Seminars

The MWRD hosts a seminar series at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant that is open to the public. These seminars are eligible for Professional Development Credits/CEUs.

 

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Picture ID is required for plant entry. 

Location:  Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Lue-Hing R&D Complex, 6001 West Pershing Road, Cicero, IL 60804

Time: All seminars start at 10:30 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Heng Zhang, Assistant Director of Monitoring and Research, at (708) 588-4264 or (708) 588-4059 or email zhangH@mwrd.org.

January 25, 2019

The Development, Implementation, and Recent Progress of the Fulton County Nutrient Loss Reduction Program Under the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, Guanglong Tian, Ph.D., Principal Environmental Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, Environmental Monitoring and Research Division, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

February 22, 2019

Lessons Learned on Erosion Control in Shoreline Restoration, Robert J. Kirschner, Director of Restoration Ecology, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

Presentation

 

March 29, 2019

Green Infrastructure Implementation at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, James Yurik, Principal Civil Engineer, and John Watson, Associate Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, Stormwater Management Section, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

April 26, 2019

Operating a Membrane Facility for Decades at the Orange County Water District and Groundwater Replenishment System, Michael R. Markus, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, F.ASCE, General Manager, Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, California

Presentation

 

May 31, 2019

Taking Ammonia-Based Aeration Control to the Next Level, Wendy Anderson, Senior Engineer, Technology & Innovation Division,   Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver, Colorado

Presentation

 

June 28, 2019

Biosolids Market Analysis for a Strategic Long-Term Biosolids Management Program at Charlotte Water, Irene Teshamulwa Okioga (Tesha) P.E., Ph.D., LEED AP, ENV SP, Senior Engineering Project Manager, Charlotte Water, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

July 26, 2019

Assessing the Impacts of Return Activated Sludge Fermentation on Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Performance and Associated Microbial Ecology, Erik R. Coats, P.E., Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Presentation

 

August 23, 2019 

Challenges of Delivering Drinking Water to the City of New York, Paul V. Rush, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply, New York City, New York

Presentation

 

September 20, 2019

Sludge-Fermentation Based Side-Stream Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Enables Sustainable Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal with Carbon/Energy Recovery, April Gu, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

 

October 25, 2019

Filtration Technologies and Potential Application at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Beverley Stinson, Ph.D., Vice President, AECOM Water, Baltimore, Maryland

 

November 22, 2019

Challenges of Achieving Phosphorus Removal at the Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, Skokie, Illinois, Leon Downing, Ph.D., Principal Process and Innovation Leader, Water Technology Group, Black & Veatch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

December 13, 2019

Mainstream Short-Cut Biological Nitrogen Removal Coupled with Biological Phosphorus Removal, George Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, Evanston, Illinois

 

 

January 26, 2018

Water Quality Monitoring in Illinois Rivers, William A. Battaglin, Research Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado

Presentation

 

February 23, 2018

Assessing the Load Reduction of Endocrine Active Compounds After Disinfection at the Terrence J. O’Brien and Calumet Water Reclamation Plants and the Biological Effects on Fish, Dr. Heiko L. Schoenfuss, PhD, Professor of Anatomy, Director, Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Presentation


March 23, 2018

Nutrient Trading as A Useful Tool for Nutrient Management at Watershed Scale, Cy Jones, Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute, Washington D. C.

Presentation

 

April 27, 2018

Development and Implementation of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Resource Recovery Ordinance, Gregory Yarnik, Supervising Environmental Specialist, Dr. Joseph Kozak, PhD, PE, Supervising Environmental Research Scientist, and Matthew McGregor, Principal Engineer, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

May 25, 2018

Impact of the Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Processes on Digested Sludge Dewatering, Dr. Matthew J. Higgins, Ph.D, Professor, and Claire W. Carlson, Chair in Environmental Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng., Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Presentation

 

June 29, 2018

Selection of Thermal Hydrolysis Pretreatment Technology for Anaerobic Digestion at Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, Ms. Zonetta English, Research Manager and Alex E. Novak, P.E., Treatment Facilities Director, at Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sanitary District, Louisville, Kentucky

Presentation

 

July 27, 2018

Climate-Resilient Water Management in New York City, Alan Cohn, Managing Director, Integrated Water Management, New York, New York

