Emily H Majcher, PE

Ms. Majcher has more than 15 years of experience investigating the nature and extent of contamination in groundwater, soil, surface water, wetland environments, and indoor air and in developing remedial strategies for contaminated sites. Her work has been primarily in the federal sector with oversight from U.S. EPA and various state agencies. 

Biography

EDUCATION

PE - Environment Engineer, State of Maryland (2003-presesnt)

MS - Environmental Soil Science, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

BS - Environmental Engineering, Perdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Projects have included sites contaminated with chlorinated solvents, petroleum and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, chlorobenzenes, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals. Ms. Majcher managed multiple projects at a U.S. Army CERCLA site, in which green sampling techniques were utilized. She has served as the project manager and co-principal investigator for several multi-year projects investigating dissolved, mixed organic contamination in wetland environments and the migration of contaminants into indoor air. She managed and directed projects identifying and characterizing contaminant breakthrough to surface water in tidal wetlands through areas of focused discharge, and designed and implemented novel bioremediation options at the pilot scale.

More recently, her private and public sector experience has been applied to coordination of several workshops and serving as the co-chairperson for the Actionable Science subgroup of the Urban Waters Partnership program in Baltimore, Maryland. Her and her colleagues are exploring factors of influence on long-term trends in water quality related to bacteria, nutrients, and chloride, addressing monitoring and remediation of PCBs in urban stormwater and sediment.

Emily has actively served as a mentor in formal and informal programs since 2001 and have a particular interest in promoting and encouraging women in science and engineering.  Most recently, she served as a mentor for a Chesapeake Bay Trust Conservation Corps member, where USGS served as the host agency for one year. 

PUBLICATIONS

Majcher, E.H., Draft Summary Report of the Urban Waters Monitoring Workshop, 18 June 2014, Baltimore, MD. http://www.urbanwaters.gov/baltimore/pdf/Urban-Water-Monitoring-Assets_0...

Lorah, M.M., Walker, C.W., Baker, A., Teunis, J.A., Majcher, E.H., Brayton, M.J., Raffensperger, J. P., Cozzarelli, I.M. 2014, Hydrogeologic Characterization and Assessment of Feasibility of Bioremediation of Chlorinated Benzenes and Benzene in Wetland Areas, Standard Chlorine of Delaware, Inc. Superfund Site, New Castle County, Delaware, 2009-12. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report

Majcher, E., D. Himmelheber, A. Krasnopoler, T. McAlary, P. Nicholson, R. Ettinger, J. Harris, J. Wrobel. 2010. Implementation of a Strategic Approach for Complex VI Assessment at a Large Military Facility. Air and Waste Management Association Conference Proceedings.

Majcher, E.H., Lorah, M.M., Phelan, D.J., and McGinty, A.L., 2009, Design and performance of an enhanced bioremediation pilot test in a tidal wetland seep, West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5112, 84 p.

Lorah, M.M., Majcher, E.H., Jones, E.J., Voytek, M.A., 2008, Microbial consortia development and microcosm and column experiments for enhanced bioremediation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds, West Branch Canal Creek Wetland Area, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5165, 79 p.

Majcher, E.H., Phelan, D.J., Lorah, M.M., and McGinty, A.L. 2007, Characterization of preferential groundwater seepage from a chlorinated hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer to West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 2002-04. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5233, 204 p.