WETPOL 2017 Agenda

August 21-25, 2017

Please Note: This is a preliminary agenda. Updates will be added as session details are finalized. Please check back.


Saturday, August 19

Sunday, August 20

Monday, August 21

  • Attendee Activities/Tours (half-day only) (see activities page for details)
  • Kickoff Reception (Pending weather we are looking at an outdoors location at the Big Sky Resort.)

Our Goals

  • Knowledge transfer between different applications of treatment wetland technology
  • Linking science and application of wetland technology
  • Increase acceptance of treatment wetland applications
  • Increase understanding of processes controlling wetland biogeochemistry
  • Cultural exchange
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Preliminary Detailed Agenda

7:30-8:30amMorning Coffee and Breakfast
8:30-8:50amOpening Ceremony

Dr. Otto Stein
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
8:50-9:40amProtecting Water Quality in the Gallatin River Watershed: Global Thinkers Acting Locally

Ron Edwards
Big Sky Water and Sewer District
Big Sky, USA
9:40-10:30amMicrobial Ecology of Thermal Features of Yellowstone National Park

Dr. Brent Peyton
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

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11:00am-12:10pmParellel Session 1.1.1
Wetlands for Industrial Pollution Control
Parallel Session 1.1.2
Natural Wetland Restoration
Parellel Session 1.1.3
Pollutant Modeling in Wetlands
11:00-11:30amMini Keynote
Treatment of produced water from oilfield in a large Constructed Wetland: 6 years of operation under desert conditions

Alexandros I. Stefanakis
Bauer Nimr LLC - OMAN
Mini Keynote
Restoring the Crews Lake Wetlands and Protecting Water Quality through Innovative Water Reuse

Allison Lewis
Mini Keynote
Storage mechanisms in biofilms from constructed wetlands

Ana Galvão
Universidade de Lisboa - PORTUGAL
11:30-11:50amLessons learnt from a pilot study on residual dye removal by an aerated treatment wetland

Fabio Masi
Iridra SrL - ITALY
Sweetwater Branch/Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project

Christopher H. Keller
Wetland Solutions, Inc - USA
Numerical simulation of a full-scale two-stage treatment wetland system

Bernhard Pucher
University of Applied Sciences - GERMANY
11:50am-12:10pmPilot Study for an Aerated Wetland Treating Textile Industry Waste Water

Dion van Oirschot
Rietland bvba - BELGIUM
Assessing no net loss of ecosystem services: Are perceived conflicts with functions an artifact of our assessment paradigm?

William Kleindl
Montana State University - USA
Comparison of design approaches of artificial wetlands to mitigate non-point source pollution from subsurface drainage areas

Julien Tournebize
Irstea - FRANCE
1:20-2:30pmParallel Session 1.2.1
Climate change and wetlands
Parallel Session 1.2.2
Sludge treatment for wetlands
Parallel Session 1.2.3
Molecular and microbial advances related to pollutants in wetlands
1:20-1:50pmMini Keynote
Carbon sequestration and nutrient accumulation in alpine and floodplain wetlands of Peru, South America.

Christopher Craft
Indiana University - USA
Mini Keynote
Efficient phosphorus retention in Sludge Treatment Reed Beds Systems (STRB)

Steen Nielsen
Orbicon A/S - DENMARK
Mini Keynote
Microbial community assessment in treatment wetlands: How far have we come and where are we headed?

Kela P. Weber
Royal Military College of Canada - CANADA
1:50-2:10pmNitrous oxide emission from organic soils of the world

Kuno Kasik
University of Tartu, ESTONIA
Field Testing in Yaounde- Cameroon: Pathogen Reduction in Planted Faecal Sludge Drying Beds for use in Low-income Countries

Letah Nzouebet W.A.
University Yaoundé - CAMEROON
A Novel System to Explore Root-Microbe Interactions in the Rhizosphere

Stephen J. Mery
Montana State University - USA
2:10-2:30pmNew Insights into the Methane Emission Control in Constructed Wetland Using Manganese Ore as Substrate

