Online content includes the voluntary agreements, on-site non-potable water systems, an Earth Day celebration, water budgets, drought preparedness, PFAS, Harmful Algal Blooms, SGMA, and more …

Staying at home?  No need to just sit around in your house and do nothing. Here’s a listing of upcoming webinars and virtual conferences.  The best part is that many of them are free!

FREE WEBINAR: Voluntary Agreements

April 8, 11am

Presented by Restore the Delta

The Voluntary Settlement Agreements are a strategy by local, state, and federal water agencies and water right holders to delay full implementation of flows that mimic natural conditions to and through the Delta. For background, RTD policy analyst Tim Stroshane will cover basic Central Valley hydrology and water quality, an introduction to the structure and history of Delta water quality planning, and a brief history of how protection of Delta water quality has been delayed. Process, organizing, and public responses will be discussed by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla

To sign up for this webinar, please click here.

WEBINAR: “The Urge to Merge – How to Engage in a Socially Distanced World”

April 8, 12pm to 1pm

Presented by the Groundwater Resources Association

It’s all very weird isn’t it?  As we settle into our business for the coming months, we face the new normal of marrying social distancing and remote meetings, with commitments to engage clients, agencies, Tribes, stakeholders, etc.

How are we going to do that?

This GRA CAST will provide time-critical advice on how to ease diverse groups of people into new and potentially challenging virtual meeting formats, how to deal with fear and anxiety associated with these changes, how to set mutual expectations and calm people down, and facilitation tips and tools you can use to run effective, engaging and necessary remote gatherings.

The webcast will be led by Dave Ceppos, Managing Senior Mediator – Sacramento State, Consensus and Collaboration Program.  Dave is a nationally renowned mediator / facilitator with a focus on convening and leading stakeholder groups addressing complex water policy and natural resources challenges.

Click here to register.

FREE WEBINAR: Citizen science at EPA

April 15, 12pm to 1pm

With the advent of new technologies for environmental monitoring and tools for sharing information, community volunteers are more engaged than ever before in collecting environmental data, and many environmental agencies are using these data. A major challenge is ensuring the quality of the data collected by citizen science organizations. One of the keys to breaking down this barrier is a Quality Assurance Project Plan. EPA’s Handbook for Citizen Science Quality Assurance and Documentation is for organizations that are starting or growing a citizen science project, and where transparency in the scientific methods for collecting the data are central to the outcome of the project.

This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science at the Agency and showcase several EPA citizen science activities that involve partnerships with state, tribal and local governments on a diversity of issues, including 1) monitoring for cyanobacteria in waterbodies, 2) building and operating “real-time,” low-cost water quality sensors in Georgia; 3) demonstration of a new test method for community mapping of radon in Puerto Rico; 4) the Los Angeles Public Library air sensor loan program; and 5) using citizen science to analyze underwater video in the Great Lakes. For more information, visit EPA’s Citizen Science webpage.

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WEBINAR: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

April 15, 2pm to 3pm

Presented by WateReuse

Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.

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FREE WEBINAR: Methods for Determining “At-Risk” Public Water Systems, Domestic Wells, and State Small Water Systems

April 17, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Presented by the State Water Board

The purpose of this workshop is to solicit recommendations and feedback on the Water Board’s methodologies for determining “at-risk” public water systems, domestic wells, and state small water systems.

The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure that one million Californians who currently lack safe drinking water receive safe & affordable drinking water as quickly as possible.

The SAFER Program is responsible for identifying Public Water Systems and domestic wells that are “at-risk” of failure. Identifying “at-risk” systems and private wells will help the State Water Board proactively target technical and financial assistance to ensure communities have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

  • The Identification of At-Risk Public Water Systems focuses primarily on developing and evaluating risk factors for community water systems up to 3,300 connections and non-transient non-community water systems due to the large number of historical violations associated with these systems.
  • The Identification of Domestic Well and State Small Water Systems At-Risk will be accomplished through the mapping of aquifers that are used as a source of drinking water that are at high risk of containing contaminants that exceed safe drinking water standards. The identification is being completed by the Division of Water Quality, Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program (GAMA) Unit through the development of an aquifer risk mapping tool.

