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.

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.

US Water Alliance Publishes Equitable Water Management Paper

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The US Water Alliance has released a comprehensive briefing paper on the connections between water management and vulnerable communities living in America entitled, “An Equitable Water Future.”  The report demonstrates how water challenges affect affordability, environmental and social justice, economic development, health, safety, and more. These challenges are often felt more acutely by disadvantaged communities, whether by geographic, economic, or racial status. The paper presents a framework that can move the nation forward, focused on three pillars of equitable water management:

  1. Ensure all people have access to clean, safe, affordable water service;
  2. Maximize the community and economic benefits of water infrastructure investment; and,
  3. Foster community resilience in the face of a changing climate.

The entire paper is available online here.  For questions, please contact Abigail Gardner of US Water Alliance at agardner@uswateralliance.org or 412-421-0809.

 

 

 

EPA HABS Webinar on Treatment, Communications, and Management

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On Tuesday, June 27th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (eastern), EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) will host a webinar entitled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: Treatment, Risk Communications Toolbox, and Management Plans,” as part of the EPA Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar Series.  During the webinar, EPA presenters will:

  • Share information about multiple EPA tools that facilitate proactive planning for harmful algal blooms, including the support document Recommendations for Public Water Systems to Manage Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water and the Cyanotoxin Management Plan Temple and Example Plans.
  • Provide a brief overview of drinking water treatment options for cyanobacteria and their toxins, focusing on the impacts of permanganate addition to suspensions of toxin-producing Microcystis aeruginosa, followed by powdered activated carbon addition.

Register for the webinar here

USGS Finds Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Not Currently Affecting Drinking Water Quality in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas

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A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. These production areas include the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations, which are some of the largest sources of natural gas in the country and have trillions of cubic feet of gas.

This is the first study in these areas to systematically determine the presence of benzene and methane in drinking water wells near unconventional oil and gas production areas in relation to the age of the groundwater.  Age-dating indicates groundwater in wells is often several thousand years old suggesting decades or longer may be needed to fully assess the effects of unconventional oil and gas production on the quality of groundwater used for drinking water.  For more information, see the USGS Technical Announcement.

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

 

USGS Publishes National Brackish Groundwater Assessment

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USGS has published a new study that suggests brackish groundwater could help stretch limited freshwater supplies. This study found that the amount of brackish groundwater underlying the country is more than 800 times the amount currently used each year. With issues like drought, groundwater depletion, dwindling freshwater supplies, and demand for groundwater expected to continue to rise, understanding brackish groundwater supplies can help determine whether they can supplement or replace taxed freshwater sources in water-stressed areas. Although this assessment can’t answer all of the questions related to sustainable use, it represents a starting point for identifying the gaps in our knowledge and for directing research to locations where further study would be most beneficial. View the report and press release HERE.

AWWA is Accepting Abstracts for 2018 Sustainable Water Management Conference

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AWWA wishes to invite authors and experts in the field to submit abstracts on a variety of sustainability topics for its Sustainable Water Management Conference being held March 25-28, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  Abstract topics may include:

  • Water Resources Planning & Management
  • Water & Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Utilities & Infrastructure Resiliency
  • Water Conservation Programs
  • Climate Change Mitigation & Adaption

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017.  For a detailed list of abstract topics and more information, visit the website HERE.

 

EPA Webinar on Free Emergency Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

 

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On May 3, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Water Security Division will host a webinar on free preparedness tools and resources for drinking water and wastewater utilities, including the new Route to Resilience (RtoR) Tool.  The webinar will benefit water utility operators and managers, state and tribal primacy agencies, drinking water and wastewater utility stakeholders, and water utility partners and associations.  REGISTER HERE.  Links and instructions will be sent to participants via email prior to the event. If you have additional questions, please contact WSD-Outreach@epa.gov.