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Josh Kirk joined MnTAP as a staff member in September of 2019 after working for the program for over a year as a student. During that time he spent a summer identifying waste reduction opportunities at a flexographic printing company, and the rest on nutrient reduction at municipal wastewater treatment plants. Josh has a background in Environmental Engineering, and is continuing his work on optimizing wastewater treatment plants to save energy and discharge fewer nutrients into Minnesota waterbodies. With lower quantities of nutrients discharged to rivers and lakes, harmful algal blooms will hopefully occur with less frequency. Often these nutrient reductions can be found through the promotion of biological treatment processes, which allow treatment plants to divest from expensive chemical treatment. Josh was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, and hopes that through his work he can help preserve the land and water that he grew up on and in, so that future generations can enjoy it as much as he has.
Education / Training
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering – University of Minnesota
- Master of Science in Civil Engineering (In Progress) – University of Minnesota