Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research

Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR)

  The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and financial support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited, resulting in greater protection of public health.   This program focuses resources and expertise toward assisting wastewater systems in achieving and maintaining capacity development, and provides research and outreach capabilities for addressing wastewater impacts, such as point and nonpoint sources, understanding those impacts, and providing support to communities facing wastewater challenges. KCWR targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and non-community systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems.

Reports

The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and financial support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems.

July 1 – September 30, 2007

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and financial support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems.

January 1 – March 31, 2007

We send reports of our project's progress to the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of each quarter. We have made our reports available online in Adobe Acrobat Reader format at the bottom of this page.

Quarterly Report for the Period October 1 – December 31, 2006

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and financial support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems. Activities and Outcomes Task 1: Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysis DNA Cloning and Sequencing Operational Troubleshooting Specialized Training Mapping and Modeling Sampling and Monitoring Applications Development Proof-of-Concept and Technology Verification The CWRS is organized into three divisions - The Water Analysis, Training, Education and Research Services laboratory consortium, providing state-of-the-art water, wastewater and microbiological analytical services; the Environmental Informatics and Information Technology division, specializing in expert systems technology and environmental software applications development; and the Field Operations and Outreach division, providing in-field technology verification, mapping and monitoring services.">Center for Water Resource Studies ( Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysis DNA Cloning and Sequencing Operational Troubleshooting Specialized Training Mapping and Modeling Sampling and Monitoring Applications Development Proof-of-Concept and Technology Verification The CWRS is organized into three divisions - The Water Analysis, Training, Education and Research Services laboratory consortium, providing state-of-the-art water, wastewater and microbiological analytical services; the Environmental Informatics and Information Technology division, specializing in expert systems technology and environmental software applications development; and the Field Operations and Outreach division, providing in-field technology verification, mapping and monitoring services.">CWRS) Public Relations During the quarter, Water and Wastewater Laboratory Analysis DNA Cloning and Sequencing Operational Troubleshooting Specialized Training Mapping and Modeling Sampling and Monitoring Applications Development Proof-of-Concept and Technology Verification The CWRS is organized into three divisions - The Water Analysis, Training, Education and Research Services laboratory consortium, providing state-of-the-art water, wastewater and microbiological analytical services; the Environmental Informatics and Information Technology division, specializing in expert systems technology and environmental software applications development; and the Field Operations and Outreach division, providing in-field technology verification, mapping and monitoring services.">CWRS personnel conducted multiple outreach activities. Dr. Andrew Ernest gave a presentation on the partnership between WKU and Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) at the Utility Management Institute (UMI) Conference in Bowling Green in October. Dr. Ernest also gave a presentation on Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) at the Annual Fall Conference of the Eastern Kentucky and North Central Kentucky Wastewater Operators Associations in Lexington, KY in October. Dr. Ernest attended two Hardin County Wastewater Disposal Alternatives meetings in Elizabethtown, KY and two KY Board of Certification of

Quarterly Report for the Period July 1 – September 30, 2006

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and policy development support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and non-community systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems. Activities and Outcomes Task 1: Grant Administration and Coordination Task 1 includes financial and administrative tracking and management, public relations, and KCWR’s web presence. During the fourth quarter, KCWR personnel attended several different conferences related to wastewater system operation, including KRWA’s annual conference in August, where a booth was exhibited. A KCWR representative also attended the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) annual conference in September. The KCWR’s annual Advisory Board meeting was held in Bowling Green, KY on August 1, in conjunction with the International Society of Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS) annual conference, in order to ensure that the activities of the KCWR accurately reflect the needs of its constituents.

Quarterly Report for the Period April 1 – June 30, 2006

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and policy development support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems. Activities and Outcomes Task 1: Grant Administration and Coordination Task 1 includes financial and administrative tracking and management, public relations, and KCWR’s web presence. During the third quarter, KCWR personnel attended several different conferences related to wastewater system operation, including KRWA’s Operators Expo in May, where a booth representing the activities of the KCWR was exhibited. A KCWR representative also attended the American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference in June. Dr. Andrew Ernest is a member of several state and local government boards and councils, including the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) Regional Planning Council, the

Quarterly Report for the Period January 1 – March 31, 2006

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and policy development support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems. Activities and Outcomes Task 1: Grant Administration and Coordination Task 1 includes financial and administrative tracking and management, public relations, and KCWR’s web presence. During the second quarter, KCWR personnel attended several different conferences related to wastewater system operation, including KRWA’s Management Conference in February, where a booth representing the activities of the KCWR was exhibited. KCWR representatives also attended the Kentucky Water Resource Research Institute (KWRRI) and the Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association (KWWOA) annual conferences in March. Dr. Andrew Ernest is a member of several state and local government boards and councils,

