Free Webinar: Using SARA Modeling Tools in Water-Quality Management

Join Forester University for this live, educational webinar as SARA representatives discuss the organization’s proprietary water-quality modeling tools, which were designed to assist users in identifying potentially impaired water bodies, determining the required load reduction to address the potential impairments, and optimizing the selection and planning of BMPs and LIDs for water-quality management during both dry and wet periods.

This course will demonstrate how watershed planners, permittees, and regulatory agencies can apply statistical analysis to the results from the tools and models to develop attainable contact recreation criteria and associated BMP deployment percentages for quantitative water-quality master planning and implementation.

Learning Objectives 

By participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Review the Clean Water Act and primary contact recreation criteria
  • Examine the development and calibration of water-quality models
  • Discover the application of SARA water-quality modeling tools, including LRT and BMP tools
  • Learn about urban runoff management and identify BMP/LID implementation strategy
  • Understand attainable primary contact recreation criteria

 

Persons wishing know more about this webinar and to register  can click on the following link Register for Free Webinar

Free Webinar – Stormwater Goes Green: The Benefit and Health of Trees in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

This webinar sponsored by Deep Root, will be presented by Post Doctoral Researcher Andrew Tirpak, from the University of Tennessee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on January 29th 2019.

Learning Objectives 
By participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn how the health of trees in bioretention practices compares to other urban trees and understand the design and environmental factors that are most influential to tree health in these systems
  • Discover the contributions trees provide to the hydrologic and pollutant removal performance of bioretention practices and how they vary among tree species
  • Gain exposure to, and understand the performance capabilities of, green infrastructure technologies designed to simultaneously manage urban runoff and promote tree health
  • Understand how bioretention design and meteorological parameters impact tree function in bioretention suspended pavement systems

 

To get further details on this webinar and enroll, interested persons can click on the following link Stormwater Goes Green: The Benefit and Health of Trees in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Free Webinar: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has scheduled a free webinar entitled: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems, for January 24th 2018 at 2pm-3pm  with Alan Kolok, Director of Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho as its presenter.

This webinar provides evidence to support the scientific merits underlying crowdsourced water quality data, and also contends that well designed citizen science campaigns can address wicked water quality problems. To demonstrate the utility of crowdsourced data collection, we initiated two citizen science campaigns within the Mississippi River basin. In both campaigns, the citizen scientists collected data regarding the presence/absence of the herbicide atrazine. The analytic tool used in these campaigns was a commercially available detection strip that discriminated between the presence or absence of atrazine at the US EPA drinking water standard of 3 micrograms per L. During the two campaigns, the citizen scientists were provided with atrazine strips as well as directions for their proper use. Recovery of the data focused upon electronic and social media mechanisms.

Crowdsourced data generation produced large datasets that are collected synchronously and repeatedly at the same site over time. As such, it can be considered as a highly valuable tool for use when assessing wicked problems such as non-point source runoff.

Q&A to follow.

To register for this course persons can follow the link provided Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems.

To view a listing of upcoming webinars and webinar archives you can click AWRA webinars and archives.

Conducting Water Audits and Calculating Payback Periods – 2 for 1 Webinar

Through Forester University’s 2 for 1 On-Demand Webcasts, persons may enroll in two online courses at the reduced cost of 99.00 (US Dollars). Please see the following information below for course description, presenter information and

Course 1 – How to Conduct a Water Audit and Avoid the Pitfalls

Avoid the water auditing pitfalls! Join Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) of Aichele and Associates LLC for How to Conduct a Water Audit and Avoid the Pitfalls (for the second module in our Water Auditing Masters Series) to learn the step-by-step process of performing a water audit; the key information, tools, equipment, rebates, and typical pitfalls in performing successful audits; and learn how to use a custom plumbing fixture water audit spreadsheet. Learn how to successfully conduct your own water audit and avoid common water auditing pitfalls to ensure your audit goes smoothly.

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water” – Benjamin Franklin

According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions as a result of use, growth, and climate change. We have a water problem. Water auditing can help.

