Source Water Protection Webinar Series

Source Water Protection Webinar Series

Course Synopsis and Instructor Bios

Link to register: https://www.wcwwa.ca/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1372840&group=

Delivery: Online format – 3x 1-hour webinars

CEUs requested: 0.3

Evaluation for CEUs: Participation will be monitored by a moderator who will track attendance during each webinar. There is also backup transcript from the webinar that will show when an attendee joins and leaves the webinar. Attendees must participate in all 3 webinars to be awarded 0.3 CEUs. WCW will create and issue certificates for participants after completion of all 3 webinars.

 

Webinar 1 & 2

Instructors: Kristen Andersen, Grant Dixon, Jeff Fetter

Source Water Protection is a key to a multi-barrier approach to water treatment. Protecting source waters has many benefits in reducing long term impacts of climate change on our environment and water supplies. Extreme weather can impact water quantity and quality by resulting in contamination, flooding, erosion, and increased infrastructure maintenance.

Webinars 1 and 2 will focus on practical ideas about what we can do in our local watershed or Community to improve our resilience to changes from climate or development and better protect our source water, now and in future.

 

Overview:

 

  • How to identify and quantify risk using tools like the Drinking Water Safety Plan
  • Building resiliency and redundancy into our source water diversion.
  • Protection of source water using wetlands and bio-engineering methods

 

Webinar 3

Instructor: Stephanie Neufeld

A source water protection overview for Alberta using the City of Edmonton’s Drinking Water Source Water Protection Plan as an example with focus on the four pillars of effective management plans: planning, monitoring, implementing and connecting.

 

Instructor Biographies:

 

Kristen Andersen

Kristen Andersen has 22 years of experience in erosion and sediment control, bioengineering, wetland design, and regulatory compliance management.  She works for Associated Environmental Consultants, teaches courses in wetland construction at the University of Alberta and teaches workshops in stream restoration and erosion control for clients in the public and private sectors.

 

 

Grant Dixon

Grant is an Operations Management Specialist and manages the ATAP Alberta Group with experience in both water and wastewater systems. He has over 28 years of experience as a utility operator and manager and has worked extensively for Municipal and First Nations clients. His background includes process troubleshooting, operator assistance and mentoring, pilot- and bench-scale testing, risk assessments, maintenance planning, SOP development and emergency response planning, start-up and commissioning, and project management.

Grant has worked in the consulting engineering field, municipal and public works administration, the provincial government and business management.

 

Jeff Fetter

Jeff Fetter has over 24 years of consulting engineering experience. He currently manages the Associated Engineering Water Division in Edmonton, leading a team of 40 engineers and technicians focused on the municipal water sector throughout central and northern Alberta.  Jeff has overseen and managed infrastructure and water projects for various rural and urban clients.  Work history includes master plan development, rehabilitation planning, design and construction of municipal and regional water systems.

 

Stephanie Neufeld

Steph Neufeld has been a Watershed Manager with EPCOR Utilities Inc. since 2008 where her focus is on drinking water source water protection and managing the cumulative effects of EPCOR’s operations on the North Saskatchewan River. Steph completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc., in Environmental Ecology at the University of Alberta and her M.Sc. degree investigated the effects of land use change on water quality and aquatic insect communities in Alberta streams. After graduation, she worked in consulting as an Aquatic Biologist for several years before starting her career with EPCOR. Steph has taken on many board positions and has been a key leader in watershed management over the years. She held the position of President of the Alberta Lake Management Society for almost ten years and now sits on the Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Water Council, co-chaired the Alberta Water Council Non-Point Source Pollution and Riparian Project Teams, was a member of the Source Water Protection and Lake Conservation and Management Teams, and also sat on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan steering committee for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance for three years, was on the Red Deer Watershed Alliance Board for two years, and was involved in the Bow River Phosphorus Management Planning Team for many years. Her past work highlights include spearheading the NSR WaterSHED monitoring program and providing leadership in Source Water Protection Planning in Alberta through presentations, reports, and development of Edmonton’s, Okotoks’, and Kananaskis’ Source Water Protection Plans.

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