Jun Zhai
Chongqing University - CHINA
Design and Operation of a Treatment Wetland System for Aquaculture Wastewater at the Ennis National Fish Hatchery

Jack E. Wallis
Montana State University - USA
Bacterial community abundance and diversity in experimental domestic greywater treatment system

Kristjan Oopkaup
University of Tartu - ESTONIA
2:40-3:40pmParallel Session 1.3.1
Stormwater wetlands and bioswales
Parallel Session 1.3.2
Behavior of priority and emerging pollutants in wetlands
Paraellel Session 1.3.3
Wetlands and water reuse
2:40-3:00pmStormwater nutrient attenuation in retrofitted constructed wetlands to support urban waterway restoration

Tanveer M. Adyel
University of Western Australia - AUSTRALIA
Fate and Transport of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Arctic Tundra Wetlands Receiving Municipal Wastewater

Rob Jamieson
Dalhousie University - CANADA
Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement Project - Groundwater Recharge Wetlands for Aquifer Replenishment and Springs Protection

Christopher H. Keller
Wetland Solutions, Inc. - USA
3:00-3:20pmFate of pollutants in Sustainable Drainage Systems

Janine Robinson
University of Portsmouth - UK
Antibiotic Resistance Profile of E. coli in pilot constructed wetlands treated with domestic sewage

Ran Tao
Jinan University - CHINA
Treatment Wetlands for Groundwater Recharge in Florida

Rafael Vázquez-Burney
3:20-3:40pmUsing Constructed Floating Wetlands in brackish water

Katharina Tondera
University of the Sunshine Coast - AUSTRALIA
Fate of sulfamethoxazole and its corresponding resistance genes in microbial fuel cell-constructed wetland

Hua Li
Southeast University - CHINA
Kanapaha Demonstration Wetlands - Groundwater Recharge Wetlands as an Effluent Management Alternative to Rapid Infiltration Basins

Christopher H. Keller
Wetland Solutions, Inc. - USA
4:10-5:30pmParallel Session 1.4.1
Molecular and microbial advances related to pollutants in wetlands
Parallel Session 1.4.2
Wetlands for agricultural pollution control
Parallel Session 1.4.3
Behavior of priority and emerging pollutants in wetlands
4:10-4:30pmSystem design or plant presence: Which has more influence on the microbial community in constructed wetlands?

Liang Zhang
Aarhus University - DENMARK
Cork as granular media in constructed wetlands for the regeneration of ground water polluted by nitrates from agricultural activities.

Lorena Aguilar
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech - SPAIN
Micropollutants in sludge deposit layers of vertical flow constructed wetlands treating domestic wastewater

Manon Kania
University of Lyon - France
4:30-4:50pmExperimental Access of Microbial Processes in Constructed Wetlands using stable Isotopes and Plant-Reactors

Uwe Kappelmeyer
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - GERMANY
Selection of proper filling material to enhance efficiency and reduce risks in wood chips denitrifying reactor

Michal Šereš
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague - CZECH REPUBLIC
Occurrence and distribution of six phenolic endocrine disrupting chemicals in the Pearl River of China

Jingjing Fan
Jinan University - CHINA
4:50-5:10pmSpatial distribution of microbial community function in relation to plant species and configuration in constructed wetlands

Mark Button
Royal Military College of Canada - CANADA
Constructed Wetland for Milking Facility Wastewater: Transforming Research into Best Management Practices

Emily Campbell
Geosyntec Consultants - USA
Three years monitoring of nitrate and pesticides mitigation with an artificial wetland receiving agricultural drained flow at catchment scale

Julien Tournebize
Irstea - FRANCE
5:10-5:30pmMicrobial activity present in gravel, roots and interstitial water constructed horizontal subsurface flow wetland

Jorge Campos
University of Costa Rica - COSTA RICA
Life cycle assessment of constructed wetland systems for winery wastewater treatment

Joan García
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech - SPAIN
Fate of silver nanoparticles in constructed wetland microcosms

Gijs Du Laing
Ghent University - BELGIUM
5:30-6:30pmPoster Session

Check-out posters from 49 different professionals representing 20 different countries on 11 different topics. Learn more here.

