2019 Source Water Protection Conference headerDate:  October 29, 2019  -  October 30, 2019
Time:  08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Location: Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites and Conference Center

 The 2019 SOURCE WATER PROTECTION CONFERENCE was held on October 29-30, 2019, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  Designed for communities and public water supplies, attendees were presented with management options for source water protection and steps to take to develop or enhance an existing program.  A variety of important topics were part of the discussion, including ground and surface water protection issues, wellhead protection, risk communication, funding initiatives, emerging contaminants and state program updates.

Participants reflected on the accomplishments of source water protection activities over the past decade and identified the challenges and opportunities that communities are facing as they work to update existing source water protection programs and implement new and innovative concepts, strategies and technologies.


PRESENTATIONS WILL BE POSTED TO THIS PAGE BY MID-NOVEMBER

 

This conference was approved for up to 0.9 Drinking Water CECs in the Technical Category and CEHs/PDHs for Professional Engineers

AGENDA

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

SESSION TIMES

SESSION DESCRIPTION

8:00 am

Registration and continental breakfast

8:45 am

Welcome - Ruth Kline-Robach, Michigan State University (MSU)

9:00 am

Michigan Department of Envionment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Update - George Krisztian, Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, EGLE

9:30 am

Source Water Protection: Update and Future Directions - Jason Berndt, EGLE

10:00 am

History of Groundwater Protection in Michigan - Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU

10:30 am

Networking Break

10:45 am

Addressing PFAS (Panel Discussion) - Ian Smith, Mike Jury, and Lois Graham, EGLE; Rick Solle, Plainfield Charter Township

11:45 am

Wellhead Protection Luncheon / Source Water Program Recognition

 

Track 1

Track 2

1:00 pm

Developing, Updating and Implementing SWP Plans and Financing Options - Kelly Hon, Fleis & VandenBrink; Jason Berndt, EGLE

Hydrogeologic Analysis/Delineating Your Wellhead Protection Areas - Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, EGLE

1:30 pm

Break

1:40 pm

Effectively Engaging WHP Teams – Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU; Christine Spitzley, OHM Advisors

Conducting the Contaminant Source Inventory: A How-To – Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, EGLE; Kelly Hon, Fleis & Vandenbrink 

2:10 pm

Break

2:20 pm

Planning and Zoning for Source Water Protection – Harmony Gmazel, MSU Extension

Innovative Ways to Reach Your Audience: Education and Outreach Ideas for Communities – Kelly Hon, Fleis & VandenBrink

2:50 pm

Break

3:00 pm

Siting New Wells – Jim Brode, Fleis & Vandenbrink

Integrating Stormwater and Source Water Protection Efforts – Jean Talanda, City of Kalamazoo

3:30 pm

Break

3:40 pm

Moving from Assessments to Protection – Jason Berndt, EGLE; Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU

A look at the new SWP initiatives in the USDA Farm Bill – Christine Spitzley, OHM Advisors

4:10 pm

Break

4:15 pm

Memorial Park Case Study – Cheryl Louden, Board of Water and Light 

American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 and SWP – Lindsey Kerkez, OHM Advisors 

4:45 – 6 pm

Informal Reception

 

 
 
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

SESSION TIMES

SESSION DESCRIPTION

7:45 am

Registration – Continental Breakfast

8:15 am

Welcome – Day 1 Recap - Christine Spitzley, OHM Advisors

8:30 am

Keynote: How to Effectively Communicate and Market the Safety of Your Drinking Water – Brian Steglitz, City of Ann Arbor

9:10 am

BREAK - Move to Concurrent Sessions

 

Track 1

Track 2

9:20 am

Land Use Restrictions on Contaminated Property - Considerations for Wellhead Protection Areas – Jim Brode, Fleis & VandenBrink; Matt Gamble, EGLE

Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool Process and Status Update – Jim Milne, EGLE

9:50 am

Break

10 am

Geothermal Wells: Technical Guidance - Dave DeYoung, EGLE; Cheryl Louden, Lansing Board of Water & Light

Innovative Ways to Reach Your Audience: Education and Outreach Ideas for Communities (Repeat Session)

10:30 am

Break

10:40 am

Huron-to-Erie Corridor Drinking Water Monitoring Project   – Rachael Barlock, SEMCOG; Meghan Price, Environmental Consulting & Technology 

Fireworks and Source Water Protection: Evart Case Study – Joel Henry, Golder Associates

11:10 am

Break

11:15am

Groundwater Protection in Agricultural Areas – AJ Brucks, Van Buren Conservation District

Onsite Wastewater Systems - Issues and Management Options – Dale Ladouceur, EGLE

11:50 pm

Lunch

12:50 pm

Plenary Session: Communities in Action John Paquin, City of Kalamazoo; Brian Klaassen, Village of Holly; Tracey Connelly; City of Harrison 

1:35 pm

Closing Remarks - Adjourn

 

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy  |  Michigan Rural Water Association  |  Michigan State University Institute of Water Research

 

Michigan Wellhead Protection Program  |  American Water Works Association: Michigan Section

 

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

 

Supporting Sponsors

 

Fleis and VandenBrink logoGreat Lakes Commission logo

  Jones & Henry Engineers logo Merit Laboratories logo  MRWA logo

  

SampleServe logo USDA logo

 


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