EPA Tools and Resources Webinar Series
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EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosts a monthly public webinar series to share EPA resources and information that are useful, practical/applied and available to meet state research needs.
Webinars typically held the third Wednesday of every month from 3:00-4:00 PM (ET).
Attendees have the option of receiving a certificate of attendance for each webinar attended. Note that acceptance of certificates is contingent on state and/or organization requirements—EPA cannot guarantee acceptance.
January 27, 2021: Effectiveness of Medical and Cloth Masks for COVID-19 Protection
February 4, 2021: ECOTOX Knowledgebase (training webinar)
Past Webinar Topics
- Wildland Fire Community Engagement and Data Visualization Tools
- FRMS/FEMs and Sensors: Complementary Approaches for Determining Ambient Air Quality
- Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors
- Recent Enhancements to the CMAQ Modeling System
- Wildfire Smoke Emissions and Smoke Sense App
- Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science
- EnviroAtlas Update
- EPA's Report on the Environment
- Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS)
- EnviroAtlas Overview
- Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI)
- Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastwater to Inform Public Health
- Research to Support Lead Exposure Mitigation - Targeting, Remediation and Regulation
- Air Pollution and Heart Disease
- Health Impacts of Near Roadway Air Pollution and Mitigation Strategies
- The Growing Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke Emissions
- EPA Healthy Heart Program
Human Health Risk Assessment
- Wildfires and the Community Health Vulnerability Index
- Multi-Media Modeling of Lead Exposure
- Environmental Quality Index (EQI)
- Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
- Health Impact Assessment
Waste and Materials Management
- Materials Management Wizard (MWiz)
- Excess Food Opportunities Map
- Recycled Tire Crumb Research
- Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tool
- EPA’s Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery
Contaminated Sites Remediation
- Contaminated Sites and Technical Support Centers
- Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization (R2R2R)
- Regional Urban Background Study
- Prioritizing Contaminants for Monitoring and Management
- CompTox Chemicals Dashboard
- Ecotoxicology Knowledgebase (ECOTOX)
- How Safer Choice Applies Science to Promote Safer Chemistry in the Marketplace
- Coastal Nutrient Management: Research Update
- Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) Mobile App
- Nutrient Management in Coastal Communities
- Nutrient Visioneering
- Challenging Nutrients Coalition
- National Stormwater Calculator: Great Lakes Applications
- Stormwater Calculator
- Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit
- Drinking Water Models and Tools
- Water Network Tool for Resilience (WNTR)
- Cost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Removing CECs
- Non-potable Water Reuse
- Cost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Small Drinking Water Systems
- Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST)
- Village Blue
- Engaging and Collaborating with States in EPA Research
- Citizen Science at EPA
- Freshwater Explorer
- Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS)
- Alternatives for Disposition of Electronics Planning Tool (ADEPT)
- PFAS Removal in Drinking Water Treatment Systems
- Incident Waste Decision Support Tool (I-WASTE)
- Computational Toxicology (CompTox) Chemicals Dashboard
- Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) Mobile Application
Wildland Fire Community Engagement and Data Visualization Tools (May 20, 2020)
This webinar highlighted two wildland fire smoke and health projects: Smoke Sense and Smoke Ready Communities.
This webinar highlighted federal reference methods (FRMs)/federal equivalent methods (FEMs) and air sensors as complementary approaches for determining ambient air quality
This webinar focuses on research that is advancing the development and evaluation of air sensor technology and helping communities learn more about their air quality.
This webinar provided an overview of new features and enhancements in version 5.3 of the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System.
This webinar highlighted updates to the Wildfire Smoke Guide, as well as the Smoke Sense app, which is a mobile application that gets air quality information to people impacted by wildfire smoke, and helps those affected learn ways to protect their health from smoke exposure.
This webinar focused on EPA's research on low-cost, compact air sensors to monitor air quality in communities promoting citizen science.
This webinar provided an update on EnviroAtlas, including the development of a floodplain map for the conterminous U.S., the creation of fine land cover data covering the places where about 65 million people live, the addition of regulated facilities, and a new tool allowing users to compare their watershed or Census block group with their county or state.
