Michigan Plant Succeeds Despite Several Obstacles

An award-winning Michigan plant succeeds with hard work and strong community ties despite significant wet-weather flow, staff reductions and ongoing construction.
Michigan Plant Succeeds Despite Several Obstacles
The team at the Downriver plant includes, from left, Firooz Fath-Azam, P.E., outgoing superintendent; Razik Alsaigh; Matt Best and Duane Russow, team leaders; Dan Alford, P.E., incoming superintendent; Shawn O’Day; and Jason Tapp, team leader.

The staff at the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility has faced plenty of challenges. Their collective experience, perseverance, teamwork and loyalty have led to 100 percent permit compliance for seven straight years.

They’re proud of that. “We have great employees who are...

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