Presentation

 

August 24, 2018

Crisis Communication and Management, Jason Hughes, Director, Utility Services (Water), Department of Water Services, DC Water

Presentation

 

September 14, 2018

Microalgal Bioprocesses for Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater, Dr. Jeremy Guest, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Presentation

 

October 26, 2018

Searching for Life and Habitability in the Solar System, Bobak Ferdowsi, Systems Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Presentation

 

November 30, 2018

Microplastic in Urban Streams: Abundance, Source, and Microbial Interactions, Timothy Hoellein, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

December 14, 2018

Update on the District's Stormwater Management Program, Joseph Kratzer, Managing Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

 

January 27, 2017

Monitoring the Effectiveness of Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices in the Cermak-Blue Island Streetscapes Corridor in Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Senior Soil Scientist, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Mr. James Duncker, Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey, Urbana, Illinois

Presentation


February 24, 2017

Development of Process and Hydraulic Models for the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant as Planning Tools
Mr. Daniel Salabaj, Senior Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Mr. Steve Arant, Senior Project Manager and Process Engineer, Black & Veatch

Presentation


March 31, 2017

Evaluation of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Groundwater Monitoring for Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Deep Tunnels
Dr. Dominic Brose, Associate Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Mr. Bob Kay, Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey, Urbana, Illinois

Presentation


April 28, 2017

Hydrologic Cycles of the Great Lakes System
Dr. Drew Gronewold, Hydrologist and Physical Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presentation
 

May 19, 2017

Integrated Management of Nitrogen
Dr. Thomas L. Theis, Director, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


June 30, 2017

Odor Control at Orange County Sanitation District
Dr. Carla Dillon, Engineering Supervisor of the Orange County Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, California

Presentation
 

July 28, 2017

Minimizing Stormwater Runoff Impacts to Streams and Rivers through Targeted Flow Thresholds: The Biological Relevance of Q Critical
Mr. Matthew Wooten, Aquatic Biologist, Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, Ft. Wright, Kentucky

Presentation
 

August 25, 2017 

Management and Operation of Organic Waste Facility for Co-digestion at Central Marin Sanitation Agency
Mr. Chris Finton, Treatment Plant Manager, Central Marin Sanitation Agency, San Rafael, California

Presentation


September 29, 2017 

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation’s Role in Assisting Utilities to Become the Utility of the Future
Dr. Amit Pramanik, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia

Presentation


October 27, 2017 

Filtration Technologies for Tertiary Treatment
Dr. P.T. Srinivasan, Senior Environmental Research Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


November 17, 2017

Update on the District’s Stormwater Management Program
Mr. Joe Kratzer, Managing Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


December 15, 2017

ANITA Mox Startup and Optimization at the Egan Water Reclamation Plant
Kathy Lai, Principal Engineer, Maintenance and Operations Department, Cindy Qin, Associate Environmental Research Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, and Louis Storino, Principal Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

January 22, 2016

Point Source/Nonpoint Source Collaboration on Nutrient Loss Reduction with the Concept of Environmental Utility  
Mr. Steve John, Executive Director, Agricultural Watershed Institute, Decatur, Illinois

Presentation


February 26, 2016 

Overview of the MWRDGC’s Illinois Waterway Monitoring Program 
Mr. Thomas Minarik, Senior Aquatic Biologist, Monitoring and Research Department (M&R), MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


March 18, 2016 

Innovative Solutions to Corrosion and Odor Problems in Municipal Sewer Networks
Professor Zhiguo Yuan, Director of Advanced Water Management Centre, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Presentation


April 29, 2016    

Anaerobic Digestion – Microbial Fundamental and Future Resource Management Potential
Professor Wen-Tso Liu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

January 22, 2016

Point Source/Nonpoint Source Collaboration on Nutrient Loss Reduction with the Concept of Environmental Utility,  Mr. Steve John, Executive Director, Agricultural Watershed Institute, Decatur, Illinois

Presentation

 

February 26, 2016 

Overview of the MWRDGC’s Illinois Waterway Monitoring Program,  Mr. Thomas Minarik, Senior Aquatic Biologist, Monitoring and Research Department (M&R), MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

March 18, 2016 

Innovative Solutions to Corrosion and Odor Problems in Municipal Sewer Networks, Professor Zhiguo Yuan, Director of Advanced Water Management Centre, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Presentation

