WE&RF Web Seminar Series

WE&RF's 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 WE&RF web seminar. Please send your ideas to bswartz@werf.org.

Professional Development Hours (PDH)
WE&RF will offer verification of program attendance for web seminar attendees to use toward Professional Development Hours (PDHs). While WE&RF calculates 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 WE&RF web seminar participation credits are accepted. To find out about PDH requirements or licensure and/or certification, contact your state/territory licensure board.

2017 Web Seminars

April: Biosolids

Effective Marketing and Communication Strategies for High Quality Biosolids: Lessons Learned in WE&RF Research (and supported by real-world data!)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 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 will need to register through WEF.
One of the major tasks of the WE&RF research project High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater (NTRY7R15) is to assemble a proven strategy for developing a successful HQB marketing program. In this webinar, the project team will share their findings to date. Two well-known biosolids marketing experts will also provide webinar viewers with lessons they have learned during their experience marketing both Class A /EQ and Class B biosolids products.

May: Innovation

Fostering Innovation Within Utilities

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
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Jointly hosted by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the Water Research Foundation, this webcast will discuss the findings of Fostering Innovation Within Utilities (WRF project #4642). Based on the project’s global survey of over 400 utility employees representing 73 utilities, 91% believe that innovation is critical to the future success of their utility, however only 62% would call their utility “innovative.” This webcast will show how utilities transform into idea factories, enabled by a sustainable culture of innovation, broad engagement of stakeholders, and effective leveraging of external resources. Attendees will learn about a simple framework that addresses key disciplines of innovative utilities based on experiences from private industry and over 50 water and wastewater utilities. The presenters will discuss the people, processes and systems necessary to operationalize an innovation framework, and describe tools to help utilities assess internal innovation inhibitors and gauge the health of their existing innovation programs. This webcast is free and open to the public.
Jason Carter, PE, ARCADIS
Mark LeChevallier, American Water 
Ed Means, Means Consulting LLC
Douglas Owen PE, DEE, Owen Water Consulting, LLC
Mike Dirks, Water Research Foundation
Jeff Moeller, PE, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

May: Biosolids

Environmental Fate and Leaching from Biosolids of PFAS:
Regulatory Concerns Focus on Leaching

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:30 - 3:00 pm ET
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Perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have been a focus of growing regulatory, public health, and media attention over the past several years. Most recently, drinking water impacts near chemical manufacturing and use facilities in the Northeast U.S. have raised public concerns, reigniting scrutiny that helped drive U. S. EPA’s publication, in 2016, of a new lifetime-risk public health advisory level for drinking water of 70 parts per trillion. State regulatory agencies have responded with sampling and testing of drinking water sources, providing alternative drinking water when necessary. They are now seeking to identify sources other than industrial sites, and biosolids and other residuals (e.g., paper mill residuals) – Class A and Class B – are a few of many identified.

Our speakers will provide a summary of current knowledge of PFAS in biosolids and other residuals, what the core concern is, and present recent research findings that address the potential for leaching of PFAS from land applied biosolids. Biosolids management professionals and engineers, water resource recovery facility operations, state and federal regulatory staff, farmers and other landowners, and policy makers will find this session informative.
Ned Beecher, MS, NEBRA
Linda S. Lee, Ph.D., Purdue University
Edward Topp, Ph.D., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Rick Stevens, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

May: Innovation

FAST Water Facilities: Piloting Technologies to De-Risk Innovation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 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 will need to register through WEF.

LIFT's Facilities Accelerating Science and Technology (FAST) Water Network is made up of over 70 facilities around the globe capable of piloting water technologies at various scales to help manage risk and accelerate the adoption of innovation. This web seminar will highlight several uniquely capable facilities that are part of the network. Those looking to better understand the resources available to accelerate water innovation are encouraged to attend.
Kristen Jenkins, PE, Southern Research
Randy Shaw, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Michael Carpenter, Idaho National Laboratory
Dr. James Goodrich, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Matt Magruder, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

LIFT 2017 Technology Scans Vendor Presentations

Join us online to learn about the latest innovative technologies that can help you achieve the Utility of the Future!
  • Presentations are open to all WE&RF subscribers. (Note: There are only 100 seats – register early!) 
  • Online broadcasts are from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. 
  • To learn more about the presenting technologies, please visit http://liftlink.werf.org
  • For more information, contact Aaron Fisher at afisher@werf.org