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
7:30-10:10amMorning Coffee
8:30-9:20amAdvances in Treatment Wetland Technology: North American and European Perspectives

Dr. Jaime Nivala
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany
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10:10-10:40amLong Break
10:40-11:50amParallel Session 2.1.1
Macro-nutrient cycling in wetlands
Parallel Session 2.1.2
Vertical flow treatment wetlands
Parallel Session 2.1.3
Wetlands and water reuse
10:40-11:10amMini Keynote
Completing the Puzzle of Nitrogen Cycling in Restored Wetlands

Tiffany Messer
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - USA
Mini Keynote
Modelling Suspended Solids Transport in Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands

German-Dario Martinez-Carvajal
Irstea - FRANCE
Mini Keynote
Great Swamp Effluent Management System

Ronald A. Clarke
Wetland Solutions, Inc - USA
11:10-11:30amAnnual nitrogen mass balance in a CW receiving treated wastewater based on continuous water monitoring, sludge and plants samplings

Sandrine Papias
Irstea - FRANCE
Grain size distribution and organic matter characterization in surface sludge deposits from a panel of VFCWs in France

Rémy Gourdon
University of Lyon - FRANCE
Wetlands in sustainable urban water systems

Martin Regelsberger
Institute for Sustainable Technologies - AUSTRIA
11:30-11:50amOptimising nitrogen removal in ecological filter with retrofitted saturated zone of different depth

Shuiping Cheng
Tongji University - CHINA
Removal performance and clogging investigation of an hybrid treatment wetland in Mediterranean area

Giuseppe Luigi Cirelli
University of Catania - ITALY
Constructed Wetlands Play Integral Role in Providing Water Supply through Indirect Potable Reuse in North Texas

Timothy Noack
Alan Plummer Associates, Inc - USA
1:00-2:10pmParallel Session 2.2.1
Wetlands for industrial pollution control
Parallel Session 2.2.2
Evapotranspirative willow system
Parallel Session 2.2.3
Riparian wetland systems
1:00-1:20pmAcid Yellow 36 removal in a Constructed Wetland during wintertime in a moderate climate

Renata Ferreira
Universidade de Lisboa - PORTUGAL
Performance of evapotranspirative willow system in first vegetation season

Carlos A. Arias
Aarhus University - DENMARK
Peatland Protection and Marsh Design: Remediation and Restoration of the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex near Lincoln, Montana

Tom Parker
Geum Environmental Consulting, Inc - USA
1:20-1:40pmReuse of oilfield produced water treated in a Constructed Wetland for saline irrigation under desert climate

Alexandros I. Stefanakis
Bauer Nimr LLC - OMAN
Adapting the technology of zero liquid discharge by willow bed for leachates treatment

Chloé Frédette
University of Montreal
Anabranching Floodplain Connectivity: Biomimicry to Enhance Water Quality Functions in Riparian Ecosystems

Curtis J. Richardson
Duke University - USA
1:40-2:00pmEffect of equatorial landfill leachate salinity on COD and TN removal in partially saturated vertical flow constructed wetland

Guy H. Fendoung Dejiang
Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique - France
Soil based willow system in cold climate

Ganbaatar Khurelbaatar
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ - GERMANY
Making the Business Case for Engineered Natural Technologies

France Guertin
The Dow Chemical Company - USA
2:00-2:10pmShort Break
2:10-3:10pmParallel Session 2.3.1
Effect of climate on wetlands
Parallel Session 2.3.2
Behavior of priority and emerging pollutants in wetlands
Parallel Session 2.3.3
Natural wetland restoration
2:10-2:30pmPerformances of French vertical flow constructed wetlands under tropical climates: robutsness and reliability of the system.