 

April 29, 2016    

Anaerobic Digestion – Microbial Fundamental and Future Resource Management Potential, Professor Wen-Tso Liu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

 

 
May 20, 2016 

Trace Levels of Heavy Metals and Organic Pollutants in Edible Parts of Crops Grown in Exceptional Quality Biosolids Amended Soils: Human Health Risk Assessment
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


June 24, 2016   

New Advances in Process Control and Modeling for WRRFs
Professor Peter Vanrolleghem, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

 

 

July 29, 2016 

Point Source Odor Control Technologies - Design, Operation and Maintenance
Mr. Richard Pope, Vice President, Odor Services Leader, Hazen and Sawyer, New York; Consultant to the MWRDGC Odor Control Strategy

Presentation


August 26, 2016 

Microbes of the Chicago Area Waterway Systems (CAWS), Dr. Cristina Negri, Principal Agronomist/Environmental Engineer, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Jack Gilbert, Professor in Department of Surgery, the University of Chicago, Microbial Ecologist, Group Leader, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Presentation


September 30, 2016 

Asset Management Program at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mr. Gregory Hottinger, Asset Management Program Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presentation


October 28, 2016

Biosolids Composting and Class A Biosolids Product Utilization at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Mr. Daniel Collins, Managing Civil Engineer, M&O Department, and Dr. Guanglong Tian, Provisional Supervising Environmental Soil Scientist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


November 18, 2016

Biological Phosphorus Removal at the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Ms. Heather Phillips, Wastewater Operations Manager, Public Works, City of Olathe, Kansas

Presentation


December 16, 2016

Assessing Water Quality for the Chicago Area Waterway System Chloride Initiative,
Ms. Jennifer Wasik, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


May 20, 2016 

Trace Levels of Heavy Metals and Organic Pollutants in Edible Parts of Crops Grown in Exceptional Quality Biosolids Amended Soils: Human Health Risk Assessment, Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


June 24, 2016   

New Advances in Process Control and Modeling for WRRFs
Professor Peter Vanrolleghem, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

 

July 29, 2016 

Point Source Odor Control Technologies - Design, Operation and Maintenance
Mr. Richard Pope, Vice President, Odor Services Leader, Hazen and Sawyer, New York; Consultant to the MWRDGC Odor Control Strategy

Presentation

 

August 26, 2016 

Microbes of the Chicago Area Waterway Systems (CAWS)
Dr. Cristina Negri, Principal Agronomist/Environmental Engineer, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Jack Gilbert, Professor in Department of Surgery, the University of Chicago, Microbial Ecologist, Group Leader, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Presentation

 

September 30, 2016 

Asset Management Program at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Mr. Gregory Hottinger, Asset Management Program Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presentation


October 28, 2016

Biosolids Composting and Class A Biosolids Product Utilization at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Mr. Daniel Collins, Managing Civil Engineer, M&O Department, and Dr. Guanglong Tian, Provisional Supervising Environmental Soil Scientist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation
 

November 18, 2016

Biological Phosphorus Removal at the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Ms. Heather Phillips, Wastewater Operations Manager, Public Works, City of Olathe, Kansas

Presentation


December 16, 2016

Assessing Water Quality for the Chicago Area Waterway System Chloride Initiative,
Ms. Jennifer Wasik, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, M&R Department, MWRDGC, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

January 30, 2015

Technical Re-evaluation of Local Limits for Industrial Discharges in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago 
(District) Service Area 
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


February 27, 2015

Wastewater Worker Safety - Addressing Concerns on Ebola in Wastewater
Dr. Matthew J. Arduino, Team Lead, Center for Disease Control Ebola Response Environmental Infection Control Team, Atlanta, Georgia

Presentation


March 27, 2015

Updates on the Use Attainability Analysis for the Chicago Area Waterway System
Ms. Margaret Conway, Principal Attorney, Law Department and Ms. Jennifer Wasik, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


April 24, 2015

Algal-sludge Granules:  An Innovative Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery Process
Dr. Chul Park, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Presentation


