Newsletter for May 2022


Behnoush Yeganeh, PE

Xiaohong He, PhD, PE

City of Austin Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 100 MGD Expansion

Tuesday- May 17 at 6:00 pm

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Location: Clay Pit Restaurant, Downtown Austin, 1601 Guadalupe Street

Date and Time: 5/17/22 at 6:00pm

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Summary of Presentation

The Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is one of two major wastewater treatment plants that provide service to City of Austin customers. The plant was built in different stages, starting from 1977, with a major capacity expansion in 2002 to its current average daily flow capacity of 75 MGD. As part of the plant’s Facility Planning, AECOM was tasked by the Austin Water for developing a plan to optimize current treatment processes, maximize existing and untapped treatment capacity, and identify strategic capacity additions or modifications to optimize site development of the plant property while meeting the environmental, regulatory, social and financial requirements. Following the completion of Facility Plan, AECOM was selected to provide Engineering Services for the first phase of plant expansion to 100 MGD, based on the recommendations of the Facility Plan. The presentation will provide an overview of the plant expansion project.

Speakers Bio

Behnoush Yeganeh is a Project Manager with AECOM Austin office. She is a chemical-environmental engineer by training, with 19 years of experience in research, design and management of municipal water and wastewater projects. Behnoush is a past recipient of the Young Engineer of the Year award by Travis Chapter of TSPE, and the past president of Capital Area Chapter of Texas AWWA.

Xiaohong He is a senior project manager at AECOM’s Austin office. He has 25 years of experience, 18 of which in Central Texas. He has led or played major roles in many mid to large scale water and wastewater treatment plant projects, including some of the largest ones in Austin. His work has been presented or published in local, regional and national conferences as well as peer reviewed journals. He received his PhD from the University of Houston, Master’s and Bachelor’s from China, all in Environmental Engineering.

Meeting Location:

The Clay Pit Restaurant, 1601 Guadalupe

Free parking is available across the street from the restaurant in the Attorney General Parking garage, after 6 pm.


It’s that time again to nominate officers for leadership in CTS WEAT! If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved on the Board or committee, please send your nominations to Jessica Vassar,, by Friday, May 13, 2022 for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • YP Committee Chair
  • Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Special Events Committee Chair
  • Website Committee Chair
Nominations will be taken to the nominating committee and elections will take place at the upcoming May 14th meeting. Currently the Board has the following members:
  • Current President Jessica Vassar will assume Past-President position
  • Current President-Elect John Marler will assume President position
  • Current Vice-President Sean Mason has completed term
  • Current Treasurer Michael Sherer is finishing 2nd year of 2 year term
  • Current Secretary Behnoush is finishing 1st year of 2 year term
  • Current Section Rep, Jason Bybel is finishing 2nd of 3 year term


The WEAT CTS 2022 Scholarship opens next week!

Starting Friday, May 13th, WEAT members or their dependents in higher education may apply for this year’s scholarship. WEAT CTS Scholarship Application Deadline is at 5 PM on Friday, August 5th, 2022.

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Are you or your dependent(s) planning to enroll in a two-year or four-year college or university this fall? If so, you and/or your dependent(s) may be eligible for scholarship assistance from the Water Environment Association of Texas Central Texas Section (WEAT CTS) Scholarship!

WEAT CTS is awarding up to $1000 per student recipient, and runner-up recipients may be awarded up to $500. WEAT is committed to enhancing the water environment of Texas through educational investment, workforce development, and supporting our members through WEAT.

All applications with unofficial transcripts must be submitted by 5 PM on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Please submit scholarship application packages to Jenni English at:

The Central Texas Section serves members located in the following counties of Texas: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Llano, Travis, and Williamson. Students attending higher education in the above counties may be eligible for sponsorship of first-time WEAT membership dues if their studies are in related fields. Contact Jenni English for more information.



WEAT has recently created a new Small Systems Committee and is looking to add new members! This new committee will focus on meeting the needs of the smaller communities across our state. The committee will work to identify, evaluate, and implement innovative methods of providing technical information and operational support to small systems throughout Texas. Through these efforts, the committee will strive to bolster the knowledge and skillsets of various utilities, encourage/grow WEAT membership, and provide professionals with an avenue for impactful contributions.