Collection Systems/Odor Control
Clearwater Controls May 9 
Bacterial Logistics
HYDRAPULSE Tellus Utilities
Intelligent Water Systems (Operations)
Hydromantis June 20 
Sampling and Monitoring System (SAMS) NJBSoft
Decentralized Systems
Bacterial Logistics July 18
Epic CleanTec
Epic CleanTec

Water Reuse/Disinfection
Reclaimed Water Pasteurization
Pasteurization Technology Group September 12
Forward Osmosis Forward Water
Milli-electrode Array
UConn October 10
Bio-bead Wavve
PaverGuide PaverGuide
Cold Plasma Pellucid Water

Featured Partner Web Seminars

Water Reuse Association Web Seminar Series

California and Beyond – Next Steps in Advancing Potable Reuse
Thursday, June 8, 2017
How to Register: Employees of WE&RF subscribing organizations can receive FREE registration for this WE&RF/WRA co-sponsored web seminar. Click here to access the promo code that you will need to register through the WateReuse Association.
Officials from California and elsewhere will discuss the next phase of WE&RF’s Direct Potable Reuse Initiative and research plans for the coming years. The presentation will include a discussion of what research the California State Water Resources Control Board needs to develop regulation for DPR and the process that WE&RF will take to begin this research. Previous WE&RF research was instrumental to findings from an Expert Panel in California tasked with determining the feasibility in developing regulations for DPR. Future research will help California and other states develop sound regulatory practices to support further advancement of potable reuse. There will also be a discussion of the status of potable reuse regulations in other regions with representatives from a variety of other states.

Integrated Stormwater Management for Highway and Transportation Sector: Database and Modeling Tool

Part 2: Overview of Stochastic Empirical Dilution Model (SELDM) and Linkage with Stormwater BMP Database
Tuesday, May 16, 2017   1:00 - 1:30 pm ET
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The Stochastic Empirical Dilution Model (SELDM), developed by USGS in collaboration with FHWA, is a stormwater model designed to estimate storm-event flows, loads, and concentrations in stormwater from upstream basins, highways, best management practice (BMP) outfalls, and in the receiving water downstream of a highway. SELDM is a planning-level highway runoff model that can be used to estimate water quality risks with available data. It is pre-loaded with precipitation, stormflow, and water quality statistics and can link with the International Stormwater BMP Database. SELDM is designed to help answer the question, “Is there a significant impact”. The model has been beta-tested by 15 state DOTs, as well as U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other state regulatory agencies.
Greg Granato, U.S. Geological Survey
Part 3: Application of Stochastic Empirical Dilution Model (SELDM) in the Transportation and Highway Stormwater Projects
Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Greg Granato, U.S. Geological Survey
William Fletcher, Oregon Department of Transportation

The Utility of the Future Today: Recognition Program

Join us for an overview of this nationwide recognition program for wastewater utilities – choose either session. Both sessions will provide an overview of the recognition program and discuss the application process.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET 
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Enabling the Water Resources Utility of the Future Web Seminar Series

Additional Web Seminars In This Series Are Currently Being Planned
Check Back for Details to be Released Soon.

Understanding and Use of Climate and Hydrological Data on the Water Resources Dashboard

Water resource managers, city planners, and the general public are witnessing changes in the climate, as well as associated impacts to our environment. To better plan for the future, the American Planning Association, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, National Oceanic and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and the Water Research Foundation collaborated to create a water resources dashboard – a one-stop location for water-relevant data sets. (http://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/water-resources/water-resources-dashboard). Each session in this series targets one or more datasets featuring a scientist involved in the development or application of that dataset, as well as a practitioner or decision maker that uses them in their operations or future planning. Webcast recordings are located in their respective dataset within the Dashboard for reference.

Additional Web Seminars In This Series Are Currently Being Planned
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Asset Management Web Seminars

Find out more about the various components of SIMPLE with these four web seminars.

Web Seminar Archive

Visit the web seminar archive to access descriptions and recordings of past WE&RF seminars.

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health