64th Annual Environmental Engineering Conference
Resource Stewardship: Tackling New and Ongoing Challenges

Wednesday • April 16, 2014
University of Kansas Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas

Visitor parking is available in the Mississippi Street parking garage north of the Kansas Union, accessible from Mississippi Street and Oread Avenue. Please check our Location & Parking page for more details.


Sponsored by KU Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and KU Continuing Education

Earn 6 PDHs

Experts will provide the latest information on relevant topics and projects in environmental engineering, including technical presentations on the Kansas Water Plan, water law, resource recovery, alternative energy, water supply and treatment, reservoir management, nutrient control, and air and waste management. Participants will earn six contact hours (PDHs) of instruction.

Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast  
Plenary Session
Moderator: Stephen J. Randtke, Professor, University of Kansas
Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Level
8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. Departmental Welcome: David Darwin, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas
8:50 a.m. Kansas Water Update and Plans for a 50-Year Water Vision
Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Office
9:30 a.m. Kansas Water Law—Strategies for Dealing with Increasing Demand and Dwindling Supplies
David M. Traster, Special Counsel, Foulston Siefkin LLP
10:10 a.m. Networking and Refreshments – Exhibits Open
10:40 a.m. Technologies and Framework for Engineered Resource Recovery from Used Water Streams
Kartik Chandran, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
11:20 a.m. Prominent Issues Facing Electric Utilities
Mark A. Ruelle, CEO, Westar Energy
Noon Announcements and Award Presentations
12:15 p.m. Conference Luncheon
Session 1: Water Supply and Treatment
Co-Moderators: John Bailey, PEC (Retired) and Director of Utilities, City of Pittsburg, Kan., and Robert Hulsey, Global Water Practice & Technology Leader, Black & Veatch
Alderson Auditorium, 4th Level
1:20 p.m. Naegleria fowleri: Ecology, Risks and Responses to an Emerging Pathogen in U.S. Drinking Water Systems
Vincent Hill, Environmental Engineer, and Jonathan Yoder, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2:00 p.m. Evaluation of Ozone for WaterOne
Charles J. (Chuck) Weber, Operations and Maintenance Manager, WaterOne, and Jeff J. Neemann, Director of Water Treatment Technology, Black and Veatch Corporation
2:40 p.m. Networking and Refreshments – Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. Scared Straight: The Impact of a Drought on Water Conservation
Joseph T. Pajor, Deputy Director of Public Works & Utilities, and Kay Drennen, Environmental Specialist; City of Wichita, Kan.
3:40 p.m. Reservoir Sedimentation: Acting Wisely Now to Address Vanishing Resources
Jerry deNoyelles, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Deputy Director, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas; and Jude Kastens, Mark Jakubauskas, Ed Martinko, Don Huggins, Paul Liechti, Scott Campbell, and Adam Blackwood, Kansas Biological Survey
4:20 p.m. Adjourn
Session 2: Nutrient Control
Co-Moderators: Belinda M. Sturm, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, and John A. Metzler, Principal Wastewater Consultant, CH2M HILL
Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Level
1:20 p.m. Leading Edge Nutrient Removal Research and Practical Applications: A Comprehensive Summary of the WERF Nutrient Removal Challenge
Julian Sandino, Vice President & Wastewater Treatment Technology Senior Fellow, CH2M HILL
2:00 p.m. Starting Up a 5-Stage Bardenpho Plant With In-line Fermentation
Ed Kobylinski, Senior Wastewater Treatment Process Specialist, James Barnard, Neil Massart, Amy Kliewer, and Isaac Crabtree, Black & Veatch; Michelle Wirth, Joe Foster, Les Newton, and Heather Phillips, City of Olathe, Kan.
2:40 p.m. Networking and Refreshments – Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. Improving Nutrient Reduction at Kansas Wastewater Treatment Plants
Gerald Grant, Trainer, Fort Scott Community College
3:40 p.m. EPA's New Ammonia Criteria—Impacts on Kansas
Michael B. Tate, Director, Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health & Environment
4:20 p.m. Adjourn
Session 3: Air, Energy and Waste Management
Co-Moderators: Deborah A. English, Vice President, SCS Engineers; and David H. Homer, Senior Environmental Toxicologist, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Kansas Room, 6th Level
1:20 p.m. NAAQS and GHG Regulation Update
Thomas Gross, Chief, Monitoring and Planning Section, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Mark Smith, Permit and Enforcement Branch Chief, EPA Region 7
2:00 p.m. Environmental Considerations for a Southwestern Kansas Bio-Refinery
Joe Birschbach, Project Developer, Abengoa Bioenergy
2:40 p.m. Networking and Refreshments—Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. Incremental Sampling Methodology
Michael Stroh, Project Manager, Hazardous Waste Program, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
3:40 p.m. The Generation, Reuse, and Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals
Jared Morrison, Manager, Water and Waste Programs, Westar Energy
4:20 p.m. Adjourn