About the Authors

Ronald W. Crites is an Associate with Brown and Caldwell in Davis, California. As the Natural Systems Service Leader, he consults on land treatment, water recycling and reuse, constructed wetlands, biosolids land application, decentralized wastewater treatment, and industrial wastewater land application systems. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from California State University in Chico and his M.S. and Engineer's degree in Sanitary Engineering from Stanford University. He has 35 years of experience in wastewater treatment and reuse experience. He has authored or coauthored over 150 technical publications, including six textbooks. He is a registered civil engineer in California, Hawaii, and Oregon.

E. Joe Middlebrooks is a consulting environmental engineer in Lafayette, Colorado. He has been a college professor, a college administrator, researcher, and consultant. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has authored or coauthored 12 books and over 240 articles. He has received numerous awards and is an internationally known expert in treatment pond systems.

Sherwood C. Reed (1932-2003) was an environmental engineer who was a leader in the planning and design of constructed wetlands and land treatment systems. He was the principal of Environmental Engineering Consultants (E.E.C.). He was a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.S.C.E., 1959) and the University of Alaska (M.S., 1968) and had a distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during which he spent most of his time at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he retired after an extended period of service from 1962 to 1989. His peers voted him into the CRREL Hall of Fame in 1991. After his retirement, he continued to teach, write, and accept both private and public sector consulting assignments. He was the author of four textbooks and over 100 technical articles.

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