AWWA Publishes New Edition of Source Water Protection Operational Guide

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AWWA has published its 2nd Edition of the Source Water Protection Operational Guide to AWWA Standard G300.  This Operational Guide helps utility managers implement the requirements established in AWWA Standard G300 on source water protection to:

 

  • Identify source water protection goals
  • Create and implement action plans
  • Assess plan effectiveness

The guide also includes worksheets, an extensive resource section, and case studies.  For more information and to purchase the guide, visit the AWWA website.

WRF Webcast on Preparedness and Response for Water System Resilience

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Date:  Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time:  3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern)

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will host a free webinar entitled, “Preparedness and Response Practices to Support Water System Resilience: Fundamentals, Good Practices, and Innovations.”  This webcast will discuss the findings of Innovative Preparedness and Response Practices to Support Water System Resilience (#4601). Participants will learn about practices in other sectors that could be used in the water sector, a variety of fundamentals and good practices in use at utilities, as well as some innovative practices to consider.

EPA Webinar on Land Use and Water Resources

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EPA will hold a webinar as part of the Safe and Sustainable Resources Research Program monthly series entitled, “Land Use, Environmental Stressors, and Water Resources: Degradation to Restoration.”

Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time:  2:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern)

Register at:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4319992565037855234

During the webinar, presenters will discuss environmental stressors and management practices impacting global water quantity and quality; describe a conceptual framework for understanding and predicting global patterns of water use and water quality degradations; and discuss the role of ecosystem restoration and management in securing and improving water resources and related ecosystem services.

Water Deeply Article on New Mexico Water Authority $1M Investment to Protect Headwaters

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Water Deeply, an online news publication, has published an article entitled, “New Mexico Water Agency Finds Innovative Way to Protect Headwaters.” The article highlights how the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in New Mexico just donated $1 million to help protect the land in its headwaters.  This money is being pledged to the Rio Grande Water Fund, a consortium of partners who’s goal it is to protect the San Juan-Chama and Rio Grande watershed lands from catastrophic forest fires.  The fund is used for forest restoration projects on about 600,000 forested acres in the headwaters that provide drinking water for about half the state’s population.  Read the article here.

Register Now for the ASDWA CWA-SDWA Webinar: Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits

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Date:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time:  1:00 to 2:30pm (eastern), 10:00 to 11:30am (pacific)

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On August 29, ASDWA will host a Clean Water Act – Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) webinar entitled, “Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits.”  The purpose of the webinar is to build on the efforts of ASDWA, ACWA, GWPC, and EPA to share and promote CWA-SDWA coordination activities across state and EPA water programs.  State, interstate, tribal, and federal water programs, water utilities, technical assistance providers, and anyone else who would like to participate is encouraged to attend.  During the webinar, presenters from the Virginia and Washington Drinking Water Programs and the Skagit Public Utilities District (in WA) will share how they collaborated with their state Clean Water Programs and other partners to creatively use some non-traditional funding routes to benefit their drinking water utilities, including one very small and disadvantaged water system.

Tomorrow! – WRF Webcast on How to Talk about Contaminants, Risk, and the Unknown

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Date:  Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time:  11:00am – 12:30pm (eastern)

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will host a free webinar tomorrow entitled, “Throwing Precaution Out the Window:  How to Talk about Contaminants, Risk, and the Unknown.”  The webcast will feature a presentation by Dr. Gabriella Rundblad of King’s College London to share the findings of the WRF project (#4551), Terminology for Improved Communications Regarding Contaminants of Emerging Concern.  This project explored how language and cognition impact public trust, where the public is more likely to trust a message about the minute presence of known dangers than the lack of evidence for health effects caused by unknown dangers.

June 22 AWRA Webinar on Online Source Water Quality Monitoring for Drinking Water Applications

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This Thursday, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is hosting a free webinar about EPA’s guidance document entitled, “Online Source Water Quality Monitoring For Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.”  During the webinar, Steve Allgeier of EPA will discuss the systematic process for designing an effective online source water monitoring system to help detect water quality incidents (e.g. spills and harmful algal blooms), optimize treatment processes, and characterize long-term trends.

