• September 21, 2019 - September 25, 2019
  • McCormick Place, Chicago, IL


When: September 21, 2019 - September 25, 2019
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

At Arcadis, improving quality of life is why we exist and innovating the future of water is how we do it. Whether we are helping water utilities reimagine resilience to build a fit-for-future utility, spark transformation with digitally enabled innovation or demystify Intelligent Water for a human-centric future, our work is never done, and we like it that way. The bigger the question and the more complex the challenge, the more curious and creative we are. This year at WEFTEC 2019, we invite the industry to be courageous with us, to listen, share and act for an intelligent and sustainable water future. Scroll down for an overview of Arcadis at WEFTEC 2019. We look forward to connecting.



10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | 103 From Research to Full-Scale Systems in a Decade | The Rapid Rise of Peracetic Acid for Wastewater Disinfection | Room S405A | Assistant Moderator: Vicki Chou

1:00 – 2:30 PM | 235 Mobile Session | Spotlight on Treatment Equipment for Water Reuse | Grand Concourse Lobby | Host: Tim Ware

1:30 – 2:00 PM | 202 Mainstream Deammonification | Comparison of External Carbon Sources for a Polishing Partial Denitrification/Anammox MBBR | Room S505a | Author/Speaker: Cody Campolong

1:30 – 3:00 PM | 211 Competitive Design of Dewatering Facilities | Room N426B | Assistant Moderator: Stephanie Castro

2:30 – 3:00 PM | 216 Make No Little Plans | Raincheck 2.0: Buffalo Sewer Authority – City-Wide Green Infrastructure | Room S502b | Author/Speaker: David Barnes

3:30 – 4:00 PM | 230 Workforce Issues: Have You Prepared for the 'Silver' Tsunami? | Improving Workforce Knowledge and Efficiency with an Electronic O&M System and Operator Logs | Room S505a | Author/Speaker: Len Sekuler

3:30 – 4:00 PM | 217 Making Models Matter: Understanding and Resolving Complex Water Quality Problems | Supporting Regulatory Compliance Strategies Through Water Quality Modeling | Room S503b | Author/Speaker: Christopher Ranck

3:30 – 5:00 PM | 232 ReNEW: Measuring Our Impact on Nutrient, Energy, and Water Recovery | Room N426b | Co-Moderator: Tim Ware

4:30 – 5:00 PM | 228 Stormwater Alternative Project Delivery | An Innovative Approach to Implement Stormwater Utilities and Incorporate a Credit System that Enhances Stakeholder Buy-In | Room S502A | Author/Speaker: Fernando Pasquel


8:30 – 10:00 AM | 312 Disinfection Flyover: Fundamentals | Room S505A | Assistant Moderator: Anniestacia Miskel

8:30 – 9:00 AM | 302 Solving Food and Beverage Wastewater Challenges Using Innovative Process Technologies | Wastewater Treatment and Cogeneration Project at Knouse Foods | Room S505B | Co-Author: Michael Dreiling

9:30 – 10:00 AM | 322 Shared Experiences | 7 Years Post Super Storm Sandy: Resilient Bridgeport: Stormwater Strategies to Manage Acute and Chronic Flood Risk | Room S503A | Author/Speaker: Tyler Carson

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | InFLOW STEMPath Panel Discussion | Panelist: Melissa Pomales

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | 327 Utility Leadership Forum: Capturing the Value of Diversity in Your Workforce | Roundtable Leader: Donnell Duncan

11:00 – 11:30 AM | 319 Utility Management: Seeing (and Using) the Right Information Through the Forest of Systems and Data | An Effective Journey from Meter to Cash: Always Starts with the Meter! | Room S405b | Co-Author/Speaker: Michael Diaz

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | 302 Solving Food and Beverage Wastewater Challenges Using Innovative Process Technologies | Solving Unique Problems in Industrial Alternative Project Delivery | Room S505B | Authors/Speakers: Joseph Stanfill & Michael Dreiling

1:30 – 5:00 PM | 17 TMDL Whack-A-Mole: Hitting a Moving Target | Room N426A | Moderator: Vicki Chou

