Water Quality

Emerging Contaminants: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Pharmaceuticals are emerging contaminants in water and, to date, cannot be removed as part of wastewater treatment options. So what can be done to mitigate their effects upon the environment, yet maintain their efficacy for human and animal use? In this session, we examine this topic from a lifecycle approach using hands-on demonstrations, and discuss several solutions and policies you can take home to mitigate and address these contaminants in your community.

Colorado's Private Well Initiative: Collaboration and Data Use

From conception, project design, results, and lessons learned along the way, hear a case study about collaboration between federal, state and local agencies to obtain and use water quality data related to private wells while marketing the use of the data. This case study involves multiple agencies sharing data, data display using geographic information systems (GIS), and unanticipated obstacles. We learned the hard way so you don't have to.

Doggie Dips at Swimming Pools: Is This For Real?

"Doggie Dips" consist of dog owners bringing their pets to the community pool to swim at the conclusion of "human swimming season." They are happening across the country as part of a national trend toward accommodations for pets in regulated environments. Discuss and evaluate the environmental and public health risks of these accommodations in the pool environment. Weigh in on what best practices might be implemented and the role of the EH professional in doing so.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Bioretention Media Modification for Heavy Metal Removal in Stormwater: A Field Study in North Carolina, USA

Because military sites may be a potential source of heavy metal species runoff and more stringent water quality standards set in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, a study is underway on the Fort Bragg campus to 1) determine the origin, fate, and relative abundances of heavy metal species in stormwater and 2) understand bioretention's role in sequestering many pollutants, including heavy metals, and the effect of an experimental media on this sequestration process.

A Rise in Chlorides: A Case For Reducing Road Salt Application

Increasing road salt application has followed a trend of increasing chloride levels in shallow wells and a rise in chloride in the Illinois River in Peoria, IL. Much of the recharge area for the regions aquifer is located near major highways, intersections, and rural routes. During this session, we will identify the environmental health risks from increased chlorides, learn of recent developments from the snow and ice removal industry on reducing chloride contamination, and compare results of salt application from un-calibrated salt trucks with calibrated salt trucks.

An Online Class for Private Well Owners to Protect Public Health

The Private Well Class is designed to provide homeowners an understanding of the basic science of water wells, well maintenance and groundwater protection. The innovative, ten-lesson class is delivered by email, supplemented by webinars, and is self-directed. This session will cover the success of this program, which has had over 2,700 participants in the first year. Hear how sanitarians are using this class in their work with well owners and how you could utilize this free resource!