The SAFER team is launching its effort to identify these “at-risk” public water systems and domestic wells and is seeking input from interested persons. This workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about existing identification techniques and provide recommendations and feedback on the State Water Board’s methodologies for determining “at-risk” public water systems, state small water systems, and domestic wells.

Click here to register.

FREE WEBCAST: Earth Day Future 50: A Celebration (Virtual Event)

April 20, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Presented by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Join the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The public is welcome to join Stanford students, staff and faculty as we gather online to hear reflections on how far we have come since the first Earth Day in 1970 and what the next 50 years may hold for the future of the Earth.

The program will include a panel discussion featuring Stanford alumni working at the intersections of energy, sustainability and the environment. These emerging leaders share their perspectives on progress made and what governments, companies, academics and private citizens can do to give the planet and people living on it the best hope for a bright and sustainable future.

Click here to RSVP.

FREE: 2020 Watershed University Summit (online event)

April 20-21

Presented by the Silver Jackets

Join other professionals in floodplain management, water management, emergency management and related fields to learn about innovative projects and technology, as well as new approaches to projects. Connect with peers from local, state, and federal agencies on these issues and build relationships for the future.

Why should you join us at Watershed University Summit online?

  • It’s a free educational and networking event.
  • You can learn about hot topics from experts in floodplain management.
  • You can earn CECs from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers.

What will our experts will be discussing?

  • Watershed Hydrology from Source to Sea
  • Urban Infrastructure and Floodplains
  • Nature-Based Approaches to Floodplain Management
  • Regulatory Trends and Challenges
  • Technology and Innovation for Communication and Engagement
  • Headwaters to Floodplains (DWR initiative)
  • Homelessness in the Floodplain
  • Community Resilience

Who’s organizing Watershed University?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Water Resources have partnered through the Silver Jackets program to provide this two-day FREE forum. Silver Jackets brings together local, state, and federal agencies together to work on nonstructural flood risk reduction projects.

Click here to register.

FREE WEBINAR: Water Budget Handbook – An Interactive Public Webinar on Challenging Water Budget Topics

April 21, 9am to 11am

Presented by the Department of Water Resources

On February 7, the California Department of Water Resources released a draft Handbook for Water Budget Development: With or Without Models (Water Budget Handbook), a single-volume, technical reference that systematically presents existing information on various methods and data sources for developing water budgets. The Water Budget Handbook can help in the development of water budgets for any geographic area and time period, and uses modeling and non-modeling approaches. Public comment is now open on the draft document and closes on May 7, 2020. More information about the development of the handbook can be found in the Water Budget Handbook Story Map.

Please join us for an interactive public webinar intended to help water budget developers make better use of the Water Budget Handbook. Please take this short survey on water budget development. DWR will the use the results of the survey to tailor the content for the interactive webinar. Please register for the webinar to participate.

The agenda will cover discussion and Q&A of resources and techniques available in the Water Budget Handbook relating to the components or aspects of water budget development that are identified as being the most challenging/important in the survey.


WEBINAR: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19

April 21st, 2pm to 3pm

Presented by WateReuse

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.

This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WEBINAR: The War on the EPA: America’s Endangered Environmental Protections

April 22, 10am to 11am

Presented by the American Water Resources Association

In their new book, The War on the EPA: America’s Endangered Environmental Protections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), William and Rosemarie Alley examine the daunting hurdles facing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its critical roles in drinking water, air and water pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals. Delving into the science, the politics, and the human dimension of some of today’s most pressing environmental problems, they illustrate the challenges of regulation and how today’s war on science is undermining the scientific foundation upon which the EPA’s legitimacy rests.

