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    Central Illinois Professional Wastewater Operators

    Mission Statement: Dedicated to the education and training of its members in order to ensure safe working conditions and protect the environmental quality of East Central Illinois. Region wide efficiency and effectiveness will be achieved through group interaction and support.

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    Spring Officer's Meeting Notes 2018 & Summer Meeting 2018 Notification

    By Dave Collard

    The Spring Officer's Meeting took place at Champaign on May 18, 2018. Present for the meeting were Ian Magerl, Dave Miller, Mike Elsberry, and myself. The topics discussed were the date of the 2018 Summer Meeting and potential Presenters and/or Topics.

    The meeting was held at Chili's on North Prospect Ave as in the past year or so. While awaiting lunch we tied down what info we had. This year it was a bit thin but we did have the date of course and Dave Miller suggested the venue of Mahomet WWTP. There were a few ideas on topics and presenters however nothing was definite by the end of the meeting. We agreed to look into the ideas we had and finish the plans at a later date.

    Since the meeting we have been able to secure presenters as well. Please see below for the meeting particulars:

    The Summer Meeting is scheduled for July 25, 2018 at Mahomet WWTP in Mahomet IL. The meeting will take place at the Village Hall and then move to the Plant for the tours in the afternoon. The address is 503 East Main St. Registration will be from 9-10am the meeting will run from 10am-3pm approximately. Lunch will be served and the fee will be $0 again this year. Dave Miller says the menu will be brats, burgers and the fixings with sides!

    The following presenters and/or topics:
  • 1st Presenter: Don Kramer, Energenics
  • Topic: Upgrades and energy savings at Arthur WW and other local facilities
  • 2nd Presenter: Matt Johnson, Fehr-Graham Enginerring
  • Topic: Recent Upgrades at Mahomet WWTP

    To make it easier for Dave to Plan please RSVP via the link below. Thank you.

    2018 Summer Meeting RSVP

    CIPWO 2018 Winter Meeting Report

    Winter Meeting 2018

    By: Dave Collard

    CIPWO's Annual Winter Meeting was held on January, 31st at the Wyndham Gardens of Urbana with approximately 35-40 in attendance.

    The meeting began and was conducted by our President Jim Royer who introduced our new President Ian Magerl.

    He began with a business meeting for the Membership. The only topic that needed to be discussed was the election of a new Vice-President. Mike Elsberry of The City of Arthur was nominated by the Officers and elected by a unanimous vote. Thank you Mike for offering your time and consideration.

    Given that there was no other business to be discussed, we moved on to the first speaker of the day who was Dr. Robert Columbo, EIU, who spoke on the topic: Habitat Restoration Can Mitigate Nutrient Loading. Dr. Columbo's presentation pertained to the process of improving habitat for stream flora and fauna and thereby slowing down the movement of nutrients through the environment. Dr. Columbo presented evidence based on a project he conducted in cooperation with the USGS and IEPA on Kickapoo Creek downstream of the Mattoon WWTP. His presentation gives insight to the concept of beneficial use of nutrients within a water system as opposed to the concept of strict removal of nutrients as though they were not needed at all.

    I wish to thank Dr. Columbo for offering an alternate view to the serious concern of nutrient control.

    The second and third speakers were Corey Mitchell and Lowell Gentry, U of I, who presented information on the topic: Stream Monitoring and Nutrient Control Studies from Ag Runoff. This presentation was concerned with sampling of the Salt Fork drainage areas both from a historical view of data collection. They spoke about how the sampling,and test results could be utilized to justify the concept of cover crops for nutrient reduction from farming that is carried out within the watershed. I think that as an operator it helped me to understand the necessity for stream monitoring to best understand how our facilities and farming activities are impacting the environment. Thank you both for your time!

    Following the presentations we adjourned to a very filling lunch which was served in the Atrium. After lunch we returned to the Vendors Gallery for more discourse, and the distribution of several door prizes.

    CIPWO would like to again thank our wonderful Contributing Members and Vendors for all your generosity. (Please follow their links as well for your operational supplies and maintenance needs.) Let's support them as they have always supported our Organization.

