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Presenter: Larry Stephens and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Lansing, MI

Crowne Plaza Lansing West
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: 517-323-7100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Overview of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Technologies

   The evolution of onsite wastewater treatment systems
   Shortcomings of conventional onsite systems
   Improvements in technology that make onsite systems a credible choice
   Best management practices for decentralized treatment systems

Regulation and Permitting of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

   Federal, state and local regulation of systems
   Surface water and groundwater permitting of discharges in Michigan
   Permit requirements and procedures

Evaluating Sites and Choosing Treatment Goals

   Mapping the site
   Analyzing the receiving environment
   Water movement through soil
   Factors affecting soil loading rates

Treatment System Selection and Design

   Designing for both quantity and quality of wastewater
   Know the capabilities of a technology
   How to handle high-strength wastewater
   When flow equalization should be considered
   Maximizing treatment in the soil through equal distribution – LPP, drip, etc.
   Advantages of using open sand bed dispersal

Alternative and Sustainable Treatment Technologies

   Attached growth, unsaturated treatment systems
      • Mounds
      • Packed-bed media filters: sand, geotextile, peat, etc.
   Suspended growth treatment systems
      • Activated sludge processes: SBR’s, extended air, etc.
   Submerged fixed growth treatment systems
      • MBBR’s, vegetated submerged beds, constructed wetlands, etc.
   Combinations of the above, and others
      • Trickling filters, wastewater lagoons, aerated lagoons, etc.

Conditions Necessary for Nutrient Removal

   Nitrogen reduction
   Phosphorus removal

Treatment Options for Difficult Sites

   Off-lot (cluster) solutions
   Effluent sewer collection options
   Re-use of treated wastewater

Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

   Monitoring of systems
   Developing maintenance plans
   Inspection procedures
   Repair options

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CLE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity; it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Larry Stephens

President, Stephens Consulting Services

Mr. Stephens is the owner and founder of Stephens Consulting Services, P.C., a highly-skilled civil engineering firm established in 1980 with clients throughout lower Michigan and the Midwest. Under his leadership, Stephens Consulting Services, P.C. has become a leader in problem solving, particularly with regard to sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment for small communities.

Mr. Stephens is also partner in SCS Systems, LLC, a second company established in 2001 to provide management and maintenance services for onsite and cluster wastewater treatment systems.

Prior to establishing Stephens Consulting Services, P.C., Mr. Stephens was a regional engineer with the Division of Community Environmental Health, Michigan Department of Public Health, in Lansing, Michigan. During the course of his 12 years of service with the State of Michigan, Mr. Stephens was involved with policy development, rule-making and regulatory review with regard to various types of land development infrastructure.

Mr. Stephens is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan, and is past president of the Michigan Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (MOWRA). He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, and a masters of engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

Michael Stephens

Stephens Consulting Services

Mr. Stephens has now been in the operation and maintenance of septic systems for over 20 years. His company, SCS Systems LLC, has grown from providing operation and maintenance services on single-family home septic systems to now operating 32 community systems, 30 commercial systems, and STEP/STEG collection systems for over 700 homes. SCS Systems now contracts for operation and maintenance in 22 counties across Michigan, managing both groundwater and NPDES permits and discharges for numerous clients.

Mr. Stephens has a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Grand Rapids Baptist College. He is a certified wastewater operator with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for both municipal and commercial wastewater treatment facilities. Mr. Stephens has served in leadership roles for the Michigan Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, and the Michigan Water Environment Association.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.