Newsletter for September 2021


Dustin Craig, P.E. (CDM Smith)

Bioenergy Modeling – Determining the Highest Value for Hornsby Bend’s Biogas

Tuesday – September 21, 2021 at 12 pm to 1 pm

Zoom Meeting

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the September CTS WEAT meeting will be an online Zoom meeting over lunch. Zoom Meeting information below:

Topic: CTS September 2021 Meeting – Bioenergy Modeling – Determining the Highest Value for Hornsby Bend’s Biogas

Time: September 21, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 872 0476 2789

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09/21/21 12:00pm

Bioenergy Modeling – Determining the Highest Value for Hornsby Bend’s Biogas

The Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant currently flares over 50% of their biogas to the ambient environment. CDM Smith was contracted to evaluate ways in which the unused biogas could be utilized. A dynamic model was developed to analyze how each alternative would affect flaring, O&M spending, and economic return.

Speaker Bio

Dustin Craig, PE is an environmental engineer with 16 years of experience, all in the Kansas City office of CDM Smith. Dustin’s career has been focused on the design of wastewater infrastructure with an emphasis in solids handling processes, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy utilization processes. Dustin is the Bioenergy Discipline Leader for CDM Smith.

WEAT Central Texas Section Scholarship Application

WEAT Central Texas Chapter is proud to present scholarships to the following applicants:

Allen Ho – $1,000
  • Allen is a senior at UT Austin studying Environmental Engineering. He works in a research lab for aquaponic farming and alternative water treatment solutions and has high honors in his classes.
James “Matt” Mathison – $1,000
  • Matt is a student at Texas State University in San Marcos studying environmental science and resource management. His career interest is in watershed protections, and he’s an active member of the Texas Stream Team to test local water quality.
Lauryn McCosky – $1,000
  • Lauryn is a junior at UT Austin studying Environmental Engineering. She is pursuing a Humanitarian Engineering Certificate, researching, designing, and implementing engineering solutions to help underserved communities abroad.
Neha Irrinki- $500
  • Neha is a senior year at UT Austin studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She’s an advocate for sustainable business practices, and just finished an internship that worked to integrate recycling in the consumer packed goods industry.

Reduced Sponsorship Rates for 2021…

Sponsorship alternatives have been developed in a way of keeping section costs, scholarship opportunities and meeting costs low for all members/attendees. Sponsorship options include Classic (meeting), Gold, Platinum, and more! For more details, please contact Sean Mason 512-646-2238

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Platinum Sponsors

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.

Municipal Valve & Equipment Company provides Utilities and their Consultants flow control solutions including drainage backflow prevention, pump/flow control and critical energy dissipation. Our service team will repair your actuators and control valves onsite. Request a quote to remove and replace antiquated valves and actuators with our industry leading products turnkey!

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.”

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.

DCS Engineering, LLC is a full-service locally owned engineering firm with company headquarters located in Austin. DCS provides civil engineering consultingservices on small and large infrastructure projects, specifically municipal water, wastewater, and transportation planning, permitting, design, construction administration, and operational trouble shooting.

DCS’s list of services includes managing and providing master planning; modeling; water supply; CIP list development; design of elevated storage tanks, pumping stations, ground storage tanks, waterlines, reclaimed water systems, water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants; process design; plant process analysis/trouble shooting; lift stations; sanitary sewers, sewer rehabilitation; odor and noise control; biosolids treatment; assimilative modeling; TPDES permitting; mechanical, structural, roadway design, and drainage. Simple solutions to complex problems, integrity, and open communication with Owners and Operators are the foundations upon which the firm has been built.

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.

Gold Sponsors

CP&Y, Inc. – Has specialized in providing professional engineering services to Texas communities since 1980. CP&Y has successfully completed numerous civil infrastructure projects across the state specifically in South Central Texas. These projects are always carefully managed and coordinated with the clients who consistently choose us for our versatility, experience, quality, and on-time performance.

Newsletter Sponsors

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

September Meeting Sponsor


CDM Smith

founded in 1947, is a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide For over 45 years, CDM Smith has been providing professional engineering services throughout Central Texas, successfully delivering projects tied to the State’s long-term water and wastewater needs.

CDM Smith’s full range of comprehensive services includes architectural and engineering design, environmental management and planning, transportation, management consulting, information management, and construction. Projects range from small, short-term solutions to complex, ongoing environmental and infrastructure management programs, with a common focus: CDM Smith’s driving philosophy of providing exceptional client service and building long-term.


Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Corporate Sponsors

WEAT CTS Officers


Jessica Vassar 512-617-3100


John Marler 512-912-5188


Sean Mason 512-646-2238


Michael Sherer 512-617-3100


Behnoush Yeganeh 512-479-1630

Section Rep

Jason Bybel 512-338-1704


Chris Pasch 512-687-2162

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