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TAI Employees Volunteer For Feed My Starving Children (October, 2016)

On Friday, November 11th, Trotter And Associates employees volunteered their afternoon to join hundreds of others at the Feed My Starving Children packing event in Sycamore. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals that are specifically formulated for malnourished children. The TAI group, along with other event volunteers, packed over 75,000 meals which will be donated to developing areas all over the world where chronic hunger and malnourishment are an epidemic. By providing these children with a balanced meal, they are given hope. These children can grow and thrive, allowing them to spend their time in school and focus better. Especially since Hurricane Matthew, there has been a huge demand for humanitarian aid in the Caribbean countries of Cuba, Dominican Republic, and especially Haiti. The TAI group was excited to be able to be able to help provide some of this aid. The packing event was just one way that TAI is giving back this holiday season. For more information about Feed My Starving Children, visit www.fmsc.org

Trotter and Associates Continues to Grow! Welcome Ben Steele! (October, 2016)

TAI would like to welcome Ben Steele to the Water/Wastewater team! Ben is a recent Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Iowa, College of Science and Engineering with a Certificate in Sustainability. His studies focused on small-circuit analysis and design, control systems, and various renewable energy processes with regards to their respective implementations and designs.  Ben started with TAI late October, 2015 and is quickly expanding on his existing knowledge base. TAI is excited to add Ben to the team!

Liz Bohne Travels to Costa Rica with Global Water Stewardship! (August, 2016)

Liz Bohne traveled to Costa Rica with the Central States WEA non-profit organization - Global Water Stewardship. This organization is working to resolve sanitation issues in the developing world by educating people and engineering sustainable centralized solutions that keep waterways clean and communities healthy. They currently are working in three communities in Costa Rica to develop the engineering plans and receive permits and funding for centralized wastewater treatment systems. Currently, these communities have under-maintained septic systems and open trenches that carry untreated grey water directly to rivers that empty into the Pacific Ocean. These systems will allow the communities to grow and develop, increasing their economy and quality of life, as well as protect the marine life and biodiversity.

While in Costa Rica, the group worked with the communities to gain support of their project, met with several government agencies in order to secure permits and funds, and visited 5 local schools where they taught over 400 children about the importance of waste management and protecting the waterways from contamination. They also visited one of the countries only Wastewater Treatment plants that is currently not running as designed to troubleshoot and recommend the necessary changes to bring the plant to full working capacity. Trotter and Associates is excited to be involved in this great organization. For more information about the GWS projects, go to www.globalwaterstewardship.org

TAI Welcomes Brandon Thomas to the Team! (August, 2016)

Brandon has over 14 years of experience in project and product management, as well as an engineering manager in the municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment industry. Over the years, Brandon has focused and specialized on biological and filtration for wastewater treatment and ion exchange, filtration and reverse osmosis equipment for water treatment. These experiences include water treatment pilot plant operation, design and proposals for treatment systems, presentations, wastewater treatment plant process startups, workflow, and margin variance process improvement projects. Brandon is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. TAI is excited for the new addition and the engineering depth to the project teams!

Welcome Dale Marting, Jr. P.E.! (July, 2016)


Dale has over 25 years of experience engineering and managing Phase I, Phase II and Phase III projects in the municipal, private and State sectors; specializing in Categorical Exclusion documentation complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for federally funded projects.  His primary focus in the field of civil engineering is on roadway design, storm water management and traffic engineering.  Dale is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  He holds a Professional Engineer’s license in the states of Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Welcome Dale!

Phil Kazimier Joins TAI Team (June, 2016)

TAI is excited to welcome Phil Kazimier as the head of TAI’s construction engineering team.  Phil has over 33 years of experience in the Civil Engineering field, specializing in Construction Management and Observation of Federal Aid, Urban, MFT and Non-MFT projects. He has also provided design services of highways, country roadways, and municipal streets. Phil will oversee the construction engineering team and provide quality control on TAI’s construction observation projects. 

Congratulations to Jillian Kiss on being inducted into the Central States WEA 7S Society! (May 2016)

The Sentral States Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers is for recognition to those who put forth distinguished and meritorious service for the CSWEA. Members receive a certificate of membership in the society and a gold shovel that must be worn during all CSWEA and WEF functions. Jillian has continued to support CSWEA over the years moving from being a member to holding several leadership roles. Jillian has been involved in the organization of the annual meeting, held chair positions, and is never afraid to get involved. This is an outstanding accomplishment, keep it up Jillian!


