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.

September 24th Webinar

Pharmaceutical Residues in Municipal Wastewater

There are thousands of pharmaceuticals in use today. Some pharmaceuticals have been found in water and have raised concerns about the potential risks they pose to both humans and our ecosystems. These pharmaceuticals tend to make their way in to our waters primarily through excretion of active drugs directly from patients and subsequent incomplete removal of those pharmaceuticals from our wastewater during wastewater treatment. This webinar will describe our estimates of potential risks to people as well as aquatic life by combining aquatic concentration information with available dose-response data. This analysis includes data from our recent study of pharmaceutical concentrations in effluent samples from 50 very large municipal wastewater plants located across the United States. Contributors: Mitch Kostich, Angela Batt, Susan Glassmeyer, and Jim Lazorchak.

Presented by: Mitch Kostich

Mitch Kostich

Mitch Kostich is a Research Biologist with EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mitch’s research focus is the application of emerging measurement technologies and data science to the characterization of risks posed by chemical contaminants. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys playing with his kids, hiking, swimming, biking, and brewing beer.


Past Webinars

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)