The series of informational webinars began with two webinars in 2016 and will continue through a cooperative agreement with EPA, at least through 2022.
NEIWPCC convenes a planning team of state and EPA staff to discuss topics and framework for future webinars to make the series as valuable as possible to our target audiences.
Are you doing interesting work related to TMDLs or the 303(d) Program? Tell us your idea and you could present at our next webinar!
Webinars should be relevant to people working in state, tribal, or federal 303(d) and TMDL programs. We welcome applications from anyone interested in presenting and are able to provide funding of up to $1,500 to eligible applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; the planning team reviews them quarterly and will reach out to applicants as they are selected.
For additional information about this project, the application process, or upcoming webinars, contact Emma Gildesgame.
Click the links below to find information, recordings, and supporting material from our previous webinars. You can also watch most of our previous webinars on our YouTube channel.
NEIWPCC and the EPA do not directly or indirectly endorse any product, service, or any other entity mentioned in any of the programs in this series.
On April 5, 2021, Chet Arnold, David Dickson, and Michael Dietz from the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) presented a webinar on strategies for improving water quality in watersheds dominated by impervious surfaces.
Runoff from impervious surfaces is a major contributor to nonpoint source pollution in surface water bodies. Addressing these impairments is a challenge requiring innovative solutions. For years, the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) has been developing new ways to improve water quality in densely developed watersheds. Join CLEAR Director Chet Arnold and Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) co-directors David Dickson and Michael Dietz for a webinar on strategies to address impervious cover impairments. They’ll discuss lessons learned from the 2007 impervious cover TMDL for Eagleville Brook and their work using smartphone apps, municipal partnerships, and education programs to implement green stormwater infrastructure, low impact design practices, and other strategies for reducing impervious cover and improving water quality.
On March 29, 2021, Dr. Jacqueline Echols, Board President of the South River Watershed Alliance, presented a webinar on Environmental Justice under 303(d) and TMDL programs and the Clean Water Act as a whole.
The South River flows through two heavily developed municipalities, the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. For decades, it has been on Georgia’s 303(d) list of unhealthy waters due to fecal coliform bacteria and PCBs from combined sewer overflows and stormwater runoff. Despite TMDL plans in place since 2002 to restore water quality, the river still does not meet the state’s lowest water quality standards. Communities of color bear the brunt of this ongoing pollution. For example, a federal Clean Water Act consent decree only includes a deadline to eliminate sewage pollution in the predominantly white sections of DeKalb County and has no deadline for eliminating sewage pollution in two-thirds of DeKalb County where most African Americans reside.
Warming rivers threaten ecosystems and wildlife. Trout, salmon, and other economically and culturally important species depend on cold water to survive and reproduce. A growing number of states are developing plans to address the human activities at the root of this warming: deforestation, urbanization, industrial activities, agricultural practices, and climate change.
On August 11, Jonathan Leiman and Anna Kasko of the Maryland Department of the Environment presented on their process for developing temperature TMDLs, from monitoring to modeling to implementation. Laurie Mann and Ben Cope of EPA Region 10 also shared their work to address temperature impairments using TMDLs across the Pacific Northwest.
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Eric Eckl introduced public relations and digital media techniques for working with journalists. Eric Eckl is the founder and owner of Water Words That Work, LLC and has more than 20 years’ experience planning and executing environmental outreach and communications programs.
The news media plays a major role in shaping Americans’ opinions about their water and the people who are responsible for it. How can water quality professionals help shape the stories journalists tell about their work?
On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Kerry Reed, Ali Clift, and Eric Eckl gave a presentation on social media outreach focused on their “ThinkBlue” stormwater education campaign.
To solve water quality problems, public engagement is key. It’s easier than ever to create engaging educational materials for the public, but how can you make sure you’re getting the right message to the people who need to hear it?
Kerry Reed, of the City of Framingham, MA Department of Public Works, Ali Clift, of the Cumberland County, ME Soil and Water Conservation District, and Eric Eckl of Water Words that Work discussed their work on “Think Blue” education and outreach campaigns. They developed an integrated strategy to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of public outreach efforts at the statewide, regional and local scales. Presenters Kerry Reed, Ali Clift, and Eric Eckl highlighted their implementation and evaluation strategy, the tools they created to establish the campaign as a recognizable entity across the state, and the lessons they learned throughout the process.
On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Tommy McCall of www.infographics.com gave a presentation on data visualization design.
In the presentation, Tommy aimed to inspire attendees to up their game to create more informative yet accessible data visualizations. Viewers were exposed to a wide variety of chart forms to inspire them to go beyond the ubiquitous pies, bars and line charts. Tommy believes that graphics are best when they help you achieve a thinking task more quickly or can show you a book’s worth of information on a single page. He walked us through several projects to highlight key principals and challenges he faced and shared his 25 plus years of experience in the field.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series presented a webinar on Stakeholder Engagement on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series presented a webinar on Stressor ID on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
This webinar featured presentations by Mary Becker (CT DEEP) and Chad Larson (WDOE).
Mary Becker presented “Diatom tolerance metrics to identify total phosphorus as a candidate cause of aquatic life impairment in Connecticut freshwater streams.”