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WEBINAR: Drought Preparedness and Response

April 22, 11am to 12:30pm

Presented by the American Water Works Association

In 2019, AWWA published the second edition of Manual M60, Drought Preparedness and Response. Since the first edition was published in 2011, the nation has seen serious droughts in the Midwest, Texas, the Southwest, and California. Additionally, since 2011, new federal resources have been developed that have the potential to help water utilities better prepare and respond to drought. The second edition has been updated to include new examples and resources that utilities can use to be prepared for water shortages that can result from drought conditions.

Presentations will include overviews of the steps to take for drought preparation, case studies from utilities included in the manual, and overviews of new weather and climate tools that can be used to get a handle on anticipating drought conditions.

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FREE WEBINAR: Stormwater Permitting at Schools and Community Colleges

April 22, 12pm to 1pm

Presented by Best Best & Krieger

The California State Water Resources Control Board will require most K-12 public school districts and community college districts in California to obtain a permit for stormwater discharges from their campuses. This permit will require changes to current operations and impose costs on districts. In this BB&K webinar, Partner Rebecca Andrews and Founder and President of Olaunu Daniel Apt will review the current status of the permit process and requirements and provide an overview of steps involved in establishing a stormwater discharge compliance program.

Click here to register.

PFAS Week: A 3-day digital conference

April 27-29, 9am to 11am

Presented by the Groundwater Resources Association

Register for the entire event or just the individual two-hour-long sessions.  

PFAS are a group of more than 3000 chemicals containing fluorinated compounds. PFAS are found in consumer products, non-stick cookware, food packaging, and some types of fire-fighting foam. PFAS have been dubbed the “forever chemicals” in the media because they currently aren’t readily degraded by native microbial communities. PFAS are of particular concern in California.

Because of their mobility and resistance to degradation, they may not be completely removed in standard wastewater treatment plants and may become “recycled” in the environment. The possible occurrence of PFAS in surface water being used to recharge California’s depleted aquifers — a priority water management strategy under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) — is particularly concerning.

  • Session 1 (Monday, April 27, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific Time)
    Federal, California State and Local Programs for Addressing PFAS in the Environment
  • Session 2 (Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific Time)
    SWRCB Investigative Orders Status, Results, and Future Directions
  • Session 3 (Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Pacific Time)
    California Water Resources & PFAS
Click here to register.

FREE: Stormwater Solutions Webinar Fest

April 28-30

Presented by Storm Water Solutions

Storm Water Solutions welcomes you to participate in a new three-day educational event. Through a combination of live webinars, on a variety of storm water management and erosion control topics, you will be able to earn Professional Development Hours from the comfort of your own home or office. Daily keynote webinars will provide the opportunity to interact with industry experts in live Q&A sessions, while additional on-demand webinars provide ample opportunity to earn PDHs before the end of the year.

Who Should Attend?
• Storm Water and Erosion Control Specialists
• Principals
• Senior Management
• Project/Environmental/Civil Engineers
• Government Officials
• Compliance Personnel

Register to view webinars and earn PDHs.

FREE WEBINAR: EPA’s EnviroAtlas

April 28, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Presented by the US EPA

How do environmental managers and public health officials identify the benefits that local forests, parks, wetlands and other natural areas provide to their local communities? One way is through EnviroAtlas. EPA’s EnviroAtlas provides users with a host of interactive tools, geospatial data and resources for exploring the benefits people derive from nature and potential stressors that might impede their provision.

EnviroAtlas is a rich, web-based and accessible resource that includes: a GIS-based mapping application built on a robust platform of more than 400 layers of environmental and public health data; an easy-to-use Eco-Health Relationship Browser illuminating the links between ecosystems, the services they provide, and their impact on human health and well-being;  teaching resources and educational modules; and built-in analysis tools. EnviroAtlas includes 400+ data layers for the U.S., with additional fine-scale data for more than 1400 cities and towns centered on 30 U.S. urbanized community areas.

EnviroAtlas is designed to inform decision-making, education and research. It provides a one-stop-shop for exploring ecosystem services and the benefits they provide in the context of planning and management. The goal is to help EPA partners in states and local communities enhance public health, environmental resiliency, and economic prosperity.

