Dealing with Drought – Udemy

Do you have an interest in drought? Well Udemy’s free online course on “Dealing with Drought” developed by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is for you.

Once you create an online account with Udemy you will be able to access the course which will enable you to:

  •  Understand the definitions of drought, and how drought impacts society and the environment.
  • Understand historical, current and projected drought trends in the United States.
  • Have access to practical tips and tools to help you save water by both changing behavior and creating a more water-efficient home and landscape.

Further details of the course and the link to enroll are available here.

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Water Well Journal – February 2018

We have just received our digital issue of the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) Water Well Journal for February 2018.

This issue besides offering details on upcoming events and relevant equipment to use in the field, also highlights steps to creating good drilling fluid, employee motivation, as well as, photos and related articles to Groundwater Week 2017, which took place from December 5 – 7 in Nashville, Tennessee with over four thousands (4000) attendees.

Cover of Water Well Journal February 2018

Water Well Journal February 2018

Persons wishing to view this journal or back issues can send me an email or visit me at my desk.

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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.

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Cape Town Water Woes

Water is life, and most people, while they may not wish to conserve water in the way that they should, they definitely know that they can’t live without water. Yet, in Cape Town South Africa, due to three years of below average rainfall and drought conditions, officials have stated that water levels are very low with the possibility of the water supply running dry in as much as ninety (90) days.

One can read the full details of the article published by Guy Birchall here.

However, I hope that such an occurrence serves as a warning to other persons that we all need to play our part in conserving water, especially when climate change creates unfavorable conditions that one is not accustomed too.

Image showing Low Reservoir Levels

Cape Town may become first city to run out off water

With news of the Cape Town water crisis spreading reports have confirmed that a woman named Talita van Der Heever has been able to come to Cape Town residents’ aid through the social media tool Whatsapp which one can read about by following this link: Social media steps in to aid Cape Town water crisis.

Talita van Der Heever

Talita Van Der Heever (L) uses Whatsapp to help Cape Town due to impeding water crisis in April (sourced via MSN.com: Social media steps in to ease Cape Town water crisis)

 

 

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How Drought Plays Out

In the article below, Emily Underwood, discusses research by Apurv et al, published in the Water Resource Research journal, which looks at the various types of droughts, as well as, how different annual rainfall patterns impacted on one’s water usage, which may point to possible strategies for making resources last longer.

 

Source: How Drought Plays Out

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Water Balance Methodology: Using Continuous Simulation to Protect Urban Watersheds and Stream Health

Please see the details below to enroll in the above mentioned on demand webcast, which is available via Forester University at the cost of 79.00 (US dollars), as well as, to learn more about the presenters.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

How effective are your methods for mitigating the effects of urban development on watershed and stream health? Due in part to the limited availability of direct hydrologic data, many mitigation practices use a single-event methodology to identify pre and post hydrology. While the current practice has been extended to include water quality discharge standards, as we’ve seen, this practice is limited by increasingly stringent infiltration targets AND the ability to accurately verify the condition and hydrologic response of a receiving stream.

So, how can you design and validate mitigation facilities that mimic real-world hydrology to adequately protect watershed and stream health? Join industry innovators Kim Stephens and Jim Dumont to explore Water Balance Methodology, a continuous simulation model that demonstrates both flood frequency and water balance using assessment of regional streamflow gauges, and how to modify the model at your site to include watershed development and a system of mitigation facilities. This model is an important first step towards changing the engineering standard of practice for municipal infrastructure by restoring hydrologic integrity and promoting sustainable, urban watershed systems.

In this webcast, we’ll begin by examining how the protection of watershed and stream health in the urban environment ultimately depends on maintaining the natural proportion of rainwater entering streams via three pathways: overland runoff, shallow interflow and deep groundwater flow. We’ll explore how Water Balance Methodology provides an effective way to assess potential impacts resulting from urban development by allowing you to accurately mimic streamflow and duration in your urban infrastructure design. We’ll then jump into how optimizing the size and operation of mitigation facilities in the model can be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the mitigation plan in protecting the receiving stream. Finally, we’ll analyze how this approach provides a cost-effective methodology for creating watershed plans with optimized and effective mitigation facilities for a minimum total cost.

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

  1. Understand the basics of stream health and drainage design.
  2. Learn how to apply hydrology and hydraulic principles to stream health.
  3. Discover how to verify natural flow discharges and model verification.
  4. Explore the potential effects of traditional drainage design criteria.
  5. Analyze the benefits of including natural stream records in design.
  6. Determine how to establish effective and achievable stream health objectives.