This webinar showcased EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE) and provides an overview of the indicators used to describe current status and historical trends in air, water, land, human health and exposure, and ecological condition at the national and, where possible, regional levels.
This webinar highlighted EPA's Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS), which is an on-line resource that helps scientists find, organize and use information to determine the likely causes of adverse biological effects in aquatic ecosystems.
This webinar featured EnviroAtlas, a web-based decision support tool that combines maps, analysis tools, downloadable data and informational resources that states, tribes, communities and individuals can use to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where people live, learn, work and play.
This webinar presented on the Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) approach, developed by EPA’s ORD, which is an easy-to-use process for assessing restoration sites using non-monetary benefit indicators. The RBI approach uses readily-available data to estimate and quantify benefits to people around an ecological restoration site using indicators of nature’s value to people (ecosystem service benefit indicators).
This webinar focuses on EPA ORD's collaborative research efforts to reduce uncertainty around detecting genes specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater.
Research to Support Lead Exposure Mitigation - Targeting, Remediation and Regulation (October 21, 2020)
This webinar highlighted EPA research to support actions to reduce lead exposures and related health risks as part of the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts.
This webinar discusses the parallel progress of EPA science, the evolution of the technology used for studying air quality and health, and our understanding of heart disease, improvement in air quality and human health.
This webinar shares the latest science on the health impacts from near roadway exposures and discuss solutions and programs that states as well as community and transportation planners can consider to protect public health from the health impacts of near roadway exposures.
This webinar provides an overview of wildfire smoke and its health effects along with tools available to provide public health guidance during wildfire events.
This webinar highlights the EPA Healthy Heart Program which is an environmental health literacy program that provides timely information to public health practitioners, healthcare providers, and individuals at higher risk from exposure to air pollution.
Human Health Risk Assessment
This webinar provides an overview of EPA's innovative exposure-dose modeling approachEXIT that can be used to better understand the relationship between drinking water lead concentrations and children’s blood lead levels.
This webinar presents EPA's Environmental Quality Index, which was produced through data reduction approaches to help improve statistical efficiency, while simultaneously summarizing information on the wider environment humans are exposed to.
This webinar provided an overview of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, which provides information on the potential adverse health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances found in the environment.
This webinar presented EPA's research on health impact assessments (HIA). An HIA is a process that uses scientific data, health expertise and public input to factor public health considerations into the decision-making process. HIAs can give decision makers the information they need to consider public health in pending plans, policies or projects.
Waste and Materials Management
This webinar highlighted the Materials Management Wizard (MWiz), a self-guided, interactive web application that connects communities to EPA Sustainable Materials Management resources. MWiz provides users with a customized list of EPA resources that are tailored to their specific needs and interests.
This webinar showcased the EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map which seeks to support nationwide diversion of this excess food from landfills. The interactive map identifies and displays facility-specific information about potential generators and recipients of excess food in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors and also provides estimates of excess food by generator type.
This joint webinar between EPA and CDC presented research updates on the Synthetic Turf Field Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Research Under the Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) Final Report: Part 1 - Tire Crumb Rubber Characterization. Discussions included FRAP introductory information, summary of research activities, key findings, and next steps.
This webinar highlighted a new resource to help states advance their own Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) efforts: EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization State Tool. The tool contains approximately 20 environmental, human health, and socio-economic indicators covering potential indirect and direct impacts of goods and services.
This webinar highlighted EPA’s Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM), a website tool that supports the entire environmental characterization process from collection of samples all the way to their analyses. ESAM’s tools helps local, state and federal emergency response personnel and laboratories more efficiently respond to incidents, enabling smooth transitions of samples and data from the field to the laboratory to public health decision makers.
Contaminated Sites Remediation
This webinar presented an overview of ORD's contaminated sites research and its Technical Support Centers (TSCs) which provide technical assistance to EPA regional and program offices for contaminated site cleanup. There are five TSCs: Engineering, Groundwater, Site Characterization and Monitoring, Health Risk, and Ecological Risk Assessment.
