Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) Director of Monitoring and Research, Thomas C. Granato, Ph.D., shared his research and insight in a program titled “Challenges to Planning Effective Management of Wet Weather Events including Sustainability, Affordability and Dependability” during the Water Environment Research Foundation’s (WERF’s) 8th Annual Research Forum held at the Chicago Hilton recently.
The annual conference attracts leading researchers and sector experts to share current water quality research. This year’s conference theme was “The Melding of Economics and Innovation.” WERF is a nonprofit organization formed in 1989 and is an independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.
“The conference offered a great opportunity to share the MWRD’s stormwater management history, accomplishments and future challenges,” said Dr. Granato.
Dr. Granato holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Science and a M.S. in Soil Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science at North Carolina State University. In addition to serving as a WERF Research Council member,
Dr. Granato currently serves on the Illinois Water Resources Center External Advisory Board, Water Environment Research Foundation Research Council, the National Biosolids Partnership Steering Committee, and he is on the Olive-Harvey College Environmental Biology Program Advisory Board. He is currently serving on the editorial board of the International Scholarly Research Network’s Soil Science Journal and is a past managing editor of Water Environment Research Journal. Dr. Granato joined the MWRD in 1988.
The MWRD’s Monitoring and Research Department conducts environmental monitoring to assess regulatory compliance and impacts of MWRD operations, performs research to provide technical support for operations and administers the MWRD’s Industrial Pretreatment and User Charge programs.
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