May 29, 2015

Developing a Long Term Capital Improvement Plan and Vetting Capital Improvement Projects Using an Organizationwide, Transparent and Objective Approach
Mr. Edward Podczerwinski, Managing Civil Engineer and Mr. Jonathan Grabowy, Principal Civil Engineer, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


June 26, 2015

Development of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy
Mr. Sanjay Sofat, Manager of the Division of Water Pollution Control, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield, Illinois

Presentation


July 31, 2015 

Recent Progress in Development of Mainstream Deammonification - A Potential Low Energy Option for Nitrogen Removal
Dr. George Wells, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Presentation
 

August 28, 2015 

Green Infrastructure Program at DC Water
Ms. Bethany Bezak, Green Infrastructure Manager, DC Clean Rivers Project, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Washington, DC

Presentation


September 25, 2015 

Waste Activated Sludge Stripping to Remove Internal Phosphorus (WASSTRIP) Application at Clean Water Services
Mr. Peter Schauer, Principal Process Engineer, Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon

Presentation


October 30, 2015 

The MWRD’s Perspective on Co-Digestion and Biogas Utilization
Mr. Thomas Kunetz, Assistant Director of Engineering, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


November 20, 2015 

Investigation of Anti-biotic Resistant Genes in Reclaimed Water
Professor Amy Pruden, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Graduate Education, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Presentation


December 18, 2015

Development and Utilization of a Customized Model for Evaluating Performance of the Calumet, Mainstream and Des Plaines Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Systems
Mr. Patrick Jensen, PE, Associate Civil Engineer and Ms. Ann Gray, Associate Civil Engineer, Collection Facilities/TARP, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

January 31, 2014  

What is Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)?
Professor Michael David, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

February 21, 2014  

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) Stickney Water Reclamation Plant Nitrification Upset and Response, Mr. Brett Garelli, Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations, Maintenance and Operations Department (M&O), Mr. Joseph Cummings, Assistant Treatment Plant Operator I, M&O and Ms. Auralene Glymph-Martin, Senior Environmental Microbiologist, Monitoring and Research Department (M&R), District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

March 28, 2014  

Research in Algae for Nutrient Uptake
Professor Belinda Sturm, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas, Laurence, Kansas

Presentation

 

April 25, 2014  

Generating Energy through Co-Digestion Using Anaerobic Digesters at Wastewater Resource Recovery Facilities in the City of Fort Wort
Dr. Ana J. Pena-Tijerina, Technical Services Manager, Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility, Fort Worth, Texas

Presentation

 

May 30, 2014  

Flourescence Spectrocopy to Quantify Treatment of Wastewater by Ozonation and Advanced Oxidation Processes: On Line Measurement of Trace Organics Removal
Professor Gregory Korshin, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Presentation
 

June 27, 2014  

Maximizing Community Value: Social, Environmental and Financial Benefit/Cost Analysis at Seattle Public Utilities
Mr. Tim Steel, Principal Economist, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, Washington

Presentation

 

July 25, 2014  

Chicago Beaches Innovative Water Quality Monitoring Approach to Predict Water Quality
Ms. Meredith Nevers, Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey, Porter, Indiana and Brendan Daley, Chicago Park District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

August 22, 2014  

Fate of Engineered Nanomaterials in Wastewater Biosolids, Land Application and Incineration
Professor Paul Westerhoff, School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Presentation

 

September 26, 2014  

Using Thermal Energy in Treated Wastewater Effluent for Building Heating and Cooling,
Mr. Gary Thalken, Sanitary Engineer, Waste Water Treatment Plant, Lincoln, Nebraska

Presentation

 

October 24, 2014  

Science of Climate and Change
Professor David Archer, Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

November 21, 2014   2014

Report Card for Illinois Infrastructure-Including Wastewter Sector
Mr. Patrick Lach, President of the Illinois Section, American Society of Civil Engineers, Chicago Illinois

Presentation

 

December 12, 2014  

District’s Endeavor to Implement Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Update
Dr. Joseph Kozak, Supervising Environmental Research Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

January 18, 2013 

Using Biosolids to Restore and Revitalize Soil Ecosystem Services to Degraded Soil in the Calumet Region

Professor Nick Basta, Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Presentation


February 22, 2013 

Challenges of Relocating Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Interceptor near Wacker Drive

Mr. Brad Bacilek, Resident Project Manager, Alfred Benesch & Company, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


