Water Research Foundation Web Seminar Series

Our web seminar series features scientific experts who discuss research topics and answer your questions. No special equipment or software is needed to participate – just a web browser and phone. Our Web Seminar Series is a resource designed for you and your organization. To make the most of these learning opportunities, we’d like to know what topics would be of interest to you in a future web seminar. Please send your ideas to bswartz@waterrf.org.

Professional Development Hours (PDH)
We will offer verification of program attendance for web seminar attendees to use toward Professional Development Hours (PDHs). While we calculate educational credits following a standardized method that is widely accepted by many certification and licensing agencies, many states differ in the types and/or numbers of credits they will approve for specific educational events. Because of this, participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements and for ensuring that WRF web seminar participation credits are accepted. To find out about PDH requirements or licensure and/or certification, contact your state/territory licensure board.

2019 Web Seminars

Rolling Out “Community‐enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs” (CLASIC) Tool
Thursday, March 7, 2019 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
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The web-based “Community‐enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs” (CLASIC) tool is intended to support stormwater infrastructure planning and decisions using lifecycle costs to compare green, hybrid green‐gray, and gray infrastructure practices. There are three main components to the CLASIC tool outputs: 1) life cycle costs; 2) assessed value of co‐benefits (environmental, social, financial); and 3) performance. This webcast presents a rigorous framework of life cycle cost analysis for green and gray infrastructure, along with a live demo of CLASIC tool features and user interface. In addition, the webcast provides an overview of beta testing process for community engagement.
Harry Zhang, Ph.D., PE, Water Research Foundation
Sybil Sharvelle, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Tyler Dell, Colorado State Univeristy
Jennifer Egan, PG, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Christine Pomeroy, Ph.D., PE, University of Utah
Michele Pugh, Wichita State University

Michele Pugh, Wichita State University

Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan
Tuesday, March 12, 2019  3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
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Join WRF for a webcast on project 4695, Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan, which will help water utilities assess their current water loss situation, develop targets for water loss control programs, identify various intervention approaches, estimate costs and benefits of potential interventions, and develop a “roadmap” for preparing a water loss control program. Our speakers will discuss the project's tools and methods that users can use to select financial or economic valuation approaches for estimating the costs and benefits of alternative water loss control activities which can be used to assemble financially attractive activities into a multi-faceted, plan that is actionable, cost effective, and defensible for their specific situation. The resulting plan, based on the experience of leading North American water utilities – large and small, can then be aligned with the water utility’s strategic goals, water resource management needs and financial objectives, while reflecting local circumstances. The Guidance Manual and this webcast will be of interest to water utility executive and department managers charged with managing distribution system water and revenue loss, and regulatory agencies with oversight of water loss auditing and control plans.
Gary B. Trachtman, PE, Principal Environmental Engineer, ARCADIS
Alan Wyatt, Independent Consultant - Water Utility Management
Chris Leauber, Executive Director, Water & Wastewater Authority of Wilson County

Maureen Hodgins, Research Manager, The Water Research Foundation

Advancing the Seawater Desalination Knowledge Base
Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:00 - 4:30 PM ED
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This partnership webcast with WateReuse will discuss two recently completed WRF projects that feature advancements in  seawater desalination by reverse osmosis. As part of Carlsbad Desalinated Seawater Integration Study (Desal-15-06/4773), researchers investigated the integration of desalinated seawater into the San Diego area distribution network following the 2015 completion of the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination plant. The data and analysis generated from this research is a valuable resource for understanding the challenges associated with the introduction of desalinated seawater into the regional San Diego County Water Authority and local member agency distribution systems, and can be used to guide the water treatment community in the design and implementation of future SWRO projects.

The successful operation of seawater reverse osmosis plants often depends on the ability of the pretreatment system to consistently produce high-quality water for the RO process. Pretreatment for Seawater Reverse Osmosis: Existing Plant Performance and Selection Guidance (Desal-14-07/4763) developed a knowledge base that provides water utilities with a set of key criteria for the evaluation of conventional versus membrane-based pretreatment technologies and a tool to assist water utilities in selection of pretreatment systems based on the water quality of the seawater and other selected information.

Members of the research teams from both projects look forward to sharing the insights and findings with you and will address questions that you may have.
Joe Jacangelo, PhD, REHS, Vice President, Director of Research, Stantec
Brent Alspach, Principal Environmental Engineer and Director of Applied Research, Arcadis

Kristan VandenHeuvel, Research Manager, The Water Research Foundation

Evaluation of Data Needs to Support Water Quality Models for Setting Nutrient Targets
Tuesday, April 2, 2019   12:00 - 2:00 pm ET
How to Register: Employees of WE&RF subscribing organizations can receive FREE registration for this WE&RF/WEF co-sponsored web seminar. Click here to access the promo code that you'll need to register through WEF. NOTE: Registration is not yet open.
Many prior attempts to use water quality models to set nutrient targets (criteria and/or allowable loads) have been rejected for regulatory application, due to excessive uncertainty caused by insufficient data to support the model. This presentation will discuss the amount of data required to develop a mechanistic water quality model that can support water quality management actions for nutrients. Topics to be covered include:
The relationship between the amount of data available to support model application and resulting model error. 
The applicability of different model uncertainty analysis techniques for use with mechanistic nutrient models. 
Summary of interviews with State regulatory staff regarding data requirements, model uncertainty and other factors. 
David W. Dilks, Ph.D., Vice President, LimnoTech
Steve Chapra, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
Todd Retter, PE, Environmental/Water Resources Engineer, LimnoTech


Lola Olabode, M.P.H., BCES, Program Director, WRF
Penelope Moskus, Senior Environmental Scientist/Project Manager, LimnoTech

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