This is a past event.
Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar
Tom Asmus, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Water Resource Division (WRD)
This presentation includes a brief history of wastewater treatment in United States including evolution of regulatory requirements. This will be followed up by a description of the unit processes that make up a treatment system by design and operation. It will also discuss some of the current issues facing the industry and importance of operational input into/during design. I’ll also take some time to describe what my job role consists of.
2023 represents my 30th year in the water quality/wastewater treatment industry. I have worked in and/or supervised numerous municipal and industrial WWTPs in the mid-west and spent about 9 years working for a wastewater design firm in Wisconsin with roles in startup, design, and troubleshooting. I graduated from NMU with specialized training in wastewater treatment technology and possess a Michigan A Operators License. I am an EGLE compliance manager for about half of the upper peninsula. A part of the current role that I occupy with EGLE is newly created and is a Statewide Wastewater Operations Specialist with the intent of improving the Water Resource Division NPDES program to be more proactive rather than reactive in its regulatory role with wastewater treatment plants.