Ecology: Water Quality Standards Webinar Set for February 8 (USA)

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will convene the next Water Quality Standards Policy Forum as an interactive public webinar on Feb. 8.

Ecology is convening a robust public process that will include discussions of a broad array of issues, including what chemicals to address, new chemical toxicity factors, regional information on fish consumption, levels of acceptable risk, and implementation.

Policy Forums provide an opportunity for interested parties and the public to become involved and learn about Ecology’s rule activities to update the state’s water quality standards for toxics.

The water quality standards for toxics, which are called “human health criteria surface water quality standards,” are based on a number of factors, including how much fish Washingtonians eat.

The Ecology rule activities includes the development of new implementation and compliance tools to help current and future water-quality permitted dischargers comply with potential new water quality standards.

The Policy Forum will include a presentation about select toxic pollutants found in Washington waters; a discussion about risk levels and human health criteria calculation; and continued discussion of scenarios that Ecology developed to help people understand potential effects of adopting new human health criteria and updating implementation tools.

Ecology’s goal is to involve key parties, other interests and the public as the department addresses complex science and public policy issues around adopting new human health-based water quality standards and implementation tools.

Press Release, January 31, 2013

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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