Bill H. Albright

Hourly Associate Research Professor
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landfill, mine waste, radioactive waste, municipal waste, final cover, remediation

Professional Interests

My undergraduate education in environmental toxicology and initial professional experience was directed at the use of environmental tracers to determine the extent and effects of urban air pollution on visibility and human health. Extensive experience in analytical chemistry led to several years of work in weather modification. Initial graduate work in hydrogeology involved the application of principles of unsaturated hydrology to the development of a facility for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste on the Nevada Test Site. Recent work and my Ph.D. dissertation focus on evaluating the performance of final landfill covers at 13 sites across the US to provide field-scale data for the development of design guidance, improved numerical modeling, and regulatory revision for waste management. Other projects at DRI involved a series of hydrogeological investigations including the effects on groundwater resources of wastewater irrigation and characterization of recharge and discharge in ambient and irrigated conditions in the Great Basin.

Research Areas

  • Remediation design
  • Landfill closure
  • Vadose zone hydrology in arid lands
  • Recharge in the Great Basin

Research Website

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 2005 University of Nevada, Reno Hydrogeology
M.S. 1996 University of Nevada, Reno Hydrology/Hydrogeology
B.S. 1976 University of California, Davis Environmental Toxicology

PhD. Dissertation Title: Field Water Balance of Landfill Final Covers

M.S. Thesis Title: Physical and Hydrologic Characteristics of an Amended Soil Proposed as a Low Permeability Component of a Radioactive Waste Landfill Cover

Academic Affiliations

  • Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences University of Nevada Reno

Publications & Presentations

2015

Pohll, G. M., Chapman, J. B., Pohlmann, K. F., Plume, R. W., Parashar, R., Rybarski, S. C., Hershey, R. L., Fereday, W. H., Reeves, D. M., Thomas, J. M., Albright, W. H. (2015). Interim Final Report, Hydraulic Fracturing in the Upper Humboldt River Basin, Aquifer Quality Assessment Program, DRI Report No. 41263

2013

Pohlmann, K. F., Meyer, W. J., Albright, W. H., Forsee, W. J. (2013). Assessment of Conditions at Closed Rural Landfills in Clark County, Nevada

2010

Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H., Waugh, W. J. (2010). Water Balance Covers for Waste Containment: Principles and Practice

2008

Waugh, W. J., Kastens, M. K., Sheader, L. R., Benson, C. H., Albright, W. H., Mushovic, P. S. (2008). Monitoring the Performance of an Alternative Landfill Cover at theMonticello, Utah, Uranium Mill Tailings Disposal Site, WM2008 Conference: Phoenix, AZ, Submitted

2007

Benson, C. H., Sawangsuriya, A., Trzebiatowski, B., Albright, W. H. (2007). Postconstruction chanages in the hydraulic properties of water balance cover soils, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 133, (4), 349-359, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2007)133:4(349)

2006

Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H., Gee, G. W., Abichou, T., McDonald, E. V., Tyler, S. W., Rock, S. A. (2006). Field Performance of a Compacted Clay Landfill FinalCover at a Humid Site, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 132, (11), 1393-1403
Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H., Gee, G. W., Abichou, T., Tyler, S. W., Rock, S. A. (2006). Field Performance of Three Compacted Clay Landfill Covers, Vadose Zone Journal, 5, 1157-1171
Albright, W. H., Jasoni, R. L., Cablk, M. E., Thomas, J. M., Decker, D. L., Arnone, J.A. III (2006). Groundwater Evapotranspiration in Smoke Creek Desert, Nevada, Final Report to SEMPRA Generation, DRI Report #41224
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Pohlmann, K. F., Pohll, G. M., Zachritz, W. H., Zitzer, S. F., Shafer, D. S., Nester, I., Oyelowo, L. (2006). Incorporating parametric uncertainty in the design of alternative landfill covers in arid regions, Vadose Zone Journal, 5, 742-750
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Pohlmann, K. F., Pohll, G. M., Zachritz, W. H., Zitzer, S. F., Shafer, D. S., Nester, I., Oyelowo, L. (2006). Designing alternative landfill covers using parametric uncertainty analysis., In Unsaturated Soils, 682-694
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Pohlmann, K. F., Pohll, G. M., Zachritz, W. H., Zitzer, S. F., Shafer, D. S., Nester, I., Oyelowo, L. (2006). Designing Alternative Landfill Covers Using Parametric Uncertainty Analysis
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Pohlmann, K. F., Pohll, G. M., Zachritz, W. H., Zitzer, S. F., Shafer, D. S., Nester, I., Oyelowo, L. (2006). Designing alternative landfill covers using parametric uncertainty analysis, Unsaturated Soils 2006: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Geotechnical Special Publication, No. 147, 682-693, ASCE: Reston, VA, April 2, 2006-April 6, 2006

