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Integrating Water and Waste Programs to Restore Watersheds (Webcast)
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Too often the approach taken to manage our resources is based on regulatory statutes and program organizational structure, rather than based on the resource itself. The two major USEPA programs that are actively involved in resource assessment and restoration include the water and waste programs. While these programs use very similar, and sometimes identical, approaches to assessment and cleanup, they have most often worked in a parallel fashion. Until now. This handbook takes an integrated approach to managing our watersheds and shows the reader how they can leverage the strengths of the various EPA programs to achieve results.  The Webcast instructors will provide an overview of the document, the driving forces behind its development, key features, and show users how best to use the information provided. A case study will be presented that highlights how this integrated approach was used to save money and restore a contaminated watershed.

The intended audience for this Webcast is EPA headquarters and regional staff in the water and waste programs working on assessment or cleanup projects in watersheds contaminated by hazardous substances.

Registration for this Webcast opens June 29.  You must register in advance to participate and your computer must have the capability of playing sound.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with complete participation instructions. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available, so register early to guarantee your spot. Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve a conference room and invite your colleagues and other partners to participate. Closed-captioning will be available.

Kathryn Hernandez, Waste/Water Program Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
Kathryn works as a waste and water program coordinator applying a cross-programmatic approach to assessment and cleanup of impaired watersheds. She has worked in the wetlands program, in the EPA field office and is a TMDL specialist and a Remedial Project Manager (RPM).

Charlie MacPherson, Public Outreach Specialist, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Charlie routinely works to integrate various EPA environmental programs within a watershed context. She recently worked with EPA to produce the draft Handbook to Restore and Protect Our Waters.   She has developed numerous guidebooks, conducted trainings, and facilitated workgroups to assist organizations to effectively change behaviors to improve the environment.

The materials in this Webcast have been reviewed by EPA staff for technical accuracy. However, the views of the speakers and the speakers organization are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the EPA. Mention of any commercial enterprise, product, or publication does not mean that EPA endorses them. For general information contact Ron Ohrel by telephone at 703-385-6000 or via e-mail at

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