Upcoming EPA webinars

AWIA and Creating Resilient Water Utilities

Nov 17, 2020 1-2:30 pm CST
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Presentation 1: America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA): Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan Requirements for Community Water Systems

This presentation will discuss the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) which requires community water systems serving a population greater than 3,300 persons to assess the risks to, and resilience of, their systems. The presentation will provide information on the tools and resources to assist utilities in the development of a Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan in accordance with AWIA. Information will also be provided on how to certify completion of Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans by the applicable deadlines.

Presenter: Charlene Kormondy
Charlene is a Physical Scientist in the Water Security Division at the U.S. EPA. Currently, her work focuses on creating outreach and communication and providing trainings to water utilities across the country related to requirements under America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Previously, Charlene completed an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellowship in the Standards and Risk Management Division of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. Charlene holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management, with a focus on water resources management, from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Florida.

Presentation 2: EPA’s Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative

The presentation will provide an overview of EPA’s Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, which provides drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities with practical tools, training and technical assistance needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events. Through a comprehensive planning process, CRWU assists water utilities by promoting a clear understanding of potential long-term adaptation options for decision-making related to water utility infrastructure financing.

Presenter: Curt Baranowski
Curt leads EPA’s Creating Resilient Water Utilities initiative, which provides resources for drinking water and wastewater utilities to address to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options. Before working on climate-related water issues, Curt managed Agency programs that provided technical assistance and training to small community wastewater utilities. Curt has been with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water since 1998. Prior to joining EPA, Curt worked in the water and air programs of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

EPA Tools & Resources Webinar: Drinking Water Models and Tools

Nov 18, 2020 2-3 pm CST
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Multiple models and tools have been developed by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to help communities improve the quality of their drinking water. Some support the treatment process by predicting the effectiveness of different processes in removing contaminants or achieving treatment goals, while others focus on the water distribution system by enabling the design of new infrastructure, optimizing operations, and determining contaminant fate and transport. Recently, EPA developed a new model that can be used to help determine if there is potential for contaminants, such as lead or Legionella, to occur in premise plumbing within buildings and homes.

EPA’s models and tools can help communities achieve compliance with regulations, evaluate different treatment approaches, design infrastructure replacement programs, identify ways to build resilience to disasters, place sensors to provide early detection of contaminants, and plan for a variety of future scenarios. This presentation will provide an overview of these models and tools, explaining when and how they can be used, and what types of problems they can help solve.

Property Values and Water Quality: Supporting Decisions with the Hedonic Model

Wed, Nov 18, 2020 1-2 pm CST
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Although there is well-established body of literature examining how water quality impacts home values, it has yet to be used in analyses of regional and nationwide water quality regulations. Property value studies combine housing choices with data on water quality to estimate benefits in a statistical model. This webinar will present an overview of the hedonic property value method, synthesize the literature to estimate a set of unit values and transfer functions to support decisions affecting water quality, and identify approaches to move beyond the limitations identified in the synthesis.

About the Presenters

Matt Heberling, Ph.D.
Matt is a research economist with EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling. His current research focuses on estimating the economic benefits of improving water quality and using economic incentives for controlling pollution. Matt holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Penn State University. 

Michael Papenfus, Ph.D.
Michael is an environmental economist with EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment. His current research focuses on estimating the economic benefits associated with protecting water quality, wild salmon populations, and human health. Michael holds a Ph.D. in environment and resources (environmental eonomics) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and previously worked at the Natural Capital Project before joining the EPA. 

EPA Training Webinar: Freshwater Explorer

Nov 19, 2020 2-3 pm
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Higher levels of minerals in the water can cause harmful algal blooms and affect aquatic wildlife. These conditions can increase costs for making water suitable for drinking by people and livestock, for use in agricultural and industrial processes, and for water reuse. EPA’s Freshwater Explorer provides information on the status of water resources for networks of streams in the U.S color-coded for measured freshness (i.e., low salt and mineral content). This makes the EPA’s Water Quality Portal accessible and intuitive. Two parameters are currently available, phosphorous and conductivity, others will be added as data sets are curated.

After the training, users will be able to perform geographical searches and visualize background and measured data for water quality parameters. This combination of information is useful for states to work with communities and regulated entities to find the right balance of protection and use of fresh water.

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