Clean WateR3: Water Conservation and Treatment Webinars
Join us for a series of six webinars on water conservation and treatment presented by the Clean WateR3 (cleanwater3.org) research and outreach team, and hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Center for Public Issues Education. The link to the webinar will be emailed to you a week before the event.
These free webinars will be 45 minutes long and start at 12pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5). Register for one or more webinar, or join us for all six!
1. January 24th: Clean WateR3: Research you can use on water conservation, recycling and treatment - Dr. Sarah White (Clemson University)
Take home messages from a major research project that involves 22 researchers in 9 universities. The project is helping growers to:
• Reduce water use and contaminant loading via treatment technologies and improved water management strategies.
• Remediate contaminants in irrigation water (pathogen, pesticides, nutrients, and particles).
• Recycle irrigation water, with new online and published information.
2. January 31st: Manage diseases caused by Phytophthora and Pythium in nurseries - Dr. Johanna Del Castillo and Dr. Cassandra Swett (University of Maryland)
Understand the biology of waterborne pathogens, in order to successfully manage root rot and other diseases.
3. February 7th: How do leading growers solve water quality issues? - Dr. Paul Fisher (University of Florida)
There is no silver bullet that treats all water quality issues. Learn from growers who are successfully managing problems such as bacteria, particles, iron, and agrichemical residues in water.
4. February 14th: Reasons we do or do not use water treatments and technologies - Dr. Alexa Lamm and Dr. Laura Warner (University of Florida)
The latest social science research results detailing why we, as an industry, care a lot about water protection or conservation but then choose not to adopt water conserving technologies or treatments. This webinar will inspire growers to think about adoption and will assist extension specialists and researchers in understanding how to develop technologies and provide instructions that will make it easier for growers to adopt.
5. February 21st: Enhance irrigation practices through audits and monitoring - Dr. Jim Owen (Virginia Tech University)
Water is central to containerized crop production. Learn about simple techniques to know and improve water application efficiency.
6. February 28th: Sensor-controlled irrigation and pathogen management - Dr. John Lea-Cox (University of Maryland)
We will illustrate how better irrigation management substantially reduces nutrient leaching and runoff, which conserves scarce freshwater resources and reduces the potential for pathogen movement from production areas.