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.

REGISTER HERE

 

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/.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget to Register for June 6th SWC Learning Exchange Webinar

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Date:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time:  2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern)

Registration Link

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a webinar entitled, “Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response.”  The webinar is part of the SWC’s Learning Exchange that includes a series of webinars such as this one, along with available resources, case studies, stories, and social media messages on a variety of source water protection related topics. This webinar will leverage the case study from the spill on the Potomac River (in Virginia) in November 2016 to provide recommendations for a variety of participants including water utilities, and federal, state, and local governments.

During the webinar, Alan Roberson (Source Water Collaborative Steering Committee Co-Chair and Executive Director of ASDWA) will provide some opening remarks, and Greg Prelewicz (Fairfax Water) and Steve Beiber (MWCOG) will provide a presentation about the Potomac River spill incident and lessons learned, and answer audience questions.  Participants will learn:

  • How to link source water protection and emergency preparedness and response
  • What worked and what didn’t work during/after the spill
  • How lessons learned can improve planning for emergency preparedness and response

For more information about the webinar, see the attached handout.  And stay tuned…new materials and resources on this topic will be posted on the SWC Learning Exchange web page in the near future.

SWC Learning Exchange Webinar on Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Date:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time:  2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern)

Registration Link

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a webinar entitled, “Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response.”  The webinar is part of the SWC’s Learning Exchange that includes a series of webinars such as this one, along with available resources, case studies, stories, and social media messages on a variety of source water protection related topics. This webinar will leverage the case study from the spill on the Potomac River (in Virginia) in November 2016 to provide recommendations for a variety of participants including water utilities, and federal, state, and local governments.

During the webinar, Alan Roberson (Source Water Collaborative Steering Committee Co-Chair and Executive Director of ASDWA) will provide some opening remarks, and Greg Prelewicz (Fairfax Water) and Steve Beiber (MWCOG) will provide a presentation about the Potomac River spill incident and lessons learned, and answer audience questions.  Participants will learn:

  • How to link source water protection and emergency preparedness and response
  • What worked and what didn’t work during/after the spill
  • How lessons learned can improve planning for emergency preparedness and response

For more information about the webinar, see the attached handout.  And stay tuned…new materials and resources on this topic will be posted on the SWC Learning Exchange web page in the near future.

EPA Webinar on Global Change Explorer Web Tools

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On Wednesday, May 31 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program will host a webinar about its Global Change Explorer collection of web tools that allow visualization, comparison, and access to spatial data that describe potential future environmental change. These data can serve as a starting point to assess the vulnerability of air, water, ecosystems, and human health to climate change, land use change, and other large-scale environmental stressors. The data and tools are relevant across multiple scientific disciplines and environmental media, providing a foundation for integrated assessment of global change.

During the webinar, presenters from EPA’s Office of Research and Development will provide an overview of the three web tools – Land Use, Watersheds, and Deposition — that comprise the Global Change Explorer.  REGISTER HERE

For more information about EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program, view its Research Action Plan.

EPA’s Water Finance Center Hosts Stormwater Finance Webinar Series 

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EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. This webinar series will explore both traditional stormwater financing strategies as well as new and innovative approaches. Each webinar will provide a deep-dive, technical overview of specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs. The next webinar is planned as follows with additional webinars to be announced soon.

  • May 23, 2017– 2:00-3:00pm ET – Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program Register for webinar

For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/leading-edge-stormwater-financing-webinars

 

Webinar on Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience

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EPA’s Office of Water is hosting a webinar to showcase state innovative practices that build resilience into their water resource programs, as part of a collaboration with ASDWA, the Association of Clean Water Administrators, and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

DATE:              April 27, 2017

TIME:               1:00 – 3:00pm (eastern)

REGISTER HERE

This webinar will highlight three innovative state initiatives that address novel stressors and improve the resilience of program operations. These examples are drawn from the Innovative State Water Agency Practices database, which includes additional practices on EPA’s website.

New USGS Interactive Map Looks at Long-term Water Quality Changes

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USGS has launched a new interactive map that provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our Nation’s rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data collected by 74 organizations at almost 1,400 sites have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams in the 40 years since passage of the Clean Water Act.  The interactive map can be used to track trends of 51 water-quality constituents and 38 aquatic-life metrics at nearly 1,400 sites during four time periods between 1972 and 2012.  For more information about this and other maps, visit the USGS website.

EPA and Forest Service Webinar on CWSRF Funding for Land Conservation Projects

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On Thursday, April 13 from 1:30 to 3:00pm (eastern), EPA and the U.S. Forest Service will host a webinar entitled, “Sponsorship:  A Unique Tool for Funding Land Conservation Projects with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF),” as part of the CWSRF webinar series.  During the webinar, Mike Curley, the author of Fundamentals of Water Finance, will discuss the use of sponsorship programs for funding land conservation projects with the CWSRF.  In addition, Patti Cale-Finnegan from the Iowa CWSRF program and Jerry Rouch from the Ohio CWSRF program will provide specific examples from their states and explain the role of sponsorship and partnerships with land trust organizations.  At the time of the webinar, please log on directly at:  https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/spf-ucf/.  To view the announcement, go HERE.