"Environment" research area

Pathogens and Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00am

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Pathogens and Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water

MnDRIVE Environment, in partnership with the Minnesota Trade Office and the Biotechnology Institute (UMN), is excited to explore, educate, and discuss the topic of drinking water contamination. Across the United States and within Minnesota, water quality has increasingly been thrust into the spotlight**. Whether due to runoff of agricultural fertilizers, outdated water infrastructure, irresponsible dumping, or other contaminant sources, the levels of regulated contaminants and the appearance of emerging contaminants require innovative technology and solutions to remediate drinking water.

**Quite coincidentally, University of Minnesota's own ENSIA (hosted by Institute on the Environment) has recently launched a nine-month long collection of "impact pieces" called Troubled Waters. The first few stories have been released, and two more in October will focus on waterborne pathogens. Check it out ... https://ensia.com/ensia-collections/troubled-waters/

Join the conversation to hear experts from the MN Department of Health and City of Minneapolis - Water Treatment and Distribution team address some of these important water quality issues. Following our presenters remarks we will have small “breakout group” discussions, and then reconvene as a group for a final wrap up.

Event Details:

Date:        October 14, 2020

Time:        11 AM to 1 PM

Where:      Zoom Link ... https://umn.zoom.us/j/99943770053?pwd=c0NSTDZxYkpmcUNZK1loYXZmV1J3Zz09

Audience:  This event is open to those working in the drinking water quality / contamination space, whether from industry, state agencies, municipal water & public works, not-for-profits, and higher education. Please feel free to share this announcement with colleagues that may be interested. We look forward to seeing you on October 14, 2020 @ 11 AM.

Listening Session Program:

Opening Remarks & Introductions (10 minutes)

Invited Speakers (25 minutes each)

Sarah JohnsonSarah Johnson

Minnesota Department of Health - Research Scientist, Supervisor of Health Risk Assessment Unit

Talk Title - The Contaminants of Emerging Concern Initiative at the Minnesota Department of Health

Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson

Minnesota Department of Health - Principal Engineer, Drinking Water Protection Section

Talk Title - Pathogens in Minnesota Groundwater

George Kraynick

George Kraynick

City of Minneapolis - Manager, Water Quality and Laboratory Services

Talk Title - Minneapolis Drinking Water and CEC’s: Practices Today, Plans for Tomorrow

Announcements (5 minutes)

    • Steve Riedel (MN Trade Office) - Announcements

Breakout Group Discussions (25 minutes)

    • Contaminants of Emerging Concern - facilitated by Bill Arnold (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering - UMTC)
    • Pathogens in Drinking Water - facilitated by Byeonghwa Jeon (School of Public Health - Environmental Health Sciences - UMTC)
    • Municipal Drinking Water Treatment - facilitated by Bridget Ulrich (Natural Resources Research Institute - UMD)

Wrap Up (5 minutes)


Any questions can be directed to Jeff Standish standish@umn.edu.