Rémi Lombard-Latune
Irstea - FRANCE
Evaluation of the effect of active aeration and hydraulic retention time on the removal efficiency of pharmaceuticals in a full-scale constructed wetland and an assessment of its aquatic risk

Diederik Rousseau
Ghent University - BELGIUM
Optimizing wetland restoration outcomes at Bozeman's Story Mill Wetland Park: Do soil carbon losses trade off against water quality improvements?

Tony Hartshorn
Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences - USA
2:30-2:50pmBest Practices for the Use of Arctic Tundra Wetlands for Municipal Wastewater Treatment in Nunavut, Canada.

Jenny Hayward
Dalhousie University - CANADA
Performance of pilot-scale constructed wetlands used for selected acid pharmaceuticals removal

Xiaomeng Zhang
Jinan University - CHINA
Assessing the variation in macro-invertebrates and wetland birds across different climatic regions in Ethiopia

Selamawit Negassa Chawaka
Ghent University - BELGIUM
2:50-3:10pmTotal nitrogen optimization in a two-stage vertical flow wetland for high strength domestic wastewater at Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Montana, USA

Shayla L. Woodhouse
Montana State University - USA
Drug residues removal capacities by surface flow treatment wetlands: pharmaceutical compounds distribution in soil, water and plants compartments

Maximilien Nuel
Université de Strasbourg - FRANCE
Conservation Value of Constructed Reedbeds

Marie Athorn
University Of Nottingham - UK
3:10-3:30pmLong Break
3:30-4:30pmParallel Session 2.4.1
Stormwater wetlands and bioswales
Parallel Session 2.4.2
Wetlands in mineland settings and metals sequestration
Parallel Session 2.4.3
Nitrogen removal in wetlands
3:30-3:50pmElemination of micropollutants in four test-scale constructed wetlands treating combined sewer overflow: influence of filtration layer height

Jan Ruppelt
RWTH Aachen University - GERMANY

Strontium-90 and Wetland Organic Matter Interactions

Antoine Boyer
University of Toronto - CANADA
Nitrification and total nitrogen removal in a side-stream oxygenated, surface flow wetland

David Austin
3:50-4:10pmRedox potential dynamics in an urban constructed wetland

Michel Vorenhout
University of Amsterdam - Netherlands

Integrated Passive Biological Selenium Treatment System: Results of a 1-year Pilot Study

James S. Bays
Biochar enhances nitrogen removal in planted horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland

Kuno Kasak
University of Tartu - ESTONIA
4:10-4:30pmModeling of Floating Treatment Wetlands

Mark A. Reinsel
Apex Engineering, PLLC - USA
Investigation of heavy metals leaching from VFCWs sludge deposit to evaluate potential risks associated to land application

Mathieu Gautier
University of Lyon - FRANCE
Nitrogen removal in Pilot-Scale Partial Saturated Vertical Wetlands with and without an Internal Source of Carbon

Florentina Zurita
University of Guadalajara - MEXICO
4:30-4:40pmShort Break
4:40-5:40pmParallel Session 2.5.1
Electroactive Biofilm in wetlands
Parallel Session 2.5.2
Biogeochemical processes of pollutants in natural and constructed
Parallel Session 2.5.3
Stormwater wetlands and bioswales
4:40-5:00pmElectroactive Biofilm-based Constructed Wetland (EABB-CW): Testing of an innovative setup for wastewater treatment

Carlos A. Ramírez-Vargas
Aarhus University - DENMARK
Constructed wetlands as alternative sanitation system in small communities in Costa Rica

Carola Scholz
Universidad Nacional - COSTA RICA
Using Floating Treatment Wetlands to treat highway runoff

Jan Ruppelt
RWTH Aachen University - GERMANY
5:00-5:20pmTwo novel applications of microbial fuel cell in constructed treatment wetland

Yaqian Q. Zhao
University College Dublin - IRELAND
Are constructed wetlands a good solution for on-site wastewater treatment in France?