As follow up to the January EPA Tools and Resources Webinar highlighting EnviroAtlas, this webinar will provide in-depth training on using the Interactive Map and Eco-Health Browser, accessing and downloading data, and using built-in-analysis tools. The webinar will also provide a brief overview of EnviroAtlas resources in general, including educational modules and real-world examples of data use.

Click here to register.

FREE WEBINAR: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Algal Toxins

April 28, 11am to 12pm

Presented by the US EPA

1. Water Treatment Plant Evaluation Protocol for HABs. This presentation will summarize an optional protocol for water treatment plants that want to evaluate their ability to optimize treatment for cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. The protocol was developed in partnership with Ohio EPA through the course of four pilot comprehensive performance evaluations (CPEs). Evaluations are intended to be comprehensive, such that factors that could limit treatment performance during a HAB are identified by evaluating plant administration, operations, maintenance and design. Concepts and studies developed during the pilot project have been used by U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA staff to provide technical support related to HAB treatment. US EPA is in the process of finalizing the draft protocol for publication on the Agency’s website.

Presented by Tom Waters, P.E. (waters.tom@epa.gov). Tom is an environmental engineer with U.S EPA’s Office of Water, Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a member of EPA’s drinking water optimization program, he supports optimization approaches and provides technical assistance related to drinking water treatment, with a particular focus on water treatment plant optimization to address cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. His past work includes hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and water resources studies. Tom has a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Lehigh University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.

2. Treatment Options for HABs Impacted Waters. This presentation will focus on the removal of cyanobacterial biomass through the conventional treatment process: coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and filtration. It will also cover the removal of the toxins microcystin, cylindrospermopsin, and anatoxin through variations of the conventional treatment process: potassium permanganate application, powdered activated carbon (PAC) application, and chlorination. The presentation will conclude with data showing correlations between microcystin analyses performed by the ELISA and LC/MS/MS methods.

Presented by Nicholas Dugan. P.E. (dugan.nicholas@epa.gov). Nick is an environmental engineer with U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has conducted bench- and pilot-scale treatment studies to evaluate the removals of cyanobacteria, cyanobacterial toxins, nitrate, perchlorate, pesticides, and cryptosporidium through drinking water treatment. Nick has a B.S. and an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and is a member of the American Water Works Association and a registered professional engineer in Ohio.

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FREE WEBINAR: Innovation Roadmap for Utilities

April 29, 11am to 12pm

Presented by the American Water Works Association

Join us for an overview of AWWA’s volunteer-led Innovation Initiative and learn about the key concepts that provide the foundation for the Utility Innovation Roadmap Guidance document. The guidance document is designed to help utilities of all sizes prioritize their needs and adopt innovative ideas, methods, and products to improve customer service and address their most pressing issues. Webinar attendees will also get a sneak preview of events planned for the ACE20 Innovation Lounge. The lounge will feature compelling programming and a wide range of exhibitors and networking opportunities that focus on leading-edge technologies and methodologies that are shaping the future of the water industry.

Today’s water utilities are compelled to do more with less. Innovative solutions are needed to address ever-increasing challenges related to drinking water quality, the environment, infrastructure renewal, and utility management.

But finding and implementing the right solutions isn’t always easy. Common barriers include cultural factors, organizational silos, limited resources, and risk aversion. Innovative solutions can require buy-in and collaboration from multiple stakeholders—both inside and outside of the organization.

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FREE WEBINAR: Water Treatment Modeling Tools for Removing PFAS and Other Contaminants

April 29, 11am to 12pm

Presented by the US EPA

Even though carbon adsorption can be an effective treatment technology for removing organic compounds, such as PFAS, from water, it can be expensive or may not achieve desired removal objectives if improperly designed. Proper full-scale design of this adsorption process typically results from carefully controlled pilot-scale studies that are used to determine important design variables, such as the type of adsorbent, empty bed contact time, and bed configuration. However, these studies can be time consuming and expensive if they are not properly planned. To meet the need for planning effective studies and to help alleviate expense, EPA has signed an agreement with Michigan Technological University to make a series of adsorption models available to the public at no cost.

