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43rd Annual Conference - February 12 - 14, 2018

Program Schedule - Wednesday, February 14th


7:30 – 8:30 AM Iowa Rural Water PAC Breakfast - Boardroom 2
Democrat and Republican Iowa Leaders
Contribution Expected (Not included in registration)
7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration/Full Hot Breakfast Served - Room 305-309
8:00 – 9:00 AM Cyanobacteria and Iowa PWS (WT) - Room 302/303
Diane Moles, Iowa DNR: Water Supply Engineering
This presentation to include the background of cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms; why it’s a concern in Iowa; and the Iowa Microcystin Surveillance Study results. 

Trenching Safety (WD/WW) - Room 301
Doug Riseden, Krausz USA
During this presentation we will discuss the following issues, why injuries and deaths occur, SOP’s, competent person, communications, PTSD and more.

Blindshot Sewer Lateral Lining Rehabilitation (WW) - Room 312/313
Paul Pasko, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
At the conclusion of Shakopee’s street pavement rehabilitation projects, the only old pipe remaining under the new streets are privately-owned sewer laterals.  To protect its investment in new street pavement, the city is rehabilitating the laterals at its own expense using “blindshot” structural cured in place pipe method.  The method involves cleaning, inspecting, and finally shooting the product about 30 feet up into the lateral from inside the main using as few cleanouts as is possible. 

9:00 – 10:00 AM IDNR Water Updates (WT/WD) - Room 302/303
Julie Sievers, IDNR
The presentation will include updates in the Water Supply program including information about monitoring water changes, the lead program, rules, changes and updates.

Ammonia, How It Can Impact Corrosion (WT/WD) - Room 301
Steve Nelson, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Ammonia in drinking water, whether naturally occurring or intentionally added as part of treatment, can have wide-reaching impacts on treatment processes, distribution systems, and water quality at the consumer’s tap.  This presentation includes individual cases studies as well as observations made in state-wide data.  A major finding in Minnesota was that biological activity made possible by natural occurring ammonia, especially when gravity filtration was implemented, contributed to the state being the number one state for copper action level exceedances.  Methods for assessing and mitigating taste and odor issues related to ammonia will also be discussed.

Planning for the Challenges of Meeting Low Effluent (WW) - Room 312/313
Mike Roth, HR Green Inc.
The Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District WWTP has one of the lowest effluent total phosphorus limits in Iowa.  A discussion of how this limit was established and the subsequent planning study to achieve compliance will highlight the challenges faced by IGLSD and other municipalities for nutrient removal. 

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break - Training Session Pre Function
10:15 – 11:15 AM Online Reporting Requirements (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302/303
Tom Atikinson, IDNR – Field Office 5
This sessions will review the procedures and requirements for the reporting wastewater information to the Iowa DNR and U S EPA .

Utilization of Mixed Oxidants to Improve Residual & Overall Water Quality in Distribution Systems (WT/WD) - Room 301
Bob Newton, Johnson Matthey
Mixed Oxidant Solutions (MOS) is approved by EPA and follow the same standards of chlorine.  Mixed oxidant chemistry has provided water municipalities with chlorine residual enhancement, biofilm control, DBP reduction, as well as other benefits.  Data and research from cities across the country has shown that MOS is able to penetrate biofilm present on pipe walls, which normally is highly resistant to chlorine.  An explanation of the process and case studies will be presented. 

Areomod Case Studies (WW) - Room 312/313
Lindsay Beaman, Snyder & Associates, Inc.
A review of case studies from Anamosa, Atkins and West Burlington.  Hear the stories behind their recent treatment plant upgrades including discussions on flood recovery, nutrient compliance and dealing with industrial wastes.

11:15 – 12:00 PM  Lunch - Room 305-309
12:00 – 1:00 PM A Snapshot of Environmental Crimes (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302-304
Kim Bahney, U. S. EPA Region 7
Receive an inside look into prosecuted cases investigated by the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.  Learn how to identify signs of criminal activity within your community.  Understand the procedures EPA uses to investigate.  Find out how we can work together to deter illegal activity.
1:00 – 2:00 PM The Use of Drones in Water and Wastewater Maintenance (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302-304
Shawn O’Shea, MSA Professional Services
How can Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), typically known as drones, help you?  Shawn O’Shea, AICP, a licensed pilot, will explain how you can use drones for various applications.  Some examples involve aerial photos and videos to view existing resources, 3-D modeling to see future scenarios, surveying, inspections and more.  This session will cover the rules, regulations and limitations of drones and what the future of this technology might look like.

You will learn:

  • What drones are
  • FFA Rules
  • About technical expertise required to process/use drone and subsequent data
  • Application examples
  • Questions you should consider before hiring or starting your own operation
2:00 PM CEUs/Adjourn
* Topics subject to change.