Dr. Sara Heger is an engineer, researcher and instructor in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. Since 1999, she has been providing education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals and local units of government regarding onsite wastewater treatment. Sara coordinates the research program at the UMN and is currently, serving as the principal investigator on grants to create online owner’s guides and evaluate rest stops served by septic systems. Heger is on the faculty of the Water Resources Science program, teaching Sustainable Waste Management Engineering. She presents at many local and national training events regarding the design, installation and management of septic systems and related research. Sara is Education Chair of the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA) and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA). Sara serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems. She is also the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee on Decentralized Systems. She has BS in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and a PhD in Water Resource Science.