Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Intermediate and Advanced School


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March 20 - 24, 2017

The Intermediate and Advanced School offers courses that are designed to furnish established operators with information needed to better understand treatment processes and to perform their duties in an ever-changing environment. The courses offered at this school include: These courses provide opportunities to prepare for the certification exams. However, the courses should not be used as the only study guide for the exams. The conference is NOT affiliated with the Colorado Operator Certification Program Office.  The school registration does not include the exam.
The Rocky Mountain Water and Wastewater Plant Operators School also offers fundamentals courses that are geared towards the basics of water and wastewater treatment for operators new to the field. The Fundamentals School is held annually.


Industrial Wastewater
Course Supervisor

Gary Parham, Lockheed Martin

Co-Supervisor
Tony LaChance, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.(co-supervisor)

This course is designed to train operators in the safe and effective operation of industrial wastewater treatment plants, with emphasis on physical-chemical processes. Special emphasis is given to facilities that neutralize acidic and basic water and that remove metals from wastewaters.

The following topics are covered:
Neutralization/Metals Precipitation Air Stripping Chemistry
Carbon Adsorption/Ion Exchange Clarification Sludge Processes UV Oxidation
Math for the Process Operator Wastewater Microbiology Trickling Filters
Activated Sludge Processes Industrial Pretreatment Program Advanced Nitrification/De-Nitrification
Stream Standards Filtration Pumps
EPA Enforcement System Safety Sampling/Preservation
Tentative Instructor List
Gayle Lammers, Supervisor, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc. Sydney Innerebner, Owner, Indigo Water Group, LLC Tony LaChance, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
Gary Parham, Supervisor, Lockheed Martin Heidi Bauer, CH2M Hill Megan Meagher, OSHA
Jackie Whelan, CDPHE/WQCD Aly Moores, CDPHE/WQCD Frank Johns, Tetra Tech EC, Inc.
Steve Rogers, Arcadis Patricia Nelson, CH2M Hill Andrew Ross CDPHE/ WQCD

Intermediate Wastewater
Course Supervisor
Wayne Ramey, Ramey Environmental
Co-Supervisor
Dave Lewis, Boxelder Sanitation District

This basic course is geared toward the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants. It includes practical approaches to problem solving, as well as awareness of moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities of an operator. The following topics are covered during this week-long course:
Activated Sludge Processes – SBRs/MBRs/MBBRs Aerobic/Anaerobic Sludge Digestion Advanced Nitrification/Denitrification
Wastewater Microbiology Safety in Wastewater Phosphorus Treatment
Chlorination Equipment/Instrumentation Math Chlorination/Dechlorination
Trickling Filters Confined Spaces O & M Lagoons
Data Interpretation/Presentation Ethics & Professionalism Discharge Monitoring Reports
Practical Pump Operation Industrial Pretreatment Program Clarification/Sedimentation
Instructor List
Wayne Cass, Water Technology Group Kim Evezich, Timber Line Electric & Control Jeff Rabas, Ramey Environmental Compliance
Mary Fabisiak, City of Westminster Jackie Whelan, CDPHE Tom Huston, City of Fruita
Mark Lombardi, CDPHE Dave Lewis, Boxelder Sanitation District Wayne Ramey, Ramey Environment
Steve Tamburini, Tetra Tech    

Intermediate Water
Course Supervisor:
Laura Travis, ECCVWSD 
Co-Supervisor
Zach Gilbert

The intermediate water course is an operator training course designed for “C” and “B” operators. The following topics are covered during the week-long course:
Operations and Maintenance Math Microbiology
Disinfection and Chlorine Chemistry Water Chemistry Chlorination and Chlorine Safety
Operator Certification – Regulation 100 Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Conventional Surface Water Treatment
Plant Safety Sampling and Testing Hydraulics
Principles of Sanitary Surveys Pumps and Valves Regulations
Water Security and Emergency Response Planning    
Instructor List
Josh Baile, Hydrolysis Sherry Scaggiari, Aurora Water Chelsea Campbell, RRCC
Tyson Ingels, WQCD-CDPHE Bryan Pickle, WQCD-CDPHE Andrew Dieter, Town of Castle Rock
Steve Harrison, Pueblo West Metropolitan District Tyson Ingles, CDPHE Gayle Lammers, Navarro Reasearch and Engineering
Mike Bacon, CDPHE Kevin Linder, Aurora Water  
Kirk Watson, City of Aurora    

