Rick is the Superintendent of Water Purification for the
City of Bloomington, Illinois water treatment plant. Rick has overseen the
City’s watershed and lake management efforts since 1994. Prior to joining the
Bloomington Water Department, Rick worked at the Illinois State Water Survey
Peoria Field Office.
Besides overseeing the operations at the water treatment
plant and the source water protection program, Rick is responsible for the technical
aspects of the City’s water supply planning and conservation efforts. He also
represents the City on the board of the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium.
Summary: The purpose of any water utility is to deliver safe water,
in adequate quantities, to the customers we serve. We meet that primary
requirement with adequate treatment, transmission, source of supply and
financial capacity. This presentation describes how source water protection can
be integrated with water supply planning efforts. Using the example of the Bloomington,
Illinois Water Department, this presentation will describe different types of
water shortages and water supply limitations, the type of information that
surface water supplies need to understand their systems and how to start your
own source water program.
Bloomington uses two surface water reservoirs to supply the
needs of the 80,000 people we serve. Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake have
the same types of problems as most other reservoirs in central Illinois. The
consequences of the loss of capacity to sedimentation, high nutrient levels and
associated issues in the highly agricultural catchments pose challenges to both
treatment and maintaining adequate supply to meet current and future demands.
Methods that are used to develop lake and watershed
management plans will be described. Methods to address stream bank, channel and
lakeshore erosion to reduce sedimentation and phosphorus levels, the use of
constructed wetlands and stream buffer resaturation for nutrient, particularly
nitrate, reduction and other methods to improve both water quality and habitat
will be shown. Most important, the many long term partnerships that are
necessary to successfully manage a water supply, such as The Nature
Conservancy/Environmental Defense Fund/City of Bloomington’s Mackinaw Drinking
Watershed project, will be described..
REGISTRATION & HOURS: This webinar will begin at 12:00pm and conclude by 1:00pm CST. Earn up to 1 PDH or RTC hour. After registering with Illinois Section AWWA, attendees will be furnished via email with all materials and links needed to participate in the webinar. Questions? Call 866-521-3595 Ext. 3
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