Need a break from the heat? Here’s a cool story for you.
EPA researchers at the Water Security Test Bed did an experiment to see if a method called “ice pigging” could effectively remove anthrax from drinking water systems. Ice pigging is a physical method that scours the insides of the water pipe with an icy mixture called a “slurry,” similar in texture to a frozen margarita. Learn more about the experiment in the blog Water Security Test Bed Experiments: Combating Contamination with Frozen Drinks?
And here is some more science from EPA this week.
Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials
When wildfires threaten, where can public officials, communities, and individuals turn for the most up-to-date public health guidance? The 2016 Wildfire Smoke: Guide for Public Health Officials. The guide’s recommendations are founded on scientific evidence, and EPA researchers have contributed much to the understanding of the adverse health effects of wildfire smoke. Read more about this updated guide in the blog We’re at Our Best When We Work Together: The 2016 Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials.
Researchers at Work
EPA research chemist, Angela Batt, Ph.D., works in EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory where she identifies contaminants of emerging concern in source and drinking water. When she is not researching how to keep our waters clean, Angela loves cooking—especially gluten-free foods! Meet EPA Research Chemist Angela Batt.
Oceans have a critical role in protecting the Earth but are threatened by greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide. Some of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere eventually mixes with seawater and forms acid, causing ocean acidification. EPA is collecting data to better understand this problem. Learn more about ocean acidification from some of our researchers in this Ocean Acidification video.
Need more science? Check out these events next week.
Lead and Copper: Sampling and Water Quality Challenges
Tuesday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m. ET
This month’s small systems webinar will focus on lead and copper sampling requirements and the water quality challenges in Flint Michigan. EPA’s Edward Viveiros will review the Lead and Copper Rule tap water sampling requirements for small systems. EPA researcher Darren Lytle will give a presentation regarding the key events in Flint, MI, as related to the elevated levels of lead in the drinking water, and will discuss various studies and corrosion control optimization efforts. Register here.
EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program
Tuesday, July 26th at 3:00 p.m. ET
EPA’s Tribal Science Webinar Series provides a forum for discussion of the complex environmental issues facing many tribal and indigenous communities, and features a wide variety of expert guest speakers from government, academic institutions, and other organizations. This month’s webinar focuses on the 2016-2017 EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program, which partners EPA scientists with Tribal Colleges and Universities professors to address environmental problems. The Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given more than 150 students the opportunity to work directly with professors and scientists. Register here. Exit
About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. She is a regular contributor to It All Starts with Science and the founding writer of “The Research Recap.”