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


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



February 22, 2019

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



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



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



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



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



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


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