CSWEA President’s Message

    CSWEA Performing Well!

    It has been a busy time for all since my last message.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season in the Central States region! Throughout our three states, there is a lot going on and everyone that I speak to seems to be very busy.  As I get into this message, please consider how well we are performing.

    There have been several big events that have occurred in our area since my last message, including WEFTEC 2019; the IL Section Operations Seminar, several Operator Training Courses, Illinois Section Up State Operations Seminar, and the 2019 Biosolids, Energy, Environmental Recovery (B.E.E.R.) Seminar; the MN Section Collections Workshop (w/ MWOA), and Conference on the Environment; the WI Section Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater Symposium, Phosphorous & Nutrients Operations Seminar, Industrial Pretreatment Seminar, WI Section Annual Business Meeting, and the Stormwater and Watershed Webinar; and other events.  I will briefly cover each of these events below.

    WEFTEC 2019. WEFTEC is one of the premier events in our industry, with over 200 technical sessions, workshops, mobile sessions, local facility tours, and over 1,000 exhibitors.  At WEFTEC this year, the CSWEA/IWEA annual Welcome Reception was held on Sunday, Sept 22nd.  The event was well attended. CSWEA also performed well during WEFTEC with the Operations (OPS) Challenge.  Our two teams both placed at the awards level.  The Shovelers placed first in Process Control, and the Pumpers placed fourth in Laboratory.  A listing of the Shovelers and Pumpers team members this year are:

    CSWEA Pumpers

    ·    Marc Zimmerman (Coach) – Janesville WWTP, WI

    ·    Aaron Berry – Trotter Assoc. Inc., IL

    ·    Brian Schoenecker – City of St. Cloud, MN

    ·    Joe Watson – NEW Water, WI

    ·    Mark Knuth – Racine WWTP, WI

    CSWEA Shovelers

    ·    Chris Lefebvre (Coach) – Stevens Point, WI

    ·    Brandon Stall – WLSSD, MN

    ·    Brent Perz – Baxter & Woodman, IL

    ·    Jason Robbins – Kishwaukee WRD, IL

    ·    Wade Lagle – Urbana & Champaign SD, IL

    Trainer: Brian Skaife – Janesville WWTP, WI


    If you see them, please congratulate these team members for a job well done this year!

    Pilgrim’s Pride was also the Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award Winner at WEFTEC 2019!  Brian Mehr and Ronald Olmscheid were present to accept the award.  Congratulations Pilgrim’s Pride!

    Three Illinois Section Operator Training Courses were held this Fall.  On October 16th, the first Operator Training Course was held at the Downers Grove Sanitary District, which covered the Fundamentals of Preliminary & Primary Treatment.  The second training was held on October 24th and covered the Purpose & Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment.  This event was held at the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District.  The third training was held on November 13th at the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District (Southeast Plant), and covered the Fundamentals of Anaerobic Digestion.  All of these Illinois Section operator training courses were well attended, and the hope is that someday, these training sessions can be expanded to both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Congratulations again to Mike Holland for organizing all of these training events.

    The Minnesota Section held their first Annual Effective Utility Management Workshop on August 28th in Minneapolis, as well as a Cycling, Stormwater, and Suds Tour on September 19th.  The MN Section also conducted their Collections Workshop with the Minnesota Wastewater Operator’s Association (MWOA).  The event occurred on September 25th and was held at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) facilities in Duluth.  The event was well attended. The MN Section also held their Annual Conference on the Environment (COE), in association with the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), Upper Midwest Section, on Thursday, November 7.  The event was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis.  The conference again was well attended, and focused on numerous important environmental topics including wastewater, water, stormwater & water resource management, solid waste, and air.  Congratulations go out to Tim Wedin (CSWEA) and Andrew Willing (A&WMA) for co-hosting this event, as well as all the members of the local arrangements committee for again organizing a terrific event.

    The Wisconsin Section conducted several seminars and/or events this fall.  The first was the Lift Innovation and Technology Tour, which was held on September 19, 2019 at the Fond Du Lac Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Facility.  The Wisconsin Section held an Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater event at Marquette University on October 22, 2019.  The Wisconsin Section held an Operations Seminar on Phosphorus and Nutrients on November 14, 2019 in Oshkosh; and an Industrial Pretreatment Seminar on November 19, 2019 in Green Bay.  The Wisconsin Section also held a Stormwater and Watershed Webinar on November 21, 2019 in Milwaukee.  These events were well attended.

    While it is now Winter, there are several activities/functions that are planned for the coming months.  Please take a look at the list below of great educational and social events already in the works and begin planning to attend:


    • MN Section Collections Workshop w/ MWOA, Twin Cities – MCES Regional Maintenance Facility, Eagan, MN, January 22, 2020.
    • MN Section 37th Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operational Problems, Cloud, MN, February 4, 2020.
    • WI Section Government Affairs Seminar, Fond Du Lac, WI, February 20, 2020.
    • 2020 AWWA/WEF YP Summit, Anaheim, CA, February 24, 2020.
    • WEF 2020 Residuals/Biosolids Conference and Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Symposium, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN – March 31 – April 3, 2020.
    • Midwest Student Design Competition, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI – April 6, 2020
    • 25th Annual Education Seminar, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI – April 7, 2020
    • 93rd Annual Meeting, RiverCenter Convention Center, St. Paul, MN – May 18-20, 2020

    Information for these upcoming events can be found here on our website at: http://cswea.org/upcoming-events/.  These events are valued by CSWEA members, as well as by many other distinguished professionals, wastewater pioneers, operators, manufacturers, professors, and students throughout the region.


    See you in the spring.

    -Doug Henrichsen-

    Mission Statement

    To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.