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WQRF Scientific Symposium 2024:
Solutions Catalyst

Join WQRF for a one-day Scientific Symposium designed to engage and educate scientific and technical water stakeholders on the latest contamination issues in water today.

Monday, March 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | additional fee applies

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The 2024 WQRF Symposium will offer more on the contaminant that dominates – PFAS – with a review of what we know including updates in destruction, research and how the USGS and WQRF are working collaboratively in 2024 to share cutting edge knowledge about PFAS. 

The afternoon sessions will feature conversations on emerging contaminants and how to create a more resilient water supply, including a panel discussion about the impacts of wildfires and other disasters on water – and how to better prepare future events.  Finally, stay for the unveiling of the 2024 WQRF Research Poster contest winners and a networking event to get-to-know some of your fellow attendees!

*Want to register ONLY for WQRF Symposium and not the entire WQA Convention? Send an email to: waterquality@xpressreg.net or call 1-774-247-4022.

Highlights of 2023 PFAS Symposium
Chad Seidel presenting on “Unintended Consequences of PFAS” during the Symposium.
Dr. Zhi (George) Zhou shares information on a proposed WQRF research project, specific to PFAS.
Attendees taking a moment during the networking event following the symposium.
From left: Terry Johnson (Waste Management), France Lemieux (Health Canada) and Chad Seidel (Corona Environmental Consulting) respond to audience questions during the final Q&A.
PFAS Symposium attendees.
Our keynote speaker, Robert Bilott, shares his story of battling DuPont over “forever chemical” contamination in rural West VA.

WQRF Symposium 2024

WQRF is working to confirm with all of our presenters – detailed information on our session educational content is coming soon!

Join us for a Networking breakfast between 9:00 am – 10:00 am, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of your fellow Symposium attendees.  

Session I (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – PFAS Focused Educational Sessions

Lunch – (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)

Session II (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.) – Emerging Contaminants, Climate Change and Emergencies: Creating Resilience

Session III (4:30 – 5:00 p.m.) – WQRF Poster Presentations

Networking Hour (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.) – Take some time to get-to-know your fellow attendees as well as some of our sponsors who have helped to make this Symposium a reality. You’ll also have the opportunity to mingle with water treatment professionals from the Business Bootcamp!  Stop by small vendor booths for cocktails and conversation.

Kelly Smalling, MSPH

Kelly Smalling, MSPH

Kelly Smalling is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, New Jersey Water Science Center. She is Co-lead, along with Paul Bradley of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. Kelly’s research is focused on the actual versus perceived health risks of contaminant mixtures to human health and the environment (including fish and wildlife).

Dr. Paul Bradley, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Bradley is a Research Hydrologist/Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is Co-Lead, along with Kelly Smalling, of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. His research focuses on human exposures to and potential effects of inorganic, organic, and microbial contaminant mixtures in drinking water at the point of use and on anthropogenic contaminant mixtures as ecosystem stressors.

Ashley Campbell

Ashley applies the power of law to protect the planet by promoting sound science and amplifying the voices of scientists. She represents California, Hawai’i, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington in litigation against the manufacturers of PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances). She has worked on hundreds of other similar cases across the country on behalf of public water systems. She currently serves as co-chair of the water provider subcommittee as well as member of the sovereign subcommittee of the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2873).

Ashley focuses her practice on complex environmental contamination litigation. She has represented clients before municipal boards, state committees, and state courts, has drafted appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ashley has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Rising Stars, and was honored with the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Honor Roll, and Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, Class of 2018.

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy is a Research Hydrologist/Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is Co-Lead, along with Kelly Smalling, of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. His research focuses on human exposures to and potential effects of inorganic, organic, and microbial contaminant mixtures in drinking water at the point of use and on anthropogenic contaminant mixtures as ecosystem stressors.

Andrew Whelton

Andrew Whelton, Ph.D.

Andrew Whelton, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Plumbing Safety. Dr. Whelton is an internationally recognized environmental engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure, environment, and public health disciplines. By leading innovative research teams, his work has advanced the safety of communities and workers in and outside the U.S. Dr. Whelton’s expertise focuses on chemical fate and transport, infrastructure and environmental contamination, public health, remediation, exposures, and disasters, among other areas. He has frequently been called into nationally significant disasters, and in some cases, to advise state and local executives, households, businesses, and the U.S. military on decision-making. Dr. Whelton previously worked for the U.S. Army, University of South Alabama, and in the private sector. He earned Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and previously was a National Research Council Associate at NIST.

