NGWA Offers Free Webinars for Private Well Owners and Stakeholders

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), with support from EPA, is offering its first three free webinars over the next month as part of its new series.  The series will include a total eight webinars, so stay tuned for more dates and details.  State drinking water programs may want to participate in the webinars and promote them to relevant audiences.  All of the Webinars will also be archived for later viewing.  You may register for one or all of them at www.wellowner.org.  Following are the dates and details about the upcoming webinars. 

 

January 28 at 1:00pm (eastern): Testing Your Well Water: Where Do You Begin?
In this Webinar, participants will learn what every well owner should test for and how to determine what is locally occurring and worthy of testing.  Presenter: Michael Schnieders of Water Systems Engineering in Ottawa, Kansas.

 

February 4 at 1:00pm (eastern): Treating Well Water: Where Do You Begin?
There is no one-size-fits-all water treatment system. This Webinar will help you learn some key fundamentals in selecting the right water treatment system to protect your water quality.  Presenter: Gary Hix of the Arizona Water Well Association.

 

February 26 at 1:00pm (eastern):  Water Well Maintenance: Where Do You Begin?
Water wells are expertly engineered systems that sometimes require maintenance. Learn how to stay on top of maintenance needs to protect water quality.  Presenter: Gary Hix of the Arizona Water Well Association.

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GAO Report Cites Need for TMDL Revisions to Improve Water Quality

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report of findings from its study to examine the EPA’s Clean Water Act Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program that is intended to help the nation meet the designated uses and water quality standards established for U.S. water bodies.  The study specifically looked at EPA and state responsibilities in developing and implementing TMDLs, knowledge about established TMDLs, key features needed to achieve water quality standards, and the ability to facilitate implementation.  GAO also asked water resource experts to review a random sample of 25 long-established TMDLs and surveyed state officials to develop its recommendations for Congress and EPA.

 

GAO’s recommendations included that EPA should issue new regulations for TMDL development, adding key features. Further, Congress should consider revising the Clean Water Act’s approach to addressing nonpoint source pollution. In response, EPA has agreed with the need to add key features to TMDLs but did not agree to issue new regulations.

 

For more information, visit the GAO web site.

January 29th EPA Webinar on Managing Watersheds with WMOST (Rescheduled from the 22nd)

EPA is hosting a webinar on Managing Watersheds with the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) on January 29th.  Please note that this was rescheduled from January 22nd due to inclement weather in the DC area.  This webinar is part of the monthly Safe and Sustainable Water Resources webinar series focused on EPA water research.  The WMOST tool supports community applications of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles.  It allows water-resource managers and planners to screen a wide range of practices for cost-effectiveness in achieving watershed or water utilities management goals, such as meeting projected water demand and minimum and maximum in-stream ecological flow targets.  The target user groups for the tool are municipal waterworks superintendents, local water resource managers, and consultants.

 

Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Time:  12:00pm – 1:00pm (eastern)

Phone lines will open at 11:45am. (Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.)

 

Phone:  866.299.3188

Access code:  919.541.2184

 

Login to attend the webinar at:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/sswrmonthlywebinar

You will be prompted to log into Adobe Connect. Please enter as guest to access the webinar.

 

AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference Will be Held March 30 – April 2, 2014

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will hold its Sustainable Water Management Conference this year from March 30 – April 2 in Denver, Colorado.  The conference will present solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing infrastructure, developing robust supply models and watershed management plans, water reuse, resource management, green infrastructure and more.

For more information and to register, visit the AWWA web site HERE.