2:30 – 3:00 PM | 416 We Know What's Bugging You: Stormwater Bacteria Research | Assessment of Microbial Community Composition and Activity in Green Infrastructure Sites | Room S502B | Co-Author: Jerry Kleyman

2:30 – 3:00 PM | 417 TMDL Whack-A-Mole: Hitting a Moving Target | Implementation of a Large-Scale BMP Retrofit for Cost-Effective TMDL Compliance | Room N426A | Author/Speaker: Michael Wooden

3:30 – 5:00 PM | 425 Novel Investigations in Treatment of Chemical/Pharmaceutical Wastewater | Room S404C | Moderators: Hannah Giacomin & Matt Griffin

4:30 – 5:00 PM | 427 Everyone Needs a Filter: Stormwater Filtration and Media Research | Stormwater Management Capacity of Artificial Turf Grass Fields | Room S502B | Co-Author: Jerry Kleyman


8:30 – 12:00 PM | 521 Ozone/BAF: Proving the Technology for Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse Systems | Room S404d | Moderator for Ozone/BAF, Proving the technology for Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse | Moderator: Tim Ware

8:30 – 12:00 PM | 515 Function Follows Form: Excellence in Stormwater Design | Stormwater Conveyance to Green Infrastructure Installations by Curb Cut Inlets | Room N426B | Co-Author: Heather Smith

9:00 – 9:30 AM | 518 Outside the Box Rate Making: When Traditional Rates Don't Fit | From Beer to Bills: Understanding the Impact of Brewery Discharges and Effective Approaches for Consideration | Room S503B | Author/Speaker: Michael Borchers

9:00 – 9:30 AM | 511 Biogas Quality and Finance | Making Co-Generation Economics Work in the Today's U.S. Electric Market | Room S501D | Author/Speaker: Eric Auerbach

9:00 – 9:30 AM | 513 Advanced Hydraulics: How to Solve the Really Tough Problems in Your Collection System | Preliminary Engineering, Design, and Testing of Improvements to Head Tanks System | Room S405A | Authors/Speakers: Jim Cooper & Tom Lachcik

10:30 – 11:00 AM | 522 Water Scarcity and Treatment Challenges in the Automotive Industry | Advanced Wastewater Recycle at GM Silao, Mexico | Room S505B | Author/Speaker: Brian Moore, Luis Santiago & Francisco Sola

10:30 – 11:00 AM | 528 Keeping Our Heads Above the Water: Dealing with Urban Storm Events | Honey, I Shrunk the Pump Stations: The Value of Using Physical Modeling and Natural Features in Design | Room S502A | Author/Speaker: John Millspaugh

10:30 – 11:00 AM | 531 Project Delivery: Bigger Really is Better | Integrating End User Experience to Ensure Pathways to Resilient, Compliant, and Sustainable Outcomes During a Mega Plant Expansion | Room S504A | Author/Speaker: Jefferson Argyros

11:00 – 11:30 AM | 507 Blame it on the Rain: Treatment of Wet Weather Flows | Akron WRF Step Feed Phase 2: Design, Operation, Performance, and Optimization of Secondary Treatment Wet Weather Expansion and BNR Upgrades | Room S504D | Author/Speaker: Edward Becker

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | 522 Water Scarcity and Treatment Challenges in the Automotive Industry | Holistic Water Use Assessment for Automotive Manufacturing in a Water-Stressed Region | Room S505B | Authors/Speakers: Brian Moore, Luis Santiago & Francisco Sola

1:30 – 2:00 PM | 613 Becoming an Asset (Management) to the Organization: Tools and Applications for Stormwater | Developing Stormwater Strategic Asset Management Tools and Guidance on a National Scale: A Status Update on WRF’s Targeted Collaborative Research Project | Room S502B | Authors/Speakers: Mark Van Auken & Fernando Pasquel

1:30 – 3:00 PM | SWAN Session 607: Highlights from the SWAN 2019 Conference | Panelist: Jim Cooper


One of the most significant challenges facing the water sector is also one of its greatest opportunities—attracting and developing the water workforce. As the leading global design and consultancy firm for built and natural assets, we know that cultivating the talent of water workers—novice and experienced—includes investing in their interests, ideas and passions. Which is why we look forward to participating in the students and young professionals program during WEFTEC19.

