Gordon Putz

     Gordon Putz  B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Professor of Civil Engineering

    Biography

    Education and Experience

    B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.)

    Specialization: Environmental: Water Quality Modelling and Management, Water and Wastewater Engineering


    Graduate Studies Research Opportunities
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    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications
    • Yu, X., Mazurek, K.A., Putz, G. and Albers, C. (2010). Physical and computational modelling of residence and flow development time in a large municipal disinfection clearwell, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 37(6), 931-940.
    • Godin, P., Russell, J.S., MacDonald, J.D., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2008). Development of opinion based generic reforestation regimes and their application in vegetation management and water modelling in the Upper and Lower Foothills of Alberta, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7(S1), 23-33.
    • Watson, B.M., McKeown, R., Putz, G. and MacDonald, J.D. (2008). Modification of SWAT for modelling streamflow from forested watersheds on the Canadian Boreal Plain, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7(S1), 145-159.
    • Prepas, E.E., Burke, J.M., Putz, G. and Smith, D.W. (2008). Dissolved and particulate phosphorus concentration and export patterns in headwater streams draining Boreal Plain watersheds one year after experimental forest harvest and post-harvest silvicultural activities, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7(S1), 63-77.
    • Russell, J.S., Smith, D.W., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2008). Science and the industrial planning process in the western Canadian boreal forest: a case study, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7(S1), 1-12.
    • MacDonald, J.D., Kiniry, J.R., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2008). A multi-species, process based vegetation simulation module to simulate successional forest regrowth after forest disturbance in daily time step hydrological transport models, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7(S1), 127-143.
    • Kiniry, J.R., MacDonald, J.D., Kemanian, A.R., Watson, B., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2008). Plant growth simulation for landscape-scale hydrological modelling., Hydrological Sciences Journal, 53, 1030-1042.
    • Elshorbagy, A.A., Parasuraman, K., Putz, G. and Ormsbee, L. (2007). Deterministic and Probabilistic Approaches to the Development of pH Total Maximum Daily Loads: A Comparative Analysis, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 9(3), 203-213.
    • McLeod, S., Kells, J.A. and Putz, G. (2006). Urban runoff quality characterization and load estimation in Saskatoon, Canada, Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 132(11), 1470-1481.
    • Ruiz, E., Fleming, I. and Putz, G. (2006). Passive treatment of municipal landfill leachate in a granular drainage layer, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 5(5), 417-427.
    • Weng, S., Putz, G. and Kells, J. (2006). Phosphorus uptake by cattail plants in a laboratory-scale experiment related to constructed treatment wetlands, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 5, 295-308.
    • Prepas, E., Burke, J., Whitson, I., Putz, G. and Smith, D.W. (2005). Hypothesis development for watershed disturbance modelling in the Canadian boreal forest: The Forest Watershed and Riparian Disturbance (FORWARD) project, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 4(5), 319-325.
    Non-refereed Journal Publications
    • Prepas, E.E., Putz, G., Smith, D.W., Burke, J.M. and MacDonald, J.D. (2008). The FORWARD Project: Objectives, framework and initial integration into a Detailed Forest Management Plan, The Forestry Chronicle, 84(3), 330-337.
    • Xiangfei, L., Nour, M.H., Smith, D.W., Prepas, E.E., Putz, G. and Watson, B.M. (2008). Incorporating water quantity and water quality modelling into forest management, Forestry Chronicle, 84(3), 338-348.
    Non-refereed Conference Proceedings
    • Putz, G., Watson, B.M., Belanger, J.A. and Prepas, E.E. (2011). Soil temperature damping depth in Boreal Plain forest stands and clear cuts: Comparison of measured depths versus predicted based upon SWAT algorithms., 2011 International SWAT Conference, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain, June 15-17, (12 pages). Available online at: http://swatmodel.tamu.edu
    • Watson, B.M. and Putz, G. (2011). Comparison of temperature-index snowmelt models of varying complexity in SWATBF for predicting water yield in a cold region., 2011 International SWAT Conference, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain, June 15-17, (18 pages). Available online at: http://swatmodel.tamu.edu
    • Kumar, S., Watson, B.M., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2011). Modelling nitrogen in streamflow from Boreal forest watersheds in Alberta, Canada using SWAT., 2011 International SWAT Conference, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain, June 15-17, (21 pages). Available online at: http://swatmodel.tamu.edu
    • Xing, Y. and Putz, G. (2010). Characterization of dissolved organic carbon in water using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 11th International Environmental Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 9-12, 2010, Paper No. GN-34, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Watson, B.M. and Putz, G. (2010). Investigating the influence of different calibration periods on the performance of a hydrological model, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2010 Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 9-12, 2010, Paper No. GC-11, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Belanger, J.A., Putz, G., Watson, B.M. and Prepas, E.E. (2009). Annual freeze/thaw temperature cycles in soils on the Canadian Boreal Plain: A comparison of SWAT predictions with measured data, 2009 International SWAT Conference, Boulder, Colorado, USA, August 5-7, 2009, 311-320. Available online at: http://swatmodel.tamu.edu/
