Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Sunday, 13/Sept/2020
8:00am - 4:30pmPrecon Workshop 1

Find The Leader Within You

Karen DeBaker1, Pamela Randolph2, Doug Berschauer3, Michael Comeskey4, Ana Arango5, Amy Dammarell6

1Clean Water Services; 2City of Edmonds; 3Parametrix; 4City of Boise; 5Jacobs; 6HDR;,,,,,

Discover your leadership potential! Whether you’re an aspiring leader or one who’s been there, join us for an exploration of leaders at their best. This workshop is based on the five leadership principals outlined in the book “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. The workshop includes breakouts and table discussions to encourage shared learning. Participation in this workshop will help improve performance of operators, project coordinators, and/or current and aspiring supervisors and managers by helping them work effectively with peers. With a firm understanding of the five practices of exemplary leadership, participants will be valued employees, supervisors and managers, understanding what it takes to help lead truly outstanding performance.

Learning Objectives

Understanding of the five practices of exemplary leadership and how anyone can be a leader right where they are.


We will follow up with a survey to gauge both how much the participants have learned as well as how much they have been able to apply the five practices.


The curriculum is highly interactive with the material presented followed by specific activities at tables of six-eight to incorporate the learning.

9:00am - 3:00pmPrecon Workshop 3

Resource Recovery and Reuse in Food and Beverage Manufacturing: Community and Industry Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

Christina Davenport1, Casey Gish3, Jason Flowers2, Joshua Reed3, Miamiao Zhang2

1City Of Bend, United States of America; 2Murray Smith; 3Brown and Caldwell;,,

The food and beverage industry is ripe for resource recovery, both in manufacturing byproducts and water reuse. This may not only reduce production costs, but assist or offset municipal infrastructure outlays and regulatory compliance requirements. There needs to be a shift in thinking from “waste to resource”, and also an “us and them” when it comes to municipalities, regulators and industrial users.

When planning for the future it is increasingly important to look at a community holistically. How is water used in the food and beverage industry? What are the wastes generated? Is it better for industry to treat wastewater onsite or send to local treatment plant? Surcharges for high strength wastes? What is current and future municipal wastewater plant capacity? Collections system constraints? Water supply restrictions? Can the locality support future production needs? These are challenges faced by communities across the country. Especially with the rise of craft brewing.

The answers to these questions are integral to economic development, planning, infrastructure, rates, environmental compliance, industry production and future growth. Leveraging industrial wastes for recycling and reuse can influence water reclamation and collection system design. Byproducts of food and beverage manufacturing may be used beneficially for land application as a soil amendment, co-digestion to improve municipal digester performance, or to offset power costs within the facility and reduce wastes entering the collections system or solid waste facilities

Water conservation measures should encourage water reuse in the food and beverage industry. However public perception and regulations often make this unfeasible. As clean water becomes an increasingly valuable commodity, the food and beverage manufacturing industry may work collaboratively with municipalities to achieve overlapping goals.

While it is difficult to use treated process wastewater in direct contact with food and beverage production under current regulations, it is possible to use in non-food contact environments. Reclaimed industrial water is currently used for boilers, chiller, evaporators, bottling and irrigation. The industry challenge is to convince the public that process wastewater can be treated to a quality that is equal to or better than municipal drinking water supplies. Is it possible to collaborate to expand reuse options?

Proposed presentations:

  • A Solution Is Brewing: Understanding Source, Mitigation, and Alternative Use for Brewery
  • Barley Beef: Reuse of Brewery Byproducts for Cattle feed and Soil Amendments
  • Brewer to Sewer: Utilizing High Strength Brew Waste as Amendment to Meet Nitrogen limits
  • Anaerobic Digestion of Brewery Byproducts: Deschutes Brewery Digester Pilot Study
  • Milk and Manure: A Feasibility Study for Milk Plant and Dairy Operations Resource Recovery and Reuse
  • Integrated Modelling to Optimize Co-Digestion of Wastes in the Food and Beverage Industry
  • To Surcharge or Not Surcharge That is the Question: How to Build an Effective Rate Model
  • P-3 Partnerships: Collaborating to Build a Sustainable Economy and Community
10:00am - 4:30pmPrecon Workshop 2

