPA Data Management Case Study: San Fernando Valley Superfund Site

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EPA NARMPA Data Management Case Study: San Fernando Valley Superfund Site

EPA NARMPA Data Management Case Study: San Fernando Valley Superfund Site

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  • 1. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program Case Study in Data Management: San Fernando Valley Superfund Site Data Management at the Site Specific Level
  • 2. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 1 Site Location • 4 Ous • 3 Sites • 3 treatment facilities • Over 40 data providers • VOCs (TCE, PCE), 1,4-dioxane, CrVI, vapor intrusion??? • 3 cities • Drinking water source • Water rights • State/EPA leads
  • 3. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 2 2-D plume maps are the primary deliverable for understanding remedy performance and contamination!
  • 4. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 3 Problems with historic SFV database  Does not allow RPMs/data users to interact with data without contractor assistance  SFV Database is expensive and difficult to maintain  Limited functionality  A library of data for a high cost
  • 5. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 4 The SFV Database  The SFV database is a repository for analytical and groundwater data from RWQCB facilities, PRPs, and Cities in the SFV.  The original database was an EXCEL file containing some ltihology, water quality, and water level data.  With each passing year the database grows. As it grows it’s harder to manage  Evolution of SFV Database  1992: MS Excel database  1998: Microsoft Access  2004: SQL Database, very specialized and contractor dependent to access and query  2013: Migration to EQuIS
  • 6. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 5 Components of the Historic SFV Database  2M records, 74 data tables  Required the support of a SQL expert to maintain and query  40+ facilities tracked (and growing)  Updated once or twice a year due to high cost ($40-$80K to upgrade)  Distributed as a Microsoft Access DB (1 GB file and growing) through a sharepoint website  SQL database maintenance is 40- 50% of SFV Basinwide OU costs SFV Data Costs 2009 Monthly = $14,000 2009 Total = $168,000 2010 Monthly= $12,000 2010 = $150,000 2011 Monthly = $19,000 2011 Total = $225,000 Average 2012= $16,000 Total = $200,000
  • 7. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 6 Solution: SFV Pilot Database Purpose  Tested the utility of the EQuIS environmental data management platform for SFV data  Test the features, functionality, and ease of use of the platform  Tested 3rd party software to generate data products useful to EPA’s mission in the SFV  Evaluate adopting platform for long term data management in the SFV Goals  Reduce costs by 50% or more  Use technology to assist with tracking and characterizing the contaminants in the SFV aquifer
  • 8. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 7 Why Environmental Quality Information System (EQuIS)?  Successfully used in Regions 2,3,4,5, 7 and 9; used for Deepwater Horizon oil spill  Thoughtfully designed data management software that includes  Web interface for easy retrieval and data viewing (direct access to data!)  Easily interfaces with popular environmental software  Method to standardize data (EPA custom templates)  Tool data submitters can use to QC submitted data
  • 9. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 8 What is EQuIS  EQuIS Professional: Desktop application for data analysis. Interfaces with popular environmental analysis software such as RockWorks, ArcGIS, and EnviroInsite; for EPA and consultants.  EQuIS Enterprise: Web-based interface, storage for site docs and photos, easily exports to Excel, Google Earth, ArcGIS; for Superfund staff.  EQuIS Data Processor (EDP): Desktop application for uploading data to the EQuIS database. Checks quality and completeness of data before uploading; for data submitters.
  • 10. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 9 EQUIS Professional
  • 11. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 10 EQuIS Professional Interface Capabilities
  • 12. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 11 EQuIS Enterprise
  • 13. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 12 EQuIS Data Processor
  • 14. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 13 Pilot Results – Water Level Map
  • 15. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 14 Pilot Results - Chemical Cross Sections
  • 16. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 15 Pilot Results- Digitized Contouring
  • 17. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 16 Pilot Results - Google Earth CrVI Well Concentration Visualization
  • 18. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 17 Pilot Results - Instant Conceptual Site Lithologic Models Rockworks Fence Diagram Rockworks Conceptual Site Model
  • 19. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 18 SFV Database Project Status  Purchased EQuIS in Sept 2012  Migrated 15 years of data  Challenges: Poor contractor performance, lack of internal support, RAC transition, funding  EDD has been provided to all data submitters as of Spring 2014  LADWP and Lockheed both adopted EDD and platform in 2014  Biggest success is standardizing data across the site
  • 20. 23rd Annual NARPM Training Program 19 Next Steps  Summer 2014: Work with the site RPMs to learn how to tailor the tool to meet their needs  2015: Move out of the data management phase into the data analysis phase. Begin generating data products to better refine CSM with the goal of providing information that will be valuable in improving approaches to remedies.  Final Thoughts - EPA should lead by example; EPA sets precedents