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Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Rural Communities


Small communities have a small tax base and limited funding and staffing, yet they must still meet all federal and state requirements for wastewater treatment. As a result, many of these towns across the United States face the challenge of how to replace aging rural infrastructure—like wastewater treatment systems—in spite of limited resources.

This is compounded by increasingly stringent water-quality standards for treated effluent. Being that cities large and small obtain their drinking water from the same rivers that receive treated wastewater effluent, the need and cost for some communities to obtain a source of clean drinking water is directly impacted when certain cities fail to meet the tightening restrictions.

So, what can these communities do?

Look no further than constructed wetlands, which have been used all over the world as a cost-effective solution for wastewater treatment! Constructed wetlands can remove nutrients and solids from wastewater and provide sustainable secondary benefits that traditional engineered systems cannot, including energy savings, irrigation water, and serving as both wildlife habitats and recreation areas.

Join Forester University for this live, educational webinar as speaker Alison Tompkins, Nez Perce County Planner and Floodplain Coordinator, uses a proposed constructed wetland to treat wastewater from the City of Juliaetta (population 609) in northern Idaho as a case study to demonstrate the value and feasibility of constructed wastewater treatment wetlands for small communities in cold climates.

This course will illustrate how this project exemplifies effective design and construction methods. It must meet federal and state discharge permit requirements and water-quality standards, is affordable to construct and maintain (can be upkept by just two staff members employed by the city), and will be sustained by the community for the lifetime of the system.

Take this webinar to learn how constructed wastewater treatment wetlands can be a viable option for your community and how you can emulate this project for optimal success!

Learning Objectives
By participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the challenges small communities and design professionals face related to aging wastewater treatment infrastructure and meeting increasingly stringent water-quality standards
  • Identify the different types of constructed wetlands used for wastewater treatment
  • Discover the benefits of using constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment
  • Explore the challenges of using constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment
  • Learn how to permit and fund a constructed wastewater treatment wetland

Train Your Team
Get the whole team trained! We offer additional savings if you register as a group. For group pricing information, contact us at

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

On-Demand Webcast > Stormwater ($79.00)


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