Emerging Contaminants and Our Water Resources

WMAO / EPN 2019 Spring Meeting

Hosted by Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), Water Management Association (WMAO), Ohio Water Resources Center (OWRC), and TerrAqua (OSU and WMAO Affiliated Student Organization).

WHEN:        Tuesday, March 5, 2019

WHERE:     Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at Ohio State University

COST:         $40 includes EPN breakfast, $300 Exhibit Booth, $100 Sponsor

Conference attendees will earn 2 CEU credits

Full Agenda and Speaker Biographies

Online Registration

Experts are steadily finding new or previously unrecognized contaminants in our waterways and drinking water systems, yet their risk to human health and the environment are not yet fully understood. These emerging contaminates come from a variety of sources, including our everyday consumer and pharmaceutical products, such as sunscreens, soap and medicines.    Some are naturally occurring, but become more problematic when excessive nutrients are loaded to surface water through human activity.  There are potential environmental and health risks associated with many of these contaminants.

Please join this panel of experts–Dr. Andy Lindstrom, Ms. Sarah Lowe and Dr. Wayne Carmichael–who, along with their respective state and national agencies, are seeking to improve our understanding and management of several emerging contaminants affecting the state of Ohio.

These panelists, along with Amy Klei, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Chief of the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, will address some of the emerging biological, chemical, and particulates pollutants in our state. This EPN Breakfast program will feature an extended educational session, facilitated by the Water Management Association of Ohio, Ohio Water Resources Center, and TerrAqua that will engage these experts to discuss specific contaminants.



Winter 2019: The Ohio Water Table

To view the Winter 2019 issue of The Ohio Water Table, click here.


Water Luncheon Seminar

Cancelled – due to federal employee furlough

USGS Super Gages Monitor Continuous Water-Quality at Streamflow Gages

Tim Lathrop, Hydrologist, USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, trlathro@usgs.gov

WHEN:  January 30, 2019;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 Dodridge St, Columbus OH

The United States Geological Survey operates twelve Super Gage sites in Indiana, cooperating with a variety of organizations (https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2015/3041/pdf/fs2015-3041.pdf). Super Gages provide real-time estimates of concentrations and loads of suspended sediment, total nitrogen, and/or total phosphorus within watersheds where they are deployed (https://nrtwq.usgs.gov/in/).  Tasks performed at each site often include quantification of streamflow, operation of continuous water-quality monitors, discrete sampling, and modeling of constituents not easily measured in real-time. Continuous, and publicly available data: 1) highlight 15-minute, daily, and event-driven fluctuations (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/in/nwis/current/?type=quality); 2) provide richer data sets for understanding relations between water quality, hydrology, geology, and land use; and 3) promote more effective resource management.

Click here for the registration flyer.

To register online, click here.


HEC-RAS 5.0.5 Training

Hosted by Ohio Dam Safety Organization (ODSO)

WHEN:  Tuesday – Thursday, November 27 – 29, 2018

WHERE:  ODNR Assembly Center, 2045 Morse Rd, Bldg C, Columbus

COST:  $775

*Up to 24 Contact Hours/PDHs


For questions, contact Mike Rowland, ODSO Director, at 614-793-2226.


Fall 2018: The Ohio Water Table

To view the Fall 2018 issue of The Ohio Water Table, click here.


47th Annual WMAO Conference and Symposium


Held in conjunction with 38th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

WHEN:        October 30 – November 2, 2018 for NALMS / OLMS Conference

OR:               October 31st only for WMAO Conference

WHERE:     Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati Ohio  map

Conference attendees will earn .6 CEU credits

Agenda – WMAO October 31st

Registration Form – WMAO October 31st

Online registration & exhibitors – WMAO Oct 31st only

Full NALMS – OLMS Conference – Oct 30 – Nov 2

Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor Information Oct 30 – Nov 2

Conference Planning Committee

Dana Oleskiewicz (WMAO) Chair; Alex Covert (USGS); Greg Nageotte (ODA); Nick Schell (NRCS); Kimberly Shaffer (USGS); Craig Smith (OEPA); Eugene Braig (OSU); Zuzana Bohrerove (OWRC); Christian Bower (TerrAqua); Anthony Sasson (The Nature Conservancy)


2018 Watershed Workshop

Hosted by Ohio Stormwater Association and Ohio Water Environment Association

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018;  8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

WHERE:  The Fawcett Center at The Ohio State University

COST:  $95 members, $125 non-members

*6 Contact Hours/PDHs

For more information about agenda topics, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.

For questions, contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 and info@ohiowea.org.


Habitat Evaluation and Level 2 Macroinvertebrate Field Training

WHEN:  October 20, 2018;  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Youngstown State University, Youngstown OH

COST:  $20 members, $25 non-members

Join us for this lecture and field training opportunity sponsored by the Ohio Watershed Professionals Association (OWPA).  Participants will learn to 1) score the Citizens Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index, 2) sample macroinvertebrates using Level 2 methods, and 3) how to identify macroinvertebrates to the family level.

For more information, see the workshop flier.  Registrations are now being accepted here.

For questions, contact Kurt Keljo (kkeljo@franklinswcd.org or 614-486-9613 x 121) or Felicia Armstrong (fparmstrong@ysu.edu).


Water Luncheon Seminar

Insights into the composition of the 2018 CyanoHAB on Lake Erie based on spectral decomposition of visible remote sensing images

Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Department of Geology, Kent State University, jortiz@kent.edu

WHEN:  October 17, 2018;  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 Dodridge St, Columbus OH

Lake Erie has recently been listed as an impaired water body due to the perennial cyanobacterial and harmful algal bloom (CyanoHAB) that develops from spring until fall in its Western Basin. Research developed at Kent State in conjunction with NASA Glenn provides an effective means of identifying the optically-active constituents present in water bodies, and differentiates the composition of complex CyanoHABs. The spectral decomposition method partitions cyanobacterial constituents from algal, pigment degradation products and identifies suspended sediment as minerals and oxides.

Click here for full abstract and registration flyer.

To register online, click here.


Summer 2018: The Ohio Water Table

To view the Summer 2018 issue of The Ohio Water Table, click here.

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