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National Beach Conference Agenda

Presentations

March 15-17, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL

Agenda (PDF)  (6 pp, 167K )

Monday, March 14, 2011 (Pre-conference Meetings and Activities)
8:00–10:00 Beach Monitoring 101 for State or Local Beach Managers
10:00–12:00 Introduction to Rapid Methods
1:00–6:00 Predictive Tools Forum
1:00–6:00 Rapid Methods “Hands-on Lab”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

7:00–5:00

Registration
7:30–9:30

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by BioGX, Inc.

8:00–9:30

Session I: Welcome Speakers

8:00–8:20

EPA Welcome
Nancy Stoner, U.S. EPA Office of Water

8:20–8:40

Local Welcome
Samir Elmir, Miami Dade County Health Department

8:40–9:00

The Role that Florida Department of Health’s Toxicology Program Played in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
David Krause, Florida Department of Health

8:40–9:10

Rapid Methods for Beach Water Quality Monitoring: Public Health Perspectives during a California Demonstration Project
Larry Honeybourne, Orange County Health Care Agency
Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 8.2MB )

9:10–10:00

BREAK

10:00–11:45

Session II: How is Beach Program Policy Evolving?
Session Chair: John Wathen, U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology

10:00–10:20

EU Bathing Water Profiles in Scotland
Calum McPhail, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Presentation (PDF) (28 pp, 6.0MB)

10:20–10:40

Meeting Coming Challenges in BEACH Act Monitoring and Notification Programs
Denise Hawkins, U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology
Presentation (PDF) (15 pp, 65K)

10:40–11:00

A New Approach to Beach Tiering in Beach Monitoring and Notification Programs
John Wathen, U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology
Presentation (PDF) (20 pp, 1.8MB)

11:00–11:20

EPA's Current Thinking On Development of New Recreational Water Criteria
Grace Robiou, U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology

11:20—11:45

Panel Discussion

11:45–1:15

LUNCH (on your own)

1:15–3:00

Session III: How is Beach Management Evolving in a Time of Changing Priorities and Policies?
Session Chair: David Polk, Florida Department of Health

1:15–1:35

Proposed Coastal Environmental Health—An SC EPHT Project
Fran Marshall, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Presentation (PDF) (28 pp, 2.1MB)

1:35–1:55

Coastal Pathogen Efforts of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Chris Sinigalliano, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
Presentation (PDF) (37 pp, 1.4MB)

1:55–2:15

California's Clean Beach Initiative: Is It Working?
Amanda Griesbach, Heal the Bay
Presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 985K)

2:15–2:35

Implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: A Beach Manager's View
Cathy Breitenbach, Chicago Park District
Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 2.3MB)

2:35–3:00

Panel Discussion

3:00–3:30

BREAK

3:30–5:15

Session IV: How Do We Reach the Beachgoing Public with the Best Information?
Session Chair: John Heffelfinger, U.S. EPA Office of Policy

3:30–3:50

Assessing the Effectiveness of the BEACH Act Notification Program
Tracy Dyke-Redmond, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 1.MB)

3:50–4:10

Communicating Recreational Water Quality
Preethi Pratap, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
Presentation (PDF) (31 pp, 479K)

4:10–4:30

The Use of Social Media Tools and Volunteer Programs to Notify the Public and Maximize Benefits of Washington State's Swimming Beach Program
Jessica Archer, Washington State Department of Ecology
Presentation (PDF) (50 pp, 6.2MB)

4:30-4:50

Improving Health Risk Communication: The Need for a National Beach Report Card
Mark Gold, Heal the Bay
Presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 4.2MB)
Use of Geocaching for Program Education
Sean Torrens, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Presentation (PDF) (8 pp, 518K)

4:50–5:15

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

7:30–4:00

Registration

8:00–9:45

Session V: Epidemiological Studies: What Does the Science Tell Us?
Session Chair: Tim Wade, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

8:00–8:20

Indicators of Water Quality and Health Effects at a Tropical and a Runoff Impacted Beach
Tim Wade, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

8:20–8:40

Rapid Indicators for Enterococcus and the Risk of Illness after Exposure to Urban Runoff Contaminated Marine Water: Results from a “Natural Experiment”
Jack Colford, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

8:40–9:00

The BEACHES Study 1: Health Effects from Non-point Source Microbial Contaminants in Subtropical Recreational Marine Waters
Lora Fleming, University of Miami
Presentation (PDF) (52 pp, 6.5MB)

9:00–9:20

Comparing Swimming-related Illness Associations with Fecal Indicators Quantified by qPCR and Culture-based Methods at a Freshwater Beach
Jiyoung Lee, Ohio State University
Presentation (PDF) (42 pp, 1.9MB)

9:20–9:45

Panel Discussion

9:45–10:15

BREAK

10:15–12:00

Session VI: Other Rapid Methods and Alternative Indicators: What Else is Out There?
Session Chair: John Griffith, Southern California Coastal Water Research Program

10:15–10:35

Examining a Range of Approaches Available for Rapid Beach Water Quality Testing
Rachel Noble, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Presentation (PDF) (16 pp, 539K)

10:35–10:55

Performance Criteria and Field Testing of QPCR Methods for Human-associated Microbial Source Tracking Markers and Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Fresh and Salt Surface Waters 
Valerie Harwood, University of South Florida
Presentation (PDF) (22 pp, 8.3MB)