    • Watson, B. and Putz, G. (2009). Investigating the influence of simplified versus detailed soil maps on the performance of a semi-distributed hydrological model, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2009 Annual Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland, May 27-30, Paper No. GC-022, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Yu, X., Mazurek, K.A., Putz, G. and Albers, C. (2009). Flow behaviour and residence time distribution assessment in a water treatment plant clearwell using River2DMix, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2009 Annual Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland, May 27-30, Paper No. GC-084, (10 pages) (CD Rom).
    • Watson, B. and Putz, G. (2008). Evaluation of SWATBF for a forested watershed on the Canadian Boreal Plains: Influence of different calibration periods on model performance, 2008 International SWAT Conference, Beijing, China, October 17-19, (8 pages) (CD Rom).
    • MacDonald, D., Kiniry, J., Luke, S., Putz, G. and Prepas, E.E. (2008). Characterization of vegetation growth after harvest in forested catchments to support coupled SWAT/ALMANAC modelling, 4th International Soil Water Assessment Tool Conference, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands, July 2-6, 2007, Paper No. 66, 436-447.
    • Yu, X., Mazurek, K.A., Putz, G. and Albers, C. (2007). Hydraulic model study of the Calgary Glenmore Water Treatment Plant clearwell, Proc., 18th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Challenges for Water Resources Engineering in a Changing World, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 22-24, (10 pages).
    Conference Presentations / Poster Presentations
    • Mekonnen, B., Nazemi, A., Elshorbagy, A.A., Mazurek, K.A. and Putz, G. (2012). Hybrid modeling approach to Prairie hydrology: Fusing data driven and process-based hydrological models, General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, April 22-27, Paper No. EGU2012-6562.
    • Elshorbagy, A.A., Mekonnen, B.A., Nazemi, A., Putz, G. and Mazurek, K.A. (2012). Hybrid modeling approach to Prairie hydrology: Fusing data driven and process-based hydrological models, General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, April 22-27, Paper No. (missed submitting in 2011-2012).
    • Serediak, N., Prepas, E.E. and Putz, G. (2011). Exploratory database analysis and predictive model development for nutrient export from forested landscapes., North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Roanoke, VA, Jun 19-23.
    • Russell, J.S., Prepas, E.E., Putz, G., Smith, D.W. and Germida, J. (2010). Developing models and processes to aid decision support for understanding land management changes in the Canadian boreal forest., International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), Landscape Ecology International Conference, Bragança, Portugal, Sept 21-27.
    • Serediak, N., Prepas, E.E. and Putz, G. (2010). Making something out of nothing - first steps in mining existing water quality datasets from forested watersheds., 24th CONFOR Conference, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, January 21-24.
    • Prepas, E., Putz, G., Smith, D.W., Germida, J. and Serediak, M. (2009). The FORWARD Project: Objectives, framework, field infrastructure and initial contributions to forest management planning in Alberta, Marcell Experimental Forest 50th Anniversary Symposium, Grand Rapids, MN, June 23-25.
    • Dinsmore, P., Burke, J., Prepas, E., Putz, G. and Smith, D.W. (2009). The Legacy Forest Small Streams Project: a headwater catchment harvesting study on the Boreal Shield of northwestern Ontario, Marcell Experimental Forest 50th Anniversary Symposium, Grand Rapids, MN, June 23-25.
    • Dinsmore, P., Prepas, E., Putz, G. and Smith, D.W. (2008). The FORWARD Project: Incorporating long-term hydrologic datasets into detailed forest management plans for the Canadian Boreal Forest, American Geophysical Union 2008 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-18.
    • Watson, B. and Putz, G. (2008). Development of a hydrological model to predict the impacts of forestry operations on the boreal plains, North American Lake Management Society 2008, Lake Louise, Alberta, November 11-14.
    • Belanger, J., Putz, G., Watson, B. and Prepas, E. (2008). Freeze/thaw dynamics in soils on the boreal plain: Linkages to deterministic hydrologic modelling in small watersheds, North American Lake Management Society 2008, Lake Louise, Alberta, November 11-14.
    • Burke, J., Pelster, D., Prepas, E., Putz, G. and Smith, D.W. (2008). Streamflow, nitrogen and phosphorus concentration and export patterns one year after experimental forest harvest in Canadian Boreal Plain watersheds, North American Lake Management Society 2008, Lake Louise, Alberta, November 11-14.
    • Prepas, E., Putz, G., Smith, D.W. and Russell, J. (2008). The FORWARD Project: Objectives, framework and initial integration into a detailed forest management plan in Alberta, North American Lake Management Society 2008, Lake Louise, Alberta, November 11-14.
    • Putz, G. and Pelster, D. (2006). The Forest Watershed & Riparian Disturbance (FORWARD) Project, 2006 Forest Guild Annual Meeting and Conference, Forestry in the Headwaters: Protecting Water Through Excellent Forestry, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, September 27-30.
    • Putz, G. and McKeown, R. (2006). Modifications of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT-C) for streamflow modelling in a small, forested watershed on the Canadian boreal plain, Advancing new theories in watershed management in the boreal forest. 2006 FORWARD Workshop, Thunder Bay, Ontario, June 14 - June 15.
    • Putz, G. (2006). Modelling streamflow and water quality in FORWARD II, Advancing new theories in watershed management in the boreal forest, 2006 FORWARD Workshop, Thunder Bay, Ontario, June14 - June 15.
    Published Book Chapter
    • Serediak, N., Prepas, E.E. and Putz, G. (2012). Eutrophication of freshwater systems, Chapter 9, In: Treatise on Geochemistry 2nd Edition, Edited by Karl K. Turekian, Heinrich D. Holland, Oxford: Elsevier, United Kingdom, 31 p.. (Accepted)
    Published Book
    • Putz, G. (2011). CD Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Conference of the Western Canada Water Association (formerly Western Canada Water and and Wastewater Association), September 20-23, 2011, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Edited by G. Putz, Western Canada Water, Calgary, Alberta, (520 pages).
    • Putz, G. (2005). CD Proceedings of the 57th Annual Conference of the Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 16-19, 2005., Edited by G. Putz, Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association, Calgary, Alberta, (500 pages).

