2019 Meeting

The 2019 Meeting of the WASH Toxics Working Group will be held at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry in San Diego, CA (August 25-29)

The WASH-Toxics-WG meeting will be part of a special symposium, Water, Health, & Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities that will address water and health challenges faced by poor and marginalized people in the US and abroad in the developing world.

This event will present investigations of the chemical and biological dimensions of water quality and the development of science and engineering approaches to advancing Environmental Justice and protecting public health in low-resource settings.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Water, Health, & Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities

(Session A) Toxic Chemicals in Water

  • 8:00 Introductory Remarks.
  • 8:10 Is it time to move beyond the trihalomethane paradigm in developing countries? Lessons learned from wastewater-impacted drinking waters in South Asia. K. Furst, R. Coyte, D. Smith, J. Davis, A. Vengosh, W. Mitch
  • 8:35 Meta-analysis of nationwide loadings of pharmaceuticals to Indian aquatic and terrestrial environments from human excreta. V. Kelkar, J. Steele, R.U. Halden
  • 9:00 Flash Poster Session Poster presenters (see below) prepare a one-slide, simplified version of the poster – perhaps just a key graph or figure illustrating the most exciting result(s) and give a flash talk of <2 minutes. (Our official ENVR poster session is on Tuesday evening.)
  • 9:25 Developing biosensors for detecting pesticide traces in water for human use by marginalized communities. D. Bahamon-Pinzon, D. Vanegas, D.M. Hurtado-Chaves, A.M. Torres-Gonzalez, I. Velez-Torrez, E.S. McLamore
  • 9:50 Intermission.


(Session B) Sanitation and Wastewater Resource Recovery Technologies

  • 10:05 On-site Sanitation, Energy, and Food Nexus for Climate Justice. B. Hunter, M. Deshusses
  • 10:30 Going Viral: Emerging Opportunities for Phage-Based Bacterial Control in Water Treatment and Reuse. P. Yu, J. Mathieu, P. Zuo, P.J. Alvarez
  • 10:55 Life Cycle Economic and Environmental Assessment of Resource Recovery from an Agricultural Waste System in Costa Rica. K. Orner, M. Alvarez, X. Ramirez, P.K. Cornejo
  • 11:20 Light conducting photocatalytic membrane for low maintenance provision of safe water to marginalized communities. L.T. Nyamutswa, B. Zhu, D. Navaratna, S. Collins, K. Linden, M. Duke
  • 11:45 Discussion.




(Session C) Socio-Cultural and Economic Dimensions of Water and Health I

  • 1:30 Introductory Remarks.
  • 1:35 Water, sanitation and hygiene for people experiencing homelessness: A transdisciplinary approach for developing sustainable solutions for unhoused individuals. M. Welsh, S. Flanigan, M. Garcia, N. Mladenov, M.E. Verbyla
  • 2:00 Wastewater management issues in the rural Alabama Black Belt and a proposed path forward. K. White, M. Elliott, M.O. Barnett
  • 2:25 Engineering Justice in the Sanitation Value Chain: Socio-technical Responses to WASH Insecurity in Placencia, Belize. C. Wells, C. Prouty, C. Haberstroh, W. Webb, M.A. Trotz
  • 2:50 Systems-based, Community-Engaged Insights that Safeguard Health and Wastewater Management in Vulnerable Communities and Coastlines. C. Prouty, M. Trotz, Q. Zhang, D.A. Delgado, J.R. Mihelcic
  • 3:15 Intermission.


(Session D) Socio-Cultural and Economic Dimensions of Water and Health II

  • 3:30 Environmental justice and stormwater management: A Tampa case study towards multi-functional stormwater infrastructure in coastal communities of color. M.E. Carrasquillo, E. Ortiz Carabantes, M. Trotz
  • 3:55 Elemental contamination of Navajo unregulated water sources. J.M. Credo, L.M. Jones, J.C. Ingram
  • 4:20 Water, Health, and Environmental Justice in California’s Central Valley: Geospatial Analysis of Water Contamination and Health Disparities. C. Naughton
  • 4:45 Baseline Study Evaluating Water Quality and Microbial Ecology in Seven Alaskan Native Communities. N.B. Saleh, L. Rowles, M. Kirisits
  • 5:10 Discussion.
  • 5:25 Closing Remarks


EVENING of TUESDAY AUGUST 27: “Official” ENVR Poster Session
  • Inner city faith communities as educational hubs via urban water management Edith Kippenhan
  • Development of a pathogen flow model for risk-based sanitation safety planning and mapping. Matthew Verbyla, Isaac Musaazi
  • A Novel Community Engaged System Thinking Approach to Onsite Wastewater Treatment Management for Nutrient Pollution in the Belizean Cayes. Daniel Delgado
  • Rapid small-scale column test development for fluoride control using bone-char sorbents. Maggie Thompson
  • Water, Health, and Environmental Justice in the Central Valley of California: Geospatial Analysis of Nitrate Contamination and Health Disparities. Arianna Tariqi
  • Predicting per/polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) breakthrough in biochar water treatment using fluorescence and UV absorbance as surrogates. Myat Aung
  • Nanosensors and decision support models paired on a mobile device for establishing a participatory monitoring program on mercury exposure in rural Colombia. Victoria Morgan
  • Using Microbial Source Tracking and Antibiotic Resistance for Environmental Justice. Brandon Hunter