New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA)


John J. (Jack) Lagrosa Annual Conference and Exposition of the New Jersey Water Environmental Association

Below is a list of presentations offered at joint workshops during the John J. (Jack) Lagrosa Annual Conference and Exposition of the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) which is held in Atlantic City, NJ.

Unless otherwise noted, all files are available as Portable Document Format (pdf).

NJWEA 107th Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop - Resilient Utility Management - Plan, Respond, Recover and Adapt

May 9, 2022


  • David A. Vaccari, PhD, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jay Surti, PE, Biosolids Global Practice Leader, Greeley and Hansen LLC
  • David A. Marabello, PE, BCEE, PMP, Senior Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Resilience Strategies From Concept to Construction: Leasons Learned for Protecting Critical Assets
Carly Foster, AICP, CFM, Arcadis US Inc.

The Times They Are-A-Changin’: Preparing for Climate Change at the Philadelphia Water Department
Abby Sullivan, CFM, Philadelphia Water Department

National Perspectives on Efforts to Enhance System Resiliency
Nicole Stellaccio, P.E. | Walter A. Walker, PE, ENV SP, Greeley and Hansen LLC

Expanding Enterprise Resilience Concepts within the Utility Industry
Saul Rojas, New York Power Authority

All Hazards Risk and Resilience Assessment for Wastewater Utilities
Sebastian Malter, CC-P, CDM Smith and Lauren Miller, CC-P,CDM Smith

Projected Changes in Extreme Rainfall in New Jersey
Kirk Raper, MS, Research Scientist 2, NJDEP - Division of Science and Research

Water System Resiliency RENEW Program
Jesse P. Horsford, PE, PMP, Middlesex Water Company

Utility Considerations with the Proposed New Jersey Back Bays Storm Surge Barrier Systems
Charles Schelpe, CEng, MICE, Jacobs Global Technology Lead - Flood Infrastructure | William E. McMillin, Jr, PE, D.WRE, Jacobs Global Technology Lead - Wet Weather & Collection Systems

Combatting Aging Infrastructure Risks
Ryan W. Nagel, PE, PMP, Vice President - Corporate Utility Management Solutions Leader, Hazen and Sawyer

Water and Wastewater Systems: Cross-Section Interdependencies & Cyber Security Considerations
Russell Thomas, CISSP, Gannett Fleming

Engagement Toward Implementation
Carly Foster, AICP, CFM, Arcadis US Inc.

AAEES/NJWEA Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast
May 10, 2022

Solids + Sediments = A Career in the Mud
Chris Uchrin, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences Director, Graduate Program in Bioenvironmental Engineering, Rutgers University

NJWEA 104th Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop - Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) Across the Water Cycle

May 6, 2019


  • David A. Marabello, P.E., BCEE, CDM Smith
  • David Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jay Surti, P.E., Hazen and Sawyer

Communicating and Addressing Risks from PFAS and Other CECs in Potable Reuse
Dora Chiang, Ph.D., P.E., CDM Smith

Limitation of PFAS Data and Recommendations to Obtain Appropriate Data for Environmental Decision Making
Nancy C. Rothman, Ph.D., New Environmental Horizons, Inc.

Pharmaceutical Actives and PFOS/PFOA - What Treatment Technologies are Working
Joseph G. Cleary, P.E., BCEE, Geosyntec Consultants

A Standardized Protocol for Assessing the Biodegradability of Trace Organic Compounds
Kelly Landry, Ph.D. and Wendell Khunjar, Ph.D., P.E.
Hazen and Sawyer

Research and Development, Demonstration and Validation of a PFAS Treatment Train
Nathan Hagelin, C.G., LEP, BCES, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

A Green and Practical Approach for Removing PFAS from Contaminated Environments
Yanna Liang, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, University at Albany, SUNY

FEAMMOX Process for Biodegradation of PFAS
Petter Jaffe, Ph.D. and Shan Huang
Princeton University

Installation, Startup, and Operation of World's First Regenerable Resin System for PFAS Removal
Steven Woodard, Ph.D., P.E., ECT
Rob Singer, P.E., Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions

The Fate, Transportation and Transformation of PFAS and Implications for WWTPs: A Case where 1 + 1 Does Not Equal 2
Michael Eberle, TRC Environmental Corporation

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Biosolids
Jay Surti, P.E., Hazen and Sawyer

Optimized Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane in Extracted Groundwater and Reinjection for Acquifer Replenishment
Steven Woodard, Ph.D., P.E., ECT

AAEES/NJWEA Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast
May 7, 2019

Horsham Water and Sewer Authority's Experience with PFAS Contamination – Making "Unwell Waters" Well Again
Michael J. Pickel, P.E., Horsham Water and Sewer Authority

NJWEA 103rd Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop - Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Runoff

May 7, 2018


  • David A. Marabello, P.E., BCEE, CDM Smith
  • David Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jay Surti, P.E., Suez

Long-term Infiltration Capacity of Different Types of Permeable Pavements
Mohammed Diallo, EIT, and Kirk Barrett, Ph.D., P.E.
Manhattan College

Green Infrastructure Options for Nitrogen Removal in the Barnegat Bay Watershed
Steven Yergeau, Ph.D., Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E., Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Louise Wootton, Ph.D., Georgian Court University

Green Infrastructure at the Edison Environmental Center - Vegetative
Thomas O'Connor, P.E., BCEE, US Environmental Protection Agency

Green Infrastructure at the Edison Environmental Center – Permeable Pavement
Thomas O'Connor, P.E., BCEE, US Environmental Protection Agency

Analysis of Green Infrastructure Performance Data in the Streets of Philadelphia
Dwayne Myers, P.E., D.WRE, CDM Smith
Stephen White, Philadelphia Water Department

Field Study on Removal of Dissolved Metals from Parking-lot Runoff by Catch Basin Filters Augmented with Media Containing Water-Treatment Residuals
Sunhawach Na nagaraDibyendu Sarkar, and Virinder Sidhu
Stevens Institute of Technology
Kirk Barrett, Manhattan College

Increased Storm Resiliency Through the Application of Green Infrastructure BMPs
Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D.Clay Emerson, Ph.D., P.E., and
Mary Paist-Goldman, P.E.
Princeton Hydro, LLC

Regulatory and Practical Applications of Green Infrastructure
Pilar Patterson and Brian Friedlich, P.E.
Kleinfelder, Inc.

Analysis of the Implementation of City-Wide Green Infrastructure Solutions to Address Combined Sewer Overflow. Case Studies: New York City, Philadelphia, and Cleveland
Kathryn DePippo, P.E., ENV SP, Matt McDonald

Rooftop Runoff Mitigation Technologies: Bioretention Planters and Green Roofs
Yang Cheng and Samantha Conte
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainable Redevelopment of the Harrison Avenue Landfill
Nancy Oram Vigneault, P.E., BCEE and Steven Fusco, RLA, LEED AP
CDM Smith

SWMM Calibration and Sensitivity Analysis for Bioretention
Patrick O'Hara, EIT, Stevens Institute of Technology

AAEES/NJWEA Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast
May 8, 2018

Expectations vs. Outcomes: Considering Performance Metrics for Stormwater Green Infrastructure
Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

NJWEA 102nd Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop - Energy Management for Water and Resource Recovery Facilities

May 8, 2017


  • David A. Marabello, P.E., BCEE, CDM Smith
  • David Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jay Surti, P.E., Suez

Trends and Technologies for Energy Management for Industrial and Municipal Projects
Joseph G. Cleary, P.E., BCEE, Geosyntec Consultants (NJ)

Keys to an Effective Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Audit
Robert Pape, P.E., AECOM (NJ)

Managing Water and Wastewater Utility Data to Reduce Energy Consumption and Cost
Mohammad Badruzzaman, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, MWH Stantec

Assessing the Value of Microgrids for Water and Wastewater Utilities
Ajay Kasarabada, Black & Veatch (KS)

The Sustainable Wastewater Facility
Angela Hintz, P.E., Arcadis (NY)

Energy and Process Optimization at the Water and Resource Recovery Facilities
S. Rao Chitikela, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Johnson Controls, Inc. (OH)