10:55–11:15

Out of the Lab and into the Ocean: Remote Detection of Fecal Indicators Using In Situ Real-time PCR
Kevan Yamahara, Stanford University, Center for Ocean Solutions

11:15–11:35

Improving Prediction of Illness in Swimmers with Alternative Statistical Estimators and Combinations of Traditional and Novel Indicators
Vincent Yau, University of California, Berkeley
Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 464K)

11:35-12:00

Panel Discussion

12:00–1:30

LUNCH (on your own)

1:30–3:15

Session VII: What Are the Roles of Sanitary Surveys and Source Tracking?
Session Chair: Shannon Briggs, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

1:30–1:50

Variation of Nearshore Water Quality in the Presence of Transient Sources
Adrian Koski, Racine Health Department
Presentation (PDF) (38 pp, 4.7MB)

1:50–2:10

Municipal Guide to Clean Water: Conducting Sanitary Surveys to Improve Coastal Water Quality
Keri Lindberg, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Presentation (PDF) (5 pp, 4.4MB)

2:10–2:30

Global Inter-lab Fecal Source Tracking Methods Comparison Study
Orin Shanks, U.S. EPA

2:30-2:50

Comprehensive Beach Sanitary Survey Project in Wisconsin
Greg Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Presentation (PDF) (44 pp, 7.5MB)

2:50–3:15

Panel Discussion

3:15–3:45

BREAK

3:45–5:30

Session VIII: How Do We Use Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to Develop Site-Specific Criteria?
Session Chair: Jeff Soller, Soller Environmental

3:45–4:05

Use of QMRA to Evaluate Recreational Water Risks from Human and Non-human Sources
Jeff Soller, Soller Environmental and Nick Ashbolt, U.S. EPA
Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 233K)

4:05–4:25

Monitoring of Human Pathogens and Source Identifiers in Discharges across the United States: QMRA from Source to Bathing Site
Stefan Wuertz, University of California–Davis and Graham McBride, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

4:25–4:45

Protect Public Health, Use Good Science, Lesser Cost—Can We Pick 3?
Jan Mandrup-Poulsen, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Presentation (PDF) (53 pp, 1.6MB)

4:45-5:30

Panel Discussion

6:00–8:00

Poster Session

Thursday, March 17, 2011

7:30–1:00

Registration

8:00–9:45

Session IX: How Do Rapid Methods Fit into the Larger Clean Water Act Paradigm?
Session Chair: Joel Hansel, U.S. EPA Region 4

8:00–8:20

Application of Molecular Microbial Source Tracking to Monitor Recreational Water Quality Improvements of Residential Canals in the Florida Keys
David Wanless, University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies 
Presentation (PDF) (29 pp, 1.5MB)

8:20–8:40

Pick an Indicator, Any Indicator: Implications for 303(d) Listings, TMDLs, and Clean Water Act Compliance
Dustin Bambic, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.
Presentation (PDF) (39 pp, 30.4MB)

8:40–9:00

The Clean Water Act—Beyond BEACHES and TMDLs
Joel Hansel, U.S. EPA Region 4
Presentation (PDF) (14 pp, 82K)

9:00–9:45

Panel Discussion

9:45–10:15

BREAK

10:15–12:00

Session X: How Can Predictive Tools Complement Beach Monitoring Programs?
Session Chairs: Richard Whitman, U.S. Geological Survey and David Rockwell, University of Michigan

10:15–10:35

Spectral Multiple Linear Regression: An Approach for Modeling Decadal and Shorter Period Fluctuations in Water Quality at Ocean Beaches
Stanley Grant, University of California–Irvine
Presentation (PDF) (28 pp, 743K)

10:35–10:55

Development of Predictive Models to Aid Beach Management at Toronto (Canada) Public Beaches
Diane Mas, Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.
Presentation (PDF) (24 pp, 478K)

10:55–11:15

Methodologies to complement the direct application of MLR model development
Walter Frick
Presentation (PDF) (41 pp, 2.8MB)

11:15-11:35

Are Applications of Swimming Water Quality Criteria Overly Conservative?
Richard Whitman, U.S. Geological Survey and Meredith Nevers, U.S. Geological Survey 
Presentation (PDF) (19 pp, 2.1MB)

11:35–12:00

Panel Discussion

12:00–1:30

LUNCH (on your own)

1:30–3:15

Session XI: Implementing New Methods: How Can We Meet the Challenge?
Session Chair: Julie Kinzelman, Racine Department of Health

1:30–1:50

Implementation of Nowcast Predictive Models 
Donna Francy, U.S. Geological Survey 
Presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 4.2MB)

1:50–2:10

Establishment of Regional Rapid Testing Laboratories throughout Wisconsin
Greg Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Presentation (PDF) (21 pp, 2.1MB)

2:10–2:30

Comparative Evaluation of Molecular and Culture Methods for Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Geographically-distributed Recreational Inland Waters
Rebecca Bushon, U.S. Geological Survey
Presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 4.0MB)

2:30–3:15

Panel Discussion

3:15–3:45

BREAK

3:45–5:30

Session XII: Putting it All Together: Where Do We Go from Here?
Session Chair: Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University
Panelists to include:
  • Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University
  • Samir Elmir, Miami Dade County Health Department
  • Mark Gold, Heal the Bay
  • Larry Honeybourne, Orange County Health Care Agency
  • Julie Kinzelman, Racine Department of Health
  • David Polk, Florida Department of Health
  • Grace Robiou, U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology
  • Helena Solo-Gabriele, University of Miami


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