Water Research Webinar Series

Join the Water Research Webinar the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. See registration instructions at right. Phone lines open at 11:45 AM. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

December 17th Webinar

Fecal Waste Contaminates Our Waterways: Molecular Technologies Offer New Solutions

EPA researcher describes method development and application of microbial source tracking tools

Waterborne disease transmission resulting from contact with surface waters contaminated with fecal pollution continues to be a public and ecological health issue nationwide.  General fecal indicators typically used to assess fecal pollution levels do not provide information about particular sources.  The development and application of Microbial Source Tracking technologies that can discriminate between different animal pollution sources could greatly enhance water quality management on a national scale.  This webinar will provide an overview of EPA’s research activities and discuss potential method applications.

Presentation Slides: Fecal Waste Contaminates Our Waterways

Presented by: Orin Shanks, PhD

Orin Shanks

Dr. Orin C. Shanks is a geneticist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Research and Development.  His primary research area is the application of DNA-based molecular technologies for environmental microbiology.  Over the years, he has investigated and published works on the identification of host-associated genetic markers of fecal pollution, development of quantitative real-time PCR methods, fate and transport of nucleic acids, as well as utility of molecular methods for recreational water quality management.  Dr. Shanks received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. 


Past Webinars

November 2014- Sustainability in Action: Innovative EPA Net Zero Technology Demonstration Partnerships

October 2014- EPA Research Helps Small Systems Deliver High Quality Drinking Water

September 2014- Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater 

July 2014- EPA's Stressor Identification Process and CADDIS

June 2014 - When Green Goes Bad: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Better Understand Cyanobacteria, Nutrients, and Lakes 

May 2014 - Establishing Regional Monitoring Networks to Detect Climate Change-Related Trends

April 2014 - Re-visioning 21st Century Water Infrastructure: Solving for the Pattern of Sustainability

March 2014 - Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control

February 2014 - A Synoptic Survey of Ecosystem Services from Headwater Catchments in the United States

January 2014 - Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST)