National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management Capstone Summit

August 7-8, 2018
AlexRenew’s Environmental Center: Learn more about the award-winning Environmental Center
1800 Limerick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Water Research Foundation (formerly WE&RF) is hosting a two-day capstone summit showcasing the projects and programs conducted under their U.S. EPA’s National Priorities Nutrient Management Centers grant.  Not only will the researchers associated with WRF’s National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management share their findings and demonstrate tools developed, but attendees will also hear presentations on the other three National Nutrient Centers funded under the U.S. EPA’s grant. Overviews of other WRF and partner organizations’ nutrient removal and recovery related research programs will also be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to identify additional research needs and gaps on effective nutrient management.

Agenda (PDF)


Day 1 – Tuesday, August 7, 2018




8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:30 a.m.


Amit Pramanik, WRF

10:00 a.m.

Overview of the Centers for Water Research on National Priorities Related to a Systems View of Nutrient Management

Ben Packard, US EPA

10:30 a.m.

Part 1: Nutrient Removal and Recovery Technology and Approaches

Walter Graf, WRF (facilitator)


Ø Nutrient Recovery through Urine Separation (STAR_N1R14)

Krista Wigginton, University of Michigan


Ø Development and Implementation Process Technology Toolbox for Sustainable Biological Nutrient Removal Using Mainstream Deammonification (STAR_N2R14)

Kartik Chandran, Columbia University


Ø Manure Resource Recovery (STAR_N3R14)

Georgine Yorgey, Washington State University

12:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.

Part 1 (continued)



Ø Manure Nutrient and Resource Recovery: Co-Digestion with Low-Cost Ammonia Stripping (STAR_N3R14a)

David Stensel and Ryan Ziels, University of Washington


Ø Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems (STAR_N4R14)

David Sedlak, University of California-Berkeley

2:00 p.m.

Part 1 Discussion and Research Needs

Walter Graf, WRF (facilitator)

2:30 p.m.



2:45 p.m.

Part 2: WRF Past, Ongoing, and Future Nutrient Research

Christine Radke (facilitator)


Ø The Original WERF – Nutrients Challenge

JB Neethling, HDR


Ø WRF Linkages with Water Quality

Lola Olabode, WRF


Ø WRF Reuse for Agriculture Focus Area

Kristan VandenHeuvel, WRF


 Ø WRF Integrated Water Management Focus Area

Harry Zhang, WRF

4:00 p.m.

Part 3: Nutrient Efforts from Partnering Organizations

Christine Radke (facilitator)


Ø Water Environment Federation

Morgan Brown, WEF


Ø Association of Clean Water Administrators

Mark Patrick McGuire, ACWA


Ø National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Chris Hornback, NACWA

4:45 p.m.

Day 1 Wrap Up

Amit Pramanik, WRF

5:00 p.m.

Adjourn for day


Day 2 – Wednesday, August 8, 2018




8:30 a.m.

Recap of Day 1 and Day 2 Overview

Amit Pramanik, WRF

8:45 a.m.

Part 4: Strategies and Management Options – Using Models and Decision Support Tools

Walter Graf, WRF (facilitator)


Ø Tool for Evaluating Resource Recovery – Agriculture (STAR_N5R14)

Wendell Khunjar, Hazen and Sawyer


Ø Finding and adding Agricultural BMP Performance Studies to the Agricultural BMP Database (STAR_N6R14)

William Stack, Center for Watershed Protection


Ø Center for Integrated Multi-Scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions

James Shortle, Pennsylvania State University

10:15 am



10:30 a.m.

Part 4 (continued)



Ø Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management (RAINmgt)

James Mihelcic, University of South Florida


Ø Center for Comprehensive, OptimaL, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN)

Mazdak Arabi, Colorado State University


Ø Nutrient Life Cycle Management Decision Methodology (STAR_N7R14)

Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan

12:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.

Part 4 Discussion and Research Needs

Walter Graf, WRF (facilitator)

1:30 p.m.

Part 5: Nutrients Regulations and Discussion

David Clark, HDR

2:45 p.m.

What next?

Amit Pramanik, WRF

3:00 p.m.



Registration Deadline: July 30, 2018
We recommend registering early as seating is limited.

Price: Free

Workshop Contact:
Christine Radke, PMP

Registration Questions:
Cecilia Aleman

Hotel Logistics:
Courtney Tharpe