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Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation
July 9-10, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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

 

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and discussion

Agenda

Thursday, July 9, 2020 :: Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Biology and Mussels Overview

  • Reproduction
  • Population Dynamics
  • Growth Patterns
  • Feeding

Environmental Requirements

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

Impacts

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

General Control Strategies

  • Proactive V. Reactive
  • Chemical
  • Physical
  • Biological

Chemical Strategies – Overview of Experience and Research Conducted

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

Physical Methods – Overview of Experience

  • Strainers
  • Filters
  • UV Systems
  • Other

Biological Methods

  • Biopesticides
  • Bio Bullets
  • Fish
  • Others

Friday, July 10, 2020 :: Central time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


Other Control Methods, Used and Proposed

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

Monitoring

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

Living with an Infestation

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

Other Biofouling Issues

  • Colonial Hydroids
  • Bryozoa
  • Algae
  • Other

Public Outreach – The Most Effective Method for Prevention

  • Communications

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.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

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Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation - (single connection)US $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 5,375.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,965.00
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