Advanced Water
Course Supervisors
Kevin Linder, Aurora Water 
Josh Baile, Hydrolysis
This course is designed to provide information on new topics facing the water field. The course is not geared toward the operator’s testing for certification. There is new information about certification and regulations. The course is geared for operators with multiple years’ experience in the field. Topics include:
Unit Process Optimization Emerging Contaminants Taste and Odor
Regulations Security/Vulnerability Assessment Coagulation
Plant Tours Granular Media Filter Operation Biological Filter Operation
GAC Adsorption Advanced Oxidation Disinfection
Sanitary Survey and Inspections Reservoir Management/Microbiology Residuals
Management/Project Management   Advanced Treatment Technologies
Instructor List
Joshua Baile, Hydrolysis  Nicole Poncelet-Johnson, Western Summit Constructors Inc. Bill Bellamy, CH2M Hill
Pamela Benskin, Aurora Water Gregory Dehmlow, Dehmlow Optimization Vinnie Hart, Carollo
Tyson Ingels, CDPHE Water Quality Control Division Julia Lew, Southern Nevada Water Authority Karl Linden, University of Colorado at Boulder
Kerry Meyer, CH2M Hill Brad Zachman, Aurora Water Giselle Neely, Aurora Water

Biosolids
Course Supervisor
Jim Medlock, City of Boulder WWTF
This course is designed to train biosolids managers and operators in the compliance, processing, and land application of biosolids. There will be a Biosolids Land Appliers exam and review for a RMWEA/ABC, Inc Biosolids Certification on Friday. Topics include:
Basic Wastewater Overview Land Application Methods & Equipment Nutrient Management N-P and Metals
Operator Certification Web Soil Survey Math   
Land Application Site Selection Regulatory Compliance Site Inspection Audit
Public Information Submitting Letters of Intent Biosolids Sampling and Analysis
Safety Industrial Pretreatment Stabilization and Digestion
Plant Maintenance Biosolids Jeopardy Vector Attraction Reduction
Instructor List
Jim Tallent, Littleton/Englewood WWTP Steve Frank, SDF Communications, Inc. Bob Brobst, USEPA Region VIII
Tim Larson, CPPHE Grant Grover, City of Longmont Sheri Duren, City of Boulder

Activated Sludge
Course Supervisors
Joe R. Tamburini, Tetra Tech
Ron Schuyler, COWAC
The activated sludge process control course provides a basic understanding of the process and how to control it. Activated sludge process control is the most difficult activity in wastewater treatment. This course teaches you to monitor and control activated sludge microbial environments to improve effluent quality, and shows you how to save money, if at all possible.  You only have a few key controls available to effectively operate an activated sludge system, so learn how to use them effectively!  The course includes a field trip to a wastewater treatment plant where you become the troubleshooter and figure out how to improve operation and/or save money. Enrollment restricted to 35 people. Topics include:
Application of Process Control Data Overview of Activated Sludge Process Foam, Bulking, and Filament Control
Activated Sludge Microbiology Hand-Held Meters Mass Balance and Wasting control
Trend Charts Oxygen Uptake & Respiration Rate Process Awareness and Physical Observations
Settleometer Test Return Sludge Control Representative Data Collection
Nitrification/Denitrification Process Pressures Process Control Plan
Field Trip for Evaluation Evaluation of Plant Elements of Process Control
Biological Phosphorus Removal Bantam Slough Presentation  
Instructor List
Andy Rice, Providence Infrastructure Steve Tamburini, Tetra Tech Joe R. Tamburini, Tetra Tech
Melody White, HACH Bob Dabkowski, HACH Ron Schuyler, COWAC
Jeff Rabas, Ramey Environmental Steve Walker, Carollo