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2019 Full Program
(program subject to minor changes; please check back prior to the Conference)


Sporting Events to benefit The Water Equation and Water For People


SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
 General Session and Vendor Exhibits
 Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30 am

Opening and Welcome, Eric Volk, MN AWWA Chair

Philanthropic Committee Update

Welcome from AWWA Visiting Representative David Rager

 8:30 - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation: "Communicating the Value of Water" - Melanie Goetz, Hughes and Stuart
10:00 am - 3:30 pm Vendor Exhibition (Lunch is provided in the Exhibition Hall)
Competitions (to be confirmed)
10:30 am   Pipe Tapping
10:30 am   Hydrant Hysteria
11:00 am   "Best in Glass" prelims
1:00 pm     Meter Madness
2:00 pm     "Best in Glass" finals
12:00 - 2:00 pm Past Chair's Luncheon (Bellisio's Restaurant)
Committee Meetings (to be confirmed)
11:00 am Water Utility Council (Room 202)
2:00 pm   Philanthropic Committee (Room 202)
3:00 pm   Research Committee (Room 202)
3:00 pm   Scholarship Committee (Main Registration Hallway)
3:00 pm   Membership Committee (Main Registration Hallway)
4:30 - 7:00 pm MAC Social - The Sports Garden, 425 S Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802
(including Silent Auction!)

Operations & Maintenance Track
Room 202


Research Track
Room 204-205

Case Studies Track
Room 301-302

System Business Solutions Track
Room 203

 Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 am

Rate Increase Needs a Robust Public Relations Campaign: Naeem Qureshi, Sambatek

Lafayette MN Biological Ammonia Conversion: Jeff Ledin, SEH

Neighbors, Wetlands and Hills - Construction of the Chanhassen West WTP:  Greg Johnson, WSB & Associates and Kevin Crooks, City of Chanhassen

Data Portal Creation and Utilization: Anna Bessel and Ryan Vial, Metropolitan Council

8:45 - 9:30 am

Minneapolis Water: Addressing Vulnerabilities Head On: Brittany Pentek,  City of Minneapolis

What Color do you Like Your Water? - Kevin Young, SEH

Hydraulic Modeling Takes the Pressure Off - City of Savage Zone Realignment: Tricia Christensen and Amanda Burns, Black & Veatch and Mike Klimers, Savage Public Works

SCADA Security Strategies to Ensure Reliability: Anthony Pittman and Jason Schuler, AE2S

9:30 - 9:45 am Break
9:45 - 10:30 am

Promoting Distribution System Health from the Source: Abbie Browen, AE2S

Biofiltration: A Source and Sink of Contaminants: Ray Hozalski, U of M

TTHM Formation Case Study, City of Mankato: Patrick Hovda, City of Mankato

Operations Dashboard - Using ArcGIS for Real-Time Watermain Leak Management: Yigliola Lorang and Nate Wold, City of Minneapolis

10:30 - 11:15 am

Water Tank Maintenance and Service Agreements: Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering

Antibiotic Resistance Bacteria in the Environment: Tim LaPar

SPRWS's Water Distribution Infrastructure Investments: Rich Hibbard, St. Paul Regional Water Services

The Age of Social Media - How Should Your Utility Use It? -Taylor Corbett, AE2S

11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch,  Annual Business Meeting &

Election Results

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Technology Advancements in Leak Detection: Michael Carothers, Sewerin/Leak Locators of Montana

The Impacts of Biofiltration on NDMA Precursors and Formation: Scott Alpert, Hazen and Sawyer

Rate Increase Case Study - St. Cloud, MN:  Lisa Vollbrecht, St. Cloud Public Utilities

3D Infrastructure Tools - Now You Can See Our Buried Assets: Alex Pestov, vGIS/Meemim

1:45 - 2:30 pm

Making Nitrification Monitoring in the Distribution System Practicable: Meg Roberts, Hazen and Sawyer

PFAS Water Treatment Study: Comparison of GAC to Single-Pass Ion Exchange: Katie Wolohan and Brian LeMon, Barr Engineering

Riveted Steel Pipeline Condition Assessment: Daniel Buonadonna, Jacobs

RPU's Risk-Based Watermain Renewal and Replacement Plan: Douglas Klamerus, Rochester Public Utilities
2:30 - 2:45 pm  Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm

Extending Water Distribution System Asset Life Using Corrosion Control: Patrick Haney, HDR

Effect of Residual Disinfection on the Microbial Communities in Drinking Water Distribution Systems: Ray Hozalski, UM

Nitrate Removal from Groundwater with Membrane Treatment: Dan Portlock, Moore Engineering

How to Create a High-Performing Asset Management Team: Sam Paske, Metropolitan Council

 3:30 - 4:15 pm Corrosion Protection of Ductile Iron Pipe for a Water Transmission Project: Tyler Bolen, American Ductile Iron Pipe

Occurrence of Viruses and other Pathogens at a Stormwater Infiltration Site: Jane de Lambert, MDH

Operational Evaluation of WTP for Development of Long-term CIP: Sylwia Kokoszka, HR Green

Diversity and Inclusion in the Water Industry: Panel Moderated by the MN AWWA D&I Subcommittee

Committee Meetings:
4:30 - 5:30 pm  YP Committee Meeting (Green Mill Restaurant - 340 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802)
4:15 - 6:00 pm Free Time 
6:00 - 6:30 pm MN AWWA Appreciation Night Meet and Greet with Hors d'Oeuvres: DECC - Harbor Side Ballroom
6:30 - 8:00 pm MN AWWA Appreciation Night Station-to-Station Dinner Party & Awards: DECC - Harbor Side Ballroom
8:30 - 10:00 pm 

MN AWWA Team Trivia Contest:

 The Sports Garden, 425 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802



Current Minnesota Water Supply Issues
Room 301-302

  Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 am Building Partnerships with Agriculture to Protect Source Waters: Adam Carpenter, USDA Source Water Protection
9:15 - 10:00 am Panel Discussion on PFAS Regulation, Utility Response and Opportunities to Engage
10:00 - 10:15 am  Break
10:15 - 11:00 am

America's Water Infrastructure Act - Risk Assessment and ERP Requirements: Karen Edwards-Lindsey, USEPA

11:00 - 11:45 am Risk Communications: Melanie Goetz, Hughes and Stuart
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Farewell Lunch for all Attendees,
MN AWWA Board Meeting


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