Sarah Meyer

Sarah Meyer is Chief Operating Officer for Enspired Solutions, a women-owned remediation company with a USEPA-award winning technology called the PFASigator™. Sarah is responsible for leading the organizational and business development efforts for the company. Sarah has over 25 years of experience in leadership in environmental research and consulting where she was responsible for managing and directing nationwide remediation projects, team building, establishing client relationships, planning and executing business development and marketing campaigns, and mentoring professional-level staff. She supports the Enspired Solutions mission to support a diversity of people in STEM careers and permanently alleviate PFAS risks to ALL.

Dr. Timothy Townsend, Ph.D., P.E.

University of Florida
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences

Dean Amhaus

Dean Amhaus has served as the president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. His diverse, 40-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development and nonprofit management in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. Dean has also served as the president of the Spirit of Milwaukee, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image, as well as the president of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s marketing economic development organization, and executive director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission and Wisconsin Arts Board. Dean began his career working in Washington, D.C., for a firm that advocated for federal policy issues for the arts, humanities, and people with disabilities.

Dr. Joseph Jacangelo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacangelo is a Vice President and Director of Research for Stantec. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental health engineering and has specialized in the areas of water quality and treatment, water and wastewater disinfection, membrane technology, water reuse and public health. He has served as Technical Director, Principal Investigator, Project Manager or Engineer for over 80 water and wastewater projects. Dr. Jacangelo has published numerous peer-reviewed technical papers and has held various positions within professional organizations. For the American Water Works Association (AWWA), he has served as a Board Member, Chair of the Technical and Education Council, Chair of the International Council, and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He has served as either chair or member of over 25 of that organization’s various committees, divisions or councils. He is currently the President of AWWA. He has also participated on numerous advisory or conference planning committees for various water and wastewater organizations. Dr. Jacangelo is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors of WateReuse Research Foundation and a past member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination. In addition to his role at Stantec, Dr. Jacangelo is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Environmental Heath and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a co-founder of the Johns Hopkins/Stantec Alliance. Dr. Jacangelo is a past recipient of the AWWA Golden Spigot Award and two AWWA Best Paper Awards. He received that organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Dr. Jacangelo also served three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of the Congo.

Eva Velez

Eva Velez

Eva Velez serves the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District as the Chief of the Ecosystems Branch in the Programs and Project Management Division, responsible for the management and execution of aquatic ecosystem restoration efforts in the South Florida Ecosystem and the resiliency efforts of the Central and Southern Florida system. The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) program’s goal is to restore and protect ~2.4 million acres known as America’s Everglades. The Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) system provides flood control, water supply, recreation, navigation and preservation of fish and wildlife to a population of over ~9 million Floridians and spans 16 counties. Eva is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with an Area of Concentration in Natural Resources Conservation (Soil & Water) from the University of Florida. Some highlights of the awards she has received in her career include Young Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2006; Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, ASABE, 2016; and 2022 Great Minds in STEM (GMiS/HENAAC) Professional Achievement Level II Award winner.

An educational event featuring scientific experts, offering shared strategies for creating water resilience and the latest solutions for PFAS and emerging contaminant contamination in drinking water.

$425 pp (member / non-member price)

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Plan Your Day:

WQRF is working to confirm with all of our presenters – detailed information on our session educational content is coming soon!

Join us for a Networking breakfast between 9:00 am – 10:00 am, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of your fellow Symposium attendees.  

Session I (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – PFAS Focused Educational Sessions

Lunch – (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)

Session II (2:00 – 4:30 p.m.) – Emerging Contaminants, Climate Change and Emergencies: Creating Resilience

Session III (4:30 – 5:00 p.m.) – WQRF Poster Presentations

Networking Hour (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.) – Take some time to get-to-know your fellow attendees as well as some of our sponsors who have helped to make this Symposium a reality. You’ll also have the opportunity to mingle with water treatment professionals from the Business Bootcamp!  Stop by small vendor booths for cocktails and conversation.

Learn From Experts:

Kelly Smalling, MSPH

Kelly Smalling, MSPH

Kelly Smalling is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, New Jersey Water Science Center. She is Co-lead, along with Paul Bradley of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. Kelly’s research is focused on the actual versus perceived health risks of contaminant mixtures to human health and the environment (including fish and wildlife).

Dr. Paul Bradley, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Bradley is a Research Hydrologist/Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is Co-Lead, along with Kelly Smalling, of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. His research focuses on human exposures to and potential effects of inorganic, organic, and microbial contaminant mixtures in drinking water at the point of use and on anthropogenic contaminant mixtures as ecosystem stressors.

Ashley Campbell

Ashley applies the power of law to protect the planet by promoting sound science and amplifying the voices of scientists. She represents California, Hawai’i, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington in litigation against the manufacturers of PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances). She has worked on hundreds of other similar cases across the country on behalf of public water systems. She currently serves as co-chair of the water provider subcommittee as well as member of the sovereign subcommittee of the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2873).

