The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is hosting a lecture on managing wastewater as part of its “Science on the Sound” lecture series. This series, held monthly, highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. This month, the program will feature Lora Harris, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Harris’ presentation, entitled “A Passion for Dirty Water: Septic Detectives, Wastewater Treatment Plants, and a Story of Human Impact & Ingenuity in Coastal Ecosystems” will highlight her research on wastewater and its impact on local receiving water. The program will be held at 6:00PM on Wednesday, November 7 at the Coastal Studies Institute located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus at 850 NC 345 in Wanchese, NC. The presentation is free, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
The history of human development is strongly coupled to our advances in managing water supplies, especially in how we have treated wastewater. With rapid coastal urbanization over the past 100+ years, changes in the quantity and treatment of our waste has had a profound impact on the quality of coastal receiving waters and ecosystems. Dr. Harris will share the story of this history in the United States and describe how policy changes and technological improvements in wastewater engineering are now targeting restoration and remediation of these ecosystems. She will also describe new environmental forensic approaches for tracking wastewater pollution in an effort to understand its impact on estuaries and lagoons.
This program will be streamed live at http://coastalstudiesinstitute.org/outreach/live-streaming and the online viewing audience will be able to ask the presenter questions via an online chat room. This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Outer Banks Field Site.