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StormCon 2021 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 13, 2021

StormCon and WaterPro Conference to be held as parallel events in 2021. Endeavor and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) plan to hold their annual conferences, StormCon and the WaterPro Conference, as parallel events on September 13-15, 2021, at The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jonathan J. Meronek
QISP-ToR, ENV SP, CPESC, QSP/D
Project Manager, SCS Engineers

StormCon 2021, the industry’s leading conference on advancing the science and practice of stormwater management, will feature these tracks and professionals such as Jonathan Meronek ready to help!

Industrial Stormwater Management

This track covers industrial stormwater management and permitting, focusing on publicly and privately owned facilities covered by industrial stormwater permits or EPA’s stormwater multi-sector general permit. Such facilities range from small businesses located in urban areas, such as restaurants and automotive repair shops, to large sites such as manufacturing plants, transportation facilities, landfills and waste transfer stations, and mining operations.

Managing stormwater at industrial and manufacturing facilities
Stormwater management in the mining industry
Concerns for oil and gas facilities
Transportation activities: airports, ports, and fleet maintenance facilities
Managing stormwater on active landfill sites
Selection, installation, and maintenance of stormwater management systems on closed landfill sites
Storage and handling of hazardous waste
Inspecting industrial sites for stormwater compliance
Integrating industrial stormwater operations with municipal permits

 

Flood Modeling & Mitigation

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a model is worth a million. This track will focus on cutting-edge tools and technologies for designing stormwater infrastructure based on hydrology models.

1D, 2D, and 3D modeling
Flood plain simulation
Drainage sizing/design
Flood risk assessment
Regulatory considerations

 

Programs, Permits & Compliance

This track covers the various aspects of complying with municipal stormwater permits and funding, staffing, and managing municipal and state stormwater programs.

Funding opportunities, such as bonds, development impact fees, and enterprise funds
Creating and managing a stormwater utility
Stormwater credit trading
Public-private partnerships
Asset management
Hiring, training, and managing staff
Strategies for meeting NPDES permit requirements
Building public education and outreach programs
Illicit discharge detection and elimination programs
Reporting requirements
Program audits

 

Transportation & Construction Stormwater

Roads, bridges, highways, airports, and ports convey goods and people and stormwater runoff, transporting pollutants in the process. Sessions in this track will address concerns at these locations and active construction sites and offer strategies for addressing challenges.

Stormwater BMPs for transportation/construction sites
Permitting
Compliance
Programs and management
Illicit discharge detection/elimination
Enforcement/inspection

 

BMP Monitoring

This technical track discusses methods for evaluating and comparing the effectiveness of best management practices and topics and trends in stormwater research, such as standardizing testing protocols and standards.

Performance standards and testing protocols
Evaluating BMP performance
Characterizing pollutant loads
Fate and transport of pollutants
Water-quality modeling
Sampling tools and techniques
Bacterial detection and identification techniques
*Please note that descriptions of technologies or proprietary BMPs must be accompanied by supporting performance data. If your presentation deals with one or more BMPs, especially with proprietary systems, your abstract must indicate what supporting data the presentation will include.

 

Green Infrastructure

This track showcases examples of green infrastructure and low impact development (LID), practices that strive to maintain or mimic the predevelopment hydrology by infiltrating, storing, filtering, and evaporating stormwater runoff rather than moving it offsite to a centralized stormwater system.

Infiltration and bioretention practices
Rain gardens
Green roofs
Porous pavement
Maintenance of green infrastructure practices
Rainwater harvesting and stormwater reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 12:00 am

GLGA Environmental Update Webinar August 2021

August 5, 2021

Mark your calendar for the second webinar in our 2021 Quarterly Environmental Update series on Thursday, August 5. Once again, our presenters will be the knowledgeable staff of GLGA member SCS Engineers, who will discuss critical regulatory issues that affect your plants.

About the Presenters:

SCS is an award-winning, international environmental consulting and construction firm serving the private and public sectors. They deliver environmental solutions by combining long-term experience with compliance and technological expertise. Rated a top performer in six environmental categories and solid waste engineering company by Engineering News-Record.

Date:
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Time:
11:00 a.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Central

Registration

 

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2021 FES | ACEC-FL Annual Conference

August 4, 2021

The Florida Engineering Society (FES) and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) promote professional engineers in Florida. FES and ACEC support engineering education, advocate licensure, promote the ethical and competent practice of engineering, and further the public’s knowledge and understanding of the profession’s importance.

These firms create innovative solutions while upholding their responsibility to the public’s health, safety, and wellbeing.

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 8:00 am

GLGA Environmental Update Webinar May 2021

May 6, 2021

Mark your calendar for the second webinar in our 2021 Quarterly Environmental Update series on Thursday, May 6. Once again, our presenters will be the knowledgeable staff of GLGA member SCS Engineers, who will discuss critical regulatory issues that affect your plants.

About the Presenters:

SCS is an award-winning, international environmental consulting and construction firm serving the private and public sectors. They deliver environmental solutions by combining long-term experience with compliance and technological expertise. Rated a top performer in six environmental categories and solid waste engineering company by Engineering News-Record.

Date:
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time:
11:00 a.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Central

Registration

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin Safety Council 2021 Conference

April 20, 2021

The 79th Annual Conference is one of the Midwest’s largest gatherings of safety and health professionals. It is the perfect opportunity for decision-makers to find new products and services, and learn more about the environmental concerns they are facing. SCS Engineers’ Cheryl Moran is attending; she looks forward to meeting and greeting you soon!  Cheryl is ready to share her industry expertise with colleagues and peers on safety.

Half-day sessions starting at 8:00 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wednesday at 10:00 AM join us at Session #17 PFAs – An Update On This Emerging Contaminant
Tony Kollasch, Project Manager, and Jeff Marshall, Vice President, National Expert on Innovative Technologies, SCS Engineers discuss the history of PFAs, why people are concerned about PFAs, the current state of environmental
regulations regarding this substance, and the likely future of PFAs concerns.

Register Here

Conference Program Here

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 8:00 am

GRA/CGC 2021 Groundwater Law and Legislation Forum

March 24, 2021

The GRA/CGC 2021 Groundwater Law and Legislation Forum will be an interactive virtual day of learning and discussions regarding the most current legal and legislative issues affecting California groundwater. You will learn from the leading practitioners in the field regarding the most pressing issues in California groundwater law and legislation, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, recharge and imported water considerations, groundwater project funding issues, and groundwater quality and access. You will hear from California legislators regarding groundwater concerns on the horizon in the new California Legislative Session and have the opportunity to interact with SCS Engineers in the California groundwater space.

 

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 12:00 am

AEHS 30th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air

March 22, 2021

March 2021 will mark the thirtieth annual gathering of environmental professionals for the Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. For the past twenty-nine years, this annual conference has helped bring the environmental science community closer together by providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of information of technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of standing environmental regulation programs. The 30th International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air and AEHS Foundation Semi-Annual Meeting offers attendees an opportunity to exchange findings, ideas, and recommendations in a professional virtual setting. The strong and diverse technical program is customized each year to meet the changing needs of the environmental field.

Platform and poster sessions feature research, case studies, and the presentation of new programs. Virtual exhibit booths will augment the conference program bringing applied technology to attendees. Focused workshops provide attendees with practical information for immediate application. Socials and networking events will provide opportunities for rich discussion.

The virtual conference will be fully recorded and available for attendees to review or watch missed sessions through July 31, 2021.

 

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2021 C&D World Annual Conference

March 21, 2021

The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) promotes and defends the environmentally sound recycling of the more than 500 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually. These materials include concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood, and metals.

The 2021 Convention will be held live & in-person with your health and safety in mind. Even with these precautions, C&D World Austin will still be an exciting and interactive event for C&D recyclers from across North America.

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Our Congratulations and Thanks to the Waste360 2021 40 Under 40 Awards Winners

March 4, 2021

 

The Waste360 Awards program recognizes the waste, recycling, and organics leaders of the future. SCS Engineers is proud of all the 2021 winners for their significant contributions to our industry and society. A panel of expert judges from Waste360 evaluated over 300 nominations and consulted with an external advisor to select the finalists and winners. Here’s the list!

Korey Jones, Solid Waste Collections Administrator, Athens-Clarke County
Mike Zukusky, CFO, Big Truck Rental
Vinnie Bevivino, Director of Organics, Bioenergy DevCo
Kristian Buur, President, Bramidan USA
Taylor Norton, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Budget Dumpster
Joanne Brasch, Ph.D., Special Projects Manager, California Product Stewardship Council
Rachel Ashworth, Director of Industrial Solutions, Casella Resource Solutions
Eduardo Rodriguez, Operations Manager, City of Phoenix
Meaghan Davis, Manager, Circular Economy & Innovation, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
Timothy Mitchell, Senior Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Brendon Pantano, CEO, Coastal Waste & Recycling, Inc.
Ben Parry, CEO, Compost Crew
Rachael Graziotto, Analyst, Sales Operations, Covanta Environmental Solutions
Stephanie C. Bolyard, Research and Scholarships Program Manager, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)
Andrea Rodriguez-Pinero, Director of Recycling, US, FCC Environmental Services
Jennifer Guhl, Development & Marketing Director, Food Rescue US
Seth Heath, General Manager, GFL Environmental
Zebedee McLaurin VI, Sustainability Director, Goodr, Inc.
William Brinker, Managing Director, Landfill Group
Brandon D. Hurst, President/CEO, Martin Environmental Services Inc.
Michael Derr, Senior Sales Manager, McNeilus | An Oshkosh Corporation Company
Kisha Murray, Manager, Miami Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management, Code Enforcement Division
Jason Utgaard, General Manager, Momentum Recycling
Julie Raskin, Executive Director, NYC Sanitation Foundation
Renee Barker, Food System Sustainability Manager, Postmates, Inc
Rachel Perlman, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute
Brennan Madden, Senior Consultant, RRS
Elizabeth Montoya, Chief of Protocol and Investor Relations, Rubicon
Leah Tischler, Sustainability Manager, SBM
Brett Belda, Vice President, Waste Technology Division, Schaefer Systems International, Inc.
Somshekhar Kundral, Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers
John Fearrington, Project Engineer, Smith Gardner, Inc.
Kyle O’Keefe, Director of Innovation and Programs, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)
Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Program Lead, The Kroger Co.
Chance Hennig, Regional Sales Manager, Toter, A Wastequip Brand
TJ Troiano, Chief Operating Officer, Troiano Waste Services, Inc.
Celeste McMickle, Director of Client Solutions TRUE Certification, U.S. Green Building Council
Aaron Bradley, Division Vice President, Waste Connections
Katy Wong, Project Manager, Waste Management
John Winters, Route Optimization Manager, Winters Bros. Waste Systems

Waste360 Innovator and Changemaker Awards
Clark Dinnison, Head of Product, RePlenysh, has been honored with the Waste360 Innovator Award, which recognizes innovators and forward thinkers who often use technology to better the industry. His work has changed the way materials are moved and used in a way that has not been done before.

Noah Moretter, CEO, Noah’s Recycling, has been honored with the Waste360 Changemaker Award, which recognizes leaders who create real, meaningful, positive change for the waste, recycling, and organics industry. During the pandemic, this young man started his own recycling company and donated a portion of the money he makes to a local food shelf.

 

The winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at WasteExpo, North America’s solid waste, recycling, and organics industry event, June 28-30, 2021, in Las Vegas.

 

Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 11:01 am

Troubleshooting Landfill Gas Migration Faster

March 3, 2021

SCS keeps his eye on a landfill’s range map for under extraction and system pressure maps for undersized headers and laterals.

 

When Doug Doerr got a call from a Colorado-based landfill operator with a hot gas probe at his site’s boundary, Doerr’s day kicked into high gear. Chasing down gas migration problems is nothing new in an SCS client manager’s life, but that reality makes the job no less complex. And in this scenario, he was dealing with a site that he occasionally got called to visit, so to understand the problem fast, he needed the site’s historical data and the current information to fully picture what was happening.

Doerr started with basic landfill gas information from the client: the monitoring probe’s location and a drawing of the gas collection system to determine where the probe was in relation to the gas system. But as you know, that is one small slice of a king-sized pie.

“All the LFG data that I would typically wade through to identify the problem can be overwhelming, but I had a recourse enabling me to get up to speed quickly. It didn’t take long to assess the problem,” he says.  That recourse is a combination of quick teamwork from his peers nationwide and sophisticated technology developed by SCS practitioners for landfill owners and operators.

“I queried our in-house landfill gas technical group (engineers, geotechnical experts, and field personnel). And got over 25 responses within several hours with suggestions, one of which came from Ken Brynda in SCS Field Services, who leveraged DataServices to help me identify and narrow down the potential cause of the problem,” recalls Doerr.

DataServices, a module of the SCS eTools® digital platform, collects, stores, manages and analyzes large volumes of continuously accumulating landfill gas data for individual sites or multiple landfills. The module provides a quick method to view landfill gas scenarios.

The beauty of it is that it generates maps and charts to visualize every well and every probe. These system components are viewed in relation to one another and in relation to the perimeter, where the methane on that Colorado site flowed. Further, SCS Field Services’ landfill gas gurus, such as Ken Brynda, plug-in specific parameters that keep a close watch on any well or a group of wells.

“I logged into DataServices and pulled data from the five wells closest to the hot probe, which showed we had vacuum, flow, and gas quality, indicating the wells were pulling hard enough. I shared the results with our landfill gas technical group responders in a table and range map I’d created. And they started chiming in,” Brynda recalls.

As responders viewed initial results from their respective bases around the country, Brynda churned out more information in a few hours, running point charts to capture the balance gas, methane, flow, temperature, supply vacuum, and the vacuum applied to each well. He looked for trends that narrow down cause and point to solutions.

 

Eliminating the Possibilities – Rule Out Well System Malfunctions

“It can take days if we’d had to do it the old school way with spreadsheets laid out in a lot of rows. But we could identify the potential problem in a matter of hours, backed by a comprehensive evaluation for the landfill operator in eight hours,” Doerr says.

When Field Services staff work to solve a problem with a probe, they look for an outlier, something from a group of wells that’s not behaving like the other wells. In this case, Brynda determined that the wells near the hot probe were functioning properly. DataServices eliminated potential problems by slicing through and analyzing large chunks of data confirming the system was working efficiently.

Next, we observed that the wells are likely too far away to pull gas back from waste, adjacent to the probe in question, where there are no wells.

“DataServices helped rule out malfunctions, and that’s a big deal because if you can confirm the landfill system is working properly, you have narrowed your focus and can look toward other possibilities, ultimately leading to corrective options,” Doerr says. Brynda and Doerr suggested putting in temporary wells in that area to avoid odor migration and health and safety issues.

Doerr continues watching the situation and is prepared with a several-point action plan to mitigate exceedances and avoid falling out of compliance. “We continue watching the data to ensure the gas collection system continues to function well. Should there be issues again, we’re able to fully identify the gas migration pathways and anything in the system that looks out of the ordinary,” Doerr says.

If the client decides to add wells in time, data from the expanded infrastructure will be added to the app and monitored. “As the number of wells grows, DataServices grows with it, adding any, and as much, monitoring and collection data as the operator wants. DataServices will always be in the background to monitor, collect and analyze LFG data in real-time, whenever we need it,” he says. Being able to store, organize, dissect and analyze unlimited volumes of information from one location is powerful. And not just because it helps operators identify problems as they are happening, but because it and our teams can support them in looking for trends over time. Keeping an eye on the activities that keep the systems in balance is less costly.

For Doerr, who spends time in the field but longer hours with his clients, DataServices and the ability to interact quickly with experts like Brynda help SCS deliver more value to clients. “As much as I’d love to master DataServices, I need to focus all of my time on my clients’ business and goals; having support from Field Services and DataServices makes us all more efficient.”

 

Landfill Technologies and Comprehensive Expertise

SCS eTools® and SCS DataServices®, now with SCS MobileTools® for viewing data and charts anywhere; available to pull landfill data into DataServices for analyzing. You can customize and focus on exactly what you need fast. As Doug and Ken emphasize, it’s info that you likely already have, but may not be able to use quickly for troubleshooting.

SCS RMC®, remote monitoring and control of landfill equipment and systems.

Comprehensive Landfill Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am