Private Water Network Flash Webinar Series: Private Well Preparedness: Lessons from Louisiana

When:  Oct 8, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Private Water Network

The webinar will take place on October 8 at 2:00 PM ET. In this webinar, Dr. Adrienne Katner will be discussing private well preparedness in light of the recent Louisiana hurricanes.

Adrienne Katner is an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health at LSU-Health School of Public Health. Her research focuses on evaluating how effective federal drinking water regulations and prevailing public health guidelines are in reducing water contaminant exposures. Her efforts to evaluate New Orleans water lead levels, and to raise awareness of the issue of lead in water after pipe replacements garnered national media and government attention. Prior to entering academia, she was an environmental health scientist with Louisiana Office of Public Health’s Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Program for 7 years, where she ran several programs including the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. Prior to this she conducted research at the National Cancer Institute's Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. She has a broad background in public health, with specific training in exposure and risk assessment; and environmental public health policy. Her most recent publication, which outlines weaknesses in the EPA's Lead and Copper Rule was recognized as one of the Journal of Environmental Justice's top impact papers of 2015-16. Most recently, Dr. Katner has been involved in well water testing efforts for flood-impacted areas of Louisiana and Texas; and in raising awareness about the lack of regulatory protection or education provided to rural low-income residents reliant on groundwater as their only potable water source.


Her research has focused on - 1) gaps in drinking water regulations, government transparency and public outreach, 2) inadequacies in prevailing public health guidelines for reducing water contaminant exposures, and 3) resource and support needs for rural communities reliant on small water systems and private wells. Dr. Katner recently finished developing and evaluating a project-based inter-disciplinary curriculum for under-served high school students to introduce them to environmental public health, citizen science, and motivate and empower them to take responsibility for protecting their environment and the public health of their community.

There will be an Ask the Expert session that allows Q and A on the Private Water Network discussion forum. The session will run from 2:30 to 4:30 pm ET.