By Rachel Lee
Innovation in wastewater has been a perennial topic of conversation here in Wisconsin. Phosphorus removal has been a standard for over 20 years which is quite unique compared to much of the country. We also have a culture of utilizing technologies like anaerobic digestion. These days conversations drift to low dissolved oxygen and nitrite shunt or PFAS. Thankfully the section and the association provide numerous opportunities to learn about the rapidly evolving alphabet soup.
The section hosted two seminars in November. The recent Phosphorus/Nutrients Operations Seminar featured several discussions on innovative technologies that have been evaluated and tested in Wisconsin including low dissolved oxygen, nitrite shunt, biological phosphorus removal optimization, deammonification, and others. The Operations Committee is doing a great job of putting together content that interests our members. The Industrial Pretreatment Committee hosted a seminar with presentations including safety, PFAS, Region 5 EPA’s new pharmaceutical sewer ban, and talks from two industries in the area. The slides from this seminar will be posted to the CSWEA website soon. Also, please keep a heads up because the seminar will likely return to its traditional timing of August.
Our November Business Meeting was very well attended. Each committee provided updates on their status, and we passed our section budget. The budget continues to reflect our philosophy of conducting seminars that provide great programming while covering the expenses or generating a slight positive balance. We use those funds to support young professional events, our operations challenge teams, our WEF student chapters, and the student design and Stockholm Junior Water competitions. We also discussed implementing a Memo of Understanding for the Energy and Resource Recovery Committee. This draft memo is included here for your review. Please provide any thoughts or comments to Lindsey Busch (firstname.lastname@example.org). The final MOU will be included in the February section meeting agenda.
The Wisconsin Section YPs are planning two events this winter. A social charity fundraiser event and an event focused on working with manufacturer’s representatives in the wastewater industry that is targeted for the spring. The YP group will also be soliciting applications for YPs to attend the YP Summit hosted by WEF in Anaheim, California, in late February. The section would love to have a Wisconsin representative at the summit this year. If you are 35 or under or consider yourself to be relatively new to the wastewater industry, please reach out to our YP Chair, Emily Maher (email@example.com), to get added to the YP email list. It’s a fun and engaging group, and they are always interested in having people join the group.
Our February section meeting will be on February 19 at the Radisson in Fond du Lac. It is the afternoon before the Government Affairs Seminar. It would be great to see some new faces at the meeting.