February 3: CWA-SDWA Toolkit Introductory Webinar
On February 3, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern time), ASDWA, GWPC, and ACWA will host the first of four free webinars in a series to introduce participants to the CWA-SDWA Toolkit entitled, “Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water Sources and Advance Watershed Goals through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal, and Federal Water Program Managers.” During this webinar, speakers from the three convening associations, each of EPA’s Office of Water Programs (the Office of Science and Technology (OST), the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), the Office of Wastewater Management (OWM), and the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW)), EPA Region 5, and the State of Oregon, will provide a brief overview of each section of the toolkit. During subsequent webinars, speakers will provide more detailed information about each section of the toolkit and share case examples from a variety of states. WEBINAR LOG IN: https://acwa.adobeconnect.com/cwa-sdwa_toolkit_intro/ (There is no need to register in advance, just log in as a guest at the time of the webinar.)
February 5: Webcast on Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Watershed Assessment in USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project
Join EPA for a Watershed Academy webcast on February 5, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (eastern time) to learn about lessons from the past 10 years of USDA’s Watershed Assessments in the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). Renown agricultural research experts will share some of the key findings from the CEAP Watershed Assessments on how the suite, timing and spatial distribution of conservation practices influence and impact local water quality outcomes. Topics covered will include nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment loss reduction and various approaches to targeting, as well as overall lessons learned from the CEAP Watershed Assessments. Register HERE: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.
February 13: How to Implement and Fund a State Water Loss Control Program: A Georgia Case Study
ASDWA invites you to join us on February 13, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm (eastern time) for a free webinar about Georgia’s state water loss management program, that serves as an example to be replicated by other states. State and EPA drinking water and SRF financing program personnel are encouraged to attend. Register HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2817501109176570114.
Attendees of this webinar will learn about Georgia’s Water Loss Management Program that stemmed from a 2010 law establishing a statewide requirement for water systems (with populations above 3,300) to conduct and submit an annual AWWA Water Audit. To support this requirement, the State used SRF set-aside funds to implement a comprehensive training and technical assistance program for the utilities; conduct quality assurance before the audit submittals; and develop a validation program to provide quality control after the submittals. Attendees of this webinar will gain an understanding of the overall program, why the validation step is so critical in the process, and why posting of results must be done very carefully. During the webinar, attendees will hear from the following speakers:
- Lebone Moeti of the Georgia Drinking Water Program – will share the regulatory perspective on how the auditing mandate has been implemented, including key lessons learned, and how the audit data is being utilized.
- Will Jernigan, the Georgia Water Loss Control Committee Chair – will share how the Committee was established; how they are serving as an ongoing resource to reinforce the business behaviors and keep the annual audits relevant; and how they are guiding efficiency improvements.
- Jason Bodwell, Georgia’s SRF Program Manager – will share how they have leveraged this training and technical assistance to enhance their SRF Loan Program.
February 23: New Sustainability Webinar Coming Soon!
On February 23, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern time) EPA will hold the second webinar in its four part Sustainability series. This event will include two discussion topics – the first on “Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap” by Jim Horne from EPA’s Office of Water – and, secondly, “Operational Resiliency,” by Austin Water Utility Deputy Director Daryl Slusher and City of Phoenix Director of Water Services Kathryn Sorenson. Register HERE: Moving Toward Sustainability