Water, Drought and Environmental Health: Practical Applications for Mitigating Public Health Impacts

An Environmental Health Webinar SeriesCelery with recycled municipal water

This concluded webinar track tackled the questions facing the regulatory community as we respond to changing water conditions and the corresponding rapidly changing political framework. This track was targeted toward Environmental Health Directors and Lead Staff and others with an interest in the regulatory aspects of water and health.  

Past webinars are available to view under Completed Webinars at the bottom of this page, complete with recordings, presentations, and additional resources.  

Health Department Water Checklist

The PHA SoCal webinar series on health and water issues surfaced a range of recommended actions for local health departments to address the ongoing water crisis. These were collected and compiled into an accessible set of checklists for leaders within local health departments, complete with links to supporting materials. We hope you find these useful. 

Completed Webinars

Click on each webinar title for recordings, presentations, speaker bios, and additional resources.

Webinar 6—Assessing High Opportunity Next Steps: Reconvening Leadership, Environmental Health and Nutrition

November 18, 2015, 12-1 pm
Join us for this closing webinar, where we bring together our health leadership, environmental health, and nutrition webinar tracks. We will hear from the CDC with recommendations on health department drought action and examine high leverage actions based on our webinar series.

Webinar 5—Regulation and California’s Tightening Drinking Water Standards: Where Do We Draw the Line?

October 16, 2015, 9-10 am  
California is working through a series of new drinking water standards for constituents of concern, with the most recent new standard being for Chromium 6. What are the implications of these new standards for local government? Where do we draw the line between risk and cost? Join us for this webinar to explore these questions as well as possible actions environmental health leaders can take to guide the debate.

Webinar 4—Water Reuse: Making the Most of What We Have While Protecting Public Health

October 2, 2015, 9-10 am  
Explore leading approaches to onsite decentralized water reuse as well as the emerging policy and regulatory framework. Learn about model ordinances and other measures that can be put in place to encourage water reuse while protecting public health, such as a framework for lowering barriers to professional installation of greywater systems, by exempting simple systems from permit requirements locally as allowed by the California Plumbing Code.

Webinar 3—Leading Approaches in Solid Waste Management Regulation

August 21, 2015 9-10 am
What would it mean to move solid waste out of the water cycle and back into the carbon cycle? This webinar will explore emerging thinking and approaches to solid waste management for water supply and quality outcomes while protecting public health. Associated regulatory frameworks will be presented and discussed.

Webinar 2—Regulating Rainwater and Stormwater Capture for Multiple Public Health Outcomes

July 17, 2015, 9-10 am  
Survey leading approaches to rainwater and stormwater capture and use and investigate the regulatory challenges inherent in endeavoring to support water-savvy approaches while protecting public health.

Webinar 1—California's Water Crisis: Leadership Opportunities for Environmental Health

June 19, 2015, 9-10 am  
This webinar kicks off our environmental health track with an introduction to new paradigms in water management and explores the question of how environmental health leaders can best respond in the face of rapid environmental and political change on water issues.

INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR--Water and Health 101

May 27, 2015, 12-1 pm  
This webinar will provide an overview of Southern California water sources, distribution, and use, as well as projections of what climate-related water changes we can anticipate in the future. It will provide a framework to understand the public health impacts of climate-related changes in the water cycle and discuss the role of health leaders in this rapidly changing physical and political landscape.