1.) Water Research Foundation Webcasts – Various Dates: August 2, 2021-September 1, 2021
2.) Seeking Participants: Tree Plantings Survey – Deadline: August 4, 2021
3.) Webinar: EPA Sustainable Financial Management Planning for Water Utilities – August 5, 2021
4.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 Hybrid Training -- Online Session: August 10 & 17, 2021; Field day: August 18, 2021
5.) Hearing: Fairfax County Proposed Plastic Bag Tax Ordinance -- September 14, 2021
6.) X-STEM All Access (Virtual) – Premieres: September 21-24, 2021 (and On-Demand)
7.) Nominations Accepted: 2022 Endangered Rivers – Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021
8.) Recording: PFAS Conference
9.) Recordings: EPA’s Watershed Academy Webcasts -- https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy.
++ Addressing and Managing Plastic Pollution
++ Climate Change Adaptation
10.) Beyond Plastic – https://www.beyondplastics.org.
11.) Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution
12.) Water Justice Toolkit: A Guide to Address Environmental Inequities in Frontline Communities
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1.) Water Research Foundation Webcasts – To register and learn more, see https://www.waterrf.org/webcasts.
++ Constituents of Emerging Concern and the Emerging Technologies to Treat Them: Past, Present, and Future – August 2, 2021 (3pm)
++ Virtual Congressional Briefing on Preparing for and Responding to Historic Drought and Wildfires – August 3, 2021 (3pm)
++ Optimize Nutrient Removal WRRF Operations -- August 4, 2021 (2pm)
++ Research and Development for Emerging Technologies: Part 1 – August 5, 2021 (3pm)
++ Research and Development for Emerging Technologies: Part 2 -- August 12, 2021
++ Tools to Evaluate Nutrient Optimization in WRRFs -- August 18, 2021 (2pm)
++ Nutrient Discharge Permitting and WRRF Optimization -- September 1, 2021 (2pm)
2.) Seeking Participants: Tree Plantings Survey – Deadline: August 4, 2021 -- Seeking participation from those who want to increase tree canopy and forested buffers across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The focus of this survey is on public outreach to encourage tree planting and maintenance. For more information and to participate in this survey, see https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6436946/cbp-f-cl. Contact Rachel Felver (rfe...@chesapeakebay.net) or Steve Raabe (st...@opinionworks.com) if you have questions. For the Chesapeake Bay Program.
3.) Webinar: EPA Sustainable Financial Management Planning for Water Utilities – August 5, 2021 (1:30-2:45pm) -- Many water sector utilities across the nation are addressing mounting financial challenges by projecting revenue expectations, capital improvement needs, and expenses years into the future. This webinar will feature presentations from Columbus Water Works in Georgia and Union Sanitary District in California. Speakers will share their utilities’ experiences and reflect on lessons learned. For more information and to register, see https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_6bsC9r-_T6mnovRaD3BdRg.
4.) Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 Hybrid Training -- Online Session: August 10 & 17, 2021 (9am-12:15pm); Field day: August 18, 2021 (9:30am-3:00pm); Charlottesville, VA – Level 1 is a baseline credential in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with emphasis on how to properly maintain stormwater best management practices. Requires 2-day online training class (half day sessions) and in-person field day (Additional field day options on different days are available in Norfolk, the DC area, PA, and Maryland's Eastern Shore). Discounts are available to any company or organization that sends 3 or more people. Scholarships may be available for participants who work in Hampton Roads. For more information and to register, see https://cblpro.org/get-certified/ and https://certified.cblpro.org/product/level-1-certification-training/.
5.) Hearing: Fairfax County Proposed Plastic Bag Tax Ordinance -- September 14, 2021 (4:30pm) -- Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA -- A five-cent tax would be applied to each disposable plastic bag provided at point of checkout at grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores. Should the ordinance pass in September, the tax would take effect on January 1, 2022. A two-cent discount would be available to participating retailers until January 1, 2023, at which time the discount would decrease to one cent. Members of the public are encouraged to testify at the September 14 public hearing and may do so by providing in-person, written, or recorded testimony. For information regarding testimony, see https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/clerkservices/ways-provide-public-hearing-testimony. For more information regarding the proposed ordinance, see https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/disposable-plastic-bag-tax-fairfax-county.
6.) X-STEM All Access (Virtual) – Premieres: September 21-24, 2021 or watch on-demand – This event aims to excite students about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Tune-in to live episodes focused on animals & conservation, next-generation scientists, and more. For more information and to register, see https://usasciencefestival.org/x-stem-all-access-fall-21/. Offered by the USA Science and Engineering Festival.
7.) Nominations Accepted: 2022 Endangered Rivers – Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021 – This national campaign aims to galvanize public action for rivers. The selected 10 rivers will be spotlighted in a report released on April 19, 2022. For more information, see https://www.americanrivers.org/americas-most-endangered-rivers-frequently-asked-questions/. Contact Jessie Thomas-Blate at jth...@americanrivers.org with questions. Offered by American Rivers.
8.) Recording: PFAS Conference – Held: July 14, 2021 -- The program is available at https://www.pfasconf.org/agenda. To access the videos, register at https://www.pfasconf.org/page/1824819/register (free). Check out additional resources on PFAS chemicals at https://www.pfasconf.org/page/1824815/exhibitors. Organized by EWG. Contact eve...@ewg.org with questions.
9.) Recordings: EPA’s Watershed Academy Webcasts -- For more information and to view upcoming webcasts, see https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy.
++ Addressing and Managing Plastic Pollution – Held: April 21, 2021 -- https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/addressing-and-managing-plastic-pollution-webcast.
++ Climate Change Adaptation – Held: June 23, 2021 -- https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/climate-change-adaptation-webcast.
10.) Beyond Plastic – This nationwide project, based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, has the mission to end plastic pollution. The “Learn” page of the website includes fact sheets and reports. The “Events” page describes upcoming events and includes recordings of past webinars. To learn more, see https://www.beyondplastics.org.
11.) Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution -- Builds on previous research and presents a model of the global plastics system. The results suggest that there is an evidence-based, comprehensive, integrated, and economically attractive pathway to greatly reduce plastic pollution entering the ocean. The findings of the analysis were published in the peer-reviewed journal, Science on 23 July 2020. The full report and a summary document are available for download (PDF) here, https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/07/23/breaking-the-plastic-wave-top-findings. Published by the Pew Charitable Trust and SYSTEMIQ Ltd.
12.) Water Justice Toolkit: A Guide to Address Environmental Inequities in Frontline Communities – This toolkit was developed to provide legal resources to support, encourage, and engage community leaders experiencing environmental injustice. The toolkit includes a set of six guides for local communities and organizations to either start or supplement their environmental justice efforts. Each guide provides a basic overview of federal laws and policies and highlights numerous case studies. To download the toolkit, click here. Developed by American Rivers.
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