    Research Grants

    2011-2012

    • Principal Investigator, Preliminary watershed hydrology and chemical export model for reclaimed oil sands sites, Alberta Environment, OSRIN Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Forward III: Modeling to Contribute to Cumulative Effects Management in the Canadian Boreal Forest, NSERC, CRD Grant $558,955/year 1; subgrant to G. Putz and exclusive access to field infrastructure and data collected.
    • Co-Investigator, Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: River Health Utility Program (formerly the THREATS SK project), Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Provincial Grant to SENS ~$300,000/yr total; subgrant to K.A. Mazurek and G. Putz for co-supervision of students.

    2010-2011

    • Co-Investigator, Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System THREATS, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Provincial Grant $300,000/yr total; $42,100 subgrant to K.A. Mazurek and G. Putz and exclusive access to provincial data.
    • Co-Investigator, Technology transfer from small watersheds to managed watersheds in the Canadian Boreal Forest, NSERC, CRD Grant $866,000/yr total; subgrant to G. Putz and exclusive access to field infrastructure and data collected.

    2009-2010

    • Principal Investigator, Utilization of water treatment plant residual solids for demobilization of phosphorus, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System THREATS, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Provincial Grant $292,000/yr total; $23,670 subgrant to K.A. Mazurek and G. Putz and exclusive access to provincial data.
    • Co-Investigator, Technology transfer from small watersheds to managed watersheds in the Canadian Boreal Forest, NSERC, CRD Grant $866,000/yr total; subgrant to G. Putz and exclusive access to field infrastructure and data collected.

    2008-2009

    • Principal Investigator, Utilization of water treatment plant residual solids for demobilization of phosphorus, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System THREATS, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Provincial Grant $292,000/yr total; $23,670 subgrant to K.A. Mazurek and G. Putz and exclusive access to provincial data.
    • Co-Investigator, Technology transfer from small watersheds to managed watersheds in the Canadian Boreal Forest, NSERC, CRD Grant $866,000/yr total; subgrant to G. Putz and exclusive access to field infrastructure and data collected.

    2007-2008

    • Principal Investigator, Characterization of membrane and rapid sand filter backwash water at the Saskatoon Water Treatment Plant, City of Saskatoon, Associated Engineering, Industry Grants.
    • Principal Investigator, Utilization of water treatment plant residual solids for demobilization of phosphorus, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Co-Investigator, Technology transfer from small watersheds to managed watersheds in the Canadian Boreal Forest: application of watershed disturb, NSERC, CRD Grant $866,000/yr total; subgrant to G. Putz and exclusive access to field infrastructure and data collected.

