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Training Webinar: Freshwater Explorer

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Thursday, 19 November 2020, 3:00

Thursday, November 19, 2020. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Freshwater Explorer. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. More information here.

Higher levels of minerals in the water can cause harmful algal blooms and affect aquatic wildlife. These conditions can increase costs for making water suitable for drinking by people and livestock, for use in agricultural and industrial processes, and for water reuse. The Freshwater Explorer provides information on the status of water resources for networks of streams in the U.S color-coded for measured freshness (i.e., low salt and mineral content). This makes the EPA’s Water Quality Portal accessible and intuitive. Two parameters are currently available, phosphorous and conductivity, others will be added as data sets are curated.

After the training, users will be able to perform geographical searches and visualize background and measured data for water quality parameters. This combination of information is useful for states to work with communities and regulated entities to find the right balance of protection and use of fresh water.

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