Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #7 – Reduce Your Risks: Develop a Robust Lagoon Management Strategy


Expires Wed. May 1 2024 


Managing and upgrading critical infrastructure, like wastewater lagoons, is challenging. Wastewater lagoons pose unique challenges as problems often occur beneath the surface or are difficult to detect, making prediction difficult. To assess the need for maintenance or upgrades, it’s crucial to develop a Lagoon Management Strategy. This strategy involves conducting Sludge Surveys at various locations and ranking the lagoons based on priority. These surveys offer detailed insights for prioritizing dredging/desludging and identifying necessary maintenance work. By completing a Lagoon Management Strategy, infrastructure management is enhanced, facilitating informed decisions and optimized budgeting.

At the completion of this one-hour OJT session, participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

                          • A general overview of what a Lagoon Management Strategy is and how it can help them with lagoon or stormwater pond maintenance projects.
                          • The importance of conducting Lagoon Sludge Surveys as a part of your Lagoon Management Strategy.
                          • How to use the data obtained in a Lagoon Management Strategy to plan and budget for lagoon or pond maintenance projects.
                          • How certain locations have different features that dictate their level of priority for maintenance projects in a Lagoon Management Strategy.
  • Facilitator:

    Andrew Ambrocichuk

    Our facilitator is Andrew Ambrocichuk, founder and CEO of Hydrasurvey Ltd., Canada’s leader in lagoon and pond sludge surveys and dredge project quality management. To date Hydrasurvey has surveyed over 600 lagoons and ponds across Canada for more than 250 clients. Andrew has been conducting sludge surveys on wastewater lagoons and ponds in Canada for a decade and during this time he learned that collecting accurate sludge blanket data is critical to successfully managing a wastewater lagoon or pond. Andrew founded Hydrasurvey in 2017 based on an industry-wide need for professional, 3rd party lagoon and pond sludge surveys to provide municipalities, wastewater engineering consultants and dredge contractors with the proper data to plan, budget and execute lagoon dredging and treatment infrastructure upgrade projects.


  • Logistics:
    These 1-hour virtual sessions are offered every alternate Thursday starting at 2:00 pm.  Sessions are complimentary to all OMWA members and the fee for non-members is $30.00 CAD plus HST per person per session. 
  • Questions:
  • If you have any specific questions regarding this OJT session, please feel free to submit them when you register and we will provide them to the workshop facilitator.  
  • The OMWA will provide a certificate recognizing participation in these On the Job Training sessions. Attendance may also qualify as a Continuing Knowledge Activity for the PEO PEAK program
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