2011 Discovery Conference
Details to come, Winter 2011
2010 Discovery Conference
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Location: Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc
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Registration / Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
8:30 AM to 8:40 AM
Keynote: Water: Milwaukee’s Goldmine
8:40 AM to 9:40 AM
Richard A. Meeusen, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Badger Meter, Inc.
Mr. Meeusen will discuss the world water situation and the efforts of the Milwaukee 7 Water Council to help transform Southeastern Wisconsin into the “Silicon Valley of Water Technology.”
Session No. 1: Water Resources Planning In SE
9:40 AM to 10:40 AM
Michael G. Hahn, P.E, Chief Environmental Engineer, Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission
This presentation will provide an overview of the recommendations of the recently-completed regional water quality management plan update for the greater Milwaukee watersheds, including the Kinnickinnic, Menomonee, Milwaukee, and Root River watersheds, the Oak Creek watershed, the Milwaukee Harbor estuary, and the nearshore Lake Michigan area. The ongoing implementation process will be described. The presentation will also address the regional water supply planning program, including background conditions in southeastern Wisconsin relating to groundwater and surface water sources and issues. A summary of the plan year 2035 alternative water supply plan components considered and evaluated will be provided along with the elements included in the preliminary recommended water supply plan. The groundwater impacts and related environmental considerations leading up to selecting the preliminary recommended plan will be presented.
10:40 AM to 11:00 AM
Session No. 2: The Great Lakes Water Resource Compact
11:00 AM to 12:00
Edward F. Glatfelter, Water Conservation Program Director Alliance for the Great Lakes
Mr. Glatfelter will present a discussion about: why there is a Great Lakes Water Resources Compact; its two primary purposes: prohibiting diversions and water conservation; the limited exceptions to no diversions; how the exceptions apply to New Berlin and Waukesha; how the diversion prohibition could apply far from the major lakes; the status of Compact implementation in Wisconsin, including: why rules and regulations for process and water conservation are not in place and why Wisconsin DNR is proceeding without them.
12:00 to 12:30 PM
Lunch Speakers: Continuing Education & WI
Licensure Law Changes
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Brad B. Volker, P.E., Cooper Engineering
& Glen Schwalbach, P.E., Energy Consultant
Mr. Volker will provide an update on the new mandatory requirements for continuing education (AB 187 & WI Act 47). Mr. Schwalbach will discuss licensure law changes for registered engineers in the State of Wisconsin.
Session No. 3: Case Studies: City of New Berlin &
City of Waukesha Lake Michigan Water Diversions
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Steven H. Schultz, P.E., Dept. Head Water Supply & Wastewater Treatment
Ruekert Mielke, Inc.
& Daniel S. Duchniak, General Manager
City of Waukesha Water Utility
Case Study: New Berlin’s Straddling Community Diversion. This case study will focus on the 10 year process New Berlin went through to address their water supply issues. Much has been publicized regarding Radium in drinking water in New Berlin, but the issue has it’s roots in other water quantity and quality concerns as well. During the process, obstacle after obstacle required the City to reevaluate their approach to their issues while at the same time dealing with regional and international politics, socio-economics, and engineering challenges. While engineering is often straightforward, the ancillary issues can often affect the outcome of sound engineering judgment. The interconnection of these issues and how they were resolved is the basis for the case study.
Case Study: Dan Duchniak will discuss the City of
Waukesha’s draft application to the DNR to become the
first community outside of the Great Lakes Basin to
request a diversion of water out of the basin.
Session No. 4: The Aquatic Invasive Species
Partnership in Wisconsin
2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Robert Wakeman, Aquatic Invasive Species Statewide
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
Bob Wakeman has recently become the Aquatic Invasive
Species Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources. His earlier positions as a Water
Resource Manager, Lake Management Specialist, and
Aquatic Habitat Coordinator enable Bob to draw from a
broad spectrum of experiences to guide the growth of
this statewide program.
Bob is a strong proponent of partnerships in managing
environmental issues. Without assistance from the
public, local governments, consultants and environmental
organizations the protection of our states water
resources from aquatic invasive species will be nearly
impossible. Awareness is critical and Bob looks for
opportunities to provide information on aquatic invasive
species to a wide spectrum of audiences.
Description: The Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership in
Wisconsin is multi-layered. It utilizes education,
enforcement, grants and a growing body of science both
biological and marketing to achieve a change in people’s
behavior. This presentation will introduce you to the AIS
Partnership in Wisconsin, recent initiatives and past
3:45 PM to 4:00 PM
WSPE State Meeting
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
All members are invited to attend the WSPE Annual
Meeting. Your input and feedback are important to the
future of this organization. Please join us.
Past President’s Reception
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Cash Bar with Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres
2009 Discovery Conference
"Energy for Tomorrow”
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Location: Tundra Lodge, Green Bay
Recap by Michael Lefebvre, P.E., 2009 Discovery Conference Chair
For those members and guests, who were able to attend the 2009 Discovery Conference, I sincerely hope that you found the conference worthwhile. When one is involved with the planning and development of a conference such as this, there is always a concern that the presentations would be of interest and that the individual speakers would be capable of holding the attention of the attendees. From my personal standpoint, I was pleasantly surprised with all of the presentations. Not only was the subject matter current and of great interest, the presenters were passionate about their subject matter and gave exceptional presentations. We were extremely lucky to have the high level of presenters that we did for each of the sessions. If you were unable to attend, you missed a great conference.
On behalf of WSPE, I would like to recognize and thank the individual speakers and their organizations for the personal time, effort and cost they each contributed to make this a great conference:
John Baldus, State of Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
Dr. Steve Slater, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Dan Bartel, P.E., Electric Power Research Institute
Steven J. Daavettila, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
David D. Donovan, Xcel Energy
I would also like to recognize the sponsors and exhibitors for the conference. First of all, I would like to recognize the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation for not only its cash donation of $1000 but also its donation of "Green" energy during the conference. Secondly, I would like to recognize both Marquette University and UW-Platteville for their donations in support of the conference. And finally, I would like to thank Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Milwaukee School of Engineering for their financial support and providing exhibits at the conference.
Speaker Presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint)
“Governor Doyle’s 25x25 Energy Goals” – John Baldus, State of Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
“Next Generation Biofuels” – Steve Slater, PhD., Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
“Overview of Wisconsin’s Efforts in the Bioplastic and Composites Industry” – John Baldus, State of Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
“The Power to Reduce CO2 Emissions, The Full Portfolio” – Dan Bartel, Electric Power Research Institute
“Biomass Gasification Project at Bay Front Generating Plant” – David Donovan, Xcel Energy