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The Navigating the Water Treatment Design and Permitting Process webinar was presented by Peggy Derrick & Amber Wilson and facilitated by Kathryn Thomas. This was an excellent and highly informative webinar that addressed many of the questions WEDA members have with regard to the permitting process.


The links to view the webinar online, and webpage are below. 


Peggy Derrick, Vice President
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

Amber Wilson, Marketing Manager
Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc.

Zoom Facilitator: Kathryn Thomas, Vice President, ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc.

PDH Credit:
A certificate for one (1) professional development hour will be available for all participants who attend this webinar or view the recorded webinar online.

When: occurred 
June 10, 2022
1:00 PM EST


General Webinar Overview:  
Dredging of impacted sediments produces contact water, which requires treatment, to prevent contaminants from being returned to the water body.  This presentation will explore treated water discharge permitting considerations during the design and bid process, as well as associated cost drivers, including the sharing and management of risk.  The designer’s and contractor’s perspectives will be compared.  Data requirements, types of permits, how permits are obtained, and adaptive management strategies for maintaining permit compliance will be discussed.


Presenter Bios:

Peggy Derrick is a Vice President at EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. PBC. She serves as a senior scientist and senior project manager in the Water, Natural Resources, and Ecotoxicology Business Unit, and she also serves as the company’s Practice Leader for Sediment. She specializes in dredged material management planning, sediment remediation, permitting, environmental impact assessment, and restoration for aquatic ecosystems. Ms. Derrick manages and serves as a senior advisor for large-scale dredged material management programs and permitting for port and harbor development projects, sediment remediation and environmental dredging, and for in-water infrastructure and navigation improvement projects. She serves as the Chief Scientist for a Great Lakes Architect-Engineer Services (GLAES) contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO). Ms. Derrick has been an active WEDA member since 2006. She participates in the WEDA Environmental Commission and previously served as the Program Manager for the WEDA Eastern Chapter.

Amber Wilson is a licensed wastewater and drinking water treatment operator in the state of Michigan. She has a combined 18 years of experience in municipal wastewater treatment and as a technical writer for Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc. (IAI), and has an AAS in Water Purification Technology. Amber has assisted with the development of water treatment plans and supported on-site activities to maintain compliance with discharge permits for environmental dredging projects in the states of MI, WI, OH, IL, IN, MN, NY and NJ. She currently serves as IAI’s Corporate Marketing Manager.


~ WEDA Educational Commission