A 20 Year Look at Chemical Treatment Trains

Date / Time:
Wednesday, Oct 17 1:55pm to 2:25pm
Raincross C & F (Upper Level)
Track / Session:
Construction Track / Site Management Strategies

This presentation will detail the past 20-year history of both Passive and Active Treatment Systems that implement Chemical Processes specifically as a water quality compliance tool. The session will detail how these technologies have evolved, their past successes, mistakes, and future challenges surrounding their deployment. The presentation will provide a synopsis of the different technologies used, what chemical additives & processes have been tested, what has worked vs. what has not, and what are the next steps for this industry. Among discussion topics we will define Anionic, Non-Ionic, and Cationic chemical processes that have been deployed in liquid, gel, sacrificial anode, gaseous, and dry forms. Results from case studies that target turbidity, pH, organic, and inorganic contaminate removal will be displayed. The presentation will compile data and photos from the entire United States but will be presented from a California-Centric viewpoint. To provide the attendees a general scope of where, when, and why these technologies evolved, where the industry is today, and the potential impact they can have on our physical environment. We will explore historical data, case studies, results, and determinations from CA Waterboards, WA State Department of Ecology, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality from a 10,000-foot view. This presentation is not technology specific and will provide attendees with a basic understanding of treatment trains and land applied source control measures that include usage of these Chemical Additives.

Primary Speaker:
Matt Hromatka, Clear Water Services
Supporting Speaker 1:
Beth Smiley, Thunder Mountain Enterprises, Inc.
Supporting Speaker 2:
Rich Muhl, Central Valley Regional Water Control Board
Primary Speaker Biography: 

Mr. Hromatka began his career in Heavy Civil Construction ranging from hydro-electric plants to large diameter fluid transmission lines up and down the west coast. In the 1990’s, as stormwater regulation increased, it became necessary to adapt new and innovative BMP practices that extended the work season to help large, multi-year projects meet timely completion metrics. Matt has spent the past 20 years working in the Industrial and Construction Services markets with a focus on chemical and non-chemical treatment solutions.

Supporting Speakers Biographies: 

Beth Smiley was asked to join Thunder Mountain in 2000 to grow the Storm Water business, and has done just that. Beth is well known in the construction industry as a top flight consultant and teacher. She is highly respected among regulatory communities as well, including SWRCB, RWQCB, Department of Fish & Game, COE, and USACE. As Director of Storm Water Services Beth leads Thunder Mountain’s Storm Water Consulting and Design activities and frequently teaches classes for QSP, QSD and QISP, as a Trainer of Record for both Construction & Industrial under the California Storm Water Permit for the last 18 years. Beth is a familiar face on Northern California’s high profile projects such as 5th Street Bridge Yuba City, Folsom Dam, Hazel Ave Bridge, and Sacramento International Airport.

Rich Muhl is a Senior Environmental Scientist in the Enforcement and Compliance Section, Storm Water Unit at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in Rancho Cordova. Rich has been working with construction, industrial and municipal storm water management issues for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Regional Board 17 years ago, Rich worked as a consultant designing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, implementing and monitoring BMPs, and closely working with developers, industrial facilities and municipalities on storm water and other water quality issues. Prior to working with storm water Rich was in the building materials and building industry for over 20 years. Rich has a BA in Management Systems and Personnel from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake Iowa and a MS in Environmental Management from National University in San Diego California.