Got Gas? Use it for Vehicle Fuel Under the Updated Renewable Fuel Standard
John Willis, P.E., BCEE, Brown & Caldwell (GA)

Mixing Steam and Sludge: Wastewater Treatment Plant Thermal Hydrolysis and the Systems that Power It
C. Douglas Werme, P.E., CEM, CEA and Brian McLean, P.E., LEED® AP, CDM Smith (NY)

Fluid Bed Municipal Sludge Incinerators and Steam Turbine to Generate Power
Levant Takmaz, Ph.D., Suez (VA)

Cost-Effective Utilization of Biogas
Alan Zelenka, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (OR)

Mesophilic Deammonification - Low-Energy Treatment Process for High Ammonia Loading Side-Streams
Christophe Desmottes, Suez R&D Center (VA)

Torrefaction, Pyrolysis, and Gasification-Thermal Process for Resource Recovery and Biosolids Management
Jeanette Brown, P.E., BCEE, Manhattan College (NY)

Energy Use Optimization and Recovery Strategies to Strive for Energy Neutrality
Jay Surti, P.E., Suez (NJ)

Energy and Power 101 – Basics of Conversions and Calculations
David A.Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)

AAEES/NJWEA Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast
May 9, 2017

Energy Management for WRRFs – Does It Matter? Should it Matter?
Art Umble, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, MWH Stantec (CO)

NJWEA 101st Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop on Nutrient Recovery

May 16, 2016

Global Cycles of Nitrogen and Phosphorus - Resources and Leaks
David Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology

Enabling Extractive Nutrient Recovery - a Disruptive Nutrient Management Strategy for a Circular Economy
Sam Jeyanayagam, Ph.D., P.E, BCEE, CH2M Hill

Recovery of Wastewater Nitrogen at Local-Scale: a Feasible Option?
Daniel Smith, Applied Environmental Technology (AET)

The Economics of Phosphorus Recovery at Wastewater Treatment Plants
David Kinnear, HDR

Simultaneous Recovery of Nitrate and Phosphorus with a Hybrid Ion Exchange Process
Chelsey Shepsko, Lehigh University

Towards a Zero Cost - Biorefinery Using a New Nutrient Recovery Model Library and Global Sensitivity Analyses
Celine Vaneeckhaute, Universite Laval, Ghent University SeLow - Sustainable energy Low Waste

Bang for the Buck: Which Interventions Best Conserve Phosphorus Resources?
David A. Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology

Nutrient Recovery from Sewage Sludge Incinerator Ash
Peter Burrowes, P.E., CH2M HILL

Phosphate Recovery from Anaerobic Digester Effluents Using Dolomite Lime
Jie Ge, Stevens Institute of Technology

Industry Update for WASSTRIP on WRRF Nutrient Flows, Digestion and Dewatering of bio-P Sludge
Michael Ditton, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies

Alternative Methods on Struvite Control
Krish Ramalingam, The City College of New York

AAEES/NJWEA Wesley Eckenfelder Memorial Breakfast
May 17, 2016

State-of-the-Art Recovery from Phosphorus from Wastewater
James L. Barnard, Black & Veatch

NJWEA 100th Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop on Water Reuse

May 11, 2015

Water Reuse Trends in the State of Florida
David Ammerman and Will Lovins, AECOM Water

Water Reuse Experience in Southern California
Brian J. Graham, P.E., Director of Technical Assistance, and Donald Distante, P.E., Director of Engineering Master Planning

How to Select Industrial Water Reuse and Energy Management Solutions
Joseph G. Cleary, PE, BCEE, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants

The Practical Side of the Water-Energy Nexus: Water Reuse in Power Plants
Joe Nattress, PELee Tharps, PE, and Jerry Levine
CH2M Hill

Wastewater Treatment for Water Reuse That Offsets Potable Water Demand
Michele Braas, Project Manager, RETTEW

Integrated Water Resource Management: Past, Present & Future
Zach F. Gallagher, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities

Ferrate(VI) as a New Water Treatment Agent for Wastewater Reuse
Yang Deng (Associate Professor, Ph.D., PE), Nanzhu Li (Ph.D. candidate), Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

