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If you have any questions for any of our webcast speakers or other coronavirus related questions, please email [email protected]. If you have a question for a speaker, please include the speaker name and webcast so we can direct your message appropriately.

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CDC and EPA Wastewater Based Epidemiology (WBE) Program: Building a Surveillance Program Based on Wastewater Sampling

This webcast aired on Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30 PM ET.

This webcast explores the wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) program CDC and EPA are building. It explains what information related to the detection of RNA of COVID-19 virus in wastewater via wastewater epidemiology does and does not tell us based on what we currently know. Wastewater epidemiology has been used for decades to track the presence of infectious diseases such as polio in communities. It has also been used to aid in the response to the opioid epidemic. Now it has gained a role in guiding state and local public health responses to COVID-19 outbreaks. CDC and EPA are standing up a national network to create a “sentinel program” to help with outbreaks in the future. Dr. Amy Kirby of CDC will walk through what this program is being designed to accomplish, its moving parts and how it is intended to be implemented.

Speakers: Dr. Amy Kirby and Dr. Mia Mattioli, Centers for Disease Control

Moderator: Claudio H. Ternieden, WEF Sr. Director, Government Affairs

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Shelter-in-Place in Response to Coronavirus: Approaches from Two Facilities

This webcast aired on Thursday April 9 at 1pm ET.

Join us for a discussion with two water facilities currently operating under shelter-in-place protocols due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Teams from Des Moines Water Works and Carlsbad Desalination Plant will discuss their current state of operations and the development of their response plans, as well as taking questions from attendees.

Speakers:

  • Gilad Cohen, CEO, IDE-America
  • Ted Corrigan, Interim CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works

 

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Clean Water Act Regulatory Issues in a Pandemic (20 Mar 2020)

This webcast aired on Friday, March 20, 2020. Please be sure to verify the most current information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, water and wastewater utilities are currently triggering their response plans for continuity of operations. These events also trigger regulatory issues under the Clean Water Act as utilities work to maintain compliance during this pandemic. Utilities need to consider special conditions in their Consent Decrees and/or permits, consider regulatory obligations and maintain close contact with their regulators. This webinar will provide information on key considerations from a regulator and regulated communities perspective.

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Speakers:

  • Susan Sullivan, Vice-chair, WEF Government Affairs Committee; Executive Director, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (moderator)
  • Fred Andes, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago, IL
  • Melanie D. Davenport, President, Association of Clean Water Administrators; Director, Water Permitting Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Shellie Chard, WEF Government Affairs Regulatory Subcommittee Chair; Director, Water Quality, Oklahoma DEQ, Oklahoma City, OK

Pandemic Continuity of Operations (COOP) Essential Personnel (19 Mar 2020)

This webcast aired on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Please be sure to verify the most current information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, water and wastewater utilities are currently triggering their response plans for continuity of operations. A significant component during pandemic is consideration of critical functions that include essential personnel whose role does not allow for telework. Critical services must continue and COOP activities in the face of potentially severe staff shortages and absenteeism is of concern. This webcast will focus on the role of essential personnel.

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Speakers:

  • Joseph LocklerCharlotte Water, NC
  • John Bennett & Taylor HuynhTrinity River Authority, TX
  • Dusti Lowndes, Director, Emergency ManagementDC Water
  • Cathy DavisActing Manager, Protection Branch, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Teresa L. JakubowskiPartner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Steve FrankExecutive Vice President, SDF Communications, Inc.

Updates on Novel Coronavirus for Water Professionals (25 Feb 2020)

This webcast aired on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM Eastern. Please be sure to verify the most current information.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness, referred to as COVID-19. It was first detected in Wuhan, China on Dec. 12, 2019 and is most likely to be transmitted from person-to-person via respirator secretions through sneezing and coughing. Limited evidence now suggests the virus has been detected in the faeces of a small proportion of novel coronavirus-infected patients through molecular techniques. The virus may, therefore, be present in wastewater although its survival, infectivity and concentrations remain to be confirmed.  Because this disease already has begun to spread worldwide, it is important that water sector professionals keep informed on the attributions of this virus and any measures needed to protect both public health in general and workers in particular.

This webcast, organized by WEF's Disinfection and Public Health Committee (DPHC), will provide the most up-to-date information available on novel coronavirus from some of the most reputable names in infectious disease control and emergency response. It will highlight virus ecology, transmission, control, epidemiology, government agency response, and specific impacts for the water community. Speakers will provide the audience with additional resources and published recommendations, as we continue to learn more about and respond to this ongoing outbreak.

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Speakers:

  • Mark Sobsey, Gillings Schools of Global Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Matt Arduino, Environmental Hygiene and Infection Prevention, Office of the Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christopher Brown, Occupational Safety and Health Agency, Department of Labor
  • Christine Tomlinson, CBRN Consequence Management Advisory Division, Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rasha Maal-Bared, EPCOR Water, WEF DPHC Waterborne Infectious Disease Outbreak Control (WIDOC) Chair
  • Scott Schaefer, A2ES, WEF DPHC Chair (Moderator)

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