If are interested in joining the committee or would like to receive additional information, please contact Trey Stewart at 512-539-1964 or


May 13 2022 Leadership Summit, Conroe, TX

June 1-2 Collection Systems and Odor and Corrosion Control Conference, Frisco, TX

August 16-17 CMOM 2022, Austin, Tx


Upcoming Event:
Joint CTS WEAT and CAC TAWWA Round Rock Express Baseball Game with Pints and Pups! 

When: Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 7:05 PM

Where: Dell Diamond

Address: 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, Texas 78665


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Sponsorship alternatives have been developed in a way of keeping meeting cost low for all attendees. Sponsorship options include Classic (meeting), Gold, Platinum, and more! For more details, please contact Jessica Vassar 512-617-3167, 

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Platinum Sponsors


Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) is a client-focused, regionally based firm with national expertise. From 17 offices across Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma, we work seamlessly together across all disciplines, giving our clients the benefit of multi-service integration with an approach that is as innovative as it is practical. Together, more than 500 professionals deliver top-tier professional services that reflect the FNI vision – to be the firm of choice for clients and employees. In the last 10 years, FNI has performed more than 350 treatment projects and designed more than 730 miles of pipeline and pump stations that provide more than 3.9 billion gallons per day to municipal and industrial clients.

Hartwell Environmental Corporation represents leading manufacturers of water and wastewater treatment equipment used in municipal and industrial treatment facilities. Hartwell Environmental Corporation was founded in 1997. We have expanded from our headquarters in Houston to three branch offices in Austin and Arlington, TX and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our expansion has allowed us to better serve the municipal and industrial facilities in the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
Environmental Improvements, Inc., established in 1966 is a Manufacturer’s Representative firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment. We represent a complete line of manufacturers capable of treating all variations of municipal water and wastewater applications. Coupled with our product service we have been providing treatment equipment and solutions in Texas for over forty-five years.

Every community deserves safe, affordable drinking water and clean rivers and streams. That’s the mission Garver and our partnered utilities work toward every day. And every day, these utilities are faced with challenges of aging infrastructure, increasing water quality requirements, and concerns over funding.

Garver’s Water Team is uniquely built with client-focused, local teams that provide constant support, four design centers providing sophisticated design of all engineering disciplines, and a Water Technology Team comprised of national experts that can innovatively solve the most challenging water and wastewater quality concerns.

Whether it’s replacing aging infrastructure or designing new facilities, Garver will rise to the challenge. Even as our industry changes, one thing will remain the same—Garver’s dedication to delivering first-class client service to our communities

At Plummer, we truly believe that Water is Precious. As a result, our practice has been focused on the protection and development of water resources for our clients and their customers for 40 years. We are a firm of over 120 engineering and scientific professionals dedicated to planning and design of water infrastructure. Dedicated to water resources and environmental engineering, our firm balances sound engineering principles with innovative technology tailored to our clients’ needs. From initial project kick-off, through stringent QC review, to a completed project, our focus stays on developing cost-effective solutions for our clients. We are involved from project inception to implementation and every step in between. It is what we do every day, as opposed to what we do when we have that type of project. We are proud to be one of the top engineering firms in Texas and Louisiana (ENR TX&LA 2018). Because of our focus on water-related matters, our engineers and scientists have become recognized experts in their fields at the local, state, and national level. Our motto is “quality deliverables on schedule…without exception.”

HDR provides tailored, strategic wastewater solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and sustainable.

Historically, keeping wastewater and potable water separate was the pressing goal when designing water and sewer systems. Today, integrated planning is driving the future of one water.

Our advanced treatment professionals tackle the most complex projects with innovative yet practical applications of technology to collect, treat and renew water to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. We will partner with you to develop customized infrastructure management plans and assist in optimization to help you better manage assets, extend useful life and lower operating costs.



Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Meeting Sponsor

As a Fortune 500 firm, AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

AECOM has maintained an office in Austin, Texas for more than 40 years, with a distinguished history of providing water and wastewater engineering services to our Central Texas clients. Within the State of Texas, AECOM has four major offices providing water and wastewater services throughout the State with more than 100 engineers and technical staff performing only water and wastewater work.

WEAT CTS Officers


Jessica Vassar 512-617-3167


John Marler 512-912-5188


Sean Mason 512-646-2238


Michael Sherer  512-539-1969


Behnoush Yeganeh 512-479-1630

Section Rep

Jason Bybel 512-913-4316


Chris Pasch 512-452-5905

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