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"Are We There Yet?
Solutions For Water Sustainability In the 21st.Century."

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For the Teacher in your community:
Fix A Leak Week, 2011: Free Lesson Plans, Tools, Games and Curriculum Development Materials

2011 EPA WaterSense Fix A Leak Week Teachers webinar

Fix A Leak Week, 2011: Free Lesson Plans, Tools, Games and Curriculum Development Materials - Recording available here

In 2009, EPA WaterSense's 2,100 partnesr, including us, collectively saved over 36 BILLION gallons of precious drinking water!

  • 36 BILLION gallons that didn't find their way back into sewers and onsite wastewater systems!
  • Which translates into 4.9 billion Kwh of electricity saved!
  • Which means over 1.75 million metric tons of carbon dioxide didn't go into our atmosphere!

This presentation is applicable for anyone who teaches physical sciences, environmental or social studies and would like to inspire their students to action!

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pillsPrescription For The Future?
The presenter was Herbert T. Buxton - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program Coordinator. What's in Our Wastewaters and Where Does it Go?

The presentation was free to the public - attending via their own computer at home or office or in person at the Benzie County Health Department - http://www.bldhd.org where the event was sponsored by the Benzie County League of Women Voters. This option was offered for people who wanedt to discuss the issue afterwards or didn't have a high speed internet service.

Content was be a review of recently completed and current research in progress, on the presence of, environmental and public health impact of, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in wastewater, drinking, surface and ground water.

There is growing concern about the long term effects of PPCPs on human health and the natural environment - through a series of science based seminars WasteWater Education 501(c)3, seeks to provide some clarity to the risks involved.

What's in Our Wastewaters and Where Does it Go?
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has implemented a national reconnaissance to provide baseline information on the environmental occurrence of "emerging contaminants" such as human and veterinary pharmaceuticals (e.g., fluoxetine and lincomycin), industrial and household wastewater products (e.g., p-nonyphenol and triclosan), and reproductive and steroidal hormones (e.g., equilenin and progesterone) in water resources. 142 streams, 55 wells, and 7 effluent samples were collected across 36 states as part of this national reconnaissance effort. A majority of the sites sampled were those suspected to be susceptible to emerging contaminants from animal or human wastewaters. This national reconnaissance of emerging contaminants is the first of its kind in the United States.
(Source: http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/whatsin.html )

Whether your drinking water comes from a private well and aquifer or via a municipal system; whether you have a private onsite wastewater system or connect to a municipal sewer; if you live by an ocean, a lake or a stream - traces of pharmaceutical products have been detected. When prescriptions and over-the-counter drug purchases now run in the billions annually it's not surprising. The general misconception is that the body consumes the total dose - which is far from true. In addition, some municipal wastewater treatment process can increase the toxicity of flushed medications and cannot effectively remove them prior to discharge to a local lake or river.

Although the amounts are measured in parts-per-billion or million, what is the long term accumulative effect on people and the environment? USGS lead research attempts to provide some answers.

EPA logo of PPCP in watershedsAl Alwan, Ph.D.Water Quality Branch, Water Division, Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 presented a web based seminar on Alternative Approaches to Address Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCP) Environmental Fate.

Dan Thorrell Grand Traverse Co. Health Dept."Everything you've always wanted to know about your Mound onsite wastewater system! How it works, how to take care of it, how to landscape it!"

This online, web based seminar was taught by Daniel R. Thorell, M.S., R.S. Environmental Sanitarian Grand Traverse County Health Department Environmental Health Division. Two documents were referenced in the presentation and can be viewed here: GTCHD Alternative System Manual and Pressure Mound System Policy Manual

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Scott Dierks, P.E.
Ann Arbor Manager JFNew
605 South Main Street, Suite 1
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

"Wastewaterscaping: How to landscape and plant a mound system using native Michigan flora." This was Part Two of the seminar and can be accessed at the 1:02:35 minute mark.

EPA WaterSense We're For Water logoCary McElhinney
EPA WaterSense Coordinator for EPA Region 5

How conserving water cuts electricity costs! And prolongs system life.
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Dr. Richard OtisMyths and Misconceptions about decentralized water systems.
The opening introductory lecture was given by Richard Otis P.E., Ph.D., DEE.
Dr.Otis is WasteWater Education Technical Consultant and 2010-12 President of National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association

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