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2017 Michigan On-site Wastewater Conference Announcement 

2017 Michigan On-Site Wastewater Conference

Please join us January 10-12, 2017 for the Michigan On-Site Wastewater Conference, an annual three-day educational conference for the industry including septic tank service providers/pumpers, local public health, engineers, consultants, installation contractors and other interested parties.  Participants will learn about the latest in on-site wastewater industry trends, regulatory changes, wastewater management options and the latest technologies.  Organized as a joint venture by the Michigan Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (MOWRA), the Michigan Department of Environmental Equality (MDEQ), the Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA), the Michigan Septic Tank Association (MSTA), the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) and Michigan State University (MSU) to educate those involved in the on-site wastewater field.

Program Schedule, subject to change:

Tuesday 1/10/17 “Think Outside the Tank” There will be a total of 6 CSE credits available. Registration starts at 7:45.


Track 1 – Lincoln Room

Track 2 - Auditorium

Vista Room

8.30 am

Confined Space Awareness for Everyone


Standards of Practices for State of Ohio

MDEQ One-On-One

30-minute segments

[schedule at registration desk]

MDEQ Staff

9.30 am

Confined Space Entry


MDEQ Onsite Wastewater Program and LHD Accreditation




Fundamental Components Inside and Outside the Tank







OSHA Focus Four: Falls, Struck-by, Caught-in and Electrocution

Onsite Rules for Land Divisions, Subdivisions, and Condominiums

MDEQ One-On-One

30-minute segments continued



Alternative and Advanced Treatment



Concrete Septic Tanks and Corrosive Gases

A Look at Michigan's Onsite Regulations


The exhibit hall will be open from 3:00 to 5:30 with a light buffet dinner provided by MOWRA and cash giveaways from the vendors.

Wednesday 1/11/17 “Think Outside the Tank”. There will be a total of 6.0 CSE credits available. Registration starts at 7:45


Introduction – Big Ten Room


Choosing Appropriate Water and Wastewater Systems, Dr. Ted Loudon Keynote Speaker




Pathogen Exposures to Workers in the Onsite Industry, John Thomas, Washington Onsite Sewage Asso.


Break in Exhibit Hall




Track 1 – Lincoln Room

Track 2 – Auditorium


DOT Safety Session

Case Study from LHD - Issues in Septic Tanks


Break Exhibit Hall

Break Exhibit Hall


Research Project to Remove Nitrogen from Wastewater

MDEQ Question & Answer Session

3:30 – 5:30

MOWRA Association Meeting

MSTA Association Meeting – 1.5 CSE hours

Please make plans to attend the Social Hour in the Big Ten A starting at 5:30. The MSTA Banquet starts at 6:30, ticket required, and will include a raffle with the following prizes: Browning X-Bolt Eclipse Hunter 300 Win Mag or 750.00 Cash, Ruger SR1911 45 ACP or 550.00 Cash, Stevens Model 555 Over/Under 12 Gauge or 450.00 Cash, Savage Bmag 17 Super Mag or 350.00 Cash, Savage Axis .223 or 250.00 Cash, Henry Long Rifle or 200.00 Cash and Ruger LCP .380 or 150.00 Cash.  The tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and you don’t have to be present to win. Please contact Chris Sloan, 989-845-6280, if wishing to purchase tickets. Raffle tickets will also be available at the registration desk. The exhibit room will be open most of the day, so please visit the vendors who help keep the cost of our conference down with their booth fees plus there will be cash giveaways in the afternoon.

Thursday 1/12/17 “Think Outside the Tank”. There will be a total of 5.5 CSE credit available. Registration starts at 7:45.


Roundtable Discussions – Big Ten Rooms


1. Proper Techniques for Solvent Welding Plastic Joints

2. Considerations in Building a New Vacuum Truck

3. Liquid Waste Disposal

4. MDEQ Onsite Wastewater Program Q&A

5. Affordable Health Act Update

6. Bad Onsite Practices

7. Local Health Department Issues

8. GIS Mapping Benefits for Regulators and Service Providers

9. Passing on the Family Business (Succession Planning)

10. Business Practices and Marketing

11. Rockless Onsite Disposal Systems

12. Proper Plans & Proper Procedures

13. Understanding Your Credit Card Processing Statement and What You Are Paying






Track 1 – Lincoln Room

Track 2 - Auditorium

Track 3 – Room 104 A&B


GIS Mapping Benefits for Regulators and Service Providers

Web Sites and Marketing

Future of the Portable Sanitation Operation






Proper Plans & Proper Procedures

Innovative Ideas for Onsite

Portable Sanitation Panel


Common Sense Installations for Future Maintenance

Allegan WWTP Septage Receiving Facility

Passing on the Family Business



Prize Drawing Auditorium - Must be present to win


Location: The conference will be held at the Kellogg Center at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Harrison Road in East Lansing, MI.  The conference site features spacious meeting facility and excellent overnight accommodations. Parking in the ramp south of center is included in the registration.

Exhibits: With over 30 exhibitors in the hall, this will be an ideal place to exchange ideas and discuss new products &/or services.  Representatives from all major suppliers will be present Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:30 and Wednesday from 8:30 to 4:00.  Social hour on Wednesday will start at 5:30 in the exhibit hall in the north end of the Big Ten hall.

Registration: The full conference registration fee is $140 per person for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The one-day fee is $35 for Tuesday and $65 for Wednesday or Thursday. Conference registration includes lunch and break snacks. REGISTRATION for the conference is REQUIRED!  The registration deadline is December 9, 2016. There will be a $15 late fee after December 9, 2016 for conference registration. The late fee increases to $25 for those registering after December 22, 2016 and walk-ins. Registration Form can be found here.

Lodging: Arrangements have been made with the Kellogg Center for a special conference room rate of $88 for a single or double, plus taxes.  Lodging reservations must be received by December 9, 2016 to assure the room.  After that date, rooms will be on a space available basis. Kellogg Center has great amenities including the excellent State Room restaurant and the Spartan Pub.  Room reservations can be made by call 800-875-5090 or online at www.kelloggcenter.com  using group code 1701ONSITE.

MSTA Banquet: The annual Michigan Septic Tank Association Banquet will be held the evening of Wednesday January 11th at 6:30 and everyone is invited. Each current MSTA member is entitled to (2) discounted pre-registration tickets at $10 each.  Additional tickets for members and non-members will be $30 each and can be purchased with registration.  Please note MSTA members MUST reserve their discounted banquet tickets on the registration from.  Please contact Chanin Frank regarding current MSTA membership status at mstasupport@charter.netor 989-808-8648.

Continuing Septage Education: Licensed Septic Haulers will have the opportunity to earn up to 17.5 continuing septage education credits at the 2017 conference. Obtaining 30 CSE hours is required by all haulers to meet the license renewal requirements.  The Continuing Septage Education Enrollment is now included on the Conference Registration Flyer which will be mailed in November and posted on our website under printable forms, www.msta.biz. As with previous years, there will be no charge for CSE tracking for current MSTA members. The fee for non-members will be $30 per day or $90 for all three days. There will be a $25 late registration charge after December 9, 2016 for both members and non-members. Please contact Chanin Frank with questions regarding conference registration and/or continuing septage education, mstasupport@charter.net or 989-808-8648.

Hope to see everyone there!!

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