Laurie Olivier
Treating Combined Sewer Overflows Naturally with Engineered Wetlands: Harbor Brook CSO 018, Onondaga County, New York

Zachary Monge
5:20-5:400pmElectric Potential in Electroactive Biofilm-based Constructed Wetlands: Current flow density as a performance indicator

Carlos A. Ramírez-Vargas
Aarhus University - DENMARK
Exergy-based calculation of sustainability in the SPAD-HCTW

Ronald Aguilar
University of Costa Rica - COSTA RICA
Constructed Floating Wetlands for Treating Urban Runoff

Katharina Tondera
University of the Sunshine Coast - AUSTRALIA
5:40-6:30pmPoster Session

Check-out posters from over 45 different professionals representing 20 different countries on 11 different topics. Learn more here.

Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
9:00am-5:00pmOption 1: Bozeman Field Trip
9:00am-5:00pmOption 2: Ennis Field Trip
9:00am-5:00pmOption 3: Red Rock Lakes Field Trip
8:30am-5:30pmOption 4: Butte and Silver Blow Creek Field Trip
5:30pm-10:00pmDinner at 320 Guest Ranch

After a great day touring our beautiful country, kick back and experience Montana at its best with a farm-to-table ranch dinner at the majestic 320 Guest Ranch. Attendees and guests will experience a true Montana meal in the luxury of fresh mountain air. Saddle-up to the table and enjoy Bison Brisket with Au Jus, Rainbow Trout with a Caper Brown Butter Sauce, Roasted Red Potatoes, Montana Lentils, Spinach Salad with Amaltheia Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Huckleberry Vinaigrette, Chef’s Choice Vegetable, and Fresh Baked Bread. Cost is $35.00 per person (includes transportation). A cash bar will be onsite.

See Field Trip Option Descriptions to the right for more information

8:00-9:00amMorning Coffee
9:00-10:20amParallel Session 4.1.1
Behavior of priority and emerging pollutants in wetlands
Parallel Session 4.1.2
Phosphorus removal
Parallel Session 4.1.3
Climate change and wetlands
9:00-9:20amConstructed wetlands for the treatment of organic micropollutants: lessons learned across five experimental studies

Pedro N. Carvalho
Arhus University - DENMARK
Sustainable phosphorus removal with BOF steel slag and apatite in full-scale constructed wetlands

Naiara Fonseca
Innovation Centre - UK
Potential for created brackish marshes to provide water quality and carbon sequestration ecosystem services

Michael R. Burchell II
North Carolina State University - USA
9:20-9:40amMicrobial biomass response to sulfanilamide antibiotics in rhizosphere

Ying Man
Jinan University - CHINA
Intensified phosphorus removal in a surface flow wetland by geochemical augmentation

David Austin
The Mechanisms and Effects of Carbon Sink in Salt Water Type Constructed Wetlands Vegetated with Mangroves

Lei Yang
National Sun Yat-sen University - TAIWAN
9:40-10:00amEnhanced Photolysis in Constructed Wetlands

Tarek N. Aziz
North Carolina State University - USA
Phosphorus within surface sludge deposit of vertical-flow constructed wetlands: from retention to recovery

Boram Kim
University of Lyon - FRANCE
Influence of Meteorological Drivers on the drying dynamics of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park wetlands

Andrew M. Ray
National Park Service - USA
10:00-10:20amRemoval of pharmaceuticals by a pilot aerated sub-surface flow constructed wetland treating municipal and hospital wastewater

Diederik Rousseau
Ghent University - BELGIUM
Performance of immobilized microalgal biofilter in removal of nitrogen and phosphorus from domestic wastewater

Rui Wang
Jinan University - CHINA
Greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands with different vegetation

Jeroen de Klein
Wageningen University - NETHERLANDS
10:20-10:50amLong Break
10:50am-12:10pmParallel Session 4.2.1
Wetlands and water reuse
Parallel Session 4.2.2
Wetlands for domestic wastewater treatment
Parallel Session 4.2.3
Wetlands for industrial pollution control
10:50-11:10amSea Water Wetlands for Sustainable Food and Fuel Sources in A Desert Ecosystem

Mark Madison
Evolution of the mesocosm: Informing constructed wetland research across the globe