    Winter Meeting Agenda 2018

    The following details are for the 2018 CIPWO Winter Meeting:

  • Date: January 31, 2018
  • Time: 10am - 2:30pm (Registration open at 9am)
  • Location: Wyndham Garden
  • Address: 1001 Killarney St. in Urbana IL
  • 1st Speaker: Robert Columbo, EIU
  • Topic: Habitat Restoration Can Mitigate Nutrient Loading
  • 2nd Speaker: Corey Mitchell and/or Lowell Gentry, U of I
  • Topic: (Tentative) Stream Monitoring and Nutrient Control Studies from Ag Runoff
  • Note: Lunch Fee will be $30. Make checks payable to Dave Miller, Cards can be used at the door.

    Please send RSVPs as early as possible so that Dave can better organize the Meeting. Please feel free to use the link below.

    2018 Winter Meeting RSVP

    Fall Officer's Meeting Notes 2017 & Winter Meeting 2018 Notification

    By Dave Collard

    The Spring Officer's Meeting took place at Champaign on June 7, 2017. Present for the meeting were Ian Magerl, Dave Miller, Jim Royer, and Brad Duncan. The topics discussed were the date of the 2018 Winter Meeting and potential Presenters and/or Topics.

    The meeting took place at Chili's on North Prospect Ave. I was unable to attend so Dave Miller gave me the information from the meeting to report. Therefore, I have little in the way of detail of the meeting itself so I will concentrate on reporting the decisions that were made at the meeting.

    The Winter Meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018 at Wyndham Suites in Urbana IL. Registration will be from 9-10am the meeting will run from 10am-3pm approximately. Lunch will be served and the fee will be $30 this year. Dave Miller asks that checks be made out to him. He also says that credit cards will be acceptable at the door.

    The officers decided on the following presenters and/or topics:
  • 1st Presenter: Dr. Robert Columbo, EIU
  • Topic: TBA
  • 2nd Presenter: TBS
  • Topic: TBA

    I will update this info as it becomes available.

    I would also like to wish all of you Happy Holidays!

    2017 CIPWO Summer Meeting 2017

    Summer Meeting 2017

    By: David Collard

    The 2017 CIPWO summer meeting took place on Wednesday July, 26th and was hosted by the Rantoul WWTP with approximately 40 in attendance; the Meeting was conducted by Jim Royer our current President.

    The following is a report of the day’s activities: There was a brief business meeting to start the day to allow Dave Miller to inform us that our budget was doing well, and that as long as our Winter Meeting attendance remains consistent he feels that will continue to be the case. Additionally Bruce Butler was asked if there was any information from the Board of Certifications; there was not much new news for the CEUs, but Bruce did remind us that elections would take place at the Regional Meeting this October.

    Following the business meeting, our first presenter was Don Kramer of Energenecs who spoke on the topic of energy efficiencies by means of improved aeration including both new blower designs and new aeration diffuser designs. Don also covered information about the Ameren Energy Program which has replaced the DCEO Grants. If you have an interest in finding savings in your plant through energy efficiency I recommend contacting Don via email at:

    Following a short break our second presenter was Andrea Bretl P.E. of Clark Dietz. Andrea presented on Biological Nutrient Removal techniques and practices. Her discussion covered a wide variety of BNR strategies and would be an excellent reference for any operator trying to make out the differences between all the choices out there. If you are interested in more detailed help with a BNR program Andrea can be reached via email at

    Following the presentations we broke for lunch provided for free by CIPWO and prepared by Dave Miller and Frank McPherson our “Grillers Extraordinaire”! The meal consisted of burgers and/or brats with sides of (your choice of 3 different kinds) baked beans, potato salad, chips, and drinks. It was a very good lunch, thanks again Dave and Frank!

    After lunch we all gathered for a tour of the Rantoul Treatment Plant, which we were informed has been selected as a candidate for Class 1 Plant of the Year for IAWPCO. Congratulations to Steve and his crew! On behalf of the members I’d like to thank Steve, Jeff, Moto, & all of the staff of Rantoul WWTP for an informative tour.

    I wish to take a moment to remind everyone that the CIPWO Winter Meeting will be held in Champaign on January 31, 2018. I hope to see you all there!