This webinar will provide an overview of the series of adsorption models, along with examples of how they can be used to help design pilot treatment systems and provide a first-cut prediction of full-scale results. The information generated from the models will provide states and utilities with a better understanding of the fundamentals of carbon adsorption and what that means to the operation, performance, and costs associated with this technology.

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FREE WEBINAR: Groundwater Sustainability Plans: What We Now Know and What is Yet to be Learned

May 12, 11am to 12pm

Presented by Best, Best, & Krieger

In 2019, the Department of Water Resources approved nine out of 15 Alternative Plans submitted pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA. Groundwater Sustainability Plans for critically overdrafted basins must be submitted to the Department of Water Resources by Jan. 31, with GSPs for the remaining high- and medium-priority basins due Jan. 31, 2022. This Best Best & Krieger LLP webinar will provide helpful insights to agencies and consultants for successfully drafting their GSPs to meet legal standards, and will identify areas that are yet to be clarified by the reviewing state agencies.

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WEBCAST: Headwater Mercury Reduction Workshop

May 14

Presented by the Sierra Fund

The HMSR Implementation Workshop in Spring of 2020 will include a day of presentations held electronically via Zoom.

Two of TSF’s four strategic targets for addressing headwater sources of mercury will be explored at the Workshop:

  1. Hydraulic Mines and Mine Features: Hydraulic mines and mine features include denuded landscapes prone to erosion and tunnels once used as sluices. These features continue to be sources of mercury-contaminated sediment to streams and rivers. Experts will discuss methods to inventory, rank and prioritize, and remediate mercury sources in the headwaters.
  2. Mercury in Forest and Land Management: Multi-benefit forest health projects include hydraulic mine remediation to reduce erosion of sediment and mercury from mine-scarred lands. The chemical and physical hazards associated with legacy hydraulic mines add a new dimension to traditional forest management practices. Experts will discuss federal land management objectives and how they interface with mercury fate and transport, forest health, and fuels reduction.
Click here to register for the Spring Workshop.

WEBINAR: Why Geophysics is Needed for Water Resources Management

May 20, 10am to 11am

Presented by the American Water Resources Association

You have gathered a lot of lithological information from boreholes. You have carefully developed a hydrogeological conceptual model (HCM) that you believe fits this data and is a good representation of the subsurface. However, sometimes you have difficulties calibrating your numerical hydrogeological model and fear that your HCM is too simplified. You either become careful and don’t use the model results as intended, or worse, end up making poor and risky water resources management decisions based upon a poorly calibrated model.

Electromagnetic surveys provide an excellent opportunity to gain a more detailed understanding of the subsurface between wells. Compared to wells, these surveys can rather inexpensively provide a greater spatial coverage. This will greatly improve the development of the HCM. As a data greedy hydrogeophysicist, Max will show you examples from California on how electromagnetic surveys provide detailed 3D images bringing the understanding of the subsurface to a new level.

Click here for more information and to register.

3rd Annual GSA Summit (Virtual Conference)

June 10-11

Presented by the Groundwater Resources Association

The Third Annual GSA Summit, now a virtual event held June 10-11, is an opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone with the first round of GSP submittals (due at the end of January) and to exchange information, ideas and best practices for successful GSP development and implementation.

This year’s discussion sessions will include new information and approaches to topics such as:

  • Lessons learned from 2020 GSPs
  • Best approaches for effective stakeholder engagement
  • How to coordinate GSA governance with other government agencies
  • Different ways to establish sustainable management criteria
  • Input on GSP development from various stakeholder groups
  • Data gap assessment and GSP implementation

Keynote speakers from State Board and DWR will provide reflections on the SGMA legislation development and implementation and provide insights on future program developments.

Don’t miss this opportunity for SGMA practitioners to learn from each other, identify best practices, and reflect on past SGMA successes and prepare for future implementation opportunities.

Join us for this event over 1 or 2 days, from the comfort of your home, and feel connected to the SGMA and professional groundwater community in this challenging time.

Click here to register.

Click here to view the full calendar.

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