Students and Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair
Monday, September 23 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM | McCormick Place, S105B, South Building – Level 1

Ready to transform your world? Stop by the Students and Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair and introduce yourself to Ashley Landis, Talent Acquisition Specialist, as well as members of the Arcadis family from around the country. We also invite you to explore our open career opportunities and apply for those that resonate with your interests and match your qualifications. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, bookmark our careers page and check back often as new opportunities are frequently added.


Arcadis is proud to be the founding sponsor and luncheon sponsor of WEF InFLOW (INtroducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water), an initiative that strives to identify promising students from underrepresented minority groups and kick-start their professional careers in the water industry.

Last year, InFLOW’s inaugural year, 16 students from 3 universities participated in the program, 4 of which are now working in the water sector for Arcadis, DC Water, AlexRenew and U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. This year, InFLOW expands its reach to include African American students as well as Latinos, Hawaiian Natives and Alaskan Natives. InFLOW is also tailoring its programing to resonate with two groups. The StemPATH track includes 25 students from 6 universities and colleges and focuses on mapping out professional career opportunities. The CareerTECH track includes 16 opportunity youth from the local Chicago area and focuses on exploring meaningful careers in operations and maintenance and other technical services.

“Building fit-for-future utilities requires a diverse workforce in terms of what it looks like and sounds like,” said John McCarthy, President of Water. “By continuing to support InFLOW at the highest level, as founding sponsor and luncheon sponsor, we hope participants and industry leaders alike walk away from this experience with meaningful connections and an unwavering commitment to a diverse and inclusive water future.”

Click here to learn more about our support of WEF InFLOW.

InFLOW STEMPath Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 24 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Space limited

Melissa Pomales, Florida Area Lead for Water, joins other prominent industry leaders to discuss what a career in water looks like by sharing her personal story and providing insights on how to succeed.

InFLOW Closing Luncheon, sponsored by Arcadis

Tuesday, September 24 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | By invitation only

The InFLOW experience for StemPATH and CareerTECH participants concludes with a certificate presentation and a networking luncheon. Industry leaders who are passionate about fostering diverse and inclusive workforces and can accelerate the career paths of InFLOW participants, will also be in attendance.

WEF Midyear Springboard Program

When it comes to charting a course for the future, inclusion of different perspectives is critical. Each year WEF hosts a Midyear Meeting for key volunteer committees to meet face-to-face and develop programming for WEFTEC. During this time, WEF’s Board of Trustees, Committee Leadership Council, and other key groups meet to discuss strategic direction and progress with programs and initiatives.

To make sure conversations and decisions are inclusive of the insights and ideas of young professionals, or those new to the industry, WEF created a Springboard Program. People working in water who fall within this career stage are invited to apply for the program and, if accepted, receive assistance with their travel expenses to Midyear.

Arcadis supports the participation of employees like Anniestacia Miskel, Vicki Chou and Hannah Giacomin in the Springboard Program because of the benefits it provides them as individuals and the industry. Anniestacia, Vicki and Hannah are making contributions to the WEFTEC 2019 technical program (see above) and participating in the events for students and young professionals, which includes connecting you at the Networking and Career Fair. If you see them, say hi!

Here is what Anniestacia and Vicki have to say about their participation in the Springboard Program:

Anniestacia Miskel, Water Engineer

During the program, we talked a lot about not being afraid to “take up space” as junior-level professionals. We reiterated reaffirming statements to say to ourselves: “Your ideas are meaningful. Your questions are valid. Your contribution is impactful. You, alone, are enough.” As I sit in rooms filled with people who are older, higher ranking, more male, and less ethnic than me; statements like these help me maintain my self-assurance and motivate me to dig in and actively engage and participate. This practice has increased my enjoyment in and my contributions to the water industry and Arcadis.

Vicki Chou, Water Resources Engineer

Participating in the program motivated me to strategically amp up my involvement in WEF industry committees. I diversified the committees that I joined to deepen my expertise and expand my knowledge and skills. In doing so, I am gaining more knowledge and experience in specific focus areas within water, like stormwater, watershed management, and public health, and applying the work and research that these committees do to solving client challenges.

