2021 Plant Operations and Lab Workshop

June 2-3, 2021

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

100 Green Meadows Drive

Lewis Center, OH

Booking Link

Group Rate of $135/night ends on May 2, 2021


Plant OpsLab
8:45 - 9:00

Welcome and logistics

Joe Tillison

9:00 - 11:00

Media Survival Kit - How Operators can build relationships with Local Media

Mikaela Hunt, Mikaela Media 

11:00 - 11:15BREAK
11:15 - 12:00

Beneficial Use of Biosolids, Academic community Response to 2018 OIG report

Nick Basta, OSU

Noon - 1pmLUNCH
1:00 - 1:45

Miamisburg WRF Improvements, Worth the Wait

Dave Reinker

Best Laboratory Practices for Accurately Measuring Common Wastewater Lab Measurements

Claudia Worley, YSI

1:45 - 2:30

Memorial Day Tornadoes PIO Emergency Response

Brianna Wooten 

5 questions to ask when designing an online water quality monitoring network


2:30 - 2:45BREAKBREAK
2:45 - 3:30

Bowling Green WPC, 2007 and Beyond

Doug Clark

How and why to monitor ATP for biological growth

Ted Simmons, Hach

3:30 - 4:15

Preparing for and Executing Major Operations Changes

Christen Wood, Summit County Sanitary Sewers

Determination of readily available COD

Radek Bolek, Alloway

4:15 - 4:45BREAK / Cocktails
4:45 - 5:45

Round Table w/ Day 1 Speakers

Moderators: Joe Tillison, City of Delphos and Walter Ariss, OEPA


9:00 - 10:00

Footprint Matters. How a Compact, MBR Hybrid Ultrafiltration Membrane Can Save Space and Costs while Meeting Strict Water Reuse Permeate Quality

Mark Gehring, Fibracast

10:00 - 10:15BREAK
10:15 - 11:00

Evaluation of Two Headworks Screening Technologies: Maintenance vs Capture Rates

Chad Vore , Parkson

Trying to Find Correlation TOC & BOD


11:00 - 11:45

Dynamic Tangential Filtration with Stainless Steel Media The Swiss Army Knife of Wastewater Treatment

Robert Wiley, Nuove Energie USA

Analysis of Microcystins in Wastewater using LC-MS/MS

Muhammad Ramzan, NEORSD 

11:45 - 12:15TBD

MDL Growing Pains

Deb Bhattacharyya, NEORSD

12:15 - 1:15Lunch
1:15 - 2:15

Submersible Pump Station Failure Analysis

Tony Lococo, Baker and Associates

Understanding the industrial pretreatment permit process

Sheila Rayman, Enviroscience

2:15 - 2:30BREAKBREAK
2:30 - 3:30

WooPoo ™ Wooster’s Bioenergy Adventure

Nathan Coey, City of Wooster  

Monitoring and Management of HABs


A total of 11.75 contact hours are available over both days

Schedule subject to change

Register HERE


Full Workshop Member: $295

Full Workshop  Nonmember: $395

One Day Member: $185

One Day Nonmember: $235

Member Exhibitor: $425

Nonmember Exhibitor: $525

Onsite Fee: +$10

Note: Members MUST login to receive membership rates. If you do not remember your login credentials follow the "Forgot Password" during the login process or email info@ohiowea.org to reset your password.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations within 24 hours of the workshop, or no-shows the day of the workshop will still be charged in full and will not receive a refund.

  • Any Cancellation 72-24 hours prior to the workshop will receive a 65% refund minus any credit card processing fees.

  • Any Cancellation 72 hours or more prior to the workshop will receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees.

  • Two week cancellation notice required for exhibitors.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Due to social distancing requirements, this workshop will have a maximum attendance of 75 people, so register TODAY!

We have heard from many of you who are excited to meet again in person and we are also looking forward to seeing you, safely. This workshop will look different. While it is impossible to eliminate all risk associated with COVID-19, we are working hard to ensure as safe an experience as possible. Here are some of what we are planning in partnership with Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center:

  • OWEA staff and hotel staff will be wearing masks and in some cases face shields during the event.
  • Due to the executive order signed by Governor DeWine, all attendees who are physically able to will be required to wear a mask when not eating, drinking or speaking to the audience. While we encourage you to bring a mask you are comfortable with, OWEA will also provide masks during events. Masks are the best way to keep everyone safe when we are around each other.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided by both the venue and OWEA.
  • We ask that you take your temperature before heading out to the workshop and that you stay at home if they don't feel well or have a temperature.
  • We will have lots of signage and explanations of correct social distancing measures.
  • The ballroom we are in normally holds more than 200 people, so it will be very spread out with only 75 attendees.
  • Communal meals will look different, with seating more spread out and fewer seats at tables.
  • Food service will look different. Buffets will be served, and you might see many more individual items.
  • There will be markings on the floor to help maintain safe distances between attendees.
  • We will be dismissing attendees by row to eliminate a large group during breaks.
  • Podiums, microphones and laptops will all be wiped down between speakers.
  • We will maintain recommended distances between all attendees, between staff and attendees,  and between speakers and attendees.
  • We will be communicating with registered attendees multiple times prior to the event to ensure everyone is comfortable and aware of these changes.

We know not everyone can or wishes to attend in person events and are also working on a 2-3 hour virtual Plant Ops Workshop for our water professionals who aren't able to join us in person. We want to serve all of our members in the manner they are most comfortable. More information concerning this will be available shortly, so keep an eye on your email.

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COVID Safety Measures

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