Congratulations to Aaron Berry on being inducted into the Central States Golden Manhole Society! (May 2016)

The Golden Manhole Society is a professional society formed through the efforts of the WEF's Collection System Committee. The WEF Collection System Committee has encouraged each of its Member Associations (MA's) create a society within its association that recognizes significant contributions by individuals to the field of wastewater collection systems. Aaron has continued to be an active member in the collection systems committee for Central States moving from Member to Co-Chair within the last year. Congrats Aaron!


Illinois Section YP of the Year – Jillian Kiss! (May 2016)

Established in 2007, this award recognizes the talent and support of young water environment professionals for significant contributions to CSWEA and to the wastewater collection and treatment industry. Jillian has been an active and outstanding member in Central States WEA. She has held several leadership roles including local arrangements chair for the annual meeting, YP chair, and has assisted with the organization of several events. Congratulations Jillian! 

TAI Awards Paid Summer Internships (May, 2016)

Recognizing the importance of practical work experience in a young professional’s life and the need to develop their skills, Trotter and Associates Inc. has consistently provided internship opportunities to civil and environmental engineering students.  This year, TAI has committed to providing internships to an outstanding young engineer and administrative professional.

Trotter and Associates, Inc. has awarded internships to Max Heidgen of Batavia and Lindsay Walker of Algonquin. Max just completed his sophomore year and is currently pursuing his Civil Engineering degree at Iowa State University, and Lindsay is currently pursuing her finance degree at the University of Tampa.

Welcome to Liz Bohne! (February/April, 2016)


TAI is excited to welcome Elizabeth Bohne to the Water/Wastewater Team! Liz recently earned her degree in Biological Engineering with a minor in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her degree focuses on biological processes, systems optimization, renewable energy, and soil and water quality. Liz was involved in many water and sanitation projects all over the world  through U of I’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter and the College of Engineering’s Service-Learning program. She started with TAI as an intern in February 2016 and joined the team full time in April. Liz is quickly expanding her knowledge of wastewater treatment plant design and construction, and is quickly getting integrated into a variety of projects.


TAI is looking to expand the team with a new Water/Wastewater Project Engineer, as well as a Municipal Project Engineer. Applications must be submitted via email: humanresources@trotter-inc.com

Municipal Project Engineer Description

Water/Wastewater Project Engineer Description

TAI Presents at IAWPCO Regional Conference (October, 2015)


The Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators held their 77th Annual Northeast Regional Conference on October 19th, 2015 in Geneva, Illinois.  With the recently implemented limits on total phosphorus for major discharge (1 MGD and greater) wastewater treatment facilities in Illinois, members of the IAWPCO will likely need to make some difficult decisions in the near future to maintain compliance.  Specifically, POTWs will need to determine the method of phosphorus removal that best suits their facilities.  TAI has been working with municipalities on the issue of phosphorus removal for several years in anticipation of these new limits, and was asked to present on biological and chemical phosphorus removal alternatives.  TAI presented a brief overview of the impacts of nutrient loading (specifically nitrogen and phosphorus) on a local, national and worldwide level.  Scott Trotter described the various methods of biological phosphorus removal and provided the requirements, strengths and weaknesses of several specific alternatives.  Jerry Ruth presented an analysis of several chemical phosphorus removal alternatives, and the benefits and operational challenges of a Chem-P facility.  IAWPCO members were then shown some examples of how TAI has compared biological and chemical phosphorus removal alternatives in the past, and what considerations are recommended for their facilities. 

TAI Sponsors Fox Lake’s 8th Annual Venetian Night & Block Party (July, 2015)

Trotter and Associates is pleased to be a premium sponsor for the 8th annual Venetian Night & Block Party for the Village of Fox Lake. Venetian Night is on Saturday, August 1st 2015 with an extraordinary Fireworks Finale on Pistakee Lake. For more information check out the Village of Fox Lake's website and Facebook Page.  

Creating A "Usable GIS" (June, 2015)

Aurora, Illinois, June 16, 2015 – Robert Miller, Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner and President of the Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners Association hosted a full morning of educational seminars.   Mark Dupree, GISP, Manager of GIS Services, was one of the primary speakers and held a workshop on how to create a “Usable GIS”.  The presentation focused on how to best set up a Geographic Information System (GIS) that is both cost effective and usable. 