Anbareen Jan Farooq
Royal Military College of Canada- CANADA
Agro-food wastewater treatment using a constructed wetland system combining vertical flow and saturated layer with forced aeration: a full scale experiment

Vincent Serdobbel
11:10-11:30amTreatment wetland combined with a maturation pond and UV unit for agricultural water reuse

Salvatore Barbagallo
University of Catania - ITALY
Statistical analysis of inlet-outlet data from French VFCWs combined or not with trickling filter and/or ferric chloride addition

Philippe Michel
Plant Selection for High Strength Industrial Wastewater

Loretta Mokrya
Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. - USA
11:30-11:50amPerformance Evaluation for the North Texas Municipal Water District’s East Fork Wetland, a Water Supply Wetland

Ryan Pierce
Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. - USA
Tackling Operational Challenges of Constructed Wetlands

Loretta Mokry
Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. - USA
Application of natural methods as a buffer for effluent from SBR with Anammox for reject water from centrifugation treatment

Magdalena Gajewska
Gdańsk University of Technology - POLAND
11:50am-12:10pmPerformance of a subsurface flow pilot wetland for treating high concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon

Rajat K. Chakraborti
Performance evaluation of a vertical horizontal hybrid constructed wetland for the treatment of municipal sewage in Grahamstown, South Africa

Sylvie M. Tebitendwa
Rhodes University - SOUTH AFRICA
Treating Combined Slaughterhouse and Leather Tannery Wastewater with a Free-Water Surface Constructed Wetland

Timothy Noack
Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. - USA
1:20-2:20pmParallel Session 4.3.1
Macro-nutrient cycling in wetlands
Parallel Session 4.3.2
Wetlands for domestic wastewater treatment
Parallel Session 4.3.3
1:20-1:40pmShallow, Open Water Treatment Wetlands Facilitate Enhanced Nutrient and Trace Organic Attenuation by Microbial Processes

Jonathan O. Sharp
ReNUWIt Eng. Research Center - USA
The Use of Wetlands for Nitrogen Removal from Agricultural Drainage

Jan Vymazal
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague - CZECH REPUBLIC
Treatment wetlands for wastewater with low nutrient load: effect of plant species on plant growth and nutrient uptake

Gilles Vincent
Shanghai Plant Science Research Center - CHINA
1:40-2:00pmSeasonal Variation of Nutrient Removal in a Full-scale Artificial Aerated Hybrid Constructed Wetland

Jun Zhai
Chongqing University - CHINA
Wetlands for Tertiary Treatment of Domestic Wastewater

Mark Madison
2:00-2:20Effects of plant establishment on microbial communities, water chemistry, and hydrology in aerated and non-aerated constructed wetland mesocosms

Vincent Gagnon
Royal Military College of Canada - CANADA
Free water surface constructed wetland performance under intermittent water dynamics to mitigate non-point agricultural nitrate pollution

Nicola Dal Ferro
Viale dell'Università - ITALY
2:20-2:50pmClosing Ceremony
2:50pmLone Peak Assent
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Thursday Field Trip Options

Option 1: Bozeman Field Trip

Departs: 9:00am – Returns: 5:00pm

This field trip will offer the opportunity to see two cold weather adapted treatment wetland technologies and a wetland and floodplain restoration project while traveling from Big Sky through beautiful Gallatin Canyon where portions of the movie A River Runs Through It was filmed, up into the scenic Bridger Mountains. The tour will begin at 9:00 am and travel to Moonlight Basin (elev. ~7,000 ft) for a guided tour of their Floating Island TM based wastewater treatment facility.  From Moonlight Basin we will follow the Gallatin River canyon north, through Bozeman, MT up to Bridger Bowl Ski Resort at an elevation of 6,100 ft. At Bridger Bowl we will stop for lunch in their picturesque Mid-Mountain Chalet. After lunch we will be able to take walking tours of the area and their two-stage vertical flow wetland treatment system. From Bridger Bowl, we will head back to Bozeman for a tour of the Story Mill wetland restoration site and living classroom, which boasts walking trails, bird watching, and 24 acres of wetland restoration, focusing on both wetland form and function.