April 5, 2013 

Implementation and Operation of Enhanced Biological Removal at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Mr. George Sprouse, Manager of the Process Engineering Group, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, St. Paul, Minnesota

Presentation


April 26, 2013 

Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts' Odor Control Practices

Mr. Rob Morton, Supervising Engineer, Sanitation Districts' of Los Angeles County, Whittier, California

Presentation


May 24, 2013 
Nutrient Removal at the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver

Mr. Jim McQuarrie, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver, Colorado

Presentation


June 28, 2013 

Plant and Animal Survey of Woodlands and Wetlands on 25 Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Properties

Mr. Irwin Polls, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


July 26, 2013 

Adaptive Watershed Management to Achieve the Designated Use for Aquatic Life:  Salt Creek and the Upper DuPage River

Mr. Stephen McCracken, Program Manager, DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup, Naperville, Illinois

Presentation


August 23, 2013 

Components for Successful Compost Facility Operations 

Ms. Lorrie Loder, Director of Product Marketing at Synagro, Orange County, California

Presentation


September 27, 2013 Regulation of Phosphorus Fertilizer Application to Turf in Minnesota:  History and Environmental Implications
Professor Carl Rosen, Department Head of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Presentation


October 25, 2013 

Watershed Management Ordinance

Mr. John Murray, Supervising Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


November 22, 2013 

Moving Towards Effluent Disinfection at the District's Terrence J. O'Brien (formally North Side) and Calumet Water Reclamation Plants

Mr. Ed Brosius, Supervising Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


December 13, 2013 

Evaluation of the Impact of Lake Discretionary Diversion on Water Quality of the Chicago Area Waterways System

Professor Charles Steven Melching, Marquette University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presentation

January 27, 2012  

Asian Carp and the Separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Watersheds in the Chicago Area
Mr. Richard Lanyon, Retired Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

February 24, 2012  

Tracking Sources of Phosphorus and the District’s Action Plan for Sustainable Phosphorus Management, Mr. Brett Garelli, Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations, Maintenance and Operations Department and Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Associate Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

    

March 30, 2012  

Heritage Park Flood Control Facility: Compensatory Floodplain Storage for Levee 37,
Mr. Joe Kratzer, Senior Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

    

April 27, 2012  

Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon, Source Tracking and Impacts on Urban Watersheds, Peter Van Metre, Research Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey, Austin, Texas

Presentation

   

May 18, 2012  

Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective,
Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, Cecil Lue-Hing & Associates, Burr Ridge, Illinois

Presentation


June 29, 2012  

Removal and Recovery of Phosphorus at the Hampton Roads Sanitary District, Dr. Charles B. Bott, Research and Development Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginian Beach, Virginia

Presentation

   

July 27, 2012  

Is Scientific Knowledge Sufficient for Environmental Decision Making?
Professor Ken Reckhow, Duke University, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Presentation

   

August 24, 2012  

Oxygen Transfer in Wastewater Treatment Processes: Research Perspectives in the 21st Century, Professor Diego Rosso, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, California

Presentation

   

September 28, 2012    

Mechanisms of Corrosion and the Impact of Corrosion on the Underground Infrastructure
Mr. Mark Joyce, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Maintenance and Operations Department and Dr. Ali Oskouie, Senior Environmental Research Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation


October 26, 2012  

The Effect of Wet Weather Driven Dissolved Oxygen Sags on Fishes in Urban Systems – Pilot Study
Mr. Doug Bradley, Senior Project Scientist, LimnoTech, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presentation


November 30, 2012  

Implications of Pathogen-Biofilm Interactions for Surface Water Quality,
Professor Aaron Packman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Presentation


December 14, 2012  

Complying with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Requirements 
Mr. Adam Gronski, Principal Civil Engineer, Maintenance and Operations Department, and Ms. Jennifer Wasik, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

January 28, 2011

Improving Soil Quality for Sustained Productivity and Human Health
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Associate Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Chicago, IL

Presentation


February 25, 2011

Need and Challenge of Alternative Water Sources for use in Electric Power Production
Professor David A. Dzombak, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA

Presentation


March 25, 2011

Renewables-Based District Energy in Vancouver, British Columbia
Mr. Chris Baber, Neighborhood Energy Utility Manager, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN

Presentation


April 29, 2011

A Comprehensive Survey of Endocrine Active Compounds and Fish Effects In the Chicago Area Waterway System
Professor Heiko Schoenfuss, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Presentation


May 20, 2011

Nitrogen Removal Technology: Past, Present and Future – Including Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Current Nutrient Regulation and Recovery Processes

Dr. Sudhir Murthy, Manager, Process Development and Optimization, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Washington D.C.

