Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation

Zebra and Quagga Mussel Mitigation

August 11-12, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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

 

Agenda

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 :: Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Biology and Mussels Overview

  • Reproduction
  • Population Dynamics
  • Growth Patterns
  • Feeding

Environmental Requirements

  • Environmental Limits
  • Vectors of Population Expansion
  • Impact of Public Outreach

Environmental Impacts

  • Ecosystem Impacts

Impacts on Man-made Structures and Facilities

  • Industrial Facilities
  • Drinking Water Plants
  • Water Conveyance Systems
  • Power Plant

Vulnerability Assessments

  • What Are They?
  • How do You Conduct Them?
  • What do They Offer?

Living with an Infestation

  • Firsthand Account of Problems Encountered
  • Year 1
  • Year 4 and beyond

General Control Strategies

  • Proactive V. Reactive
  • External Structures vs. Internal Piping
  • Chemical – Non-oxidizing/oxidizing chemicals
  • Eradication

Chemical Strategies – Focus on Chlorination

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Neutralization of Chemical Discharges

Physical Methods – Overview of Experience/h3>

  • Strainers
  • Filters
  • UV Systems
  • Other

 Other Potential Control Alternatives

  • Electrical Current
  • Ultrasound
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Pulsed Pressure
  • Turbulence
  • Biological Control
  • Others

Thursday, August 12, 2021 :: Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Monitoring

  • Monitoring for First Arrival
  • Sugar Separation for Detection of Presence and Absence
  • Monitoring for Population Growth
  • Monitoring for Optimizing Control Strategy
  • Monitoring for Success Control

Other Biofouling Issues

  • Colonial Hydroids
  • Bryozoa
  • Algae
  • Asian Clams
  • Other

Wrap up: Questions, Comments, and Remarks

Instructor

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.

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

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Zebra and Quagga Mussel MitigationUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

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Cancellation Policy

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 July 09, 2021 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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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and discussion

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to obtain a basic understanding of zebra and quagga mussel mitigation: (not sure if we should just leave it as this)

  • Invasive Species Specialists
  • Aquatic Biologists
  • Source Water Specialists
  • Watershed Managers
  • Hydroelectric dams
  • Water utilities
  • State agencies
  • Parks departments
  • Boating organizations
  • Environmental groups
  • Distribution System Operators, Maintenance
  • General Managers, Directors, Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • Public Communications teams
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

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