Save the Date for ASDWA’s Upcoming Webinar on Source Water-Capacity Development Collaboration

Mark your calendars and save the date!  October 9 is the date for ASDWA’s webinar on ways to collaborate, based on practical state experiences, between source water protection and capacity development programs:

Title:  Capacity Development and Source Water Protection Collaboration

Date:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Purpose:  This webinar will explore opportunities for state drinking water capacity development and source water protection program coordinators to work together to help their water systems achieve compliance, prevent MCL exceedances, and protect public health.
  • Target Audience:  State and EPA Regional capacity development and source water protection coordinators, technical assistance providers, and any other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend.  Registration is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.
  • What You Will Learn:  Participants will learn how two states are collaborating to use both their source water protection and capacity development programs to benefit small water systems.  Source water protection aligns well with capacity development efforts in the areas of:  enhanced compliance; increased resiliency; cost savings from monitoring waivers and filtration variances; and for potential offsets to additional treatment costs for particular contaminants or problems with the water supply.

For more information and to register:  Stay tuned, ASDWA will provide registration information and more details this summer!

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Community Involvement Best Practices Workshop

EPA is inviting stakeholders and partners to participate in the EPA Community Involvement Training Conference: The Next Generation of Community Involvement set for July 30 through August 1 in Boston, Massachusetts.

What is the EPA Community Involvement Training Conference?

This dynamic training conference (offered only once every two years) seeks to both inform and train EPA staff as well as Agency stakeholders and partners in best practices to enhance community involvement. This three-day training conference features plenary sessions with guest speakers, topical discussions, multiple 90-minute information sessions, engaging three, four, and seven hour training sessions with continuing education unit (CEU) credit, and field trips demonstrating effective community involvement and cooperative conservation efforts in the Boston area. Additionally, there will be a Tuesday evening reception that will highlight a poster and technology demonstration session to showcase excellent community involvement projects as well as new tools, technology, and software. Throughout the training conference there will be exhibits, a variety of networking opportunities, and also evening activities to add value and fun to the experience. Please visit the training conference website at www.epa.gov/ciconference for more information.

DATES:  July 30 – August 1, 2013

LOCATION:  Boston, Massachusetts

COST:  $45 for non-EPA personnel.  There are reduced rates for one day participants.

REGISTRATION:  Click here << Register Now >> for in-person attendees.  Registration will be open until July 17, 2013.

ON LINE PARTICIPATION:  If you cannot attend in person, you may register to participate online in a limited number of select sessions that will be streamed live.  More information on this option will be available in early June on the training conference website at www.epa.gov/ciconference

Training Conference Audience

The training conference audience consists of EPA staff as well as EPA partners and stakeholders coming from local, state, federal, tribal, industry, non-governmental, or other sectors who interact with EPA on community involvement related projects.

Training Conference Agenda & Hotel Information

Please visit the training conference “Agenda”  and  “Hotel” pages to view the final agenda for the training conference and to reserve your hotel room.

For questions, please contact any of the following:

Elana Goldstein, Conference Co-Chair
U.S. EPA Office of Water
Phone: 202-564-1800 | goldstein.elana@epa.gov

Pamela Harting-Barrat, Conference Co-Chair
U.S. EPA Region 1
Phone: 617-918-1318 | harting-barrat.pamela@epa.gov

Laura Knudsen, Conference Co-Chair
U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Phone: 703-603-8861 | knudsen.laura@epa.gov

Access to FEMA Assistance

Hopefully, it won’t happen, but if your community suffers a “declared disaster” according to Federally-defined guidelines, there are several ways that your citizens can apply for FEMA assistance – by phone, website, or mobile device.  Keep these numbers and links handy – just in case!

  1. Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  2. Apply via a smartphone at m.fema.gov
  3. Apply by phone:

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox Now on the Web

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated web-based version of the Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox.   The toolbox provides water systems with a practical guide for what to do and how to communicate during drinking water advisories.  It can also provide useful tools that states can use when assisting water systems with advisories.  The web-based version makes navigating the toolbox simple, and provides more than 40 downloadable and customizable tools and templates. The toolbox was a collaborative effort between CDC, EPA, and AWWA, with input from ASDWA and state representatives.

EPA Hosting Lead & Copper Rule Webinar Series

EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is hosting a three part webinar series on the Lead & Copper Rule.  Part 1 in the series begins with a review of LCR requirements before an action level exceedance; the second webinar will cover the LCR requirements after an action level exceedance, and part 3 will examine reporting requirements and compliance determination under the LCR.

PART 1:  LCR 101:  Requirements before an Action Level Exceedance

DATE:  May 22, 2013

TIME:  1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

JOIN:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/leadandcopper101/

NOTE:  1. You do not have to register in advance for this event.

                 2. You must have computer speakers for the audio portion.  There is no dial in access.

This  webinar provides an overview of key provisions of the rule including lead and copper tap monitoring requirements, how to calculate the 90th percentile level, requirements to inform the public, water quality parameter monitoring requirements, and requirements related to long term treatment changes and new source additions.

Information about other webinars in the series will be provided at a later date.  If you have any questions about this webinar please contact EPA’s Francine St Denis via email at st-denis.francine@epa.gov.

NEIWPCC Looks at Operator Discipline

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is a not-for-profit interstate agency that supports state drinking water and wastewater programs in New England and New York.

At the request of its Drinking Water Administrators Workgroup, NEIWPCC completed a survey report about the varied state approaches to disciplining drinking water operators.  Coordinating with workgroup members, NEIWPCC developed 12 survey questions covering the range of the disciplinary process, from improper actions, to hearings, punitive action, appeals, and potential reinstatement.

NEIWPCC distributed the survey to their members as well as to state drinking water programs nationwide, thanks to the cooperation of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA).

Survey results were compiled and summarized in the report linked below, along with additional resources related to drinking water operator discipline.

NEIWPCC wants to emphasize that this information has been collected at the request of their Drinking Water Administrators Workgroup. The compiled information is not intended to be used for decision-making purposes.

Click this link Drinking Water Operator Discipline Survey Report to view the Report.

 

For more information about NEIWPCC and its programs, go to http://www.neiwpcc.org

 

Webinar on Best Practices for Schools & Child Care Facilities

EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is hosting a Drinking Water Best Management Practices for Schools and Child Care Facilities webinar.

DATE:  Wednesday, May 8

TIME:  2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/647305334

This webinar will cover the best management practices for drinking water in a school or child care facility. Specifically, the webinar will describe practices a school or child care facility can implement to reduce lead and bacteria in their facility, how to avoid cross contamination, protect their water source, and water conservation tips.

Questions?  Please contact Francine St. Denis at st-denis.francine@epa.gov or call 202-564-3829.