Option 2: Ennis Field Trip

Departs: 9:00am – Returns: 5:00pm

Stunning views of the picturesque Madison Valley await as we tour two cold weather adapted treatment wetlands and a 500-acre wetland restoration near historic Ennis, Montana. Our tour begins at 9:00 am and travels to Moonlight Basin (elev. ~7,000 ft) for a guided tour of their Floating Island TM based wastewater treatment facility. From Moonlight Basin we head north of Lone Peak on a private road into the Madison Valley.  In historic Ennis, Montana, we tour the small western town and the award-winning O’Dell Creek wetland restoration. This restoration project generated over 500-acres of wetland from a previously channelized spring fed creek, and is now home to many birds and a diverse wetland ecosystem. From O’Dell Creek we venture southwest of Ennis to Blain Springs to tour the Ennis National Fish Hatchery and their direct application treatment wetland facility. The Hatchery is a trout brood stock facility responsible for providing trout eggs for hatcheries across the US. Effluent from the hatchery’s vacuum based raceway cleaning system is treated in a two-stage surface application wetland treatment system, with the whole area overlooked by resident Osprey and the stunning Sphynx Mountain.

Option 3: Red Rock Lakes Field Trip

Departs: 8:00am – Returns: 5:00pm

This field trip will provide participants an opportunity to visit Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (RRLNWR) near Lakeview, Montana, about a 3 hour drive from the conference venue. Located at the foot of the Centennial Mountains and just west of Yellowstone National Park, the refuge’s 51,386 acre management area has been described as the most beautiful wildlife refuge in the conterminous United States. The refuge represents one of the largest continuous complexes of wetland, lake, and riparian habitats in the Greater Yellowstone Area and serves as the primary rehabilitation area for the Trumpeter Swan population in the United States.  The unique cold weather alpine wetlands provide habitat for over 250 bird species, including White-faced Ibis, Black-crowned Night Herons; as well as, moose, grizzly bear, and river otter. In addition, RRLNWR contains a population of the native Arctic Grayling that represents the southern-most portion of the specie’s range.  On your trek to the wildlife refuge look for mule deer, badgers, antelope, and other inhabitants of the region.

We will have three hours at the refuge to talk to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists about:

  1. waterfowl conservation strategies, highlighting efforts to protect Trumpeter Swans
  2. moose and elk management on the refuge
  3. the Arctic Grayling Recovery Project.

Participants will have access to bathroom facilities while on the refuge and will receive a packed lunch for the road. Wildlife viewing, high-elevation scenery, and exposure to some of Montana’s most remote wetlands, make this tour worth 6 hours total of travel time. Space is limited, but prepare to experience one of the few Wetland Wilderness Areas in the lower United States.

Option 4: Butte and Silver Bow Creek Field Trip

Departs: 8:30am – Returns: 5:30pm

This tour will take us to historic Butte, Montana, and nearby Silver Bow Creek, about a 2.5 hour drive from the conference venue. The trip will showcase the national award-winning restoration and remediation efforts of Silver Bow Creek and adjacent wetlands.  We will begin with a scenic drive through Southwest Montana and over the Continental Divide to Butte, once known as the “Richest Hill on Earth” and once the greatest copper producer in the world.  The first stop will be at the Berkeley Pit, a former open pit copper mine and one of the largest Superfund sites in the U.S.  Next, we will explore historic buildings, museums and the colorful past of uptown Butte followed by lunch in town at a local bar & grill.

From Butte, we will head west to Silver Bow Creek, a remediated and reconstructed stream previously devoid of life due to mine waste and tailings contamination.  Clean up of the stream was one of the largest projects of its kind, encompassing tailings removal, complete reconstruction of the stream channel in areas and restoration of adjacent wetlands.  The restoration project has garnered national and international awards, fish and wildlife populations are being reestablished and a greenway with trails has been established along portions of the creek.

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