Friday, May 1, 2015: 7:00 – 8:30 am (REGISTER)
Featured Speaker: James H. Clark, Black & Veatch
“How a Water Quality Project Returned the Sparkle to a Los Angeles Jewel”
Echo Park Lake, a Los Angeles icon, was originally designed as a drinking water reservoir in the 1860’s but has been used for many decades primarily as a flood control detention basin while also providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. The Lake was identified in the 2006 California 303 (d) list as being impaired by algae, ammonia, copper, eutrophic conditions, lead, odor, PDBs, pH and trash. This presentation will outline the $45 million project to restore the lake and surrounding park to improve the quality of urban runoff and meet TMDL requirements, while also meeting recreational needs of the surrounding community.
James H. Clark is a senior vice president of the engineering/construction firm Black & Veatch Corporation. Located at the firm’s Los Angeles office, he has managed numerous environmental and water quality improvement projects, including serving as the Senior Process Engineer and a Project Manager for the design of the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant, a 15-year, $1.1 billion wastewater treatment and reclamation project which was named one of the ten most outstanding public works projects of the 20th Century by the American Public Works Association (along with the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, and the Panama Canal); and managed the design for the $200 million facility to provide full secondary treatment to the Orange County (CA) Sanitation District Plant No. 1. He recently managed the design for the $140 million expansion of the Orange County (CA) Water District Groundwater Replenishment System, one of the most famous indirect potable reuse projects in the world, with construction completion scheduled for 2015. He was also the Project Director for the design and construction of the City of Los Angeles $45 million Echo Park Lake rehabilitation. He is currently managing the design for the $600 million Sacramento (CA) Regional County Sanitation District biological nitrogen removal facilities, with construction completion scheduled for 2020.
Clark served as president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a global technical, scientific, and educational water quality organization, during 2001-2002. In 2004 he received WEF’s prestigious Charles Alvin Emerson Medal for outstanding service to the wastewater collection and treatment industry, and in 2009 was awarded the Englebrecht International Achievement Award for sustained and significant contributions in the international field. He was awarded Honorary Membership in 2012; fewer than 140 individuals have been so honored in the organization’s 88 year history. In November 2004 he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the public works industry by Public Works magazine, and was named the 2005 “Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Private Sector” by the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.