The 2012 Water Environment Federation Collection Systems Conference June 3-6 at the St. Louis Convention Center will bring together environmental professionals from the technical and regulatory communities to discuss state-of-the-art techniques in assessment and control of collection systems while promoting the use and acceptance of effective innovative technologies.
The Opening General Session on Monday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon will highlight innovative practices, especially by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the role of local, state, and federal agencies, in collection systems management. The session will also include a presentation on the environmental impacts of human development on the large avian inhabitants along the Mississippi River.
The exhibits will be open Monday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The hall will host morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, luncheons, and a networking reception. The exhibition offers networking opportunities with 30 companies displaying the latest products and services directly related to the technical program, which includes a full lineup of sessions on Monday through Wednesday.
Sunday includes a workshop: When Good Water’s Gone Bad, The Sequel: In Association with MOP FD–17, Prevention and Control of Sewer System Overflows, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on case studies coupled with an hour long breakout session where attendees will apply lessons learned to solve an example CSO/SSO problem. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and hands-on problem solving, attendees will develop practical knowledge that will help them develop control plans for CSOs and overflow mitigation plans for SSOs.
There will also be two tours. The Follow the Flow – Inflow/Infiltration tour runs Tuesday, noon to 3:45 p.m. It will focus in Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) investigations used to identify extraneous sources of flow entering collection systems. Attendees will view the process of identifying and removing system defects using cured-in-place liners and downspout removal.
The Sanitary Sewer Overflow Storage Facility tour runs Wednesday, 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. It includes a visit to Coldwater Tank Site A, the first of two proposed above-ground storage tanks to be constructed in the Coldwater Creek watershed. The tank will provide 6 million gallons of storage during wet weather to mitigate SSOs. The two proposed tanks will be constructed instead of replacing nine miles of 36- to 72-inch sewers. The above ground storage will be a 45-foot-tall, 180-foot-diameter tank that will fill with the use of a pump station and will drain by gravity back into the sanitary system.
Early conference registrants (by May 2) can save more than $100. Visit www.wef.org/CollectionSystems.
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