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Title:California framework for identifying and managing water quality impacts from constituents of emerging concern
Author(s):Kalve, Erica
Subject(s):emerging contaminants
water quality
Geographic Coverage:California
Abstract:Presented by: Erica Kalve – Senior Engineering Geologist at State Water Resources Control Board, California, Co-authors: Laura McLellan, Claire Waggoner Abstract: The California State Water Resources Control Board has been monitoring and managing constituents of emerging concern (CECs) since the early 2000s. Through statewide investment in long-term water resilience, a comprehensive strategy for managing water quality impacts from CECs is in development based on a “conveyor belt” conceptual model. The process streamlines the identification and management of CECs through a systematic approach that focuses on CECs that present a potential risk to human health and the environment. The State Water Board partners with state and federal agencies to leverage existing regulatory tools and develop policy and guidance to minimize impacts of CECs to waters of the state. The process includes the evaluation of statewide occurrence data from targeted classes of CECs (e.g., pharmaceuticals and personal care products) within a risk-based framework; research to advance the use of semi- and non-targeted analyses (e.g., in vitro bioassays) to identify compounds with potential health concerns; and coordination with internal and external partners to evaluate CEC lifecycles and identify regulatory tools to minimize impacts of CECs from cradle to grave. This presentation will provide an overview of the “conveyor belt” model and how it assists California in the development of a statewide CEC management strategy. Biography: Erica Kalve is a Senior Engineering Geologist at the California State Water Resources Control Board. She has been working in the environmental field for over twenty years and has a broad range of experience evaluating and addressing Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs) in the environment. In her current role, she serves as the supervisor of the Pretreatment and CEC Unit and supports the implementation of the CEC Initiative and development of a statewide CEC Strategic Plan.
Issue Date:2021-04-28
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-23

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