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IRWA Fall Conferences 2019

Okoboji Fall Conference
September 17-18

Vendor PLINKO – Conference Times

Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to play Vendor PLINKO.  Drop a PLINKO chip on the board for a chance to win one of the exhibitor donated prizes.  Prizes range from Key Chains to Gift Cards.

NRWPAC Rifle Raffle – Conference Times

Help support the National Rural Water Political Action Committee by purchasing your raffle tickets for a chance to win a rifle!


Tuesday Classes

In Wimbledon & St. Andrews Rooms

7:00 AM 
7:45 AM
Opening Remarks/Welcome
8:00 – 9:00

Effective Communications via Social Media (WT/WD/WW)
Joe Finch and Aaron Schroeder, Iowa Rural Water Association

Electric Panel Troubleshooting (WW)
Scott Obernolte, Allied Systems, Inc.

9:00 – 10:00

Iowa Flooding: Emergency Response in Hamburg and Glenwood (WT/WD/WW)
Thad Nanfito, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Zeb McFarland, Iowa Rural Water Association

Audubon WWTF and Collection System Improvements (WW)
Zach Schultz and Steve Locke, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.

10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30

How to Prepare For and Develop Mitigation Funding Applications (WT/WD/WW)
Carol Tomb, Iowa Homeland Security

11:30 – 12:30

Phosphates – Basic Theory and Practice (WT/WD)
George Reck, Aqua-Pure Inc.

Lift Station Troubleshooting (WW)
Brian Frost, Electric Pump

12:30 – 1:15
1:15 – 2:15

Phosphates – Basic Theory and Practice Cont’d (WT/WD)
George Reck, Aqua-Pure, Inc.

Upgrade Options When Wastewater Lagoons Can’t Meet New Standards (WW)
Lucas Elsbernd, Fehr Graham

2:15 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:30

Ice Pigging (WT/WD)
Melinda Kurtz, SUEZ Advanced Solutions
Jarrod Sturtz, City of Granger

Trenchless Manhole Rehabilitation (WW)
Chad Messenbrink, Hydro-Klean


Golf Tournament – 4PM

2-Man scramble golf tournament to be held at Brooks Golf Club in Okoboji. Cost is $40.00 per person.  Must sign up by 10:00 AM Tuesday at the IRWA registration desk.  Beverage carts sponsored by Cahoy Well & Pump and Vessco, Inc.


Steak Fry Dinner – 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM

Following the golf & shooting tournament, join us at Arrowwood Resort (Okoboji) for a Steak Fry Dinner, which is included with your paid full registration.


Bronze Sponsors

DGR Engineering
Electric Pump
Rehab Systems, Inc 
HTM Sales


Silver Sponsor

Bolton & Menk



Wednesday Classes

In Wimbledon & St. Andrews Rooms

7:30 AM
Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00

Manganese Removal (WT/WD)
John Harger, Vessco, Inc.

IDNR Wastewater Updates (WW)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

9:00 – 10:00

IDNR Water Updates (WT/WD)
Julie Sievers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Collection Systems (WW)
Bryan Robinson, Municipal Pipe Tool Company

10:30 – 11:30

IDNR Water Updates, Cont’d (WT/WD)
Julie Sievers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Additives to Lagoons (WW)
Chris Groves, Aquafix Incorporated

11:30 – 12:30

Using Mobile GIS for Utility Asset Management (WT/WD/WW)
Greta Elsbernd, Fehr Graham
Kene Shoop, City of Center Point

12:30 PM
* Topics subject to change.