By - Jon Brown

Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation
March 2-3, 2020 | Charlotte, NC

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Overview

Proliferation of invasive zebra and quagga mussels pose a host of challenges such as damaging or clogging industrial infrastructure, adversely impacting native fish and mussel populations, decreasing property value, and discouraging recreation. Whether you are a utility or a park and recreation department, invasive mussels are an expensive nuisance when populations aren’t controlled.

The Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation training course will educate participants on the biology of mussels, distribution patterns, early identification and prevention techniques, the adverse impacts of invasive mussel infestations, control techniques, and touch on public communication strategies. This course will walk you through the steps of zebra and quagga mussel mitigation from monitoring and planning through control techniques and implementation.

Learning Objectives

After attending the course, participants will successfully be able to:

  • Describe zebra and quagga mussel biology including reproduction, population dynamics, growth patterns, and feeding
  • Define distribution patterns including vectors for population expansion
  • Recognize environmental changes due to mussel invasion
  • Explain the adverse impacts that mussels will have on the environment, recreation, drinking water plants, reservoirs, pipelines, and power plants
  • Identify general control strategies
  • Construct a zebra mussel monitoring program beginning with detection upon first arrival
  • Anticipate infestation challenges and identify a control method
  • Review other biofouling challenges
  • Apply public outreach and communication strategies

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and discussion

Agenda

Monday, March 2, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Course Introductions and Objectives


8:45 – 9:45 a.m. :: Biology and Mussels Overview

  • Reproduction
  • Population Dynamics
  • Growth Patterns
  • Feeding

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Environmental Requirements

  • Environmental Limits
  • Distribution Patterns
  • Vectors of Population Expansion
  • Environmental Changes Due to Mussel Invasion

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Impacts

  • Environmental Impacts
  • Recreation Impacts
  • Impacts on Drinking Water Plants, Reservoirs, and Pipelines
  • Impacts on Power Plants

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon 


1:00  – 2:00 p.m. :: General Control Strategies

  • Proactive V. Reactive
  • Chemical
  • Physical
  • Biological

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Chemical Strategies – Overview of Experience and Research Conducted

  • Chemicals Available/Chemicals Approved
  • Methods of Chemical Addition
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Neutralization of Chemical Discharges

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break 


3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Physical Methods – Overview of Experience

  • Strainers
  • Filters
  • UV Systems
  • Other

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Biological Methods

  • Biopesticides
  • Bio Bullets
  • Fish
  • Others

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Other Control Methods, Used and Proposed

  • Coatings
  • Copper Ion Generators
  • pH Adjustments
  • Ultrasound
  • Bubble Screens
  • Thermal Control

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Monitoring

  • Monitoring for First Arrival
  • Monitoring for Optimizing Control Strategy
  • Monitoring for Success Control
  • Monitoring for Population Growth

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Living with an Infestation

  • Firsthand Account of Problems Encountered
  • Year 1
  • Year 4 and Beyond
  • Questions and Answers

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Other Biofouling Issues

  • Colonial Hydroids
  • Bryozoa
  • Algae
  • Other

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Public Outreach – the Most effective Method for Prevention

  • Communications

12:30-1:00 p.m. :: Wrap up: Questions, Comments, and Remarks

Instructors

Renata Claudi, Environmental Scientist, RNT Consulting

Ms. Claudi is an environmental scientist with over 30 years of diverse business and technical experience. After more than 15 years in the electric power industry, where she established the mussel mitigation program for Ontario’s largest electricity utility, Ms. Claudi formed RNT Consulting Inc. to respond to the broader industry need for expert mussel support. As aquatic nuisance species became geographically more widespread, Ms. Claudi has provided mussel expertise internationally on the various aspects of alien species invasions, including their economic impact, protection of assets, selection of appropriate control options, and installation of these control options.


Tom Prescott, Chief Engineer, RNT Consulting

Mr. Prescott has over 30 years of engineering and project management experience on design, installation, and testing of mechanical and process systems in various areas including military, petrochemical, and electric power production industries. Mr. Prescott has particular expertise in vulnerability assessments and pilot testing of control facilities for mussel biofouling control. He has experience with many clients throughout Canada, U.S.A., and overseas and is currently a partner and senior project engineer at RNT Consulting Inc.

Location

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Uptown

508 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28202

Reserve your room:

please call 1-704-373-0917

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 1 – 3, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 14, 2020.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Friday, February 14, 2020
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Zebra and Quagga Mussel MitigationUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 31, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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