IAEP Presents Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Des Plaines Inflow Tunnel & Water Management Ordinance Updates
Date: May 4, 2022 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Breakfast, Program and Q&A) 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Registration, Light Networking & Breakfast (included) 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Presentations and Q&A Location: Cafe Le Cave, 2777 Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018 Cost: IAEP Members: $50; Non-members: $99
GUEST SPEAKERS: Patrick Jensen, P.E. - Principal Civil Engineer in the Collection Facilities/TARP (Tunnel and Reservoir Plan) Section of the Engineering Department at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)
Timothy Nolan, P.E. - Senior Civil Engineer at MWRD
Lolita Thompson, P.E. - Senior Civil Engineer in the Local Sewer Systems Section of the Engineering Department at MWRD
MODERATOR Robert Sliwinski, Sr. Environmental Resource Specialist, Christopher B. Burke Engineering
In 1972, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) adopted a Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), also known as “Deep Tunnel”. TARP is a system of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoirs designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality in Chicago area waterways and protect Lake Michigan from pollution caused by sewer overflows. TARP captures and stores combined stormwater and sewage that would otherwise overflow from sewers into waterways in rainy weather. This stored water is pumped from TARP to water reclamation plants (WRPs) to be cleaned before being released to waterways. Patrick Jensen, Principal Civil Engineer at MWRDG, and Tim Nolan, Senior Civil Engineer with MWRDGC, will be providing construction updates on the Des Plaines Inflow Tunnel.
Completing our speaker dais will be Ms. Lolita Thompson, Senior Civil Engineer with MWRDGC. Ms. Thompson will be providing an update on the draft Water Management Ordinance (WMO) amendment. Ms. Thompson has been directly involved with the preparation of this draft amendment and will be an excellent source of information on this topic.
Pre-registration is required. Refunds are allowed with cancellation 48 hours prior to the webinar.
Our Corporate membership umbrella allows for up to any 5 employees to attend this seminar at a cost of $50 per employee.
IAEP will provide a certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours to attendees. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if this course meets the requirements of professional development for each license and state of licensure for which the participant is claiming continuing education credit.
Patrick Jensen, P.E.
Mr. Patrick Jensen, P.E. is a Principal Civil Engineer in the Collection Facilities/TARP (Tunnel and Reservoir Plan) Section of the Engineering Department at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Mr. Jensen has been working there 13 years on large infrastructure projects. As a Principal Civil Engineer, Mr. Jensen now serves as a project engineer for the McCook Reservoir and other TARP related projects, oversees the District’s collection systems asset management plan as well as associated sewer rehabilitation design projects. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Tim Nolan, P.E.
Timothy Nolan, P.E is a Senior Civil Engineer at MWRD where he has worked in the Construction Division of the Engineering Department as a Resident Engineer overseeing contract work since 2011. He has worked in Construction since he joined the District in 2007 and has been involved many contracts in all aspects of sewer collection and waste water process improvements. Major Contracts as a Resident Engineer include of the $165 Million Sludge Thickening Improvements at the Stickney Water Reclamation plant as well as the $107 Million McCook Reservoir Des Plaines Inflow Tunnel Contract. His prior experience includes working as an Engineer for a suburban Public Works Department and he also worked for a consultant performing commercial and residential subdivision design during the housing boom. His education is from the University of Iowa where he received bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Lolita Thompson, P.E.
Lolita Thompson, P.E. is a Senior Civil Engineer in the Local Sewer Systems Section of the Engineering Department at MWRD. Ms. Thompson started working at the District in 2013 as a Treatment Plant Operator, was promoted in 2014 to Environmental Specialist, and was promoted to Senior Civil Engineer in 2019. She currently manages and ensures compliance of the Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO), providing permitting compliance guidance to design engineers, municipal officials, developers, contractors, property owners and the general public. She also collaborates with the Technical Advisory Committee, Law, and Engineering Departments to amend the WMO by incorporating new and existing policies. In her current role, Ms. Thompson also oversees billing requests, fees, and refunds, along with reviewing and processing IEPA permit applications, permit extensions and preparing data analysis reports. Her prior experience includes working as an Engineer in the refining and conduit industries, and working as an Engineering Team Leader in the battery industry. She received a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer and has an Illinois EPA Certification as a Class 4 Wastewater Treatment Works Operator.