This webinar showcased work accomplished on Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization (R2R2R) which is a framework for translating ecological consequences from remediation and restoration projects into environmental and socioeconomic benefits such as swimmable water, enhanced recreational amenities, and green development. This webinar presented the R2R2R framework and how it can improve both ecological and social outcomes from remediation and restoration, focusing on its application in large-scale, aquatic sites.
This webinar showcased research on EPA's Regional Urban Background Study which provides methods on how to identify sources of soil contaminants in urban settings. This webinar also presented the methodology developed for collecting a city-wide or urban area background data set, general results of southeastern cities data collected to date, and a case study that used this sampling method.
This webinar provided an overview of collaborative research efforts to develop methods and tools that integrate chemical monitoring with pathway-based bioactivity measurements. These efforts will help provide screening-level assessments useful for identifying and prioritizing which emerging contaminants may warrant additional monitoring or management actions and potential hazards that may be associated with exposure.
CompTox Chemicals Dashboard is a “first-stop-shop” for chemistry, toxicity and exposure information for over 875,000 chemicals. Data are added on an ongoing basis and new releases of the dashboard occur a minimum of twice per year releasing new data and ongoing enhancements to functionality. This webinar focused on March and August 2019 updates to the dashboard and highlighted case studies of how it's been used. CompTox had 875,000 chemicals at the time of this webinar.
View the recording and presentation slides on the 2019 CompTox Chemicals Dashboard Archive page.
This webinar highlighted the ECOTOXicology knowledgebase (ECOTOX), which is a comprehensive, publicly available knowledgebase providing chemical environmental toxicity data on aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. ECOTOX is an expert system used by federal, state and other risk assessors and researchers to identify and predict chemical toxicity effects on aquatic and terrestrial species.
This webinar presented the science behind the EPA's Safer Choice program, how EPA works with product and chemical manufacturers, as well as Safer Choice label messaging.
This webinar examined changing realities in nutrient management and provided an overview of new research from EPA that develops and describes methods to quantify water quality and habitat status and trends in coastal waters for the purpose of nutrient management.
This webinar showcased the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network Mobile Application (CyAN app), an EPA tool that aims to help local and state water quality managers make faster and better-informed management decisions related to cyanobacterial blooms. This app provides an easy to use, customizable interface for accessing algal bloom satellite data for over 2,000 of the largest lakes and reservoirs in the United States. The first presentation of this webinar covered a general overview of CyAN app, followed by a step-by-step demonstration on how to use the app.
This webinar focused on research related to nutrient management in coastal communities. This webinar presented on the promising results from the Advanced Septic System Nitrogen Sensor Challenge, as well as the broader nutrients research efforts focused on Cape Code and how they might be applicable to other communities with similar challenges.
This webinar highlighted the issue of nutrient pollution, the outcomes of the Nutrient Visioneering meeting, and the output from national experts. To address nutrient pollution, the US EPA organized an innovative public-private coalition to address the issue of excess nitrogen and phosphorous levels in water, for which the impacts to the economy are estimated to be in the billions annually.
The webinar showcased a number of innovative projects and partnerships underway to help improve nutrient monitoring in order to inform decisions, including low cost sensors for nitrogen and phosphorous, and an upcoming challenge to pilot nutrient sensors to address different nutrient related issues.
This webinar focused on examples of how EPA's National Stormwater Calculator has been applied in the Great Lakes region; advancing the science and implementation of green infrastructure to protect water quality and human health.
This webinar featured the EPA National Stormwater Calculator which was developed to help support local, state and national stormwater management objectives and regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green infrastructure (infrastructure based on natural processes) practices as low impact development controls.
Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit (December 14, 2016)
This webinar highlighted EPA's Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit, a toolkit of 5 EPA green infrastructure models and tools, along with communication materials, that can be used as a teaching tool and a quick reference resource when making green infrastructure implementation decisions.
This presentation provides an overview of EPA's drinking water models and tools, explaining when and how they can be used, and what types of problems they can help solve.
