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EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) hosts a monthly public webinar series to share EPA research and science-based tools to help inform decisions for state and local governments, tribes, and other decision makers.

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. 

Upcoming Webinars

April 15, 2020: Citizen Science

May 20, 2020: Air Quality

Past Webinar Topics

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Air

Ecosystems

Health

Human Health Risk Assessment

Waste and Materials Management

Contaminated Sites Remediation

Safer Chemicals

Water

Air

FRMs/FEMs and Air Sensors (December 18, 2019)

This webinar highlighted federal reference methods (FRMs)/federal equivalent methods (FEMs) and air sensors as complementary approaches for determining ambient air quality

View the presentation slides on the FRMs/FEMs and Air Sensors Webinar Archive page

Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors (April 17, 2019)

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.

View the recording and presentation slides on the Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors Archive page.

Recent Enhancements to the CMAQ Modeling System (February 27, 2019)

This webinar provided an overview of new features and enhancements in version 5.3 of the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System

View the recording and presentation slides on the Recent Enhancements to the CMAQ Modeling System Archive page.

Wildfire Smoke Emissions and Smoke Sense App (June 21, 2017)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Wildfire Smoke Emissions and Smoke Sense App Archive page.

Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science (June 16, 2016)

This webinar focused on EPA's research on low-cost, compact air sensors to monitor air quality in communities promoting citizen science.

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science Archive page.

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Ecosystems

EnviroAtlas Update (January 15, 2020)

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. 

View the recording and presentation slides on the EnviroAtlas Update Archive page.

EPA's Report on the Environment (June 12, 2019)

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. 

View the recording and presentation slides on the EPA's Report on the Environment Archive page.

Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) (December 13, 2017)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) Archive page.

EnviroAtlas (October 17, 2017)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the EnviroAtlas Archive page.

Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) (May 17, 2017)

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).

View the presentation slides on the Rapid Benefit Indicators (RBI) Archive page.

EnviroAtlas and the Eco-Health Relationship Browser: Connecting Ecosystems, People and Well-Being (January 20, 2016)

This webinar presented an overview on the functions and potential uses of EnviroAtlas and the Eco-Health Relationship Browser.

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the EnviroAtlas and the Eco-Health Relationship Browser Archive page.

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Health

Health Impacts of Near Roadway Air Pollution and Mitigation Strategies (July 27, 2016)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Health Impacts of Near Roadway Air Pollution and Mitigation Strategies Archive page.

The Growing Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke Emissions (March 16, 2016)

This webinar provides an overview of wildfire smoke and its health effects along with tools available to provide public health guidance during wildfire events. 

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the Growing Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke Emissions Archive page.

EPA Healthy Heart Program (February 17, 2016)

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. 

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the EPA Healthy Heart Program Archive page.

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Human Health Risk Assessment

Wildfires and the Community Health Vulnerability Index (May 16, 2018)

This webinar provided an overview of wildfire smoke resources, including the Community Health Vulnerability Index and the Smoke Sense App

View the presentation slides on the Wildfires and the Community Health Vulnerability Index Archive page.

Multi-Media Modeling of Lead Exposure (April 30, 2018)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Multi-Media Modeling of Lead Exposure Archive page.

Environmental Quality Index (EQI) (January 18, 2017)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Environmental Quality Index Archive page.

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) (November 16, 2016)

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. The IRIS program is located within EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment in the Office of Research and Development.

View the presentation slides, and the transcript on the Integrated Risk Information System Archive page.

Health Impact Assessment (August 17, 2016)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Health Impact Assessment Archive page.

Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) (April 20, 2016)

NOTE: EPA’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) was archived in EPA’s public web archive in August 2019.  The tool will remain available for public use but will no longer be updated. To access the tool, visit EPA’s public web archive at: https://archive.epa.gov.

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool Archive page.

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Waste and Materials Management

EPA's Regional Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (RESES) Research Program (March 18, 2020)

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.

View the recording and presentation slides on the Regional Sustainability and Environmental Sciences Research Program Archive page.

Excess Food Opportunities Map (October 16, 2019)

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.

View the webinar recording, presentation slides, and the  transcript on the Excess Food Opportunities Map Archive page.

Recycled Tire Crumb Research (August 6, 2019)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Recycled Tire Crumb Research Archive page.

Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tool (September 19, 2018)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tool Archive page.