2005

Abichou, T., Powelson, D., Aitchison, E., Benson, C. H., Albright, W. H. (2005). Water balances in vegetated lysimeters at a Georgia landfill, Soil Crop Sci. Soc. Florida Proc., 64, 1-8
Benson, C. H., Bohnhoff, G., Ogorzalek, A., Shackelford, C., Apiwantragoon, P., Albright, W. H. (2005). Field data and model predictions for an alternative cover, Waste Containment and Remediation, GSP 142
Benson, C. H., Bohnhoff, G. L., Ogorzalek, A. S., Shackelford, C. D., Apiwantragoon, P., Albright, W. H. (2005). Field Data and Model Predictions for a Monolithic Alternative Cover, 1-12
Gee, G. W., Keller, J. M., Serne, R. J., Albright, W. H., Decker, D. L. (2005). Chloride Mass Balance Errors in Low-Chloride Environments
Gee, G. W., Zhang, Z. S., Tyler, S. W., Albright, W. H., Singleton, M. (2005). Chloride Mass Balance: Cautions in Predicting Increased Recharge Rates, Vadose Zone Journal, 4, 72-78

2004

Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H., Gee, G. W., Roesler, A., Abichou, T., Apiwantragoon, P., Lyles, B. F., Rock, S. A. (2004). Field water balance of landfill final covers, Journal of Environmental Quality, 33
Albright, W. H., Young, M. H., Pohlmann, K. F., Zitzer, S. F. (2004). Sensitivity analysis as a design tool for alternative final landfill covers
Benson, C. H., Albright, W. H. (2004). Field Water Balance of Final Landfill Covers: The USEPA's Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP)
Benson, C. H., Bohnhoff, G. L., Apiwantragoon, P., Ogorzalek, A. S., Shackelford, C. D., Albright, W. H. (2004). Comparison of Model Predictions and Field Data for an ET Cover, 137-142
McCurdy, G. D., Albright, W. H. (2004). Estimates of Potential Evapotranspiration at Selected Sites in Eastern Nevada from Meteorological Station Data, DRI Report No. 41198
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Zachritz, W., Shafer, D. S., Pohlmann, K. F., Cablk, M. E., Zitzer, S. F., McDonald, E. V. (2004). Technical approach for designing alternative covers at Edwards Air Force Base, California., Prepared for Air Force Flight Test Center, Environmental Management Directorate, Edwards Air Force Base, California, Desert Research Institute publication No. 41192, Contract #DACA05-02-C-0009

2003

Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H., Gee, G. W., Abichou, T., Roesler, A. C., Rock, S. A. (2003). Examining the Alternatives, Civil Engineering, 70-75
Apiwantragoon, P., Benson, C. H., Albright, W. H. (2003). Comparison of water balance predictions made with HYDRUS-2D and field data from the Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP), MODFLOW and More 2003: Understanding through Modeling.
Thomas, J. M., Albright, W. H. (2003). Estimated Groundwater Recharge to Dry Valley, Northeastern Nevada, Using the Chloride Mass Balance Method, DRI Report No. 41191
Young, M. H., Albright, W. H., Zachritz, W., Shafer, D. S., Pohlmann, K. F., Cablk, M. E., Zitzer, S. F., McDonald, E. V. (2003). Technical Approach for Designing Alternative Covers at Edwards Air Force Base, California, DRI Report No. 41192

2002

Albright, W. H., Benson, C. H. (2002). Alternative Cover Assessment Program, 2002 Annual Report, Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, DRI Report No. 41182.
Albright, W. H., Gee, G. W., Wilson, G. V., Fayer, M. J. (2002). Alternative Cover Assessment Project: Phase I Report
Benson, C. H., Albright, W. H., Roesler, A. C., Abichou, T. (2002). Evaluation of Final Cover Performance: Field Data from the Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP), WM '02 Conference: Tucson, AZ

2001

Albright, W. H. (2001). Alternative Engineered Earthen Final Cover System -- Final Report, DRI Report No. 41168
Benson, C. H., Abichou, T., Albright, W. H., Gee, G. W., Roesler, A. C. (2001). Field Evaluation of Alternative Earthen Final Covers, International J. of Phytoremediation, 3, 105-127

1997

Albright, W. H. (1997). Application of the Hydrus-2D Model to Landfill Cover Design in the State of Nevada, 36, DRI Report No. 41153

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