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Phosphorus Compliance Innovations to Improve Water Quality

Because of new phosphorus control regulations, watershed-focused compliance options for point sources are “ready for primetime.” Implementing the watershed adaptive management option and water quality trading require point sources and agricultural producers to understand each other’s needs. Develop your understanding of the financial, technical and time constraints that participants face as well as the key issues that need to be addressed to create an agreement that can be approved by regulators and implemented by the parties.

This course can be applied to the Water Technology Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Entry level and practicing engineers, consultants, municipal staff and elected officials, utility and industrial facility administrators and technical staff, county staff and elected officials, planners, lawyers, and nonprofit organization staff

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Delve into this novel approach to improving water quality, with leaders who are actively involved
  • Explore two ongoing examples of point sources, including the evaluation and planning phases of watershed adaptive management
  • Understand how leaders with a variety of perspectives on the issue view moving forward with adaptive management and water quality trading projects

Course Outline/Topics

Course Outline

Welcome from UWM School of Continuing Education Staff

Introductions and Course Goals

  • Chris Clayton, River Alliance of Wisconsin
    Comparing Wisconsin’s Watershed-Based Phosphorus Compliance Options
  • Emily Jones, Clean Wisconsin

Lessons Learned from Agricultural Watershed Projects

  • Joseph Britt, Sand County Foundation 


Emerging Phosphorus Trades in Wisconsin: Two Examples and Initial Lessons

  • City of Lodi
    • Randy Herwig, Director of Public Works, City of Lodi
    • Kurt Calkins, Columbia County Conservationist
    • Pat Morrow, MSA Professional Services
  • City of Hartford
    • Dave Arnott, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
    • Paul Sebo, Washington County Conservationist


The National Experience with Nutrient Trading

  • Mark Kieser, Kieser & Associates, LLC      


Case Studies on Nutrient Trading: the Nuts and Bolts, and the Dirty Laundry, Too

  • Jim Klang, Kieser & Associates, LLC

New Phosphorus Legislation: What is the proposed third compliance option?

  • Paul Kent, Stafford Rosenbaum


Beginning Now: Initial Steps toward Progress
Facilitated Q & A

  • Art Harrington, Godfrey and Kahn
  • Joseph Britt, Sand County Foundation
  • Jim Baumann, WDNR
  • Dan Stoffel, Farmer in Washington County
  • David Lee, WE Energies

Instructors and Panelists

Dave Arnott has 16 years in the water/wastewater field, working at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. for the last 14 years as a wastewater engineer. At Ruekert & Mielke, he is involved with the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities. Dave’s specific areas of expertise include sewage lift station and treatment facility design and hydraulics. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master’s degree in civil engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jim Baumann is a 35-plus-year employee of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He coordinated the development of phosphorus water quality standards criteria and the administrative rules for complying with water quality-based effluent limits for phosphorus. In addition, he has developed nonpoint source watershed plans, advised EPA on urban storm water management regulations, developed TMDLs, overseen a PCB removal project and worked on multi-state work groups for the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. Most recently, he coordinated the development of Wisconsin’s Nutrient Management Strategy.

Joseph Britt is the Agricultural Incentives Program Director for Sand County Foundation. Joe has managed a diverse group of projects, involving multiple public and private partners and directed at reducing the impact of production agriculture on surface water quality, since joining Sand County Foundation in 2006. He has experience with agricultural conservation programs dating back to the drafting of the original Conservation Title in the 1985 Farm Bill. In his current position, Joe has led Sand County Foundation’s effort to assist the regulated point source community in its efforts to secure reductions in nutrient runoff from farm and other unregulated nonpoint sources, for example by directing financial support to the first pilot project begun under Wisconsin’s Watershed Adaptive Management Option for P load reduction in the Yahara Lakes watershed around Madison, beginning in 2012. He created the Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds conference series for watershed project directors and key stakeholders in 2011.

Kurt Calkins has been the Director of the Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department for the past 13 years. Prior to working at Columbia County, he spent time as a project manager and Director of Calumet County LWCD. He also worked as a Conservation Planning Technician in Buffalo County and started his career with the US Forest Service in Colorado as a Watershed Technician. He has a B.S. in watershed management and soil science from UWSP. Kurt lives in Poynette, with his wife Leslie and his 2 English Bulldogs. He enjoys fishing in the Mercer Area, Bowfishing and Bowhunting.

Art Harrington is a member of Godfrey & Kahn’s Environmental Team and leads the law firm’s Renewable Energy Team. He has experience on a broad range of water related subjects and is currently representing a number of municipalities on nutrient related issues arising under Wisconsin Pollutions Discharge Eliminates System permits. He also has direct experience on representing developers of digesters for managing nutrient wastes generated from food processors and large scale dairy operations.