EPA’s Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery (June 20, 2018)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery Archive page.

I-WASTE (September 28, 2016)

This webinar showcased how I-WASTE is used in response to events of local, regional or national significance. EPA’s I-WASTE is a web-based decision support tool that organizes information related to managing waste resulting from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or animal health emergencies. 

View the presentation slides on the I-WASTE Archive page.

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Contaminated Sites Remediation

Contaminated Sites and Technical Support Centers (December 17, 2018)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Contaminated Sites and Technical Support Centers Archive page. 

Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization (R2R2R) (November 14, 2018)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Remediation to Restoration to Revitalization Archive page.

Urban Background Study (January 17, 2018)

This webinar showcased research on EPA's 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.

View the presentation slides on the Urban Background Study Archive page.

Prioritizing Contaminants for Monitoring and Management (October 26, 2016)

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.

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the Prioritizing Contaminants for Monitoring and Management Archive page.

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Safer Chemicals

CompTox Chemicals Dashboard (2017, 2018, 2019)

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. So far, there has been three webinars on this resource.

September 11, 2019:  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.

August 22, 2018: This webinar highlighted updates to the tool made in August 2018 including data on Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). At the time of this webinar, the dashboard had 760,000 chemicals listed.
View the presentation slides on the 2018 Comptox Chemicals Dashboard Archive page.

February 15, 2017: This webinar introduced the CompTox Chemicals Dashboard and provided an overview of its purpose and functions. At the time of this webinar, the dashboard had 700,000 chemicals listed.
View the presentation slides on the 2017 Comptox Chemicals Dashboard Archive page.

Ecotoxicology Knowledgebase (ECOTOX) (July 19, 2017)

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.

View the presentation slides on the ECOTOX Archive page.

How Safer Choice Applies Science to Promote Safer Chemistry in the Marketplace (March 22, 2017)

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. 

View the presentatinon slides on the Safer Choice Program Archive page.

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Water

National Stormwater Calculator: Great Lakes Applications (February 19, 2020)

This webinar focused on examples of how EPA's 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. 

View the presentation slides on the National Stormwater Calculator: Great Lakes Applications Archive page.

Coastal Nutrient Management: Research Update (November 20, 2019)

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.

View the webinar recording, presentation slides, and the transcript on the Coastal Nutrient Management: Research Update Archive page.

CyAN Mobile App (July 24, 2019)

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.

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Nutrient Management in Coastal Communities (May 22, 2019)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Nutrient Management in Coastal Communities Archive page.

Cost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Removing CECs  (March 20, 2019)

This webinar featured current research on treatment technologies for three contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)—PFAScyanotoxins, 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. 

View the presentation slides on the Cost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Removing CECs Archive page.

Non-potable Water Reuse (October 17, 2018)

This webinar focused on onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) for water reuse and highlighted the Guidebook for Developing and Implementing Regulations for Onsite Non-potable Water SystemsEXITcreated by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for ONWS. 

View the presentation slides on the Non-potable Water Reuse Archive page.

Nutrient Visioneering (July 18, 2018)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Nutrient Visioneering Archive page.

Cost-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.

View the presentation slides on the Cost-Effective Treatment Technologies for Small Drinking Water Systems Archive page.

Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) (February 21, 2018)

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. 

View the presentation slides on the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) Archive page.

Monitoring Cyanobacteria with Satellites (November 13, 2017)

This webinar highlighted the emerging use of real-world satellite applications that support environmental management of US lakes by quantifying cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) and related water quality parameters. This webinar also discussed how provisional satellite derived cyanobacteria data and three different software tools are available to state environmental and health agencies for review and testing as part of the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN).

View the presentation slides on the Monitoring Cyanobacteria with Satellites Archive page.

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.

View the presentation slides on the Village Blue Archive page.

Stormwater Calculator (August 23, 2017)

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 (LID) controls.

View the presentation slides on the Stormwater Calculator Archive page.

Challenging Nutrients Coalition (April 19, 2017)

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.

View the presentation slides on the Challenging Nutrients Coalition Archive page.

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.

View the presentation slides on the Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit Archive page.

Harmful Algal Blooms (May 18, 2016)

This webinar focused on EPA’s research that looks to eliminate or reduce the negative effects of harmful algal blooms on human health and the environment.

View the presentation slides and the transcript on the Harmful Algal Blooms Archive page.

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