Microplastics Webinar, PFAS Article

Microplastics Webinar: On Friday, February 21, 2020, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, the California Ocean Protection Council is sponsoring a webinar on results from a three-year study monitoring microplastics in “…San Francisco Bay and adjacent national Marine sanctuaries, as well as the contaminant pathways of wastewater effluent and urban stormwater…”

Link below is to additional description of the webinar, registration and the draft agenda.  On the draft agenda are presentations on the following topics: field sampling methods, QA/QC, processing samples in laboratory and reporting results.


California Microplastics Law.  Senate Bill 1422 was signed into law in 2018 (adding section 116376 to California’s Health and Safety Code).  The law requires the following activities from DDW:

  1. On or before July 1, 2020: adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water;
  2. On or before July 1, 2021:
    1. Adopt a standard methodology for testing of microplastics in drinking water;
    2. Adopt requirements for four years of testing and reporting in drinking water, including public disclosure of results;
    3. Consider issuing quantitative guidelines (e.g., notification level), if appropriate;
    4. Accredit qualified laboratories in California to analyze for microplastics in drinking water.

PFAS Article:

Link to yesterday’s Los Angeles Times article on PFAS: ‘Our Voices are not being heard’: Colorado town a test case for California PFAS Victims.”


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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.