Randy Herwig is the Director of the Public Works Department for the City of Lodi.

Emily Jones, Water Program Coordinator at Clean Wisconsin, works to advance strategies to improve water quality across Wisconsin. She collaborates with stakeholders statewide to increase awareness and understanding of Wisconsin’s adaptive management option, a new approach to reduce phosphorus pollution, and assist in its implementation. A Madison native, Jones has a B.S. in life sciences communication and biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mark S. Kieser is Senior Scientist and Principal of Kieser & Associates, LLC based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has 29 years of water resources consulting experience in addition to three years of academic research on water quality issues in the Great Lakes. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan), respectively. He has been a pioneer and leader in water quality trading program and policy development since 1995. Mr. Kieser led one of five U.S. EPA-supported water quality trading projects in the mid-1990s that helped shape Michigan’s Water Quality Trading Rules; the first such rules in the U.S. Mr. Kieser has since led a variety of market-based incentive programs focused on: watershed, state-wide and regional trading program development; agricultural credit banking schemes; urban stormwater trading; electronic water quality trading registries and infrastructure; water quantity market structures for water offsets; restoration of natural flow regimes in Great Lakes tributaries; and, development of ecosystem service markets. These efforts have encompassed projects in 21 states in the U.S. Mr. Kieser also has international experience in water quality trading markets assisting the governments of Japan, Sweden, Canada, the European Union, China and Peru with policy assessment and/or development.

James A. Klang, a registered Professional Engineer in MN, is Senior Project Engineer at Kieser & Associates, LLC (K&A). His expertise is in watershed management and market-based incentives including water quality trading. Before joining K&A in 2006, Mr. Klang was the Principal Engineer for TMDL activities and water quality trading at the Minnesota Pollutant Control Agency (MPCA). During his 20-year tenure at MPCA, he worked on a variety of water resource issues including watershed assessment, trading policy and program development, waste load allocations, TMDL development and NPDES permitting. At MPCA, he co-authored the Low Dissolved Oxygen TMDL Protocol and implemented successful water quality trading in permits for Rahr Malting Company, the Southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Cooperative and the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Watershed Permit. Mr. Klang more recently served on Minnesota’s Water Quality Trading Rules advisory committee while at K&A.
Mr. Klang now manages several water quality trading and ecosystem service market development projects through federal, state and private funding sources. He is also responsible for directing K&A technical efforts for stormwater trading in the Central and Western U.S., as well as for non-point source quantification protocols for agricultural BMP crediting in California, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He recently authored one of the first technical reports in the U.S. on establishing trading ratios and discounting factors for trading rules for MPCA. He has been an invited speaker at several national conferences and workshops on water quality trading. Mr. Klang holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University.

David Lee is the Manager – Water Quality in We Energies Environmental Department where he manages corporate compliance programs related to the Clean Water Act and other major water law and regulatory requirements. Compliance programs include research efforts to help formulate a large scale and cost-effective means to establish a viable water quality trading program in Wisconsin. During the early 2000s he also managed the environmental permitting & licensing for Wisconsin Energy Corporation’s Power the Future Initiative to obtain government agency approvals for the Port Washington Generating Station repowering project and the Oak Creek Power Plant expansion project. David has bachelors and masters degrees in civil & environmental engineering from Marquette University and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. Last, David is serving on the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. Board of Directors as the corporate business representative and is its Secretary/Treasurer.

Pat Morrow is a project engineer in the Baraboo, WI office of MSA Professional Services. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry and a master’s degree in environmental engineering. He is both a certified wastewater operator and a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin. Pat has been with MSA for more than 10 years, and has been responsible for numerous wastewater planning studies and treatment facility design projects.

Paul Sebo is the County Conservationist for the Washington County Planning and Parks Department, Land and Water Conservation Division. Paul has been the manager of the Division now for the past 3 years and has served in the Technician role for 25 years prior. Paul has extensive experience designing and installing a wide variety of rural soil erosion control and agricultural waste management systems, as well as urban erosion control stormwater management practices.

Dan Stoffel is a 5th generation Wisconsin farmer, co-managing a large beef cattle and crop operation near Kewaskum with two brothers and a cousin. Dan and his family have been pioneers in instituting water-quality improvement projects on their lands such as buffer easements and no-till conservation practices, and were involved in the early work of the Milwaukee River Priority Watersheds Program. In addition to the farm duties, Dan is active in community affairs, serving as a member of the Washington County Board, the Town Board, and the Board of Sweet Water – the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust. He is also is a Commissioner on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Dan holds a degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dates and locations to be announced.