Presentation


June 17, 2011

Status of Chicago Area Waterway System Use Attainability Analysis Hearings Before the Illinois Pollution Control Board

Dr. Thomas C. Granato, Acting Director of Monitoring and Research Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation


July 29, 2011

Wastewater Treatment and Climate Change

Professor Kartik Chandran, Columbia University, New York, NY

Presentation


August 26, 2011

Airborne Laser Scanning for Riverbank Erosion Assessment

Professor Satish Gupta, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Presentation


September 30, 2011

East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Renewable Energy Initiatives

Mr. David Williams, Director of Wastewater, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland, CA

Presentation


October 28, 2011

Digester Gas Modeling and Utilization at the District’s Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

Mr. Steve McGowan, Vice President, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., Schaumburg, IL

Presentation


November 18, 2011

Computer Modeling to Support Process Design at the District

Mr. Edward Podczerwinski, Principal Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, Cicero, IL

Presentation


December 16, 2011

The Maintenance and Operations of the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant 
Mr. Stephen Carmody, Engineer of Treatment Plant Operations and Reed Dring, Engineer of Treatment Plant Operations, Maintenance and Operations Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

January 29, 2010

Incorporating Microbiology in Wastewater Process Control
Ms. Auralene Glymph, Senior Environmental Microbiologist, Monitoring and Research Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Chicago, IL

Presentation


February 26, 2010

Environmental and Sustainability Factors Associated With Next-Generation Biofuels in the United States: What Do We Really Know?
Dr. Pamela Williams, E Risk Sciences, Boulder, CO

Presentation


March 19, 2010

Uptake of Emerging Contaminants in Plants
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Associate Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation


April 30, 2010

The Emerald Forest – An Integrated Approach for Sustainable Community Development and Bio-Derived Energy Generation,
Dr. Fouad Teymour, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

May 21, 2010 

Status of Implementing the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan at the District
Mr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Principal Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

June 18, 2010 

Management of the Chicago Area Waterway System from the Locks to Lockport
Mr. Edward Staudacher, Supervising Civil Engineer, and Mr. James Yurik, Principal Civil Engineer, Maintenance and Operations Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

July 30, 2010

Greenhouse Gas Accounting for District Biosolids Management Program 
Dr. Sally Brown, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Dr. Guanglong Tian, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

August 27, 2010 

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Is the Problem Here or Just Around the Corner?
Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, Cecil Lue-Hing & Associates, Burr Ridge, IL

Presentation

 

September 24, 2010 

Plant Availability and Environmental Significance of Phosphorus in Land-Applied District Biosolids,
Dr. Guanglong Tian, Senior Environmental Soil Scientist, and Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Associate Environmental Soil Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

October 29, 2010 

Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure, and Recreational Study
Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

November 19, 2010

Feasibility of Traditional and Emerging Technologies for Treatment and Resource Recovery of Recycle Streams
Mr. Kamlesh Patel, Senior Environmental Research Scientist, Monitoring and Research Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

December 17, 2010

Bubbly Creek Sediment Oxygen Demand Study and Implications for Water Quality Improvement
Dr. Marcelo Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Presentation

January 30, 2009

Anaerobic Co-digestion of Food Wastes and Biosolids at Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants in Wisconsin
Daniel Zitomer, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Presentation
 

February 27, 2009

Update on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (District) Stormwater Management Program

Ms. Maureen Durkin, Principal Civil Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation


March 27, 2009

Sources and Ecology of E. coli in the North Shore Channel and North Branch of the Chicago River
Dr. Muruleedhara Byappanahalli, United States Geological Survey, Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station, Porter, IN

Presentation
 

May 1, 2009

Industrial Pretreatment: Where We Were, Where We Are, and the Challenges Ahead (Rescheduled from April 24th)
Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, Cecil Lue-Hing & Associates, Burr Ridge, IL