    Summer Meeting Agenda 2017

    The following details are for the 2017 CIPWO Summer Meeting:

  • Date: July 26, 2017
  • Time: 10am - 2:30pm (Registration open at 9am)
  • Location: Rantoul WWTP
  • Address: 333 S. Tanner Rantoul, IL 61866
  • 1st Speaker: Don Kramer, Energenecs Inc.
  • Topic: Energy Efficiency and Aeration
  • 2nd Speaker: Andrea Bertl P.E., Clark-Dietz, Inc.
  • Topic: Biological Nutrient Removal at Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Note: Lunch is Free.

    Please send RSVPs as early as possible so that Dave can better organize the Meeting. Please feel free to use the link below.

    2017 Summer Meeting RSVP

    Spring Officer's Meeting Notes 2017

    By Dave Collard

    I'd like to begin by apologizing on behalf of the Officers for the late arrival of this information. We allowed the time to slip by this year and are in June already before getting the Summer Meeting planned. We'll try to do better in future years.

    The Spring Officer's Meeting took place at Champaign on June 7, 2017. Present for the meeting were Ian Magerl, Dave Miller, Jim Royer, and me. The topics discussed were potential locations for the Summer Meeting and potential Presenters and/or Topics.

    The meeting took place at Chili's on North Prospect Ave. I arrived a bit late due to the road work on I-57 North, and upon arriving and following greetings to and from everyone, was informed that a decision for the venue for the 2017 Summer Meeting had already been selected which will be Rantoul WWTP.

    Discussion then turned to topics and/or speakers of which none of us had anything concrete other than we knew there was a request by Coordinator Ethan Ervin to have one topic on BNR which we agreed would be a good idea. Otherwise it was left that we would look further into specific speakers and then get the info out ASAP due to the fact we were running behind this year. Shortly thereafter the official meeting ended and we visited while we had a great lunch.

    It is my wish that I can tie down the speakers within the next week and get that info to you immediately thereafter.

    The current info I do have is that we will have one presenter speaking on BNR, I have also locked down a second presenter speaking on Energy Effiency in relation to aeration etc. Lunch will be provided free of charge and the venue will be Rantoul WWTP on July, 26, 2017. More Info to follow:

    2017 CIPWO Winter Meeting

    Winter Meeting 2017

    By: Ashley Bailey

    The annual winter meeting for CIPWO took place on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 in Urbana, Illinois at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the usual conference room. The meeting was opened by Dave Miller since the incoming President Jim Royer could not attend. Dave welcomed everyone and discussed the new business. One new business subject discussed was Brad Duncan the former CIPWO President and IAWPCO Secretary having to bow down from his duties. Brad took a full time position with IRWA, which the organization would like to congratulate him on. Due to Brad having to leave Dave asked for nominations for the vacant CIPWO Vice-president position and IAWPCO Secretary position. Ian Magrel from Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District volunteered to serve as both and was approved by the members present at the meeting. Dave Miller then introduced David Collard to introduce the speakers for the day, Glen Roderique and Ryan Siegel.

    Glen Roderique from Inovair gave the first presentation of the meeting. His topic was blower technologies used in wastewater applications. He began his presentation by telling us about three blower types: positive displacement, multi-stage centrifugal, and high-speed blowers. Glen thoroughly explained how each of them works and their benefits/drawbacks. Also going into further detail, he described the types of high speed blowers and what bearing technology they utilize. At the end of his presentation, Glen explained how his company Inovair can come evaluate each plants characteristics and goals to pinpoint what type of blower that should be utilized for that particular facility.

    The next speech was given by Ryan Siegel from ESC Services Company. The title of Siegel’s presentation was Energy Efficiency Invest in your Future. He spoke on how to identify areas of energy waste at one’s plant starting with the largest users such as electrical/lighting and heating/air. Siegel’s company ESC specializes in identifying these areas and going forward with the process of audits, financing and implementation. He also presented potential rebates on products that may be installed and grant opportunities. Following the presentations, we collected for lunch in the Wyndham restaurant and visited among ourselves. After lunch, everyone regathered in the conference room where Dave Miller and David Collard handed out door prizes that were generously donated by vendors and sponsors.

    CIPWO and its members would like to say thank you to all the guest speakers and members who attended the meeting, and to those who brought the door prizes. We would also like to thank all the vendors who were present, as well as those who could not attend but support our organization. Again, we would like to give a thanks to Brad Duncan on his support and work with the organization and good luck in his future position. Also, a thanks to Ian Magrel for volunteering to work in both CIPWO and IAWPCO. We look forward to seeing all of you again at the summer meeting and will update you on the specifics as soon as possible.