This webinar provides an overview of the Water Network Tool for Resilience (WNTR), an EPANET compatible, open source Python package allowing for end-to-end evaluation of drinking water infrastructure resilience to disasters.
This webinar featured current research on treatment technologies for three contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)—PFAS, cyanotoxins, and perchlorate—with an emphasis on determining cost-effective solutions for small systems. Specifically, how contaminant properties influence treatment effectiveness, operational complexity, cost, and residual stream handling was discussed. Also, novel technologies were discussed using anaerobic biofiltration of perchlorate and nitrate as an example, and a demonstration on the impact of system size to capital and operating costs was shown.
This webinar focused on research regarding onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) for water reuse and highlighted the Guidebook for Developing and Implementing Regulations for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems.EXITCost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Small Drinking Water Systems (March 28, 2018)
This webinar featured a developed and patented biological water treatment technology that removes ammonia. While ammonia itself is not a regulated contaminant, it interferes with some water treatment processes, such as arsenic removal. This cost-effective treatment technology provides a solution option for small drinking water systems in areas with high groundwater ammonia levels.
This webinar provided an overview of Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST), which is a publicly available tool that can be used by state and local managers to screen a wide-range of options for cost-effective management of water resources. It supports a broader integrated watershed management (IWM) approach by allowing the user to simultaneously consider stormwater, drinking water, wastewater and land conservation management practices.
Village Blue (September 20, 2017)
This webinar showcased the Village Blue project that provides real-time water quality monitoring data to the Baltimore community and increase public awareness about local water quality in Baltimore Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Village Blue is designed to build upon EPA’s Village Green project which provides real-time air quality information to communities in six locations across the country.
This webinar provided an overview of the resources available to state environmental and health agencies to leverage EPA research and expertise to address on the ground environmental health challenges. This webinar also highlighted mutually beneficial projects stemming from EPA's partnerships with state environmental and health agencies - including the PFAS Risk Communication Hub and the Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials.
This webinar provided an overview of citizen science at EPA, showcasing several EPA citizen science activities that involve partnerships with state, tribal and local governments on a diversity of issues.
This webinar provided an overview of EPA's Regional Sustainability and Environmental Sciences Research Program and highlighted two collaborative projects with states. The first project is working with the state of Ohio to explore the use of Landsat thermal imaging to detect landfills with elevated subsurface temperature. In the second project, EPA is working with Lousiana and local stakeholders in Ouachita Parish to use a Structured Decision Making approach to assess community sustainability goals and how best to prepare for future extreme events.
SPECIATE is EPA's repository of organic gas and particulate matter (PM) chemical speciation profiles of air pollution sources. This training provided an overview of EPA’s SPECIATE database and how it is developed and used, summarized the updates made to SPECIATE in the recent versions, and showed how one could use a speciation profile to compute species emissions.
EPA’s Freshwater Explorer provides information on the status of water resources for networks of streams in the U.S. color-coded for measured freshness (e.g. low salt and mineral content). Users will be able to perform geographical searches and visualize background and measured data for water quality parameters. This combination of information is useful for states to work with communities and regulated entities to find the right balance of protection and use of fresh water.
This webinar provides an overview of CADDIS, including the Stressor Identification process and the supporting information and tools available on the CADDIS website.
This webinar provided an overview of the background treatment issues when removing PFAS from drinking water treatment systems and the EPA models available to the public. The information generated from the models can provide states and utilities with a better understanding of the fundamentals of carbon adsorption and what that means to the operation, performance, and costs associated with the technology.
This webinar provided an overview of the Incident Waste Decision Support Tool (I-WASTE), which is used by emergency response authorities, waste industry stakeholders, as well as state, tribal and local agencies responsible for making waste management decisions.
This webinar provided in-depth training on how to use the CompTox Chemicals Dashboard, a "first-stop-shop" for chemistry, toxicology, and exposure information for over 875,000 chemicals.
This webinar provided an overview and step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network Mobile Application.
This webinar provided in-depth training on how to use EnviroAtlas' Interactive Map and Eco-Health Relationship Browser, access and download data, and use the built-in analysis tools.