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Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars

Local watershed organizations, municipal leaders and others are invited to sign up for these free, online webcast training sessions. Attendees must register in advance to participate in webcasts. During the webcasts, trainees log onto the web to participate in live training conducted by expert instructors. Your computer must have the capability of playing sound in order to attend the webcasts. The Watershed Academy offers a certificate to those who attend webcasts. Streaming audio versions of past webcasts are available.


Building Resilience in Partnership with Vulnerable Communities

While many communities are dealing with increased risk of extreme weather and natural disasters, the ability of a community to respond, recover and bounce back is not equally distributed.  When an environmental justice lens is applied we recognize that some communities experience higher exposure to local water pollution, degraded local waterways and higher impervious surface area on top of other social factors that increase vulnerability. A challenge for watershed managers is to develop strategies which support resilience and integrate an environmental justice lens that effectively targets the most vulnerable communities.

This webinar will look at the environmental justice factors that contribute to vulnerability and provide examples of how EPA and its partner programs have effectively worked to help build resilience with vulnerable communities. We will also explore how the Urban Waters Partnership model can build networks of resilience and introduce other user-friendly tools and resources that help support resilience.

Jeanine Finley, Program Analyst in the Office of Environmental Justice, EPA HQ

Brenda Torres, Executive Director of the San Juan Bay National Estuary Program

Tom Herder, Watershed Protection Coordinator with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program 

Melissa Deas, Climate Program Analyst, Urban Sustainability Administration; DC Department of Energy and Environment 

Click here to register now.