Sep. 11, 2020 Free Webinar

Potential Presence of and Risks from COVID-19 in Water

In follow up to a series of webinars held between April and July related to COVID-19 and volunteer water monitoring/community science, there was one topic of particular interest to the group for a follow up webinar that we have yet to address. That is, what is the potential for and risk of COVID-19 in surface waters. Luckily, colleagues at Oregon Sea Grant have been studying what is known all summer and are ready to share what they have learned with us. They will present a 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, September 29, at 4 PM ET entitled, Potential Presence of and Risks from COVID-19 in Water

Here is a description:

While some people may not have considered the potential presence for and risks from COVID-19 for people working or recreating along, on, or near lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, there is great concern among Extension educators, research administrators, and volunteer water monitoring coordinators on what is known, uncertain and unknown about the potential for risks from COVID-19 in the water environment.

A team of researchers from Oregon Sea Grant including Sam Chan, Linda Serniak Tucker, and Daniel Arisa will present findings from their research to inform a discussion on conditions that could lead to a higher risk from SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (COVID-19) in coastal (lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans) waters and their implications for prevention when working or recreating near or in the coastal water environment.

They will provide an overview on key issues, research findings, knowledge gaps, emerging opportunities (e.g., wastewater surveillance) to date, and will highlight some examples of outreach being done by different organizations on COVID-19 in coastal water environments.

During the webinar, they hope to stimulate discussions on priority needs and areas, and to tap existing areas of strength (e.g., water quality monitoring and outreach on E. coli, parasite and toxin alerts for beach closure and shell-fish consumption) for collaborative Extension outreach programming and research relevant to water Extension and Sea Grant.

Pre-registration for this webinar is required. Participation is limited to 500 people. Register here:

As with previous webinars in this series, this will be recorded, and once we have captions added, it will be posted to this website: