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Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class


Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class

Date: August 21st, 2014 – 11am – 1.30 pm (PT),  1 – 3.30 pm (CT) 2- 4.30 pm ET

Ryan Hennessy picturePresenter: CV Ryan Hennessy

Technical Service Specialist for Microbial Discovery Group located in Franklin, WI. Involved in wastewater microscopic analysis, ATP analysis, bio screening, and other laboratory analysis in addition to training, research, and presentations for clients and wastewater associations within the US and internationally.

Fee: $35 – payment can be made using any major credit card via PayPal
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fbTopic: applying microscopic findings for process control and troubleshooting.

Target audience: more experienced operators, superintendents, regulatory agencies, engineering/chemical companies

This event will utilize the Adobe Connect platform
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This class has been approved for CEU Credit by the State of Wisconsin.


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A new British Columbia wastewater treatment plant will have the beauty of a botanical garden.


Green Treatment

A new British Columbia wastewater treatment plant will have the beauty of a botanical garden.

Posted on June 6, 2014

Written by Clark Kingsbury

Community wastewater treatment plants and botanical gardens generally don’t have all that much in common. One is a noisy industrial facility while the other is an appealing community gathering place. A nearly completed wastewater facility in the District of Sechelt, British Columbia, located on the lower Sunshine Coast, will blur the line between the two.

The facility will utilize a fed batch reactor (FBR) solution by Organica, a Budapest-based water treatment provider. The process incorporates natural plant roots as a biofilm carrier to improve treatment efficiency and oxygen transfer characteristics. It combines traditional treatment technologies with natural, locally sourced vegetation in a greenhouse setting. Although in use at 30 to 40 sites abroad, Sechelt is set to become the first location in North America to utilize Organica’s innovative technology. (Ed. Note: For more information on the Sechelt facility, now known as the Sechelt Water Resource Centre, click here.)


Welcome to the forum. If you’d like, please share your story of why you got into wastewater and a little about your career


Image of testate amoeba courtesy of Dirk Seghers

I personally (like many) never set out as a kid saying “I want to be a wastewater operator”. I got a job as a correctional officer (prison guard) and after about 6 months decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do for a career. With my background, I got into security. The first assignment the company had for me was to be the security guard for the Milwaukee Water Works plant. After meeting with the operators, I became interested in getting into the field. I ended up working as a wastewater operator for 7 years and have recently advanced to a full time consulting and technical service role. I was very fortunate to meet great people who mentored me, that I met through the previous forum waterandwastewater.com (now closed- shut down due to spam). I enjoy process control, troubleshooting plants, training operators, and presenting One very exciting thing about this field, is there is always more to learn. I look forward to sharing the knowledge that I have, as well as learning from others and networking through the forum.
best regards,
Ryan Hennessy