What Monitoring Tools do we Need to Ensure the Safety of Direct Potable Reuse?
Channah M. Rock (PI) and Shane A. Snyder (co-PI), University of Arizona; Kati Bell (co-PI), Allegra da Silva, and Jennifer Hooper, CDM Smith; Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute

Development of a Legionella Risk Management Strategy
Zia Bukhari, Ph.D., American Water

Purple Pipe Disinfection Challenges and Alternatives for Safe Reuse
Gary M. Lohse, P.E., Regional Sales Manager, Severn Trent Services

Technical Advances in Water Reuse: Groundwater Recharge without Membranes
Anni Luck, P.E., PMP, ENV SP and Ben Stanford, Ph.D., Hazen and Sawyer

Water Reuse and Mixology within the Biopharmaceutical Industry: A Case Study
Patrick Cyr, P.E., BCEE, AECOM

EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse 2012 - The New Guidelines and New Jersey
Paul R. Cabral, P.E., CDM Smith, Allegra K. da Silva, Ph.D., CDM Smith

Advanced Oxidation Processes for Control of Biofouling of RO Membranes
Michele Braas, Project Manager, RETTEW

NJWEA 99th Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop on 100 Years of Activated Sludge

May 12, 2014

Who Invented Activated Sludge?
Daniel Schneider, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Activated Sludge at 100 Years - What's Next?
Joseph G. Cleary, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, HDR

Microbial Ecology of Activated Sludge
Kartik Chandran, Columbia University

Conversion of a Conventional Activated Sludge Facility to EBNR and Effluent Quality that will Surprise
Jane Madden, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith

Advances in Nutrient Removal - Process Updates
Bill McConnell, CDM Smith

Electricity Directly from Wastewater - an Overview of the New Field of Electromicrobiology
Jurek Patoczka, Hatch Mott MacDonald

Start-up and Optimization of Portable, Packaged Wastewater Treatment Units for Drill Sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Vincent Shea, P.E., BCEE, ERM

Complete Mixing Activated Sludge
Dr. Ross McKinney

Opening the Black Box - Improved Process Design and Control with Increased Understanding of the Activated Sludge Ecosystem
Robert M. Cowan, Ph.D., Process Specialist, EnviTreat, LLC, Peter F. Strom, Ph.D., Professor, Rutgers University, and James C. Young, Ph.D., PE, General Manager, EnviTreat, LLC

Nitrogen Removal: The Anammox Process
Krish Ramalingam and John Fillos, The City College of New York, Allen Deur and Keith Beckmann, BWT, NYCEP

Next Generation Molecular Biology Methods for Advancing the Activated Sludge Process
Christopher M. Sales, Assistant Professor, Drexel University

r-RNA Subtracted m-RNA Metatranscriptomics of the Granular Annamox Process
Regina Lamendella, Ph.D., Juniata College

Ardern and Lockett Redux: What They Told Us About Activated Sludge
Brian P. Flynn, P.E., BCEE

The Sludge Age Concept and the Activated Sludge Process: A 45-Year Historical Review
Alonzo W. Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Senior Consultant, Corporate Environmental Solutions, and Andrew C. Middleton, Ph.D., P.Eng., BCEE, President, Corporate Environmental Solutions

The Prehistory of the Activated Sludge Process
David A. Vaccari, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Stevens Institute of Technology

NJWEA 98th Annual Conference
AAEES Workshop on Disaster Recovery

MAY 13, 2013

Emergency Biosolids Management in the Wake of Super Storm Sandy at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
Robert G. Montenegro, Business Development Director, Synagro Technologies, and Ed Enright, Process Control Engineer, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

Emergency Response and Restoration of the Bay Park STP in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Michael DeNicola, P.E., Vice President, Hazen & Sawyer, P.C. and Joseph Davenport, Nassau County Department of Public Works

Emergency Response at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority During Hurricane Sandy
Robert C. Fischer, Executive Director, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority

Flood Recovery by the Book (While Writing It)
Bob Wimmer, P.E., Black & Veatch

Flood Recovery (Without an Ark) Derry Township Municipal Authority Clearwater Road WWTP
Wayne A. Schutz, Assistant Manager, Derry Township Municipal Authority

