Behind the Curtain: Revealing and
Revisiting the Value of Water Research
Tracey Feist, Water Research Foundation writer
Foundation Webcasts offer a win-win
situation when it comes to technology
transfer and information gathering.
Attending conferences can get costly,
especially during times when money is
tight. It also takes time away from work and
family. The Water Research Foundation
offers a way to get valuable research
information, all by visiting the archive area
that houses the Foundation’s Webcasts.
Since 2006, 17 Webcasts have been archived
on the Foundation’s Web site. It’s all
available by clicking on the Research link,
and going to the Topics and Projects area.
From there, click on Supporting Resources,
and then on the Presentations link.
It’s easy to register for a Webcast. Two
weeks before the Webcast is set to be
broadcast, the Foundation will send an
email to its 900 plus subscribers. That email
offers a registration link for the Webcast.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a
confirmation email containing the date and
time of the Webcast, speakers, and topics
that will be covered.
Direct Web site Address
there are over
posted on the
a wide range of topics. One Webcast from
March 2008 examined the Toxicological
Relevance of Endocrine Disruptors and
Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water. In
the Webcast, presenters Shane Snyder of
Southern Nevada Water Authority and Rick
Pleus of Intertox Inc. discussed analytical
methods and occurrence data on endocrine
disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals,
as well as the exposure comparison to
phytoestrogens in plants. The work and
results of the toxicological risk assessment of
the chemicals of interest are also presented.
The Webcast is based on the Foundation
report, order #91238, which is co-sponsored
by the Foundation, California Urban Water
Agencies, WateReuse Foundation, and
Southern Nevada Water Authority. The
Web site also hosts an area where you can
download PDF files of the presenter slides.
The first ever Town Hall Webcast was
held in July 2008. The Webcast featured
speaker David Rager, Foundation Chair,
with Executive Director Robert Renner
moderating the session. The purpose of
this one hour Webcast was to provide an
avenue for subscribers to learn firsthand
what is going on at the Foundation as well
as to provide a format where questions and
concerns may be addressed.
Wendell James, a research engineer for
EPCOR Water Services in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, recently attended the Foundation
Webcast on Biological Filtration held in
Birmingham, Alabama on July 29, 2009.