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
Ed Semonian Board Room (6th floor)
1800 Limerick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Water Research Foundation (formerly WE&RF) recently hosted 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 did the researchers associated with WRF’s National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management share their findings and demonstrate tools developed, but attendees also heard 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 were discussed. Participants had 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.

Welcome and Introductions (PDF)

Amit Pramanik, WRF

Charles Logue, AlexRenew

9:45 a.m.

EPA’s Future Policy Direction of Nutrients (PDF)

Sally Gutierrez, US EPA

10:10 a.m.

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

Ben Packard, US EPA

10:30 a.m.

Part 1: Nutrient Removal and Recovery Technology and Approaches

Amit Pramanik, WRF (facilitator)


Ø Nutrient Recovery through Urine Separation (STAR_N1R14) (PDF)

Krista Wigginton, University of Michigan


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

Kartik Chandran, Columbia University


Ø Manure Resource Recovery (STAR_N3R14) (PDF)

Christine Radke on behalf of Georgine Yorgey, Washington State University

12:00 p.m.

Working Lunch (Q&A with speakers)


1:00 p.m.

Part 1 (continued)



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

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) (PDF)

David Sedlak, University of California-Berkeley

2:00 p.m.

Part 1 Discussion and Research Needs

Walter Graf and Amit Pramanik, WRF (facilitators)

2:30 p.m.



2:45 p.m.

Part 2: Nutrient Efforts from Partnering Organizations

Christine Radke (facilitator)


Ø Water Environment Federation (PDF)

Morgan Brown, WEF


Ø Association of Clean Water Administrators (PDF)

Patrick McGuire, ACWA


Ø National Association of Clean Water Agencies (PDF)

Cynthia Finley, NACWA

3:30 p.m.

Part 3: WRF Past, Ongoing, and Future Nutrient Research (PDF)

Christine Radke (facilitator)


Ø Linkages with Water Quality Focus Area (PDF)

Lola Olabode, WRF


Ø Reuse from Agriculture Focus Area (PDF)

Kristan VandenHeuvel, WRF


Ø Integrated Water Management Focus Area (PDF)

Katy Lackey, WRF


Ø LIFT and EPA Nutrient Recycling Challenge (PDF)

Fidan Karimova, WRF


Ø Nutrients and Resource Recovery Focus Areas (PDF)

Christine Radke, WRF

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.

Welcome back and continental breakfast

Amit Pramanik, WRF

8:45 a.m.

Part 2: (continued)

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Nutrients Efforts (PDF)

Tanya Spano, MWCOG

9:00 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) (PDF)

Ankit Pathak, Hazen and Sawyer


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

William Stack, Center for Watershed Protection


Ø Nutrient Life Cycle Management Decision Methodology (STAR_N7R14) (PDF)

Walter Graf for Steven Skerlos, University of Michigan

10:15 a.m.



10:30 a.m.

Part 4 (continued)



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

Qiong Zhang, University of South Florida

11:15 a.m.

Part 4 Discussion and Research Needs


11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Open Discussion


12:30 p.m.

Part 5: WRF Nutrients Challenge

Amit Pramanik, WRF (facilitator)


Ø Nutrient Challenge Overview and Nutrient Removal Technologies (PDF)

JB Neethling, HDR

  Ø Innovative Nutrient Removal Technologies (PDF)

Phil Zahreddine, US EPA


Ø Nutrient Regulations (PDF)

David Clark, HDR

2:00 p.m.

Part 5 Discussion and Research Needs


2:30 p.m.

What next?

Amit Pramanik, WRF

3:00 p.m.



Workshop Contact:
Christine Radke, PMP