Agenda – North Carolina Onsite Water Protection Conference 2023

North Carolina Onsite Water Protection Conference 2023

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Agenda – 2023

NOTE: Speakers and topics may change. 

Day 1 – Tuesday
Session 1: Opening General Session
Moderator: Heath Ward, Guilford County
8:15am Welcome
8:30am Rock to Soil
David Lindbo, Director
Soil Science Division of the USDA-NRCS
9:30am Domestic Strength, Really
Dominic Mercier, President
Enviro-STEP Technologies, Inc.
10:30am Break
11:00am Decentralization in the Context of Resilient Utilities,
NC Viable Utilities Program
Vic D’Amato
NCDEQ, Division of Water Infrastructure
12:00pm Luncheon and Awards Presentation
Erik Severson, PhD, NC State University
Steve Steinbeck Onsite Water Protection Hall of Fame Award
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Session 2:
Session 3:
Session 4:
Environmental Issues
Moderator: Justin Milstein
Wake County
Justin White
Davie County
Jeff Vaughan
Agri-Waste Technology Inc.
1:30pm Hydric Soils: Their Formation and Identification

Mike Vepraskas, NC State University

Onsite Systems: Superior and Permanent

Steve Barry, AQWA

Toilet Paper Myths and Impacts on Septic Systems

Dominic Mercier, Enviro-STEP Technologies

2:00pm How to Set Up a Scientific Research Study Pertaining to Onsite Wastewater Systems

Aziz Amoozegar, NC State University

2:30pm Structure and Composition of Clay Minerals and Chemical Weathering in Upland Piedmont Soils of the Southeastern US

Steve Feldman, Imerys Technical Center – Georgia

Reuse Effluent

Bob Rubin, A.R. Rubin & Associates

3:00pm Break Agri-Tourism Farm Exempt

Kevin Davidson, Agri-Waste Technology, Inc.

3:30pm Break Reuse Effluent

Jimmy Holland, PE, McKim & Creed

Ongoing Assessment of Gen X and other PFAS in the Cape Fear Region

Michael Scott, NCDEQ

4:00pm Restrictive Horizons

David Lindbo, USDA-NRCS

The Reinvented Toilet

Bob Rubin, A.R. Rubin & Associates

Electrical Troubleshooting for Wells

Dave Bumbalough, Franklin Electric

4:30pm What Happened to Cecil? The New Mesic Thermic Line

Alan Clapp, LSS

Zero Liquid Discharge for Residential Wastewater: An Emerging Technology

George D. Barrier, Carolina Septic Systems

Creative Engineering for Coastal Properties

Cricket Corwin, MacConnell and Associates

5:00-6:00pm Ice Cream Social in the Exhibit Hall
Day 2 – Wednesday
Concurrent Sessions
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Session 5:
Session 6:
Session 7:
Environmental Issues
Moderator: Chad Rakes
Forsyth County
Noelle Spence
Wake County
Alan Clapp
8:30am Strategic Site Evaluations

Danna Revis, Revised Environmental, LLC

Building Rapport with the Local Health Departments

Keith Vernon, AA Vernon Septic Systems

Basic Pressure Manifold

Scott Cole, Montgomery County

9:00am Permitting Challenges and LTARs

Kevin Neal, LSS

Dealing with Public Regulatory Agencies-A Coastal Perspective

Tim Crissman, NCDHHS

Intermediate Pressure Manifold

Wayne Jones, Randolph County

9:30am Working With Control Panels and Floats

Sloan Griffin, Infiltrator Water Technologies

Break Advanced Pressure Manifold

Heath Ward, Guilford County

10:00am Break LHD Responsibilities for System Inspections in Table V

Trish Angoli, NCDHHS


Application of Pressure Manifold

Jonathan Godfrey, Marlin Wastewater Services

Heath Ward, Guilford County

10:30am Leveraging GIS and GPS Technology in support of OnSite Water Protection Applications

Russell Vrhovac, Leica Geosystems

BPJ Case Scenario

Patrick Eaton, Durham County

11:00am Offsites

Jonathan Godfrey, Marlin Wastewater Services

Heath Ward, Guilford County


History of Wastewater Management at Mount Mitchell State Park

Steven Berkowitz, P.E., Retired

Pumping Downhill and Other Design Issues

Ethan Creed & Dalton Ward, Hugh Creed and Associates

11:30am A Discussion About Flow Equalization (EQ)

Bill Fenner, P.E., AquaPoint

12:00pm Lunch at McKimmon Center
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
1:00-1:45pm &
Do I Need a Pump?

Jonathan Godfrey, Marlin Wastewater Services

Scott Greene, NCDHHS

Building a Manitee – Equal vs Unequal Lines

John Kase, Wake County

Adam Currin, Wake County


Soil Texture Hands-On

Erik Severson, NC State University

Justin Milstein, Wake County

Heath Clapp, Agri-Waste Technology Inc.

2:30pm Break in the Exhibit Hall 
Session 8: Closing General Session
3:00pm Rules Review
Onsite Water Protection Branch
4:30pm Adjourn


Day 3 – Thursday
Field Sessions
Start Time: 9:00am
End Time: Varies depending on travel time. All tours will have a full 3 hours of instruction.
#1 – Multi-Dwelling Wastewater Systems
Location: Mebane, NC


Heath Ward,
Guilford County
#2 – Reuse
Location:  Burkett Farm – Wake County & Chatham Park, Chatham County


Bob Rubin, A.R. Rubin & Associates
John Kase, LSS, Wake County
Jimmy Holland, PE, McKim & Creed
# 3 – Applications of Geophysical Equipment for Onsite Wastewater Professionals – CANCELLED
Location: Grifton, NC


Charlie Humphrey, East Carolina University
#4 – Stream Restoration Impacts on Water Quality
Location: Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, NC)


Dr. Dave Ellum, Warren Wilson College
Dr. Mark Brenner, Warren Wilson College
Blair Thompson, Warren Wilson College
Alan McKinney, NCDHHS
Karen Wallace, NCDHHS
#5 – Soils
Location: American Tobacco Trail, Apex, NC


Erik Severson, NC State University