Lessons Learned for Utility Disaster Preparedness: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Isaac, and Sandy
Adam Faschan, Ph.D., P.E., Associate, CDM Smith, and Christopher M. Munson, P.E., CDM Smith

Natural Disaster Response: Lessons Learned for Water and Wastewater Utilities
Gregory J. Welter, P.E., BCEE, Technical Director, O'Brien & Gere Engineers

The NYHOPS Forecast Model: 3D Hydrodynamics with Floatable and Plume Forecasting Capabilities
Nickitas Georgas, Ph.D., Senior Research Engineer, and Philip Orton, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Stevens Institute of Technology

NYC Wastewater Infrastructure: Response and Recovery from Sandy
Kevin F. Donnelly, P.E., Assistant Commissioner, and Jim Lauria, P.E., New York Department of Environmental Protection

Regional Wastewater Utility Response and Recovery from Hurricane Sandy
Keith B. Marcoon, P.E., Manager, Engineering & Construction, Ocean County Utilities Authority

A Regulatory Primer - Emergency Plans Revisited
Stanley V. Cach, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, Manager, Division of Water Quality, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mitzi Kaiura, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana Wastewater System - From Hurricane Katrina to Isaac: Case Study in the Implementation and Performance of Mitigation Measures
Christopher M. Munson, P.E., CDM Smith, and Adam Faschan, Ph.D., P.E., Associate, CDM Smith

Tips for Maximizing Disaster Recovery Funding
Jon Hoyle, President, Thompson Consulting Services

Urban Coastal Flood Risk Assessment: Putting Sandy into Perspective
Phil Orton, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Stevens Institute of Technology

NJWEA 97th Annual Conference
AAEE Workshop on Appalachian Shale Gas

May 14-15, 2012

General Introduction to Shale O&G Development & Environmental Challenges
Hunter Nolen, P.E., BCEE, President, Industrial Services Group, CDM Smith

Well Completion and Hydraulic Fracturing Methodology Explained
Kevin Rice, Baker Hughes Corporation

Protection of Groundwater During Natural Gas Development
David Yoxtheimer, P.G., Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach & Research (M-COR)

Potential Relationships Between Deep Underground Injection of Liquids/Wastes and Earthquakes
William Leith, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey

An Operator’s Perspective on Successful Development of Appalachian Shale O&G (Presentation currently unavailable online.)
Andrew Place, EQT Corporation

Industry Participation in EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Chris Hill, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Natural Gas Development in the Delaware River Basin
Carol Collier, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission

Natural Gas Development and the NYC Water Supply
Kathryn Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, NYC Environmental Protection

Water Treatment Technologies and Key Considerations in Shale O&G Development
Robert Kimball, P.E., BCEE, Technical Director Produced Water Treatment, CDM Smith

NJWEA 96th Annual Conference
AAEE/NJWEA Industrial Waste Preconference Workshop:
AAEE Workshop on Water Management in Marcellus Shale Gas Exploration & Production

May 9-10, 2012

DRBC Natural Gas Regulations - Water Management In Marcellus Shale Gas Exploration and Production Session
Bill MuszynskiDavid KovachEric Engle, Delaware River Basin Commission

EPA's National Enforcement Initiative for Energy Extraction Sector Compliance with Environmental Laws
Andrew Stewart, Branch Chief, Special Litigation and Projects Division, Office of Civil Enforcement, USEPA

The How, Why and Truth About Hydraulic Fracturing
Thomas E. Suhy, P.E., Baker Hughes, Inc.

Key Considerations for Frac Flowback/Produced Water Reuse and Treatment
Bob Kimball, CDM

Marcellus Shale Water Management - An Operator's Viewpoint
Pete Miller, P.E., PMP, Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC

A Review of the Chemical Characteristics of Frac/Flowback/Produced Water
Somnath Basu, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, AECOM Asia

Water Management in Unconventional Natural Gas Exploration & Production
An Important and Long-Term Challenge

C. Hunter Nolen, P.E., BCEE, President, Industrial Services Group, CDM

Water Quantity and Quality Regulations Concerning Marcellus Shale Gas Development
R. Timothy Weston, K&L Gates LLP


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