Desalination provides a partial solution to water scarcity. While the desalination process provides much needed water to coastal areas, it also has various environmental impacts. Older operations entrain and impinge large and small organisms during the collection process, use significant amounts of energy, and produce substantial volumes of waste brine. These short- and long-term impacts warrant the involvement of environmental health practitioners.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: A Laboratory Primer
October 17, 2016 · 1:00–2:00 pm ET
Registration Deadline: October 15, 2016
Although per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs; sometimes known as perfluorinated chemicals) have been used since the 1950s, they are being detected more and more frequently in water supplies throughout the country.
Webinar: Model Aquatic Health Code Network: The Industry Perspective
Tuesday, September 20
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT
NEHA is raising awareness for SepticSmart Week from September 19 - 23, 2016, alongside the U.S. EPA.
NEHA is raising awareness for SepticSmart Week from September 17 - 21, 2018, alongside the U.S. EPA.
SepticSmart Week is focused on getting homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. If you or your community is trying to find a credible waste water system installer, look no further than the NEHA CIOWTS credential holder list.
Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), NEHA has worked with various partner groups to develop a national credential to certify installers of onsite wastewater treatment systems. The credential covers all forms of installation and will be offered at both a basic and advanced levels.
Available Wastewater Resources & Programs
- EPA Septic Wiki
- EPA Decentralized MOU Partnership
- NEHA Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) - National credential to certify installers of onsite wastewater treatment systems. The credential covers all forms of installation and is offered at both basic and advanced levels.
Harmful Algal Blooms Effecting US Waterways
Rapid algae overgrowth can result in a phenomenon known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Blooms can be both toxic and non-toxic but always have a detrimental effect on marine life in the affected area. Algal blooms most often occur in still or slow moving water and are brought on by the combination of sunlight and nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. When HABs are detected, access to the affected areas is restricted as serious health consequences can result for both animals and humans that come into contact with the impacted water. Reducing the availability of nutrients to the phytoplankton is essential to reducing the occurrence of HABs.
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment State lab develops new test for harmful blue-green algae.
- CDC Launches Reporting System for Harmful Algal Blooms and Associated Human and Animal Illnesses
- EPA Resources for Harmful Algal Blooms
Join the Minnesota Environmental Health Association for our annual fall education conference is scenic Duluth! Our agenda is full of interesting topics such a permitting ferrous and non-ferrous mines, indoor air quality in ice arenas, viruses in water, climate change and mercury in newborns.