To enroll in this course please click on the following link: Enroll in This Course Here.


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.

About Presenters

Kim A. Stephens

M.Eng., P.Eng.
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Jim Dumont

P.Eng., P.Ag.
Engineering Applications Authority
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

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Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation

With the upcoming dry season being one of the most difficult times in ensuring an adequate water supply it is important for us to know how to efficiently and effectively conserve our available resources, which can be shared with our various stakeholders. The 2 for 1 special on-demand webcast below is the ideal opportunity to ensure our available water supply is maximized in such a time. Please see below for further information and the link to enroll for the course, which is being offered at 99.00 (US Dollars).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course 1 – Grow Green and Save Blue – Optimizing Outdoor Water Conservation

Water conservation can be a challenge, and just the concept of conservation can strike fear into the hearts of those preferring lush green landscapes over rocks, cacti, and synthetics. If you are considering an outdoor program in your area or are dealing with similar challenges, join EPA WaterSense 2010 Irrigation Partner of the Year, Judith Benson, to explore water conservation methods and irrigation system efficiency techniques.

Join Benson to find out what others have in their water conservation toolbox as we review successful water efficiency programs nation-wide. Through discussion, gain insight into program development, site assessment, and monitoring data, plus tips for picking the best management practices in your area. We’ll also discuss recommendations for implementing an outdoor plan and explore ways to take advantage of utility programs.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information in implementing an outdoor water conservation program or expanding offerings to your region. Outdoor water use can be complicated. We’ll share insights into current technology and management of these systems that can provide relatively immediate relief in lowering outdoor water consumption.

Learning Objectives:
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
  • Advanced Technology
  • Best Management Practices
  • Outdoor Water Conservation Programs
  • Data Monitoring and Sharing

Course 2 – Beyond the Drip – Improving Indoor Water Efficiency, Planning, and Implementation

While saving water outdoors may be easy to spot (e.g., water running down the sidewalk), indoor savings are often less obvious. While less obvious, with the right knowledge and tools, indoor water savings can be easy to identify (and just as valuable to your pocketbook).

Join industry experts Paul Lander, Ph.D., ASLA, LEED AP and Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) to explore the key elements, variables, and the importance of indoor water conservation and savings within your conservation plan, as well as how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain an effective indoor water savings plan. Additionally, learn the step-by-step process to perform a water audit, calculate your payback period, and select replacement fixtures, as well as how to develop and manage your maintenance plan to maximize your ROI short and long-term.

Paul Lander will open our discussion with an exploration of the concepts behind indoor water conservation, the difference between appropriate water use and water waste, and the connection between the water savings and energy savings. Building on this foundation, Troy Aichele will lead you through his personalized step-by-step process of how to perform a water audit, including contacting the customer, auditing a facility or residence, the tools required, the associated rebates, and most importantly how to calculate your payback period. We will also discuss how to pick appropriate replacement fixtures and appliances to maximize ROI, and gain an understanding of Watersense labels—where they come from, how they are obtained and what they mean to you. Finally, as monitoring and maintenance are essential to the success of upgrades, Paul Lander will discuss how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain your new indoor water conservation plan so that your water efficiency efforts are maximized and calculated payback periods achieved (or surpassed!).

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

  • Why indoor water conservation is important, and what elements and variables are involved (e.g. water, waste, energy)
  • How to conduct your own indoor water audit and calculate water efficiency improvement paybacks
  • About Watersense labels and what they mean on plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • How to develop, implement, monitor and maintain an indoor water conservation plan

Persons can enroll for this course via the following link.


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 Presenters

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Judith Benson

President
Clear Water Products & Services, Inc.

Paul W. Lander

PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P.
Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

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

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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

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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


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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.

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Spills, Sediment, and Shoreline Contamination

We have all been aware about oil spills that have occurred in our coastal waters with the most recent having been noticed off Carrera Island in October 2017, contaminating the waters in Chaguaramas and even reaching as far as Cocorite.

Recently there was an article published in the Reviews of Geophysics by Gustitus and Clement (2017)  which provided insight about the impact and formation of oil sediment residues particularly on nearshore marine environments.

Via the link below T. Prabhakar Clement has provided some explanations on their research and the oil sediment residue phenomenon.

Source: Spills, Sediment, and Shoreline Contamination

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