    Teaching

    2011-2012

    • CE 327.3 - Sanitary and Environmental Engineering I
    • CE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 822.3 - Sanitary Engineering I (Water Chemistry)
    • CE 990.0 - Seminar
    • ENVE 201.3 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    • ENVE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project

    2010-2011

    • CE 327.3 - Sanitary and Environmental Engineering I
    • CE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 821.3 - Surface Water Quality
    • CE 990.0 - Seminar
    • ENVE 201.3 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    • ENVE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project

    2009-2010

    • CE 327.3 - Sanitary and Environmental Engineering I
    • CE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 822.3 - Sanitary Engineering I (Water Chemistry)
    • CE 990.0 - Seminar
    • ENVE 300.3 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering

    2008-2009

    • CE 295.3 - Project 1
    • CE 327.3 - Sanitary and Enviro Eng 1
    • CE 414.3 - Sanitary and Enviro Eng 2
    • CE 495.6 - Capstone Design Project
    • CE 821.3 - Surface Water Quality
    • CE 990.0 - Seminar

    2007-2008

    • CE 295.3 - Project 1
    • CE 327.3 - Sanitary and Enviro Eng 1
    • CE 822.3 - Sanitary Engineering 1
    • CE 990.0 - Seminar
    • GE 121.3 - Engineering Design

    Research Projects

    2011-2012

    • Degradation of micropollutants in water using catalytic ozonation, NSERC Strategic Grant Proposal, J. Soltan project leader, G. Putz and P. Jones co-investigators, resubmitted after revisions April, 2012.
    • FORWARD III: Modelling to contribute to cumulative effects management in the Canadian Boreal Forest NSERC CRD Grant (jointly with E. Prepas, M. McEachern, G. Pyle, C.J. Van Rees, D.W. Smith and J. Germida)
    • Multi-cell water detention pond for improved storm water quality, NSERC Strategic Grant Proposal, K. Mazurek project leader, G. Putz and D. Bergstrom co-investigators, resubmitted April, 2012.
    • Preliminary watershed hydrology and chemical export model for reclaimed oil sands sites
    • River Health Utility Project (formerly Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS) for Saskatchewan) (jointly with K. Schneider and K.A. Mazurek)
    • Utilization of Water Treatment Plant Solid Residuals for Phosphorus Control

    2010-2011

    • Degradation of micropollutants in water using catalytic ozonation, NSERC Strategic Grant Proposal, Jafar Soltan project leader, G. Putz co-investigator, submitted April, 2011.
    • Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS) for Saskatchewan (jointly with M. Dube, K.A. Mazurek and C. Westbrook)
    • Modelling watershed disturbance impacts and integrating them with landscape management on the Boreal Plain (jointly with E. Prepas, D.W. Smith and J. Germida)
    • Multi-Cell Retention Pond for Improved Water Quality Treatment of Stormwater, NSERC Strategic Grant Proposal, K.Mazurek project leader, G. Putz co-investigator, submitted April, 2011.
    • Utilization of Water Treatment Plant Solid Residuals for Phosphorus Control

    2009-2010

    • Characterization and modelling of treated water reservoir mixing and detention time (jointly with K. Mazurek)
    • Characterization of dissolved organic carbon in drinking water
    • Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS) for Saskatchewan (jointly with M. Dube, K.A. Mazurek and C. Westbrook)
    • Modelling watershed disturbance impacts and integrating them with landscape management on the Boreal Plain (jointly with E. Prepas, D.W. Smith and J. Germida)

    2008-2009

    • Characterization and modelling of treated water reservoir mixing and detention time (jointly with K. Mazurek)
    • Characterization of dissolved organic carbon in drinking water
    • Characterization of membrane and rapid sand filter backwash water at the Saskatoon Water Treatment Plant
    • Improving Capacity for Assessment and Management of Water: Development of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS) for Saskatchewan (jointly with M. Dube, K.A. Mazurek and C. Westbrook)
    • Modelling watershed disturbance impacts and integrating them with landscape management on the Boreal Plain (jointly with E. Prepas, D.W. Smith and J. Germida)

    2007-2008

    • Characterization and modelling of treated water reservoir mixing and detention time (jointly with K. Mazurek)
    • Characterization of dissolved organic carbon in drinking water
    • Characterization of membrane and rapid sand filter backwash water at the Saskatoon Water Treatment Plant
    • Modelling watershed disturbance impacts and integrating them with landscape management on the Boreal Plain (jointly with E. Prepas, D.W. Smith and J. Germida)