Course Schedule

Understanding Septic Systems

Wastewater Factsheets

NE Onsite Training Center

Research Projects

RI Wastewater Management Programs

Registered Inspectors & Service Providers

Onsite Wastewater Regulations

Innovative & Alternative Systems


Staff & Instructors


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2015: January 15 (am)

Recent Advances in OWTS - WT190


2015: January 15 (pm)

Nitrogen Dynamics - OWT160


2015: January 22

Innovative and Alternative Tech. - OWT105





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Staff & Instructors

Classes offered through the NE Onsite Wastewater Training Program are taught by NE OWTP staff, experienced onsite wastewater practitioners, regulators from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and RI Coastal Resources Management Council, members of the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, and faculty members of the URI Department of Natural Resources Science.

NE OWT Program Staff:

Catherine McCaughey
Program Director
Program Manager
Training Coordinator
Faculty Research Advisor

001C Coastal Institute
Kingston, RI 02881
Ph: (401) 874-4558
Fax: (401) 874-4561

001H Coastal Institute
Kingston, RI 02881
Ph: (401) 874-5950
Fax: (401) 874-4561

001H Coastal Institute
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: not listed
Fax: (401)874-4561

110 Coastal Institute
Kingston, RI 02881

Outside Speakers:

Course Involvment
James Boyd
RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Dave Burnham
Burnham Excavation
Caitlin Chaffee
RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Nancy Deal
North Carolina State University (CIDWT member)
Darlene Gardner
Superior Septic Services
Chuck Horbert
RI Department of Environmental Management: Freshwater Wetlands Division
Carmine Iacuone
Holliston Sand Co., Inc.
Lorraine Joubert
Rhode Island Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Program at URI
Bruce Lesikar
Texas A&M University (CIDWT member)
Brian Moore
RI Department of Environmental Managment: Individual Sewage Disposal Systems (ISDS) Program
Peter Paton
University of Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources Science
Stephen Pinch
S. Pinch Surveying
Carl Rosen
Zoeller Pump
Tim Stasiunas
The Stasiunas Companies
Mark Stolt
University fo Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources Science
Bill Stuth
Aqua Test, Inc.

New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program Staff Biographies

David Kalen
David Kalen holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. He has extensive private sector experience with site evaluation, fieldwork, design and permitting of conventional and alternative septic systems in Rhode Island. David also has innovative and alternative system operation and maintenance experience, and holds a RIDEM Class I Designer and a Class IV Soil Evaluator License. He joined the URI Cooperative Extension NEOWT Center staff in early 2004, where he has successfully developed and helped deliver many new and existing continuing education courses. He is an author for several Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment curriculum writing projects. David is the Program Manager for the New England Onsite Wastewater Training Center @ URI.

George Loomis
George is a Research and Extension Soil Scientist and the Director of the URI Onsite Wastewater Training Center. He has nineteen years experience in siting, design, operation and maintenance, and research in conventional and alternative septic systems. George served on the several committees involved with developing the Rhode Island Septic System Check Up, and is a member of the Rhode Island DEM Technical Review Committee and Septic System Task Force. George co-developed the Rhode Island sand filter guide and bottomless sand filter guide for RIDEM.

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