Presentation


May 29, 2009

Sustainable Water Use in Cities and Industry: Future Challenges and Promising Strategies

Dr. Kimberly Gray, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Presentation


June 26, 2009

Nanotechnology and the Environment

Ms. Kathleen Seller, Arcadis U.S., Chelmsford, MA

Presentation


July 31, 2009 

State of the Science on Cogeneration of Heat and Power from Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Biosolids

Dr. James Smith, USEPA, Cincinnati, OH

Presentation


August 28, 2009 

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of District Biosolids Compared with other Organic and Conventional Commercial Fertilizers for Turfgrass Management at Golf Courses and Parks

Dr. Thomas Voigt, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Presentation


September 25, 2009 

Nitrogen Isotope Studies in the Illinois River

Dr. Neil Sturchio, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Presentation


October 30, 2009 

An Integrated Strategy for Meeting Dissolved Oxygen Standards Proposed for the Chicago Area Waterway System

Dr. David R. Zenz, CTE Engineers/AECOM, Chicago, IL

Presentation


November 20, 2009

Chicago Area Waterways Habitat Evaluation and Improvement Study
Mr. Scott R. Bell, LimnoTech, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Presentation
 

December 11, 2009

On the Road to 2040: A Progress Report on the Implementation of the District’s Master Plans
Mr. Thomas Kunetz, Assistant Director of Engineering, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation

January 25, 2008

The Antibiotic Paradox: What’s the Scoop with Animal and Human Poop?    
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Soil Scientist, Research and Development (R&D) Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

February 29, 2008

Direct Electricity or Hydrogen Generation from Wastewater and other Waste Biomass using Microbial Fuel Cell Technologies
Dr. Bruce Logan, Pennsylvania State University, College Station, PA

 

March 28, 2008

Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure, and Recreation Study
Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

April 25, 2008

Life Cycle Inventory and Impacts of Reactive Nitrogen in Agroecosystems
Dr. Thomas Theis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

May 16, 2008 

Energy Optimization - Renewable Energy - Greenhouse Gas Road Mapping; Current Green Initiatives in the Wastewater Industry
Mr. Patrick Clifford, CTE/AECOM, Mr. Joerg Blischke, M&E/AECOM

Presentation

 

May 30, 2008

An Exploration of Emerging Contaminants in the Chicago Waterways: Ongoing Collaborative Research between USEPA and the District
Mr. Todd Nettesheim, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 
June 27, 2008

Occurrence and Fate of Microconstituent Chemicals in Biosolids
Dr. Edward Topp, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, CAN

Presentation

 
July 25, 2008

The District’s Global Warming Initiatives
Dr. Catherine O’Connor, Research Scientist, R&D Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

 
August 22, 2008

Total Nitrogen Removal in the Hybrid Membrane-Biofilm Process
Dr. Robert Nerenberg, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Presentation

 

September 26, 2008

Update of the Proposed State of Illinois Nutrient Standards
Mr. Robert Mosher, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Springfield, IL

Presentation

 

November 21, 2008

Effect of Full-Scale Chemical Phosphorus Removal at the John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant on Treatment Process Performance, Sludge Dewatering, Biosolids Management, and Water Quality in Salt Creek
Ms. Jennifer Wasik, Biologist; Dr. Heng Zhang, Research Scientist; Mr. Kamlesh Patel, Research Scientist; and Dr. Guanglong Tian, Soil Scientist; R&D Department, District, Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

December 12, 2008

Update on the District’s Biosolids Management Program
Dr. Albert Cox, Soil Scientist, R&D Department, District, Cicero, IL; Ms. Manju Sharma, Assistant Chief Engineer and Mr. Daniel Collins, Principal Civil Engineer, Maintenance and Operations Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation

January 26, 2007

Nutrient Farming and Traditional Removal: An Economic Comparison
Dr. Donald Hey, The Wetlands Initiative, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

February 23, 2007

Watershed-Wide Distribution of Escherichia Coli: Implications for Meeting Water Quality Standards
Dr. Richard Whitman, United States Geological Survey, Porter, IN

Presentation

 

March 30, 2007

Fundamental and Practical Studies on Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR):  Identifying the Polyphosphate Accumulating Organisms and Achieving Very Low Effluent Phosphorus Concentrations
Dr. Daniel Noguera, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Presentation

