TUCKER, GA - U.S. Poultry & Egg Association recently
presented USPOULTRY's Poultry Wastewater Treatment Operators
Training Program at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oxford, Alabama.
The training was led by Paul Bredwell, vice president of
environmental programs for USPOULTRY. Sixteen individuals
from eight Association member companies participated in the
"The Poultry Wastewater Treatment Operators Course has been
an extremely valuable training resource for me and the rest
of my wastewater team. This is the second year my facility
has sent operators, as well as lab personnel to the class.
Their experience level has ranged from a couple of months
experience to me, with 23 years of experience in wastewater
treatment and wastewater lab analysis. Mr. Bredwell and Dr.
Kiepper managed to make the course relevant to all of our
levels of experience. The information
presented was clear, concise, and easy to understand. My
novice operators left with a basic understanding of
wastewater treatment principles, which has given them a base
on which to build with their hands-on
day-to-day training. For my experienced operators, it was a
much needed refresher course, which has reminded them that
sometimes basic wastewater treatment principles are needed in
order to troubleshoot and solve seemingly complex problems
with the treatment process. From a cost perspective, the
course was the best value I have found from anyone offering
wastewater treatment training. I highly recommend this class
to anyone in the poultry industry who needs to understand the
wastewater treatment process, whether you have pretreatment
or a more advanced biological treatment process, or from the
facility plant managers to the wastewater managers down to
the operator with no experience," commented Lisa Beckham,
Wastewater Supervisor for Tyson Foods, Inc., in Blountsville,
The course introduced students to the regulatory structure
governing poultry plant effluents, provided a primer in math,
chemistry, and microbiology, and covered the predominant
equipment and systems used to properly treat poultry effluent
prior to discharge. After fourteen hours of classroom
instruction and active student involvement, participants
received a certificate of completion with a number of states
having approved the course to award professional development
hours and/or continuing education credits necessary to
maintain a wastewater treatment license or certification.
The training program, which originated in 2003, was developed
by professionals with detailed knowledge of poultry
wastewater treatment. The course is primarily geared toward
operators and supervisors who
are presently involved in poultry wastewater treatment and is
particularly suited for those with less than two years of
experience in this area.
For more information about the Poultry Wastewater Operators
Training Program, click on the following link: http://www.uspoultry.org/environment/.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization
representing the complete spectrum of today's poultry
industry, with a focus on progressively serving member
companies through research, education, communication, and
technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg
Association is based in Tucker, GA.