Mark Dupree has over thirty years of experience building, installing and training local government entities how to get the most out of their geographic data.  At the end of the presentation, the Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners Association held a drawing for two certificates (each with 4 hours of free GIS consulting).  The free consultation will identify and promote efficient and cost effective ways for local government agencies to easily access their data stored on paper and in multiple digital databases.

Ed Young, Lisle Township Highway Commissioner and Bill Kruckenberg, Ela Township Highway Commissioner were the recipients of the free consultations from Trotter and Associates, Inc.  If you are interested in having Mark Dupree present at your luncheon, meeting, or educational seminar, please contact Mark Dupree at m.dupree@trotter-inc.com.

Susan Novak, P.E. Joins TAI Team (June, 2015)

TAI would like to welcome Susan Novak to TAI’s Site/Civil team. Susan has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background is in stormwater modeling, systems, land development, and structural engineering. Susan is a well-rounded, experienced engineer with ten years of experience in the Civil Engineering discipline.

Congratulations to Jillian Kiss, P.E. (May, 2015)

TAI would like to congratulate Jillian on receiving the Central States Water Environment Association’s award for “Outstanding Service”. Jillian served as the Local Arrangements Chair for ’14-15 and was an integral part of the organization of the 88th annual meeting in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Congratulations Jillian on this great accomplishment!

TAI Awards Paid Summer Internships (May, 2015)

Recognizing the importance of practical work experience in a young professional’s life and the need to develop their skills, Trotter and Associates Inc. has consistently provided internship opportunities to civil and environmental engineering students.  This year, TAI has committed to providing internships to two outstanding young engineers and one administrative professional.

Trotter and Associates, Inc. has awarded internships to Daniel Ritchason of Batavia, Marcus Warner of Peoria and Lindsay Walker of Algonquin.  Daniel is pursuing his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Missouri, Marcus is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Environmental Engineering and Lindsay is a graduate of Harry D. Jacobs High School who will be pursuing her degree in finance at the University of Tampa in the fall.

Lou Arrigoni, P.E. Joins TAI Team (April, 2015)

TAI is excited to announce that Lou Arrigoni has accepted an invitation to join TAI's Engineering team. Lou is a Senior Project Manager, as well as the Civil/Site/Transportation Division Leader.  Lou has almost 30 years of experience in planning, design and construction inspection of arterial roadways, traffic signals, intersection design, expressway interchanges, parking lots and right-of-way documentation.   He is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers and is past president of the Illinois Section.   In addition, he is also a member of APWA and has published a number of articles on a variety of transportation subjects.

DuPage County Public Works Department- DuPage County Vactor Receiving Station Improvements Awarded APWA Structures Project of the Year (February 2015)


The Chicago Chapter of the American Public Works Association has selected the Vactor Receiving Station Improvements as the 2014 Structures Project of the Year for the category under $5 Million Dollars.  Trotter and Associates, Inc. served as the lead engineer providing planning, design and construction engineering for the project.   This is Trotter and Associates’ fifth project to receive recognition from the American Public Works Association as a Project of the Year Award.

The Vactor Receiving Station Improvements at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility in Woodridge, IL  provide a safe and cost effective option for waste disposal to surrounding municipalities that need to dispose of operational waste.  The facility was designed such that trucks can access the storage facility and empty their contents into multiple dewatering containers.  The dewatered material can then be transferred to a roll-off dumpster and hauled to a landfill.  It also included a truck wash for cleaning after drop-off.  The Vactor Station is the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.  The project was complete in 2014 and is currently in use.

How to Get More from Your GIS (January, 2015)

TAI will be presenting a Lunch and Learn on how to Get More from Your GIS on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  Mark Dupree, GISP and Aaron Berry, E.I.T. will be presenting the latest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Collection and Asset Management along with how to share your GIS information with other offices, staff and the public. This lunch and learn session will focus on key strategies of how to get more from your GIS using data that you may already have or data that has been created by other agencies.  This Lunch and Learn is being held at the training facility within TAI’s St. Charles office.  For more information about TAI’s Lunch and Learn Program, contact Mark Dupree at m.dupree@trotter-inc.com.

TAI Receives CFM Certifications (November, 2014)


TAI would like to congratulate Mark Bushnell and Corey Mase for receiving certification as Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).  The ASFPM certification strengthens the qualifications of highly qualified project team members and further allows TAI to assist communities in the protection of the health and safety of their residents and infrastructure.  These certifications provide assurance of TAI’s extensive experience in stormwater and floodplain management and will provide additional benefit to our clients in the design, management, administration and funding opportunities of stormwater and floodplain projects.


