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Water Research Webinar Series

Free webinars typically held every other month from 2:00-3:00 pm ET.
EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this webinar series to share current research activities and results. Through innovative science and engineering, EPA’s researchers are developing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to 21st century complex water issues. The scientific results and innovative technologies developed support EPA’s mandate to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our Nation’s water resources, and to ensure safe drinking water and water systems.

NOTE: Attendees have the option of receiving a certificate of attendance. Acceptance of certificates is contingent on organization requirements—EPA cannot guarantee acceptance. Closed-captioned recordings of the webinars are provided below for later viewing and as a training resource; certificates cannot be provided for viewing webinar recordings. Webinar dates and topics are subject to change.

November 18, 2020 Webinar

House on a lakeProperty Values and Water Quality: Supporting Decisions with the Hedonic Model

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Although there is well-established body of literature examining how water quality impacts home values, it has yet to be used in analyses of regional and nationwide water quality regulations. Property value studies combine housing choices with data on water quality to estimate benefits in a statistical model. This webinar will present an overview of the hedonic property value method, synthesize the literature to estimate a set of unit values and transfer functions to support decisions affecting water quality, and identify approaches to move beyond the limitations identified in the synthesis.

About the Presenters

Matt HeberlingMatt Heberling, Ph.D.
Matt is a research economist with EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling. His current research focuses on estimating the economic benefits of improving water quality and using economic incentives for controlling pollution. Matt holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Penn State University. 


Michael PapenfusMichael Papenfus, Ph.D.
Michael is an environmental economist with EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment. His current research focuses on estimating the economic benefits associated with protecting water quality, wild salmon populations, and human health. Michael holds a Ph.D. in environment and resources (environmental eonomics) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and previously worked at the Natural Capital Project before joining the EPA. 

2020-2021 Upcoming Webinars Schedule

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Date Topic and Presenter(s)
January 27, 2021 Disinfection Byproducts Formation Tools for Drinking Water Utilities
Presenter: David Wahman, EPA's Office of Research and Development
March 31, 2021 Fit-for-Purpose Water Updates and Life Cycle Comparisons of Non-Potable Water Reuse Scenarios 
Presenter: Jay Garland, EPA's Office of Research and Development

Past Webinar Recordings

Recordings of past webinars are available below and are being hosted on EPA's YouTube channel. Certificates cannot be provided for watching the webinar recordings.

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Date Topic and Presenter(s)
October 28, 2020 Health Effects Associated with Harmful Algal Blooms and Algal Toxins (Recording coming soon)
Presenter: Elizabeth Hilborn, EPA's Office of Research and Development
September 30, 2020 SARS CoV-2 in Wastewater Monitoring: Linking Research and Application to Meet Immediate Needs
Presenters: Jay Garland, Nicole Brinkman, and Scott Keely, EPA's Office of Research and Development; Bruce Smith, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (Ohio); and Rebecca Fugitt, Ohio Department of Health
September 29, 2020 Wildfires and Resulting Impacts to Water Bodies Used as Drinking Water Sources
National Priority Grantee Presenters: Alex Chow and Tanju Karanfil, Clemson University and Joseph Kasprzyk and Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, University of Colorado Boulder
(Note: Held as part of EPA's Small Drinking Water Systems Monthly Webinar Series)
July 29, 2020 Water Reuse for Agricultural Purposes
Presenters: Helen Nguyen Ph.D., University of Illinois and Jay Gan, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
May 27, 2020 EPA Expands Research on COVID-19 in the Environment—Homeland Security Research Webinar Series
Presenters: Gregory Sayles, Ph.D., Timothy J. Wade, Ph.D., Kevin Oshima, Ph.D., Jay L. Garland, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
April 29, 2020 Water Treatment Modeling Tools for Removing PFAS and Other Contaminants
Presenter: Thomas F. Speth, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
February 26, 2020 Research to Support and Implement Recreational Water Quality Criteria
Presenters: Kevin Oshima, Ph.D. and Orin C. Shanks, Ph.D.,  EPA's Office of Research and Development
August 28, 2019 Geospatial Patterns of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in U.S. Rivers and Streams
Presenter: Scott Keely, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
July 24, 2019 Early Detection of Algal Blooms in U.S. Freshwater Systems: CyAN Mobile App
Presenters: Blake A. Schaeffer, Ph.D., Robyn Conmy, Ph.D., and John M. Johnston, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
May 22, 2019 Multi-Source Remote Sensing for Assessment and Management of Surface Waters
Presenters: Melanie Vanderhoof, Ph.D., Jay Christensen, Ph.D., and Laurie Alexander, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
March 27, 2019 M and M's: Developing Methods to Detect Toxicity in Water using Mayflies and Mussels
Presenters: Teresa J. Norberg-King, EPA's Office of Research and Development; Dave Soucek, Ph.D., Illinois Natural History Survey; and Ning Wang, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey
November 28, 2018 Methods and Guidance for Sampling and Analyzing for PFAS in Environmental Media
Presenters: Christopher Impellitteri, Ph.D. and Jody Shoemaker, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
October 31, 2018 Water Reuse and Reclaimed Water
Presenter: Jay L. Garland, Ph.D., EPA's Office of Research and Development
Panelists: Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Anita Anderson, Minnesota Department of Health; Stephen Deem, Washington State Department of Health; and Brian D. Good, Denver Water