Quarterly Report for the Period October 1 – December 31, 2005

Introduction The Kentucky Center for Wastewater Research (KCWR) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) provides technical, managerial and policy development support for communities in Kentucky and the surrounding states dealing with the establishment, management and operation of public wastewater utilities and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. This project seeks to address capacity and infrastructure needs through the provision of technical, financial and managerial assistance to small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems. In doing so, it is anticipated that the potential negative environmental impact of poorly functioning small and decentralized wastewater systems will be limited resulting in greater protection of public health. This project targets all organizations including utilities, municipalities, both community and noncommunity systems as well as individual homeowners by providing technical assistance, training, demonstration and analytical support for management and operation of small and decentralized wastewater systems. Activities and Outcomes Task 1: Grant Administration and Coordination Task 1 includes financial and administrative tracking and management, public relations, and KCWR’s web presence. During the first quarter, KCWR personnel attended several different conferences related to wastewater system operation, including the National Rural Water Association’s annual conference in Sacramento, CA, the International Conference on Safe Water in San Diego, CA, the Southeast Watershed Roundtable in Bowling Green, KY and the Governor’s Conference on the Environment in Louisville, KY. Dr. Andrew Ernest is a member of several state and local government boards and councils,

Fiscal Year 2005 Report

REPORT FOR WASTEWATER GRANT X-97418901 Fiscal Year 2005 October 1, 2004 – September 31, 2005 No work was completed during this time frame. There were personnel changes in the EPA and the workplan was not approved until August 2, 2005. The funds for Year 5 on this grant were released for use during October 1, 2005 through September 31, 2006.

FY 04 Annual Report

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Quarterly Report: FY 04, Quarter 1

Executive Summary Introduction. Western Kentucky University has established a Center for Wastewater Research. The underlying goal of the Center is provide research and assistance directed towards wastewater in a manner that promotes the protection of public health and the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the nation’s waters. Information presented in this report represents efforts during the second half of this two year grant cycle, October 1, 2002 – September 30, 2003. Synopsis. This report depicts progress in each of the aforementioned tasks, with task activities that are focusing on the ultimate goal of improved water quality and wastewater systems performance. The Center’s efforts continue in developing and delivering management training courses for small wastewater systems; conducting onsite technical assistance for small wastewater system compliance; providing environmental monitoring and assessment to understand wastewater impacts and develop tools to assess potential impacts; and, provide database management and wastewater modeling to support the project activities and direct future research. The Director has worked to integrate all of the tasks within the Center and to promote the activities of the Center in Kentucky, the Region and Nationally. To date the Director has been working to establish contacts with communities in Kentucky, Kentucky DOW, EPA Region 4, EPA Region 6, technical assistance providers in the southeast, and other stakeholders to promote the mission of the Center. Likewise, the Director has worked to determine the greatest needs related to wastewater assistance. To that end we have been providing utility management courses, onsite demonstrations of advanced technology, development of strategies for technology application, and

Annual Report

Executive Summary Introduction. Western Kentucky University has established a Center for Wastewater Research. The underlying goal of the Center is provide research and assistance directed towards wastewater in a manner that promotes the protection of public health and the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the nation’s waters. Information presented in this report represents efforts during the second half of this two year grant cycle, October 1, 2002 – September 30, 2003. Synopsis. This report depicts progress in each of the aforementioned tasks, with task activities that are focusing on the ultimate goal of improved water quality and wastewater systems performance. The Center’s efforts continue in developing and delivering management training courses for small wastewater systems; conducting on-site technical assistance for small wastewater system compliance; providing environmental monitoring and assessment to understand wastewater impacts and develop tools to assess potential impacts; and, provide database management and wastewater modeling to support the project activities and direct future research. The Director has worked to integrate all of the tasks within the Center and to promote the activities of the Center in Kentucky, the Region and Nationally. To date the Director has been working to establish contacts with communities in Kentucky, Kentucky DOW, EPA Region 4, EPA Region 6, technical 3 assistance providers in the southeast, and other stakeholders to promote the mission of the Center. Likewise, the Director has worked to determine the greatest needs related to wastewater assistance. To that end we have been providing utility management courses, onsite demonstrations of advanced technology, development of strategies for technology application, and identifying other training and assistance opportunities.

First Year, Mid-Project Report

Executive Summary Introduction. Western Kentucky University has established a Center for Wastewater Research. The underlying goal of the Center is provide research and assistance directed towards wastewater in a manner that promotes the protection of public health and the biological, chemical and physical integrity of the nation’s waters. Information presented in this report represents efforts during the first half of this two year grant cycle, October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2002. Synopsis. This report depicts progress in each of the aforementioned tasks, with task activities that are focusing on the ultimate goal of improved water quality and wastewater systems performance. The Center’s efforts continue in developing and delivering management training courses for small wastewater systems; conducting on-site technical assistance for small wastewater system compliance; providing environmental monitoring and assessment to understand wastewater impacts and develop tools to assess potential impacts; and, provide database management and wastewater modeling to support the project activities and direct future research. Administration. The Director has worked to integrate all of the tasks within the Center and to promote the activities of the Center in Kentucky, the Region and Nationally. To date the Director has been working to establish contacts with communities in Kentucky, Kentucky DOW, EPA Region 4, EPA Region 6, technical assistance providers in the southeast, and other stakeholders to promote the mission of the Center. Task 1 - Wastewater Outreach and Assistance.

Education & Training

NPDES Permit Writers' Training Course University of Rhode Island Onsite Wastewater Training Center

Links

Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Texas On-Site Wastewater Research Council Texas On-Site Wastewater Association

EPA-Decentralized Systems Technology Fact Sheet

Septic System Tank Septic Tank Leaching Chamber Septic Tank - Soil Absorption Systems On-Site Sewage Disposal Fees

Contact Information

Western Kentucky University

Septic Tank System Information

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