COVID-19 is causing unprecedented challenges for communities around the world. In the United States, safely reopening depends on having widespread, advanced testing methodologies. Fortunately, research has shown that testing wastewater sewage for SARS-CoV-2 RNA can provide a seven-day leading indicator of outbreaks, compared to other compiled testing data.
That’s why on October 27th, representatives from 120Water, Water Research Foundation, the Ohio Department of Health, and the EPA are coming together for a complimentary webinar. In this webinar, our speakers will provide a broad overview on the current body of research and the efficacy of wastewater monitoring of COVID-19 in addition to how real-life monitoring programs are being managed and executed in state-wide programs.
You will walk away knowing:
Learn more about the speakers below:
Dr. Christobel Ferguson, Water Research Foundation
Chief Innovation Officer
Christobel has a Biomedical Science degree and a Master of Science from the University of Technology Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Christobel worked as a Microbiologist in the water, environment, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sectors for Sydney Water, Burns Philp, Reckitt and Colman, Tecra Diagnostics and Sydney Catchment Authority.
She has experience as a Project Director and Project Manager leading a water science consulting team for Ecowise Environmental, ALS Water Resources and GHD. She spent several years managing a portfolio of Research and Development projects for water utilities, addressing emerging issues of concern and developing new methods, products and technologies.
More recently her focus has been the management of interdisciplinary technical teams to solve complex problems in water information, policy and planning for NSW government. Her vision is to bring research and technology innovations to the water sector to achieve sustainable and productive outcomes from the management of natural resources. Christobel was a Director of the Australian Water Association from 2005 to 2009 and recently joined The Water Research Foundation as their Chief Innovation Officer.
Dr. Nichole Brinkman, EPA
Dr. Nichole Brinkman is a microbiologist with EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Her research is centered around waterborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance determinants in the environment. Nichole is currently involved in research projects to study microbial community profiles in US aquatic resources, quantify pathogen loads in alternative source water to determine risk-based reduction targets for safe reuse in decentralized reuse applications, develop viral surrogates to monitor treatment efficacy in decentralized reuse systems and dissemination of waterborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance determinants in the environment. She is also a member of EPA/ORD’s SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring team. Nichole received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati.
Rebecca Fugitt, Ohio Department of Health
Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Rebecca Fugitt is the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection at the Ohio Department of Health where she oversees programs related to residential water and sewage, harmful algal blooms, fish consumption advisories and health assessment, Legionella, radioactive materials licensing, X-ray registration and inspection, and radiation health and safety. She holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences from Ohio University and is a registered sanitarian in the state of Ohio. She was the program manager for the Residential Water and Sewage Program at ODH for 19 years, and program manager for the Water Resources Section at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 11 years. Prior to joining the state, Rebecca served as a research hydrogeologist for the National Ground Water Association.
Erica Walker, 120Water
Director of Environmental Policy & Programs
Erica Walker is the director of environmental policy & programs at 120Water. She joined 120Water in late 2018 from the Indiana Finance Authority, where she managed a statewide drinking water lead sampling program for public schools. She also has worked for the Water Quality Research Program for the City of Bloomington, Ind. and in the Air, Pesticides, Toxins Management Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency. She holds master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Our speakers’ collective experience and expertise will guide webinar attendees on the current body of research and how it can be implemented in response to COVID outbreaks. To register, click here or fill out the form at the top.