This presentation detailed the development of diatom tolerance metrics that discriminate between low and high total phosphorus concentrations at sites in Connecticut freshwater rivers and streams. The results of this study show that these metrics can be effectively used as part of a weight of evidence approach to identify phosphorus as a cause of aquatic life impairment.
Chad Larson presented “Flow pulses and fine sediments degrade stream macroinvertebrate communities in King County, Washington, USA.”
Determining the causes of biological impairment in urban stream settings presents unique challenges because there are many potential stressors associated with human development. A rigorous, scientifically based process is more likely to identify influential stressors that can be reduced to improve stream condition. We used the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) CADDIS (Causal Analysis/Decision Information System) stressor identification process to assess eight candidate causes in the urban Soos Creek Basin in Washington State. Of the stressors evaluated, flow alteration, increased fine sediments, and loss of habitat complexity were the most probable causes of biological impairment, with multiple biological metrics responding predictably across levels of impairment. Ultimately, demonstrating the utility of causal assessment in a practical situation provides greater confidence that mitigation efforts aimed at improving biological health of urban stream communities will have detectable desired effects while also providing a baseline from which the effectiveness of management practices can be evaluated.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series presented a webinar on Story Maps on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
This webinar featured a presentation by Dustin Shull and Carrie Tropasso of Pennsylvania DEP. In their presentation, Dustin and Carrie introduce both ESRI Story Maps and more technical Open Source Code Reports currently available for use by States and other organizations. Viewers will learn about the skills, software, and resources needed to create a story map or code based digital report in order to transition fully towards electronic reporting.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series presented a webinar on TMDL Revisions on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
This webinar featured two presentations:
Chris Hunter (EPA HQ) presented on EPA HQ’s perspective on TMDL revisions, as well as some past examples.
Erin Rasnake (FL DEP) presented “TMDL Revisions: Examples from Florida.”
This presentation was an overview of how Florida has begun to tackle the need for revisions of adopted TMDLs and what lead to that decision. Focus was on the process for each TMDL as well as lessons learned and potential path forward for future projects.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series held a webinar on TMDL Alternatives on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018.
This webinar featured three presentations:
Scott Heidel (PA DEP) presented on The Alternative Restoration Plan for Kishacoquillas Creek charts a path toward restoration of aquatic life and attainment of water quality standards for an agricultural watershed in Central Pennsylvania. A reference watershed approach was applied to develop load reduction goals for nutrients and sediment. Modeling was done using the MapShed model to represent the phased restoration approach to BMP implementation taking place in the watershed and demonstrate progress toward water quality goals at each stage.
Cam Mcnutt (NC DWR) gave a presentation titled “Watershed Action Plan. Online mapped based tools to build watershed restoration plans.”
NC DWR is developing tools and workflows to efficiently and effectively build Watershed Action Plans that are dynamic and engage a wide range of stakeholders in the restoration planning process. The Watershed Action Plan development process will focus on using resources to implement rather than plan by optimizing opportunities and using non-regulatory mechanisms to restore water quality. DWR will present the various planning tools and demonstrate how these tools integrate across Clean Water Act programs. Most importantly, DWR will demonstrate how all types of restoration projects from best management practices to stormwater control measures to instream habitat restoration can be tracked and accounted for in the Clean Water Act paradigm.
Heather Husband (ND DOH) presented on “North Dakota’s Alternative Plans.” This presentation provided a general overview of why North Dakota chose to do alternative plans and how it fits into their Universe of water quality programs.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series held a webinar on Chloride TMDLs on Thursday, March 1st, 2018.
This webinar featured two presentations:
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series held a webinar on TMDL Tracking and Reporting on Thursday, September 28th, 2017.
The National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series held a webinar on TMDL Implementation on Thursday, June 8th, from 1-3 pm EST.
This webinar featured two presentations focusing on what makes a good implementation plan, implementation with larger projects, and a few case studies.
The Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Program and 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and TMDL Program present the second webinar in this engagement webinar series, “Coordinating with Agricultural Partners across Clean Water Act Programs.” This webinar focuses on intra-agency integration and communication among the 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and TMDL and Nonpoint Source Programs when engaging with the agriculture sector.
This webinar includes these topics:
Drawing on his experience working with multiple stakeholders, Dr. Frank Dukes offers best practices for engaging stakeholders and communities while working on water quality issues. This webinar includes these topics, as well as a very informative Q&A Session:
Frank Dukes worked as a mediator on his first water quality case in 1990. He has served as a consultant, process designer, mediator, and facilitator on many water quality challenges since then, including several TMDL implementation plans.
How can TMDLs be integrated into stormwater planning? How can MS4s numerically demonstrate progress to meeting WLAs? How can regulatory agencies objectively assess the pollution control accomplishments of MS4s? This webinar covered case studies of municipalities in Wisconsin that serve as examples of how to use a dovetailed watershed- and municipal-scale modeling approach to determine pollutant loading and then address implementation needs and considerations. The presentation was tailored to address the variability of MS4s around the country.
The presentation covered the following points:
The session was co-presented by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Brown and Caldwell, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Our presenters each have over 20 years of experience working nationally on watershed and municipal water issues.