    Winter Meeting Agenda 2017

    The following details are for the 2016 CIPWO Winter Meeting:

  • Date: January 25, 2017
  • Time: 10am - 2:30pm (Registration open at 9am)
  • Location: Wyndham Garden
  • Address: 1001 Killarney St. in Urbana IL
  • 1st Speaker: Glen Roderique, Inovair
  • Topic: TBA
  • 2nd Speaker: Ryan Siegel, ESC Services Company
  • Topic: Discussion on Energy Audits
  • Note: Lunch Fee will be $30.

    Please send RSVPs as early as possible so that Dave can better organize the Meeting. Please feel free to use the link below.

    2017 Winter Meeting RSVP

    CIPWO's Officers :

    • President: Ian Magerl, Blooming-Normal WRD
    • Vice President: Mike Elsberry, Arthur WWTP
    • Coordinator: Jim Royer, Retired
    • Coordinator: Brad Duncan, Fairbury WWTP
    • Secretary-Treasurer: Dave Miller, Rantoul WWTP
    • Information Coordinator: Dave Collard, Sanitary District of Decatur

    Sites of Previous Summer Meetings

  • 2017: Rantoul WWTP
  • 2016: SD of Decatur
  • 2015: BNWRD West WWTP
  • 2014: Charleston WWTP
  • 2013: Robinson WWTF
  • 2012: Homer WWTP
  • 2011: Rantoul WWTP
  • 2010: Vandevanter Eng
  • 2009: Newton WWTP
  • 2008: UCSD
  • 2007: E.R.H. Westville
  • 2006: BNWRD
  • 2005: Mattoon WWTP
  • 2004: SD of Decatur
  • 2003: Gibson City
  • 2002: BNWRD West
  • 2001: Equistor
  • 2000: Paris WWTP
  • 1999: Marshall WWTP
  •  Past Presidents

    • Lawrence Quick, 1998
    • Greg Gress, 1999
    • Larry Dorn, 2000
    • Billie Kinnett, 2001
    • Dave Sullivan, 2002
    • Don Jordan, 2003
    • Frank MacPherson, 2004
    • Rick Pinnell, 2005
    • Gerald Lynch, 2006
    • David Collard, 2007
    • Kristin Platt, 2008
    • Don Jordan, 2009
    • Larry Dorn, 2010
    • Dave Hermes, 2011
    • Wade Lagle, 2012-2013
    • Ashley Bailey, 2014
    • Ethan Ervin, 2015
    • Brad Duncan, 2016
    • Jim Royer, 2017

    CIPWO would like to enlist its members' help. The organization has always managed to find interesting and informative speakers for our meetings, but there is always room for more.

    With this in mind CIPWO wishes to ask that if in your day-to-day experience of meeting wastewater industry Vendors, Engineers, and VooDoo Witchdoctors if you find one that has information that you think would be well shared with your fellow Operators; pass the word on to an officer. We are always looking for folks with information to share that will help our membership.

    Remember, if you find it interesting, then very likely all the other members will find it interesting too.

    Additionally, if you are ever inclined to volunteer some time and energy the organization is always looking for fresh blood and new ideas. So, don't hesitate to speak up, and thanks in advance!

    The Editor
     NEW! CIPWO Honor Rolls
    This New Section is a list of all CIPWO Members whom have received awards from the state-wide IAWPCO organization since the inception of CIPWO in 1998. Congratulations to all!

    Clarence Klassen Awards
  • 2010 Joe Koronkowski, IEPA Champaign
  • 2011 Dave Sullivan; Pontiac
  • 2013 Bruce Butler; UCSD
  • 2014 Lawrence Quick; Robinson

    Operator of the Year
  • 1999 Lawrence Quick; Robinson

    Class 1 Plant of the Year
  • 2007 Robinson WWTF
  • 2010 UCSD SW Plant

    Class 2 Plant of the Year
  • 2003 Fairbury WWTP
  • 2005 Gibson City WWTP

    Class 3 plant of the year
  • 2010 Village of Hutsonville WWTP

    Industrial Plant of the Year
  • 2013 Peoples Gas, Light & Coke Co.

    Editor's Note: If I have left anyone out or erred in any other way please send me an email and I will correct it immediately.

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