Corey Mase Earns Lake County Enforcement Officer Designation (November, 2014)


TAI is pleased to announce that our own Corey Mase has obtained the qualifications required to be designated as an Enforcement Officer in Lake County, Illinois.  In certified communities within Lake County, the Enforcement Officer is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance, including reviewing all watershed development applications and issuing permits for those projects that are in compliance with the provisions of the ordinance.  The Lake County Enforcement Officer designation will allow TAI to provide additional services to our clients for stormwater development within their communities.

Bob Benson, P.E. Joins TAI Team (October, 2014)

TAI is excited to announce that Bob Benson has accepted an invitation to join TAI's Engineering team, as the Water/Wastewater Division Leader. Bob has over 30 years of experience in the evaluation, design and implementation of water and wastewater treatment facility improvements, as well as collection & distribution systems. He received his degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout his career, Bob has been involved in the planning, design, and construction of approximately $1 Billion in public infrastructure improvements.  We are excited for Bob to start and further develop TAI’s Water/Wastewater Division. 

Mark Dupree, GISP Joins TAI Team (September, 2014)

TAI is pleased to welcome Mark Dupree to our growing Geographic Information System team.  Mark has been a leader in the GIS and Mapping fields for over 20 years and has been closely involved in the design, creation and maintenance of GIS project of all sizes.  Having served on multiple local, state and federal committees, Mark has helped to set the standards for GIS at all levels of government and industry and has created and taught GIS/Mapping workshops and seminars throughout the United States.  Mark with be heading up TAI’s GIS team from our St. Charles office.

TAI Receives PAC, MACP and LACP Certifications (August, 2014)

TAI would like to congratulate our own Bob Keller and Aaron Berry for earning their NASSCO certifications in Pipeline, Manhole and Lateral Assessment (PACP, MACP and LACP).  The NASSCO standardization is widely accepted within the U.S. and helps to provide consistency in how sewers, manholes, and laterals are evaluated and how TV inspection results are managed.  The NASSCO certifications will supplement TAI’s already extensive experience in sewer system evaluation/rehabilitation and will provide a significant benefit to our clients as IEPA requires more municipalities to implement Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance (CMOM) programs.

"Rain gardens help curb storm water issues on southwest side of Elgin" - Courier News (June, 2014)


"Elgin looks to keep grant dollars flowing" - Courier News (May, 2013)


City of Elgin receives $750,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant to address Combined Sewer Overflows

The City of Elgin is an old community which still has a significant number of combined sewers in the downtown area.  These combined sewers convey both wastewater and stormwater.  During rain events, the sewers can convey more flow than the Fox River Water Reclamation District can treat, which results in Combined Sewer Overflows to the Fox River.  These overflows have an negative impact on the aquatic life within the Fox River.  The City of Elgin is committed to mitigating the impacts of these events, action items include sewer separation as well as construction of green infrastructure improvements.

Trotter and Associates, Inc. has been working with the City to acquire grant funding for implementation of the Green Infrastructure Improvements.  The City was recently awarded more than $600,000 by the Illinois EPA through the Illinois Green Infrastructures Grant Program.  TAI will plan, design and oversee the construction of numerous demonstration projects throughout southwest area Elgin.  These demonstration projects are intended to reduce the effects of rainfall on the collection system.

City of St. Charles Selects TAI for Biosolids Project

Trotter and Associates, Inc. will be providing planning, design and construction engineering services for the replacement of the City of St. Charles Operations Building and Sludge Handling Building.  The project will include construction of the new facilities in two phases to allow the existing infrastructure to remain in operation throughout the project.  The Project includes waste activated sludge holding, thickening, storage and pumping, as well as digested sludge holding and dewatering.  The overall project cost is estimated to be $9.5 Million dollars and will be funded through the Illinois EPA Low Interest Loan Program.

Lenard Lynn - APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has developed a certification program for inspectors which provides training and testing to insure that the personnel responsible for overseeing installation of America's infrastructure are educated, knowledgeable and professional.  The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals that inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.

Lenard Lynn of Trotter and Associates, Inc. has over twenty years experience overseeing the installation of public infrastructure.  Lenard has been designated an APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector "for demonstrating a high level of competence for infrastructure inspection by successfully completing examination, documenting education and work experience, and fulfilling prescribed standards of conduct and performance required for CPII."   









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