Ashley focuses her practice on complex environmental contamination litigation. She has represented clients before municipal boards, state committees, and state courts, has drafted appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ashley has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer Rising Stars, and was honored with the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Honor Roll, and Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, Class of 2018.

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy is a Research Hydrologist/Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is Co-Lead, along with Kelly Smalling, of the USGS Environmental Health Program, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Integrated Science Team. His research focuses on human exposures to and potential effects of inorganic, organic, and microbial contaminant mixtures in drinking water at the point of use and on anthropogenic contaminant mixtures as ecosystem stressors.

Andrew Whelton

Andrew Whelton, Ph.D.

Andrew Whelton, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Plumbing Safety. Dr. Whelton is an internationally recognized environmental engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure, environment, and public health disciplines. By leading innovative research teams, his work has advanced the safety of communities and workers in and outside the U.S. Dr. Whelton’s expertise focuses on chemical fate and transport, infrastructure and environmental contamination, public health, remediation, exposures, and disasters, among other areas. He has frequently been called into nationally significant disasters, and in some cases, to advise state and local executives, households, businesses, and the U.S. military on decision-making. Dr. Whelton previously worked for the U.S. Army, University of South Alabama, and in the private sector. He earned Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and previously was a National Research Council Associate at NIST.

Sarah Meyer

Sarah Meyer is Chief Operating Officer for Enspired Solutions, a women-owned remediation company with a USEPA-award winning technology called the PFASigator™. Sarah is responsible for leading the organizational and business development efforts for the company. Sarah has over 25 years of experience in leadership in environmental research and consulting where she was responsible for managing and directing nationwide remediation projects, team building, establishing client relationships, planning and executing business development and marketing campaigns, and mentoring professional-level staff. She supports the Enspired Solutions mission to support a diversity of people in STEM careers and permanently alleviate PFAS risks to ALL.

Dr. Timothy Townsend, Ph.D., P.E.

University of Florida
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences

Dean Amhaus

Dean Amhaus has served as the president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. His diverse, 40-year background in multiple sectors encapsulates a wide range of expertise in government relations, branding, fundraising, economic development and nonprofit management in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin. Dean has also served as the president of the Spirit of Milwaukee, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image, as well as the president of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s marketing economic development organization, and executive director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission and Wisconsin Arts Board. Dean began his career working in Washington, D.C., for a firm that advocated for federal policy issues for the arts, humanities, and people with disabilities.

Dr. Joseph Jacangelo, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacangelo is a Vice President and Director of Research for Stantec. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental health engineering and has specialized in the areas of water quality and treatment, water and wastewater disinfection, membrane technology, water reuse and public health. He has served as Technical Director, Principal Investigator, Project Manager or Engineer for over 80 water and wastewater projects. Dr. Jacangelo has published numerous peer-reviewed technical papers and has held various positions within professional organizations. For the American Water Works Association (AWWA), he has served as a Board Member, Chair of the Technical and Education Council, Chair of the International Council, and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He has served as either chair or member of over 25 of that organization’s various committees, divisions or councils. He is currently the President of AWWA. He has also participated on numerous advisory or conference planning committees for various water and wastewater organizations. Dr. Jacangelo is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors of WateReuse Research Foundation and a past member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination. In addition to his role at Stantec, Dr. Jacangelo is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Environmental Heath and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a co-founder of the Johns Hopkins/Stantec Alliance. Dr. Jacangelo is a past recipient of the AWWA Golden Spigot Award and two AWWA Best Paper Awards. He received that organization’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Dr. Jacangelo also served three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of the Congo.

Eva Velez

Eva Velez

Eva Velez serves the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District as the Chief of the Ecosystems Branch in the Programs and Project Management Division, responsible for the management and execution of aquatic ecosystem restoration efforts in the South Florida Ecosystem and the resiliency efforts of the Central and Southern Florida system. The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) program’s goal is to restore and protect ~2.4 million acres known as America’s Everglades. The Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) system provides flood control, water supply, recreation, navigation and preservation of fish and wildlife to a population of over ~9 million Floridians and spans 16 counties. Eva is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with an Area of Concentration in Natural Resources Conservation (Soil & Water) from the University of Florida. Some highlights of the awards she has received in her career include Young Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2006; Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, ASABE, 2016; and 2022 Great Minds in STEM (GMiS/HENAAC) Professional Achievement Level II Award winner.

Takeaways:

An educational event featuring scientific experts, offering shared strategies for creating water resilience and the latest solutions for PFAS and emerging contaminant contamination in drinking water.

Pricing:

$425 pp (member / non-member price)

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Special Thanks to the World Water Film Festival for granting access to the world premier of the 2024 Festival Submission, Sludge, during our Symposium. Additional appreciation to Retego Labs for their support of WQRF and the film screening.

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