2019 Source Water Protection Conference headerDate:  October 29, 2019  -  October 30, 2019
Time:  08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Location: Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites and Conference Center

 The 2019 SOURCE WATER PROTECTION CONFERENCE was held on October 29-30, 2019, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  Designed for communities and public water supplies, attendees were presented with management options for source water protection and steps to take to develop or enhance an existing program.  A variety of important topics were part of the discussion, including ground and surface water protection issues, wellhead protection, risk communication, funding initiatives, emerging contaminants and state program updates.

Participants reflected on the accomplishments of source water protection activities over the past decade and identified the challenges and opportunities that communities are facing as they work to update existing source water protection programs and implement new and innovative concepts, strategies and technologies.




This conference was approved for up to 0.9 Drinking Water CECs in the Technical Category and CEHs/PDHs for Professional Engineers


EGLE Update - George Krisztian, EGLE

Source Water Protection: Update and Future Directions
Jason Berndt, EGLE

History of Groundwater Protection in Michigan
Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU

Addressing PFAS (Panel Discussion)
Ian Smith, Mike Jury, Lois Graham, EGLE; Rick Solle, Plainfield Charter Twp

Developing, Updating and Implementing SWP Plans and Financing Options
Kelly Hon, Fleis & VandenBrink; Jason Berndt, EGLE

Hydrogeologic Analysis/Delineating Your Wellhead Protection Areas
Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, EGLE

Effectively Engaging WHP Teams
Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU; Christine Spitzley, OHM Advisors

Conducting the Contaminant Source Inventory: A How-To
Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, EGLE; Kelly Hon, Fleis & Vandenbrink 

Planning and Zoning for Source Water Protection
Harmony Gmazel, MSU Extension

Innovative Ways to Reach Your Audience: Education and Outreach Ideas for Communities
Kelly Hon, Fleis & VandenBrink

Siting New Wells
Jim Brode, Fleis & Vandenbrink

Integrating Stormwater and Source Water Protection Efforts
Jean Talanda, City of Kalamazoo

Moving from Assessments to Protection
Jason Berndt, EGLE; Ruth Kline-Robach, MSU

A look at the new SWP initiatives in the USDA Farm Bill
Christine Spitzley, OHM Advisors

Memorial Park Case Study 
Cheryl Louden, Board of Water and Light

American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 and SWP
Lindsey Kerkez, OHM Advisors 



Keynote: How to Effectively Communicate and Market the Safety of Your Drinking Water
Brian Steglitz, City of Ann Arbor

Land Use Restrictions on Contaminated Property - Considerations for Wellhead Protection Areas
Jim Brode, Fleis & VandenBrink; Matt Gamble, EGLE

Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool Process and Status Update
Jim Milne, EGLE

Geothermal Wells: Technical Guidance
Dave DeYoung, EGLE; Cheryl Louden, Lansing BWL

Huron-to-Erie Corridor Drinking Water Monitoring Project
Rachael Barlock, SEMCOG; Meghan Price, Environmental Consulting & Technology

Fireworks and Source Water Protection: Evart Case Study 
Joel Henry, Golder Associates

Groundwater Protection in Agricultural Areas
AJ Brucks, Van Buren Conservation District

Onsite Wastewater Systems - Issues and Management Options
Dale Ladouceur, EGLE

Plenary Session: Communities in Action
John Paquin, City of Kalamazoo; Brian Klaassen, Village of Holly; Tracey Connelly; City of Harrison 




Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy  |  Michigan Rural Water Association  |  Michigan State University Institute of Water Research


Michigan Wellhead Protection Program  |  American Water Works Association: Michigan Section



Supporting Sponsors


Fleis and VandenBrink logoGreat Lakes Commission logo

  Jones & Henry Engineers logo Merit Laboratories logo  MRWA logo


SampleServe logo USDA logo