2018 EPA Drinking Water Rule Quick Reference Guides -- HRWA SDWB Talk Story Presentations: click on each agenda item below Introduction, DWSRF Update, Sanitary Surveys, Substantial Modifications -- Water/Wastewater Boot Camp The EPA has just updated and published a new version of the Water/Wastewater All-Hazards Boot Camp computer-based training. The training walks utilities through how to incorporate emergency management activities into their programs and build overall resilience to all hazards. The updated release includes the latest tools and resources from the EPA and other Water Sector partners. Many states have pre-approved the training for CEUs. Download the tool at https://www.epa.gov/waterresiliencetraining/waterwastewater-utility-all-hazards-bootcamp-training -- Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminant April 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET This webinar will examine the collection of unknown samples in response to a drinking water contamination incident. By highlighting how to use The EPA’s Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water, utilities, state and local governments, emergency responders and laboratory personnel will answer questions based on their real-life experiences and knowledge of unknown sample collection. Register at https://us-epa-sampling-guidance.eventbrite.com -- Decontamination Preparedness Tools for Water Utilities April 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET Water utilities may need to address containment, treatment and disposal of water contaminated with a chemical, biological or radiological agent resulting from a contamination event. This webinar will cover how utilities can use the Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water guide to respond to all-hazards incidents. Register at https://us-epa-decontamination-strategies.eventbrite.com -- New Webinar Series: Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems The Water Quality Surveillance and Response System webinar series will provide utilities with practical information for improving capabilities to detect water contamination incidents and respond effectively. The duration of each webinar is one hour, and documentation will be provided for continuing education credits. The full webinar schedule is available on the Water Quality Surveillance and Response website. -- Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit Training March 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET The Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit is an interactive resource that can help users to plan and conduct exercises that involve the coordination of analytical support. This training will cover how participating in an AP-FSE can increase preparedness, how the Toolkit and its resources can be leveraged to plan and conduct an exercise, and how to coordinate analytical support and further develop relationships with response partners. Register at https://us-epa-ap-fse.eventbrite.com -- Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) Training March 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET and April 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM ET This training is designed to introduce and refresh users on WCIT, a secure on-line database with comprehensive information about chemical, biological and radiochemical contaminants of concern. The training will include step-by-step instructions for tool functions such as contaminant search, finding and accessing field and confirmatory methods and generating public information reports. Register at https://usepa-wcit-training.eventbrite.co -- Risk of Drinking Water Contamination and Actions to Prepare March 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET Please register for the webinar at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-risk-of-drinking-water-contamination-and-actions-to-prepare-tickets-42357242653. -- Decontamination Preparedness and Assessment Strategy (DPAS) March 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET The EPA is developing the Decontamination Preparedness and Assessment Strategy (DPAS) to assist water utilities in preparing for contamination incidents. This webinar will provide an overview of DPAS, which is an interactive PDF walking the user through the three phases of remediation: characterization, decontamination, and clearance. Please register at https://us-epa-dpas.eventbrite.com -- EPA Water Security: NEW PRODUCTS:Customer Complaint Surveillance Guidance and Instructional Videos The EPA recently published a guidance document entitled, “Designing Customer Complaint Surveillance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.” This document presents a framework for designing a system to monitor customer feedback regarding aesthetic changes (e.g. taste, odor or appearance) in their drinking water. To complement this guidance document, the EPA also posted six instructional videos on Customer Complaint Surveillance Tools which provide tutorials for establishing customer complaint alert thresholds. Both the guidance and the videos can be found on the Customer Complaint Surveillance Resources page. -- Public Assistance-Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 3 webinar rescheduled 2/28 at 2pm CDT. Public Assistance-Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 2 webinar link, click here and login. Public Assistance-Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 1 webinar rescheduled 2/14 at 2pm CDT. -- Public Assistance- Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 1 Date: January 23 2018 2:00 PM CST Reg Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R2Vcby62QWKgtWSeTRojJg -- Public Assistance- Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 2 Date: January 30, 2018 2:00 PM CST Reg Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k7nOpvpLQH-CGIHUI2qk7A -- Public Assistance- Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Part 3 Reg Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_icn6XLrFRDWdl9psjML_ow Feb 6, 2018 2:00 PM -- Series Overview: The Public Assistance program is a federal disaster grant assistance program for state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of Private Non-Profit organizations that provides assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster damaged publicly-owned facilities, and facilities of certain PNP organizations. Additional the PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. This training series will provide an overview of the PA Program and eligibility for this type of financial assistance. -- Source Water Protection and SDWA Compliance webinar 2/22/18 at 2pm CDT. Webinar Overview: This webinar will cover several case studies showcasing source water protection in Idaho, including ground water degradation and the challenges faced by small systems in Idaho. The presentation will also cover successful public outreach campaigns. Click here and login for presentation. -- EPA makes up to $3 Million available for locally-focused environmental education grants. January 23, 2018 09:37 AM FYI: note some restricts such as 503C... WASHINGTON– EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted onwww.grants.gov. More Information: Proposals are due by March 15, 2018. The full solicitation notices are available at www.grants.govand athttp://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice. Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants. 2017 Click here for other webinar offerings and here for past webinars (create a WaterPro account for access). -- The Treatment of Disinfection By-products with Granular Activated Carbon webinar on December 7, 2017 at 2pm CDT. Click here to register. -- EPA Webinar Lead and Copper Rule: Overview of EPA's OCCT Evaluation Templates on November 8, 2017 at 1-2pm EST. Click here for link. -- Funding Decentralized Wastewater Treatment with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund on Otober 12, 2017 2-3pm EDT. Click here for link. -- Land Use, Environmental Stressors, and Water Resources: Degradation to Restoration Wed, Aug 30, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM HST - click here to register -- Water and Emergency Services Sector Webinar Series: Improved Resilience Through Collaboration | May 10, 2017 @1:00 PM ET | May 24, 2017 @ 1:00 PM ET | June 14, 2017 @ 1:00 PM ET The Water Security Division is hosting a three-part webinar series for drinking water and wastewater utilities and emergency management agencies to learn how to increase resilience and improve emergency response efforts. The topics will feature emergency management agencies and utility speakers covering the following: Webinar 1 – Why Should I Care About Collaboration? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-1-why-should-i-coordinate-tickets-33213400174 Webinar 2 – What Have Others Done? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-2-what-have-others-done-tickets-33215084211 Webinar 3 – Confronting Challenges – Access and Fuel Supply Planning https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-and-emergency-services-webinar-3-addressing-challenges-tickets-33215629843 U.S. EPA: Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities | June 7, 2017 @1:00 PM ET EPA Water Security Division is hosting a preparedness webinar to introducing the new Route to Resilience Tool to drinking water and wastewater utilities. Drinking water and wastewater utilities in 38 states will receive continuing education units for participating (additional states still reviewing). Register for the webinar here: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/utilities3May2017/ -- EPA "Stage 2 DBP Rule" is scheduled for June 1st at 9am HT (2pm CT). Click here to register and participate. -- EPA "Sustainable Utility Management" is scheduled for May 25th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Click here to register and participate. -- Free EPA WW training: May 23: Click here for information. Free EPA WW training: May 24: Click here for information. Free EPA WW training: May 25: Click here for information. -- "Energy Efficiency in Water/Wastewater Systems" Webinar is scheduled for May 18th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Please click here to register and participate. -- "Part 3: Going Mobile: Taking your GIS into the Field" Webinar is scheduled for May 11th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Please click here to register and participate. -- Click for the "Forming Responsible Management Entities" Webinar. -- "Part 2: Transforming Your Organization to a Digital World" Webinar is scheduled for April 27th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Please click here to register and participate. -- "GIS for Rural & Small Utilities Series Part 1: GIS 101 for Rural Water Systems" Webinar is scheduled for April 13th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Please click here to register and participate. -- "The EPA Ground Water Rule from the Ground Up" Webinar is scheduled for March 28th at 9am HT (2pm CT). Please click here to register and participate. -- EPA Webinar entitled "Forming Responsible Management Entities" will be held on Thursday, March 2nd at 2pm CT. Please click here to register and participate. 2016 EPA TTA Webinar entitled "Navigating the Revised Total Coliform Rule" will be held on September 28, 2016 at 2pm CST. Please click here for the link to register and participate. -- HEALTH ADVISORY LINKS: Health Advisories website: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos Blog: https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/05/protection-for-drinking-water/ -- EPA Wastewater Workshop was held on Molokai on April 15, 2016 from 8-3pm HST : Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Systems -- EPA Wastewater Webinar was held on April 14, 2016 at 9-10am HST : Introduction to Performing Energy Use Assessments at Water and Wastewater Systems. --- EPA Webinar was held on April 7, 2016 at 9-10am HST : Sustainable Utility Management for Rural and Small Systems. --- Free EPA WW training: Click here for information. --- EPA Wastewater Webinar was held on February 18, 2016 at 2 pm central (10am HST) : Introduction to Sustainable Utility Management for Small and Rural Water and Wastewater Systems. --- EPA Wastewater Webinar was held on February 25, 2016 at 4 pm central (8am Western Pacific time, 12noon HST and 5pm EST) : SDWA Compliance Issues for the US Territories. --- NRWA held an EPA Webinar on Uranium Standards in Drinking Water and Removal Technologies Research at Small Community Water Systems has been POSTPONED to Tuesday, February 2nd from 2pm-3pm EST. Clink link below to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5438878674995945218 --- NRWA held a FREE EPA Wastewater Webinar entitled "Forming Responsible Management Entities for Septic System Owners" on Thursday 1/7/16 at 10am HST (2pm CST). See www.nrwa.org for more information.