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2013 WLA Security Summit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with its partners in the Water Sector, will host the fourth Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Security Summit on November 20 – 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois at the Westin Michigan Avenue hotel.  

The Summit will actively engage a vast array of technical and leadership staff from the Water Sector, laboratory and emergency response communities to learn about water contamination laboratory response, practice the WLA Response Plan and gain hands-on experience with EPA security-related tools and resources.

conference                 city                  water sampleRegister for the 2013 WLA Security Summit!

*Please Note:
No food or beverages will be provided.
A list of local restaurants will be available at onsite registration desk.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM............Advance-Registration Open

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Available All Day.............Exhibits
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM........Registration Open
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM..........Keynote Address
- Cheryl Newton, EPA Region 5 Associate Administrator, US EPA
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM........WLA Foundation & Collaboration Across Laboratory Networks
- Latisha Mapp, WLA Team Leader, US EPA
- Chris Retarides, Lead Scientist-Chemical Warfare Agent Analysis, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
- Dan Krier, Assistant Chemical Threat Preparedness Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health Public, Health Laboratory Division
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM......Break and Exhibits
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.......Table Top Exercise Part I: Introduction and Scenario Part I
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.........Lunch on Your Own*
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM...........Table Top Exercise Part II: Scenario Part II
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM...........Break and Exhibits
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM...........Table Top Exercise Part III: Scenario Completion and Conclusion

Thursday, November 21, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM............Keynote Address
- Peter Grevatt, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, US EPA
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM..........Improving Resiliency and Thinking Ahead
- Connie K Schreppel, Director of Water Quality, Mohawk Valley Water Authority
- David Greene, Laboratory Manager, Kansas City Missouri Water Services Department
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM........Break and Exhibits
10:20 AM – 11:20 AM........Emergency Response and Preparedness
- Michael Wichman, Associate Director, State Hygienic Laboratory, The University of Iowa
- Kevin Anderson, Senior Program Manager, Chemical and Biological Division, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
11:20 AM – 11:35 AM........Integration and Implementation
- Pamela Barnes, Environmental Scientist, US EPA
11:35 AM – 12:00 PM........Closing Remarks and Open Discussion
- Patricia Tidwell-Shelton, Chief of Threats Analysis, Prevention and Preparedness Branch, US EPA

At the end of the WLA Security Summit participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe WLA background and purpose, including the context in which it was formed
    (Homeland Security Initiatives)

  2. Identify the roles of member laboratories within the WLA

  3. Outline the benefits of the WLA to both members and non-members

  4. Describe the purpose of the WLA-RP and be familiar with its contents and its use

  5. Explain how to access ERLN/WLA laboratory services

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-7200

Reserve your room at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/epawla
If you have any issues securing a room via the registration link, please call the hotel and reference "EPA WLA Summit".
Group rate available until November 1, 2013. Subject to Availability.

Parking Options

  1. Valet parking is available at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel (909 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611) for $67 per night. Self-parking is not available.
    Westin Michigan Avenue Valet Parking Rates
    Less than 1 hour
    $22
    1-2 Hours
    $24
    2-4 Hours
    $27
    4-12 Hours
    $33
    12-24 Hours
    $67

  2. Standard parking attached to the shops at 900 N. Michigan Ave, is located at 911 North Rush Street. The garage may be entered from Rush Street northbound or from Walton Street westbound. Overnight parking is available for $45 per night. The garage can be reached by phone at (312) 915-3940.
    Standard Parking Self-Parking Rates
    0-1 Hour
    $21
    1-2 Hours
    $24
    2-3 Hours
    $29
    3-4 Hours
    $30
    4-10 Hours
    $33
    10-24 Hours
    $45

  3. Water Tower Place is located at 845 N. Michigan Avenue and is accessible from Chestnut Street. Overnight parking is available for $42 per night. The garage can be reached by phone at (312) 440-3166.
    Water Tower Place Self-Parking Rates
    1/2 hour or less
    $14
    1 hour or less
    $20
    2 hours or less
    $24
    3 hours or less
    $28
    Over 3 hours to 10 hours
    $30
    Over 10 hours to 24 hours
    $42

  4. Additional parking options can be found at http://www.themagnificentmile.com/maps/parking/.

Confirmed “tech town” exhibits

  1. Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water
    This Sampling Guidance document provides comprehensive guidance that integrates recommendations for biological, chemical and radiochemical sample collection, preservation, and transport procedures to support multiple analytical approaches for the detection and identification of potential contaminants in drinking water.

  2. EPA's Automated Ultrafiltration Device
    Ultrafiltration is a sample concentration technique which concentrates bacteria, viruses and protozoans from large volumes of water (>100 L) quickly and effectively. EPA's field deployable sample concentration (ultrafiltration) device reduces sample collection and concentration time and cost by collecting and concentrating the sample in the field, improves accuracy and consistency, requires minimal setup and training, allows for real-time monitoring, eliminates cross-contamination and increases safety for personnel.

  3. Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT)
    WCIT is a secure on-line database with comprehensive information about chemical, biological and radiochemical contaminants of concern for the water sector. This tool compiles drinking water and wastewater-specific data in a one-stop, easy-to use tool. WCIT functionality and content were shaped and validated by water utility professionals, scientists and public health experts.

  4. Water Security Division
    EPA's Water Security Division mission is to provide national leadership in developing and promoting security programs that enhance the sector's ability to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from all-hazards. This site provides resources for water utilities, state and local governments, public health officials, emergency responders and planners, assistance and training providers, environmental professionals, researchers and engineers, law enforcement and others.


For general information about the WLA Security Summit, please contact the EPA WLA Team at WLA@epa.gov,  or
call the WLA helpline at 703-818-4200.


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