65TH MICHIGAN ON-SITE WASTEWATER CONFERENCE
Please mark your calendar for January 12-14, 2016 (Tuesday – Thursday) for the 65th Annual Michigan On-Site Wastewater Conference. The conference will be held once again at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI. The 2015 conference still brought in a good crowd. These folks learned a lot rubbing shoulders with suppliers, regulators, colleagues, competitors, friends, and educators. This is a GREAT educational opportunity offered at a time of year most onsite professionals are not as busy.
Arrangements are being made for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) accreditation of all the conference sessions to count toward continuing education credit hours required for MDEQ licensed septage haulers.
Vendor Booths are planning to be open Tuesday afternoon and through most the day Wednesday. Please contact Dan Milan, onsite wastewater vice-chair and vendor coordinator at 800-756-4526, if you are interested in a booth this year.
Some of the topics discussed at the previous planning meetings for possible inclusion in the 2016 conference are:
- MDEQ Topics (Tuesday Training)
- National Association of Waste Technicians Septage Truck Training (Tuesday - Additional Fee)
- Keynote Speaker Dr. Ted Loudon [Professor Emeritus - Michigan State University]
- Power from Poop (Converting Septage & Grease to Electricity)
- MDEQ Question & Answer Session
- Successful Septage License Renewal Preparation and how to Ensure a Faster Turn-Around on Land and Vehicle License Applications
- Excavation Safety
- High Strength Waste (Parlor Waste)
- Legislative Update on Septic Issues
- Soils Class
- Web Sites and Marketing
- Maintaining your Private Well and Septic System
- Septic System Basics (Septic 101)
- Is Your Onsite System EPA Regulated?
- E.coli Testing
- Case Study - Designing Repairs for Small and Large Systems
- Advanced treatment and management of advanced treatment systems
- Solving Liquid Waste Disposal Issues from Small, Medium to LARGE!
- Packed-bed filters (sand, gravel, peat, geotextile, foam, etc.)
- Aerobic treatment (suspended growth and attached growth systems) units
- Advanced dispersal methods (i.e. pressure-dosing, aggregate-less products, in-trench treatment techniques, etc.)
- Panel Discussion to discuss the roles of the various professionals (regulator, contractor,A7 designer, O& M provider)
"The Politics of Onsite Wastewater Treatment" and "The Role of Private and Public Sectors in Onsite"
- "Sewage Sniffing Dogs" that can be used to sniff out illicit sewage discharges
- Higgins Lake Study (Nutrient Loading/Swimmers Itch)
- Responsible Management Entity
- MSTA & MOWRA Association Meetings.
- MSTA Banquet.
- Round Table Discussions (including):
1. "Getting Paid Right Away" Credit Card Processing Considerations
2. Proper Techniques for Solvent Welding Plastic Joints
3. Is Your Onsite System EPA Regulated?
4. Solving Liquid Waste Disposal Issues
5. Septic System Basics (Septic 101)
6. Advanced treatment and management of advanced treatment systems
7. Many more TBA
The next wastewater conference-planning meeting is scheduled late summer. Please contact one of the MSTA planning committee members with suggestions of what you would like to see at the 2016 conference. Members include: Misty DeJonghe (Matt DeJonghe Septic Tank Service at 517-451-5055) Ralph Bailey (American Rentals at 517-719-6412) and Mark N. Scott (Scott’s Excavating at 989-275-5011).
It is the intent of these annual wastewater conferences organized as a joint venture by the Michigan Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (MOWRA), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) with the Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA), the Michigan Septic Tank Association (MSTA), the Michigan Water Environmental Association (MWEA) and Michigan State University to educate people involved in the on-site wastewater field.
So, if you want an educated approach to competing in your industry this is a great opportunity for you and your employees. There will be more on the conference in the winter newsletter. Hope to see each of you there!
Article submitted by:
Mark N. Scott (Member - Michigan Wastewater Conference Planning Committee)