 

April 27, 2007

Toward Understanding Dynamic Microbial Responses to Chemical Stress:  Elucidating Biomarkers for Use in Upset Early Warning Systems
Dr. Nancy Love, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Presentation

 

May 18, 2007

Development of an Integrated Water Quality Strategy for the Chicago Area Waterways
Dr. David R. Zenz, CTE/AECOM Engineers, Chicago, IL

Presentation


June 29, 2007

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Wastewater Processed by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago System
Dr. Geeta Rijal, Microbiologist, Research and Development Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Cicero, IL

Presentation

 

July 27, 2007

Greenhouse Gases to Greenbacks – Carbon Sequestration and Nutrient Management
Dr. Prakasam Tata, Tata Consulting International, Naperville, IL

Presentation

 

August 24, 2007

Risk Assessment for Recreational Use of the Chicago Area Waterways
Drs. Chriso Petropoulou and Keith Tolson, Geosyntec Consulting, Inc., Chicago, IL

 

September 7, 2007

Green Build-Out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in the District of Columbia
Michael P. Sullivan, LimnoTech Consultants, Washington, DC.

Presentation

 

September 28, 2007

USEPA's Part 503 Regulations:  Using Historical Developments as a Guide to Address Future Rulemaking
Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, Cecil Lue-Hing and Associates, Burr Ridge, IL

Presentation

 

October 26, 2007

Impact of Water on Sustainability:  Nexus to the Economy, Energy, and the Environment
Dr. Mark Shannon, University of Illinois (WATER CAMPWS), Urbana, IL

Presentation

 

 November 16, 2007

An Update on the Implementation of the Stickney, Calumet, and North Side Water Reclamation Plant’s Master Plans
Mr. Thomas Kunetz, Assistant Chief Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation

 

December 7, 2007

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s New Heat Drying Facility for Biosolids
Mr. Steve Waters, Veolia Water North America, Evanston, IL

Presentation

 

January 27, 2006

Endocrine Disruption in Aquatic Organisms Exposed to Fluoxetine (Prozac®)
Professor Marsha Black, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Presentation

 

February 24, 2006

Wastewater Infrastructure Vulnerability, Security, and Funding Issues:  An Overview,
Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, Cecil Lue-Hing & Associates, Chicago, Illinois

 

March 24, 2006

Scale Issues in Urban Watershed Management
Professor Edwin Herricks, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

 

April 28, 2006

Identification of the Sources of Nitrate in the Illinois River Using Isotopic and Chemical Techniques
Mr. Samuel V. Panno, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, Illinois

Presentation

 

May 19, 2006

Electrical Energy Management at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Mr. Sanjay Patel, AETPO, Maintenance and Operations Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

June 23, 2006

Fate of Endocrine Disrupting Contaminants in WWTPs and Their Impact on Receiving Streams
Dr. Larry Barber, United States Geological Survey, Boulder, Colorado

Presentation

 
July 28, 2006

Evaluation of Cost and Benefits of CSO Treatment, Flow Augmentation, and Supplemental Aeration to Improve Water Quality in the Chicago Area Waterways,
Dr. David R. Zenz, CTE/AECOM Engineers, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

August 25, 2006

Biosolids Use in Park Land Development at the Former U. S. Steel Southworks Brownfield Site
Dr. Lakhwinder Hundal, Soil Scientist, Research and Development Department, District, Cicero, Illinois

Presentation

 

September 29, 2006

Watershed Approach for Meeting West Branch DuPage River/Salt Creek TMDLs
Mr. Larry Cox, Downers Grove Sanitary District, Downers Grove, Illinois

Presentation

 

October 27, 2006

North Side Water Reclamation Plant Master Plan
Mr. Robert Kulchawik, CTE/AECOM Engineers, Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

 

November 17, 2006

Risk Assessment of Human Health Impacts of Disinfection vs. No Disinfection for the Chicago Waterway System,
Dr. Chriso Petropoulou, Geosyntech Consulting, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Presentation

December 8, 2006

Overview of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s New Stormwater Management Program for Cook County
Mr. Joseph Sobanski, Chief Engineer, Engineering Department, District, Chicago, IL

Presentation