Water Leadership Institute

Arcadis believes in the power of its people, and that solving for the biggest challenges of today and tomorrow requires continuous growth and development on behalf of its entire workforce. That’s why we support the participation of employees, such as Amy Eberhardt and Melissa Darr, in the WEF Water Leadership Institute (WIL) program.

This year the WLI consisted of 54 participants from around the globe, including Amy and Melissa. Their topic of focus? Workforce. As part of their final project, participants worked in teams to develop a webcast series that explores different aspects of the water industry workforce. Amy participated in a group that examined inter-generational knowledge transfer, and Melissa participated in a group that examined diversity and inclusion. The four-part webcast series kicks off on October 9 and concludes on October 30. To register, click here. The webcasts are free for WEF members and $40 for non-members.

Here is what Amy and Melissa have to say about their WLI experiences:

Amy Eberhardt, Client Development

I am energized and eager for the future. WLI has empowered me to identify and leverage my unique strengths to become a more meaningful leader and contribute to the water industry in more collaborative and meaningful ways. Working with inspired leaders across the country, I’ve taken a hard look at the importance of workforce development within our industry. In doing so, I discovered the overwhelmingly positive benefits of putting people first in all endeavors—our customers, clients and colleagues. Human-centric leadership is always a win.

Melissa Darr, Water Engineer

Participating in WLI connected me with awesome people who work across the water industry, in different specialties and geographical locations. Working with such an eclectic group of people gave me a better understanding of and empathy for the workforce challenges that my clients face, especially those related to diversity and inclusion. I am also extremely grateful for the opportunity to co-create solutions that can be adapted and applied by utilities in new, innovative ways.

Amy and Melissa are participating in the Water Leadership Institute Workshop taking place on Sunday, September 22 from 8:30 – 5:00 PM during WEFTEC 2019. Participation is by invitation only. Their day includes setting SMART goals, presenting on their workforce group project, and mentoring InFLOW students during a networking social.

In addition to Amy and Melissa, the following Arcadians have also graduated from the WLI program: Melissa Pomales (2013), Jim Cooper (2014) and Mel Butcher (2017).

About the Water Leadership Institute

The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong, lasting relationships within the water industry. This intensive program engages participants in management training and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners.


Arcadis and Water For People both exist to improve quality of life—whether it is making sure every family, school and clinic has safe and continuous access to water and sanitation in developing countries, or helping urban areas source water when there is not enough and manage it when there is too much. The projects we work on may be different, but our desire for lasting impact is the same. Supporting Water For People moves the world forward, which serves our purpose and our passion.

Consider making a gift of any amount at www.waterforpeople.org/arcadis.

Pedal With A Purpose

Sunday, September 22 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Registration is closed

Bike and Roll Chicago, 239 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

In 2008, George Patrick, principal engineer based in Arcadis’ Atlanta, GA office, organized the first WEFTEC Pedal With A Purpose cycling event to raise funds for Water For People, and has been a co-organizer with Gary De Kock ever since. Pedal With A Purpose is not a race, but a casual 25-mile ride through the historical and diverse neighborhoods of Chicago. Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Click here for more information, and reach out to George Patrick with questions.

Proceeds from the ride support Water For People's mission to promote the development of safe and reliable drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses and governments. When women and girls aren’t spending 6 hours a day sourcing water, they have time to work and go to school, which improves the financial standing of entire households. WEFTEC rides have raised approximately $50,000 for Water For People.

Arcadis is proud to be a premium sponsor of this year’s ride.

Water For People Bash

Monday, September 23 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM | Admission fee: $50 at the door

Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

Kick-off WEFTEC 2019 with a fun night of music, food and drinks, and celebrating the work of Water For People. Proceeds from the Bash support Water For People. We will see you there!



We know how important it is to stay connected with the people and things that keep you moving forward. Arcadis is upping the convenience factor by sponsoring the Wi-Fi, which will be freely available throughout in meeting rooms, public spaces and in specified exhibit hall hot spots.


We invite you to be a part of our story and would like to be a part of yours. Connect with us on social media before, during and after #WEFTEC19. We will be talking all things #workforce and #fitforfuture utilities.

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