Monday 10:00 AM
Water Quality - Wastewater
What Do We Know About the River Reversals and Beach Use Restrictions?
River reversals to Lake Michigan are unpredictable and are dependent on the weather. The District reversals have reduced dramatically due to the implementation of TARP. The District study indicate that water quality of Chicago land area beaches is affected by rainfall.
Moderator: Chuck Corley
Geeta Rijal - MWRDGC
Dr. Geeta K. Rijal is the Section Head of the Analytical Microbiology and Biomonitoring Section at the Environmental Monitoring and Research Division of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District). She received her B.S. in Microbiology, M.S in Environmental Science from University of Philippines at Los Banos, M.S. and Ph.D in Environmental Microbiology from University of Hawaii. Dr. Rijal worked on Hawaiian island water and wastewater problems for almost 12 years at the Water Resources Research Center in University of Hawaii. She then joined the District and for the past 11 years she has been involved in microbiological assessment of the final effluent, Chicago Area Rivers, lake, canals, and biosolids to document the effectiveness of the District's operations. She has coordinated several research studies with other organizations and consultants to assess the impacts of District operations on the Chicago area waterway system.