Free Webinar: Using Software for Successful Project Design

Forester University has been known as one of the leading sources of information in terms of water and wastewater, especially through their magazines Water Efficiency and Stormwater, as well as, their informative webinars provided by various sponsors.

One such upcoming webinar, which would be offered at no cost looks at Using Software for Successful Project Design.


Matthew Welch, CESSWI
Technical Manager
Profile Products, LLC
Sponsored by: Profile Products, LLC
Wed., March 30th @ 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT,

Learning Objectives:
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals to successful erosion control and
    site revegetation.
  • Learn which site parameters can be addressed using online
    software, and how.
  • Learn how to apply the calculations for various design
    parameters (RUSLE, Manning’s, Maximum Shear Stress).
  • Learn how to use design software coupled with the
    Five Fundamentals to improve your site’s erosion control
    and revegetation.

Sponsored by: Profile Products, LLC.



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FREE Webinar: Smart Water Migration: The Right Time at the Right Pace

This complimentary webinar is sponsored by Neptune Technology Group and presented by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

March 31, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MT


Facing limited resources and a rapidly changing workforce, how can today’s water utilities implement technology without sacrificing investments they’ve already made? In this webinar, Neptune Technology Group will demonstrate how today’s water utilities can easily move forward – not only from automatic meter reading (AMR) to fixed network advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) – but beyond basic billing functions to leverage metering data for unique needs across the utility. With backward-compatible, smart water technology, utilities can future-proof and optimize their AMR-to-AMI system, without stranding assets, or hidden licensing and upgrade fees.

Today’s water utility managers face mounting challenges. They know that they need to replace aging infrastructure, optimize their workforce, and better manage their data to improve customer service as well as revenue. Yet at the same time, they may doubt that they have the financial, technical, or personnel resources to implement the type of AMR/AMI system they need – especially all-at-once.

Participants will hear from an actual water utility how it implemented a cost-effective, timely AMR-to-AMI system for its unique needs – simply and painlessly – without stranding assets, and at the utility’s own pace.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Establish where their utility is on the AMR-to-AMI spectrum – and where they want to be
  2. Leverage and expand on the metering technology they already use, at their own pace
  3. Manage their metering data more efficiently – and go beyond basic billing
  4. Analyze the data they already receive and share it across departments
  5. Enhance customer service and revenue through an optimized system

By registering for this webinar, you submit your information to the sponsor, Neptune, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their services.


Surface Water Master Class Series (ForesterMedia)

Webinars have been trending for some time now since they are one of the means by which persons can connect and learn across different geographic locations in an easy an efficient manner. Even though our company may not be able to fund such training at this moment I am still taking the opportunity to forward any such pertinent information for those of you who have credit cards and can afford to register.

Please note the information below on a new webinar offered by Forester University.


New Series!
Surface Water Master Class

8 Sessions | 12 PDH / 0.12 CEUs!

Live Mar. 8 – Jul. 21

Surface Water

Join industry expert and former two-time IECA president, Dr. David T. Williams, for our 4-part live and on-demand master class series exploring surface water behavior, effects, and techniques from the first rain drops to stream restoration.

In this comprehensive series we’ll dive into the surface water details starting with a look at rainfall and runoff (hydrology), its effect on rivers and the surrounding environment (hydraulics), how water forms the changing river environment (fluvial geomorphology), and how these concepts and applications effect and are applied to stream restoration. This series offers a comprehensive look at surface water and is a great resource for professionals entering or working within the water, erosion control, and riverine environments and are interested in brushing up on the fundamentals, exploring the techniques available, and discussing real-world application best practices.

This Master Class Series consists of eight 1.5-2 hour live and on-demand presentations and Q&A session (two sessions per topic, 12 PDHs / 1.2 CEUs total) focusing on the following topics.

Learning Objectives:

Mar. 8 & 10: Hydrology 101
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

Apr. 12 & 14: Hydraulics 1011
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

May 31 & Jun. 2: Fluvial Geomorphology1
(for Those Who Skipped It In College)

Jul. 19 & 21: Stream Restoration Basics & Techniques

All sessions are available live and on-demand so you may attend at your leisure, and are accompanied by a quiz to test your skills. Learning on your own at home online, or with a group, Forester University’s Master Class Series is designed as an interactive experience with a leading expert in the field.

Miss a session? Not a problem! All sessions and workshops are recorded and available on-demand so you can learn when you want, and where you want.

Group Discount
Train your whole team without the hassle of travel, and at a discounted rate! For a limited time you may register your first attendee and location for $495 and all additional attendees at $319. We’ll provide your group administrator a single logon to access all lectures and workshops to broadcast to your group, and each attendee who attends will receive a certificate.

David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., PH, CFM, CPESC, D.WRE
DTW and Associates

Live: March 8 – July 21

Credits: 12 PDH / 0.12 CEU

Price: $495 (1st logon / location) & $319 per additional attendee

This webinar series will be available live on the above dates at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, and available on-demand after each live event.
Register for the event by clicking the button below.


Capitalism and Water…a scary thought?

We all know that water is unevenly distributed throughout the world. With only 1% of the world’s freshwater (2.5%) being easily accessible and about 650 million people in the world “not having access to safe water” (WaterAid America, 2016), we all should be taking water sustainability and the whole idea of ensuring water for all very seriously.

I recently read a post in the Water Efficiency Magazine entitled “Supply and Demand: Does Water Capitalism Offer a Solution?” by Laura Sanchez which looked at the whole idea of water capitalism and the assertion by some that water should be allocated according to modern economic priorities i.e. urban and industrial usage rather than agricultural purposes.

At the end of the article though, the author asked persons to give their thoughts on such an idea. In my opinion, I think by placing such a valuable resource, as water, in the same arena as wealth and finance, there could be detrimental impacts to those in the poorer economical bracket. I mean hasn’t anyone been paying attention to the scale of things: the major reason why some countries don’t have proper water resources and even sanitation is due to the fact that they don’t have the financial means to do so.

World Distribution of Wealth (World Economic Forum, 2015)

However, I’m curious to see where such an idea could lead, and I’m sure many other persons are curious as well, however, I do hope that the old adage “curiosity killed the cat” doesn’t hold true…(you know since water is life and if we can’t afford it we would be doomed)

What do you guys think…should water capitalism be seen as a scary thought or a very welcome solution?

Japan and UNDP launch climate change project in eight Caribbean countries


undp_japan.jpg Members of the J-CCCP Project Board following the project launch

The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The launch follows a two-day meeting with more than 40 representatives from eight Caribbean countries, including government officials, technical advisors, NGO and UN partners to set out a roadmap to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in line with countries’ long-term strategies.

The new initiative will help put in practice Caribbean countries’ actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, such as nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and national adaptation plans (NAPs). It will also boost access to…

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IDB fund climate change adaptation programme in Tobago involving underwater sculptures


buccoco reef tobago Buccoo Reef, Tobago

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$500,000 in grant financing to The Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot programme utilizing underwater sculptures as a unique approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area.

Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall will create two Carnival-themed sculptures, part of a work known as Tobago Water Colours, in the area of Buccoo reef off Tobago, in one component of a programme on adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Buccoo Reef has been damaged by land-based nutrient run-off and years of excess visits from snorkelers and scuba divers.

The IDB-funded project is intended to provide an alternative destination for tourists that will also provide a new source of income for the tourism, cultural and creative industries of the area, while allowing Buccoo Reef to recover.

The programme will include a focus on marketing and financial sustainability…

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