Join Aichele for a discussion of the step-by-step process of successfully performing your own water audit, including: the key information necessary to perform water audits; the building fixtures, equipment, and systems to examine in a water audit; and the tools needed to successfully complete the water audit. Within this discussion, Aichele discusses the common pitfalls in water auditing and how to avoid these. Additionally, this webinar addresses how and where to find rebates in your area, and how to use a custom plumbing fixture water audit spreadsheet.

Learning Objectives & Key Takeaways
Goal:

  • To learn how to successfully conduct your own water audit and avoid common water auditing pitfalls to ensure your first audit goes smoothly

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the step-by-step process of performing your own Water Audit
  • Learn key information necessary prior to performing a Water Audit
  • Learn what tools are necessary to perform a Water Audit
  • Learn how to use a custom plumbing fixture Water Audit spreadsheet
  • Learn how and where to find rebates in your area
  • Learn what building fixtures, equipment and systems to look for during a Water Audit
  • Learn about key things to avoid when performing a Water Audit and Water Audit work

Course 2 – How to Calculate Water Audit Payback Periods and Write Water Audit Reports

Maximize your payback! Join Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) of Aichele and Associates LLC for How to Calculate Water Audit Payback Periods and Write Audit Reports (the third module in our Water Auditing Masters Series), addressing the most essential skill in water auditing: how to calculate payback period and incorporate it effectively in your water audit report. Within this discussion, Aichele explores how to calculate water audit improvement periods using a custom-built payback spreadsheet calculator; how to calculate use rates; how to incorporate savings, rebates and utility increases into your payback calculations; and how to write a water audit report letter incorporating water audit results and payback periods.

According to USAID, one-third of the population of the earth estimated to face severe or chronic water shortages by the year 2025. And if the old adage is true – “water flows uphill toward money” (Annonymous, American West) – we all have a water problem. Water auditing can help.

Join Aichele for a discussion of how to calculate water audit payback periods, including: improvement payback periods (using a custom-built payback spreadsheet calculator) and calculated use rates for fixtures, equipment, and systems. Additionally, Aichele discusses how to incorporate your hot water fuel savings, maintenance avoidance, rebates, and utility cost increases, as well as your water and sewer savings, into your payback calculations. Finally, we discuss step-by-step how to write a water audit report, and incorporate your water audit findings and payback periods.

Learning Objectives & Key Takeaways
Goal:

  • Learn the most essential skill in water auditing: how to calculate the payback period and incorporate it effectively into a Water Audit report.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to calculate Water Audit improvement Payback Periods using a one-of-a-kind custom built payback spreadsheet calculator
  • How to calculate use rates for plumbing fixtures, equipment and systems
  • How to incorporate hot water fuel savings, maintenance avoidance, rebates and utility cost increases into your payback calculations (in addition to water and sewer savings)
  • How to write a Water Audit Report letter incorporating Water Audit findings and payback periods

One can enroll for this special 2 for 1 course here.

Notes
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15
20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenter

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

LEED AP (O+M)
President
Aichele and Associates, LLC

HSPF (Hydrological Simulation Program- FOTRAN) Calibration and Validation

Please see the information below on the upcoming webinar from Forester University carded for January 23 2018. Additional information can also be sourced via the supplied links.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

What’s the difference between calibration and validation? And…when is calibration/validation needed in HSPF continuous simulation modeling?

Calibration is the iterative adjustment of parameter values to get a good fit or match of simulated results with observed or recorded data.  Validation, on the other hand, is an independent check or comparison of simulated results produced by the calibrated parameter values with a separate time period of recorded data. In a perfect world, a good calibration should also result in a good validation.

Join returning speaker, Doug Beyerlein, for the third session in our HSPF Hydrology Master Class Series exploring and comparingcalibration parameters, the statistical tests and measures used to evaluate a calibration and/or validation, and when (and when not) to calibrate HSPF parameter values.

