By CAROL RYAN DUMAS
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho -- Dairy and livestock operators can glean a lot of knowledge from "lagoon guru" Steve Harris at a two-day workshop, July 24 and 25, scheduled for Mountain Home.
Harris is the president and owner of H&S Environmental, Mesa, Ariz. He has worked with wastewater operators across the country and in many parts of the world to identify and troubleshoot wastewater lagoon problems, optimize lagoon performance and assist systems in removing sludge.
Dairy and livestock operations make up half of his business, said Bill Burke, wastewater technician with Idaho Rural Water Association.
The association, which is sponsoring the workshop, helps small communities with waste and wastewater management. Burke said Harris' workshops are one of the best received classes the association has ever presented.
The workshop will give wastewater lagoon managers the chemistry and math they need to know for optimal performance. It will teach operators the basics to keep a lagoon system healthy and what to look for when things go bad, he said.
The Wastewater Lagoon Troubleshooting & Optimization Workshop will cover new methods, techniques and strategies for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) reduction, total suspended solids (TSS) removal, odor control, sludge reduction, and nutrient removal.
Topics will include:
* Deterrents to lagoon treatment performance.
* Keys to getting greater control over a lagoon system to remove more BOD, TSS, and sludge.
* Causes of high BOD and TSS problems and possible solutions.
* Troubleshooting nitrogen removal problems.
* Sludge reduction without dredging.
The workshop is aimed at wastewater operators, engineers and professionals who work with lagoons and has been approved for 1.2 continuing education credits. Cost is $50. The workshop will be held at the Mountain Home wastewater treatment plant from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
For questions about the workshop or to register, call Idaho Rural Water Association at (208) 343-7001.