I’ve been a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator in the State of Oregon from 1997 to 2014 and have more than 15 yrs of wastewater experience, in breweries and laboratories.
However, eventually I decided I needed more out of life than working 40+ hrs/wk. So I left Deschutes at the end of 2009 to ride a bicycle around the world with my wife for 2 years. Needless to say, that adventure was amazing and life changing. We now live in her hometown in Colorado.
In addition to the large production plant wastewater system, I also designed and installed a small fully automated pretreatment system at our brewpub downtown. Since leaving Deschutes I have designed many brewery wastewater systems, see my clients page for a partial list of clients.See my client list
At Deschutes my primary job was managing the WTF, eventually it got to the point where I could almost do it with my eyes closed. So I branched out and was instrumental in other areas such as incoming water treatment, CIP, contract development, utility management, project management, safety, capital budgeting, master planning, AutoCAD and dealing with the City of Bend Public Works Department.
Licensed Wastewater Operator, Level II, State of Oregon, 1998-2014
Deschutes Brewery, Waste Management, 1998 – 2010
Brewery Wastewater Design, Owner, 2013 – present
B.S. Environmental Biology, 1994, Eastern Illinois University
I give talks from time to time, going way back. Here are a few of those…
In addition to the brewery work, I also operate our own organic farm and ranch here in Montrose, CO. We bought an old horse property on the edge of town in the spring of 2013 and have converted it into an organic garden and small grass fed cattle, sheep, pastured pork and poultry operation. I love it- but talk about a lot of work.
The inspiration for starting a farm came via our bicycle travels through Asia. Most families in Asia are poor, China included, and many still operate a subsistence farm. Sometimes one son will do the farming for many families, other times the grandparents do the growing, or the grandparents will do childcare while their grown kids do the farming. There are many ways of doing it. Sometimes moms wear their kids on their back all day while in the fields. All of this is small scale but enough to feed many families. No space is wasted, if it’s flat it’ll have something growing on it. Ditches, roofs, even steep slopes will be terraced. Amazing.
Our farm is our own version of what we saw. Soil building is a big task for these first few years and the pigs do a great job helping us out at that. Curious?