We’ll kick off this online training webinar by discussing the various factors and variables that come into play when evaluating whether a calibration is a good calibration. We’ll then examine what distinguishes calibration parameters from other parameters in the HSPF continuous simulation model and which calibration parameters have the greatest impact on simulated results. Next, we’ll evaluate the pros and cons of a number of statistical tests and measures used to determine whether simulated results accurately reproduce and represent the observed hydrology. We’ll conclude by discussing the outside influences that affect calibration and validation and the circumstances in which a calibration/validation is unnecessary.

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

  • Learn which parameters are calibration parameters (and which are not).
  • Learn how to focus on the significant calibration parameters that have the greatest influence on the simulated results.
  • Learn the different statistical tests and measures used in evaluating a calibration and/or validation and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Learn to identify the outside influences that will affect a calibration and validation.
  • Learn when a calibration/validation is not needed.

Persons wishing to enroll in this course, which is available at the the cost of 79.00 (US Dollars) can use the following link.

About Presenter

Douglas Beyerlein, P.E., P.H., D.WRE

Co-Founder,
Clear Creek Solutions


Train Your Team
Get the whole team trained! We offer additional savings if you register as a group. For group pricing information, contact us at learning@forester.net


 

Notes
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

Flood Frequency: Calculating 100-Year Floods

Everyone knows that a 100-year flood is a really big flood. But not all big floods are 100-year floods, and a 100-year flood is not necessarily the same as a 100-year storm. So…how can you ensure your floodplain structures are designed to handle any flood nature may have in store?

Join returning speaker Doug Beyerlein, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, in our online training webinar as we examine the different flood frequency methods available to an engineer, the key assumptions contained in each method, and how to select the appropriate flood frequency method for the engineering job at hand. We’ll also discuss situations where flood frequency is not the appropriate design parameter and what flow-related method should be used instead.

Specifically, we’ll discuss how engineers use flood frequency as a design standard in sizing many, if not most, structures within a floodplain—ranging from designing culverts and bridges, to determining roadway and building elevations, to sizing flood control structures. Calculating a flood frequency value is not difficult, but selecting the appropriate flood frequency method to calculate the frequency flow value can be.

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

  • Understand why flood frequency is not the same as storm frequency.
  • Explore the different methods for calculating flood frequency.
  • Analyze the key assumptions built into each flood frequency method.
  • Learn the regional hydrologic characteristics that are important in flood frequency method selection.
  • Determine when flood frequency is not the appropriate design parameter.

To learn more about this webinar, which would be presented by DOUGLAS BEYERLEIN, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, on 7th September, 2017, you can click on the following link.

Free Webinar: Paradigm Shifts in Water Quality Sensor Design

Data from continuous water quality monitoring networks inform critical activities across every sector of the surface water industry today, from meeting federal and state water quality standards and ensuring safe recreational waters, to researching and managing the effects of climate change. As such, continuous water quality monitoring networks must produce results that meet the data quality objectives for a given program while operating within the constraints of limited human resources and budgets.

Until now, however, deploying and cost-effectively maintaining an autonomous monitoring network has been limited by lack of advancements in sensor technology.

Join David A. Bossie for a free online training webinar exploring how innovations in water quality sensor design are challenging old beliefs about the ability of autonomous, long-term monitoring networks to produce representative, comparable data at a price point within reach of most organizations.

Specifically, we’ll learn how you can operate pH sensors hands-free for months that previously required calibration every 1-2 weeks.  We’ll see how turbidity sensor accuracy is no longer worrisome due to improved linearity across the range of 0-4000 NTU, and how the use of LEDs and filters provide stability not found with incandescent light sources.  Finally, we’ll explore how you can deploy conductivity sensors in biofouling environments without loss of accuracy thanks to an innovative, open-faced design that allows wiping.

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

  • Learn how limitations of existing technologies in continuous water quality-monitoring networks affect data quality and network maintenance costs.
  • Explore how the evolution of the pH sensor design results in improved stability, data quality and reduced calibration frequency.
  • Discover how improved turbidity sensor design increases linearity and accuracy in clear and high sediment environments.
  • Examine how improved conductivity sensor design coupled with anti-fouling systems improves performance in high biofouling environments.

To learn more about this webinar, which is scheduled for August 29th, 2017, and enroll click here.