Operation and Maintenance of Green Stormwater Facilities

Marcia Davis1, Raylene Gennett1, Tyler Palmer2, Drena Denofrio3, Aimee Navickis-Brasch4

1City of Spokane, WA; 2City of Moscow, ID; 3Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA; 4Osborn Consulting, Inc., Spokane, WA;,,,,

Description of Workshop:

This workshop will be a mix of both classroom and field training. Attendees will be able to bring up O&M topics or questions to a panel of professionals, learn from several short presentations and visit installed Green Stormwater Infrastructure Facilities. Panelist will include a range of City and County Stormwater and O&M Managers responsible for NPDES permit compliance and asset management. Topics covered at the workshop will include:

  • NPDES permit requirements related to O&M
  • Maintenance scheduling and tracking programs
  • Examples of successful GSI O&M programs
  • Asset management challenges and lessons learned
  • Lifecycle costs - how maintenance costs are estimated,
  • How municipalities prefer to estimate O&M costs when planning and designing GSI facilities
  • Estimating FTEs required for O&M
  • Implementing a stormwater utility for a municipality under a new MS4 permit
  • Approaches used for training workforce

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with other stormwater and O&M professionals and learn new strategies and techniques for efficient and successful management of GSI facilities. This interactive workshop will equip participants with resources for designing efficient GSI facilities and accurately estimating their future O&M needs. Learning objectives will be met by field visit exercises and interactive participation.


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel Presentation

Format: 1 hour of presentations from panel members, 1 hour of panel discussion and questions

Learning objectives:

  • Overview of permit requirements related to O&M
  • Discussion of maintenance schedule and tracking program
  • Specific examples of successful GSI O&M programs
  • Asset management challenges, lessons learned and examples of solutions (example: using a forebay to capture initial sediment and pollutants)
  • Lifecycle costs - how maintenance costs are estimated, how municipalities prefer to estimate O&M costs when planning and designing GSI facilities, estimating FTEs required for O&M
  • Implementing a stormwater utility for a municipality under a new MS4 permit
  • Approaches used for training workforce
  • Overview of sites we will be visiting during the afternoon


  • Moderator: Aimee Navickis-Brasch, P.E., PhD in applied stormwater research, Osborn Consulting, Spokane, WA
  • Marcia Davis, P.E., Principal Engineer, City of Spokane, WA Capital Programs
  • Raylene Gennet, Wastewater Superintendent, City of Spokane, WA
  • Tyler Palmer, Deputy City Supervisor, City of Moscow, ID Public Works & Services
  • Drena Denofrio, P.E., GSI O&M Manager, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA
  • Kitsap County, WA (Specific speaker not yet identified but community is interested in participating with a panel speaker)
  • CIty of Eugene, OR (Specific speaker not yet identified but community is interested in participating with a panel speaker)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • Lunch will be in the common lunch area with participants from other all-day workshops

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Tour of Hazel’s Creek site

  • Time will include approximately 15 minutes travel time and 45 minutes onsite
  • Learning objectives:
    • City of Spokane walk through how each BMP at the site is maintained
    • Noxious weed abatement and examples of noxious weeds

2:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Tour of two sites at Gonzaga

  • Sites will be the Sharp Avenue permeable pavement project and study site and Gonzaga bioretention effectiveness study site
  • Time will include approximately 15 minutes travel time and 60-90 minutes onsite to divide between the two locations
  • Learning objectives (Sharp Avenue):
    • How permeable pavement maintenance is being done during the study: street sweeping and/or other maintenance
    • What maintenance looks like long-term for this area
    • Specific elements of maintaining GSI on an arterial road
  • Learning objectives (Gonzaga bioretention):
    • Demonstration of falling-head infiltration test to determine if BSM maintenance is needed
    • Specific elements of O&M during a stormwater sampling study
    • Long-term maintenance and changes over time or related to site improvements and increased impervious area
    • Importance of pre-treatment or forebay
10:30am - 5:00pmPrecon Workshop 4
1:00pm - 5:00pmPrecon Workshop 5