Date:  Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time:  1:00pm (eastern)

Webinar participants will learn best practices on how to:

  • Identify source water threats and assess risks
  • Select water quality parameters and monitoring locations
  • Design water quality monitoring stations
  • Design information management systems to support data analysis
  • Develop procedures to respond to unusual source water quality conditions

Seating is limited – Register here!

 

EPA Water Quality Modeling Webinar

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On Wednesday July 12th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Water Modeling Workgroup will host a webinar titled “Introduction to WASP,” as part of its webinar series to help water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can be used to solve common problems that face water quality regulators. These webinars are focused on modeling as it applies to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Standards, and Water Quality Permitting Programs, but they are applicable to a wide range of audiences, including state source water protection program staff.  This webinar will introduce the Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP) water quality model. WASP enables users to interpret and predict water quality responses to natural phenomena and manmade pollution for various pollution management decisions. The webinar will also highlight how this tool is being used by several states and others for their TMDL, nonpoint source, and municipal stormwater programs.

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New SWC Learning Exchange Resources on Source Water Protection and Emergency Planning

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As part of the Source Water Collaborative’s (SWC) ongoing Learning Exchange, the website now provides a series of new resources to help link source water protection to emergency planning. This was a key recommended action identified in the SWC’s Call to Action, and is part of an effort, along with the June 6th webinar, to share a set of comprehensive resources on this topic.

The new SWC Learning Exchange Resources include:

  • June 6th Webinar Recording: The recorded webinar from June 6th that shares lessons learned from the November 2016 spill on the Potomac River and how to improve planning for emergency preparedness and response, featuring speakers from Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Fairfax Water and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
  • Early Warning Systems: A featured story on Pennsylvania’s early warning systems.
  • Resource Links: Links to resources such as a methodology from the Water Research Foundation for locating and managing dynamic potential contaminant data, U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Health-Based Screening Levels, and much more.

To view these and other resources, visit the SWC Learning Exchange webpage at:  http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/.

 

 

 

 

WRF New Cyanotoxin Webcast Series to Start this Month

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The Water Research Foundation will kick off a new series of three webcasts this month to share the latest information and resources about cyanotoxins in drinking water.  All of these webcasts are being offered free of charge and are open to the public.  Following are the webinar topics, descriptions, and registration information.

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Development of a Risk Communication Tool Kit for Cyanotoxins

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern)

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This Webcast is designed to provide listeners with the necessary knowledge to develop and deliver effective cyanotoxin risk communications (WRF project #4697). Listeners will learn about specific attributes of the cyanotoxin risk management framework that can create potential communication barriers, for example the complexity of the EPA health guidance and the uncertainty inherent in monitoring and testing timing and protocol. Listeners will also be introduced to the linguistic research carried out during the project, which was used to develop recommended health advisory/alert language.

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Evaluation and Optimization of Cyanotoxin Analytical Methods

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern)

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This webcast will explore the results of Performance Evaluation of Methods for the Analysis of Cyanotoxins (project #4647). The goal of this project is to compare the Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA (Method 546) ADDA-ELISA methods and EPA Method 544, “Determination of Microcystins and Nodularin in Drinking Water by Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) and Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)” and investigate the inconsistencies between the methodologies as well as the precision and accuracies within each method. The findings for this project will be published in 2018; however, valuable preliminary findings will be shared during this webcast.

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Treatment Approaches for Managing Dissolved and Intracellular Cyanotoxins

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern)

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This webcast will highlight the effectiveness of conventional and advanced treatment processes for managing intracellular and extracellular cyanotoxins while minimizing unintended consequences. In addition, a summary of the Hazen-Adams CyanoTOX model v.2.0 will be presented. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the model worked at various utilities and will be used to provide a basis for evaluating treatment options.