Webinars from the Experts

From policy to landscaping and everything between, join us for an opportunity to learn about clean water issues and what you can do to protect America’s waterways. Catch up on our past Clean Water Webinars here, or see what's coming up next.

SOS and Social Distancing

SOS and Social Distancing: Things You Can Do for Clean Water

Want to be a clean water advocate, but not sure where to start? The SOS staff is here to help! In our first Clean Water Webinar, staff share a range of clean water activities that you and your family can take part in to protect clean water while social distancing.

Weakening the Clean Water Act

Weakening the Clean Water Act: What's Different and Why It Doesn't Add Up

In January of 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency enacted a new regulation that will have significant and detrimental repercussions for water quality. A new definition of waterways that are protected under the Clean Water Act altered and removed protections from important freshwater sources including isolated wetlands and ephemeral streams. In this webinar, National Conservation Director Jared Mott walks us through the scientific and legislative background of this new rule and why it doesn’t make sense for protecting water.

Salt in the Water

Salt in the Water: Action on the Ground

Each winter, billions of pounds of salt are spread on America's roads to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. But all this salt poses a major health risk to both humans and wildlife. Join Dr. John Jackson of the Stroud Water Research Center and Kevin Roth of Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust to learn about how excessive salt affects benthic macroinvertebrates and other aquatic life in freshwater streams, and how one local community group is raising awareness and changing behavior around salt in the community!

Agriculture

Agriculture: Water Quality Problem or Solution?

Agriculture can get a bad rap when it comes to discussions about water quality and water pollution. It’s important to remember, however, that this same industry also holds the keys to significantly reduce common water quality issues in hot spots such as the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, and Chesapeake Bay. Healthy soil, plants, wildlife, water quality, and public health are all closely intertwined. By working with Mother Nature, rather than against her, farmers can support diverse ecosystems, clean water, and a growing population all while improving their bottom line economically.

Landscaping for Clean Water

Landscaping for Clean Water

Green spaces around our homes, neighborhoods, and cities provide beautiful spaces to recreate and homes for wildlife. But they can also have a huge influence on water quality, from fertilizer runoff to riparian buffers. What can individual residents, communities, and cities do to ensure their green spaces are helping keep our streams and creeks healthy? Join us for tips from Doug Ollendike, Community Development Director for the City of Clive, and Tracy Rouleau, President of the Muddy Branch Alliance.

Meet Our Macros!

Meet Our Macros!

Did you know that the bugs living in a stream can tell you how healthy your water is? Aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates are small organisms without a backbone that live on the bottoms of streams. By collecting and identifying these "macros" using the Save Our Streams protocol, volunteer monitors can determine the health of their streams. Join Zach Moss, SOS Coordinator for the Midwest, for an introduction of these amazing critters. You'll learn about the life history of these bugs, how to identify them in the field, and what resources you can use to practice collecting and identifying on your own!

Making a Local Difference with Save Our Streams

Making a Local Difference with Save Our Streams

Save Our Streams volunteer monitors collect powerful data about water quality across the country. In Virginia, the Roanoke Stormwater Division and Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District both utilize the Save Our Streams protocol and data to make decisions about stormwater management and conservation initiatives. Join Danielle DeHart, Environmental Specialist with the City of Roanoke, and Stacey Heflin, Conservation Specialist for the Henricopolis SWCD, to hear about their experiences with Virginia SOS and how their departments are leveraging citizen science data to protect clean water.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Water

Healthy Soil, Healthy Water

The health of our streams, lakes, and wetlands depends heavily on the health of the soils upstream. But just what does “soil health” mean? Why is it so important? How did we lose it, and how do we get it back? This introduction to Soil Health is for anyone wondering why soil health is now the hottest thing since the yo-yo.

Telling Your Story: Effective Science Communication Techniques

Telling Your Story: Effective Science Communication Techniques

You've gathered your equipment, headed into the field, and collected your data. Now, you are ready to share your findings and educate your local community. But how can you ensure that your story is shared in a compelling and easy-to-understand way? Caroline Donovan, Program Manager for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science – Integration and Application Network, will present some of the lessons learned from almost twenty years of synthesizing scientific data into engaging information. Learn about effective PowerPoint presentations, data visualizations, and stakeholder workshops.