Todd Blanc named July 2009 employee of the month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Volume 37-194 For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, --- Recognized for his dedication and role in assisting the Department with introducing new water antidegradation regulations to staff and the regulated public, Todd Blanc, has been named July 2009 Employee of the Month by the Department of Natural Resources. Blanc is an Environmental Specialist with the Division of Environmental Quality's Water Pollution Control Branch.

In nominating Blanc for recognition, Keith Forck, environmental engineer with the Department, said, "The new antidegradation regulation initially frustrated many of the regulated public. With hardworking employees like Todd, the transition has been made easier."

Blanc has been instrumental in the development and production of 20 presentations and workshops on antidegradation and water quality over the past year.  He has effectively used these new programs to present technical information to Department staff, consultants and municipal water treatment plant staff.  

Blanc has undertaken the updating of the Guidance for Water Quality and Antidegradation Review Assistance. This document provides guidance for review requirements, dissolved oxygen modeling procedures, effluent limit determinations, mixing zone calculations, whole effluent toxicity testing and reasonable potential evaluation. The guide is scheduled for completion by the end of the calendar year.

Blanc began work for the Department as a land reclamation specialist in 2000. He resides in New Haven.

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