For 10 years now, the Water Environment Federation's Students and Young Professionals have been finding ways to give back to the WEFTEC host city through a community service project. This year's project was at Chicago's Manierre Elementary School, where over 120 volunteers worked to convert part of their blacktop playground into a 900 square foot permeable outdoor classroom with over 400 square feet of native plantings draining into 400 square feet of bioswale. This project will alleviate playground flooding, assist in municipal stormwater management, and give the students the opportunity to study science and the environment in a more hands-on fashion.
The inaugural Microbiome Summit took place recently at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The goal of the summit was to promote the use of DNA analysis of the biology/biomass/ecology at work in a wastewater plant. This will be another tool that operators can use to help optimize their facilities to have the right mix of biomass to better accomplish the task at hand – whether it is biological nutrient removal or anaerobic digestion. Facility managers can also use this tool to help save money because if the right biology is present in an activated sludge system, then biological nutrient removal can be done to save chemical costs and energy costs. Subsequently, having the right biology in the anaerobic digestion system enables production of healthy amounts of biogas and hopefully limits upsets and downtime.
Donohue’s Susan Wojtkiewicz, PE recently presented “Alliance for Water Stewardship: Stewardship in Wisconsin and Around the Globe” at the Wisconsin Section AWWA Annual Meeting. The presentation covered the key elements of the Alliance for Water Stewardship system and provided an overview of the AWS organization including its global context. Susan shared her experience in completing the AWS standard training and how the AWS standard and principles have guided her approach to water development and management in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states.
WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest water quality event in the world. Starting September 30 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Donohue is excited to be involved through presentations, sponsorship, committees, and other activities:
Susan Wojtkiewicz, PE is the newest member of Donohue’s team. She joins Donohue as a senior water engineer and project manager with 22 years of experience in providing environmental and civil engineering, project management, and funding assistance to municipal, county, and industrial clients throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her expertise includes the planning, design, and construction of water treatment, wells, and distribution systems; groundwater sampling, modeling, and remediation; wellhead protection plans; aquifer testing; user rate studies; regulatory permits; and funding applications.
The Indiana Water Environment Association's Annual Conference is taking place August 22-24, 2017 in Indianapolis and features presentations from Donohue professionals. We will also be in exhibitor booth #99 on August 22 & 23. Learn more here.
Moving up four spots from last year, Engineering News-Record (ENR) has ranked Donohue & Associates No. 19 in the wastewater treatment plant category as part of its annual compilation of top U.S. engineering firms. This ranking puts Donohue alongside some of the largest engineering firms in the country.
The Iowa Water Environment Association's Annual Conference is taking place June 7-8 in Ottumwa and features presentations from Donohue professionals. Learn more at iawea.org/content/iawea-2017-annual-conference
Co-authors Autumn Fisher (City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin), Jeremy Cramer (Donohue & Associates), and Eric Lynne (Donohue & Associates) received the Gus H. Radebaugh Award during the recent Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) Annual Meeting. The award recognizes their efforts on the technical paper “SNRP 101: Fond du Lac WWTP Lab Experiences.” This prestigious award recognizes the most outstanding paper from those that were presented at the previous year’s annual meeting.
The City of Wyoming, Michigan is benefiting from the installation of energy-efficient materials at its wastewater treatment plant. Improvements to the plant’s aeration system are saving the city over 2.1 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, enough electricity annually to power more than 270 typical Michigan homes.