EPA – September 24, 2014

U.S. EPA Water Research Webinar: Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater will be held on September 24, 2014 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT. There are thousands of pharmaceuticals in use today. Some pharmaceuticals have been found in water and have raised concerns about the potential risks they pose to both humans and our ecosystems. These pharmaceuticals tend to make their way in to our waters primarily through excrement of active drugs directly from patients and subsequent incomplete removal of those pharmaceuticals from our wastewater during wastewater treatment. This webinar will describe our estimates of potential risks to people as well as aquatic life by combining aquatic concentration information with available dose-response data. This analysis includes data from our recent study of pharmaceutical concentrations in effluent samples from 50 very large municipal wastewater plants located across the United States. Contributors: Mitch Kostich, Angela Batt, Susan Glassmeyer, and Jim Lazorchak. For more information click here.

September 24, 2014

Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation: Spotlight on Michigan will be held on September 24, 2014 from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. EDT. Coastal Wetlands Climate change adaptation, or dealing with the impacts of climate change, is becoming increasingly important to build resiliency and maintain the health within Michigan’s coastal ecosystems. Because of their role in maintaining coastal health, it is critical that coastal wetlands survive and thrive during changing climatic conditions. In partnership with the National Wildlife Foundation, and with input from experts on wetlands and climate change, the Great Lakes Commission is developing a Best Practices Toolkit for coastal wetland adaptation to climate change. From the creation of a project review committee to the publication of the toolkit, this presentation will describe the process of identifying and evaluating the best practices that can be used in Michigan, as well as on a Great Lakes basin and national scale. To register, click here.

ASWM – September 24, 2014

The Association of State Wetland Mangers will host a webinar Ecosystem Service Valuation for Wetland Restoration: What it is, How to do it and Best Practice Recommendations on September 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide information regarding what ecosystem service valuation is, what economic methods can be used to develop monetary and non-monetary estimates for wetland benefits, examples of use, and best practice recommendations. For more information, click here.


Rock River Coalition and Environmental Law Institute – September 15, 2014

The Rock River Coalition and Environmental Law Institute Webinar: The Rock River TMDL, Where Are We Now? will be held on September 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Kathy Lake, P.E., Environmental Specialist for the Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, offers an overview of the first full year of TMDL implementation, including a second growing season, with a focus on watershed benefits. Ken Potter from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss the Nelson Institute’s 2013 Water Resources Management Practicum with quantified and investigated mitigation of transient sediment in the Yahara WINs pilot project areas. To register, click here.

Value of Water Coalition – September 15, 2014

Value of Water Coalition will hold a free webinar on Water Works: Investing Together for a Stronger America on September 15, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Water keeps our communities healthy, our cities running, and our economies growing. Despite its economic importance, we need to invest as much as $4.8 trillion over the next 20 years to maintain our nation's water and wastewater systems in a state of good repair. A new national report-The Economic and Labor Impact of the Water Sector-finds that 30 large water and wastewater agencies will be investing $254 billion into the economy in the next decade. This will result in $524 billion in economic output over the next ten years and support 289,000 jobs annually. This webcast will feature water leaders, public and private, from across America who will discuss how investment in water infrastructure puts people to work and builds a stronger nation. For more information and to register, click here.

September 12, 2014 

Hydrologic Connectivity of Coastal Plain Geographically Isolated Wetlands webinar will be held on September 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Presented by: Amy Keyworth (NCDENR DWR) and Dr. Dan Tufford (University of South Carolina). Isolated wetlands are a critically important ecosystem that provide ecological value and hydrological and water quality functions. Although the importance of the ecological and functional value of wetlands in the landscape is well documented, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of “isolated” wetlands (IWs), especially concerning water quality and hydrology. Additionally, isolated wetlands are particularly vulnerable to losses from development and agriculture because they are often surrounded by developable uplands, are often small in size (less than an acre), and have varying degrees of regulatory protection. For more information and to register, click here.

Forester University – September 25, 2014

Forester University will hold a webinar on Up the Creek Establishing an Effective Public-Private Partnership on September 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Join Tamara Lee Pinard as she discusses her experience developing the Long Creek Watershed Management District (a public-private partnership) through a two-year stakeholder collaboration, and lays out the steps for you to establish a working public-private partnership of your own. In this presentation we’ll explore the crucial steps involved in establishing a working public-private partnership to develop a locally supported management plan, the process of developing a legal structure for cooperative implementation of the management plan, and how you can implement these in your community. Within this discussion, Pinard will review the Residual Designation Authority (RDA) – what it is, how it was used, and the results from its use in Long Creek. Additionally, we’ll discuss the Long Creek Watershed Management District design and implementation, and examine its accomplishments, including results from the Long Creek water quality monitoring program. Finally, we’ll explore the lessons learned, outcome strategies, and best practices you can implement in your design of a comprehensive public-private watershed program. For more information, click here or to register, click here. $79.00 

Rock River Coalition and Environmental Law Institute – October 21, 2014

The Rock River Coalition and Environmental Law Institute Webinar: Landscape-scale Identification of Actually Restorable Wetlands: An overview of a procedure for identifying restorable wetlands at large scales will be held on October 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.This talk will outline a procedure for identifying restorable wetlands at large scales. Scott Taylor, ecologist and owner of Taylor Conservation LLC, will share preliminary results of his work in the Rock River basin that brings together GIS analysis and rapid field reconnaissance to locate the most promising wetland restoration sites. The fuller picture gives insights into the potential of wetland restoration for watershed-wide reduction of polluted surface water run-off and enlargement of wildlife corridors. For more information, click here.