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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2011 Quality Technical Conference

  • 06 Dec 2011
  • 08 Dec 2011
  • Chicago, IL

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2011 Quality Technical Conference
Webinar schedule (technical sessions and training sessions)

December 6-8, 2011

Metcalfe Federal Building

Twelfth Floor Conference Rooms

77 West Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604

The U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) is pleased to host the second annual GLRI Quality Technical Conference, December 6-8, 2011. The conference will facilitate implementation of quality practices for projects being conducted under the GLRI by providing training, tools, resources, and a forum for communication among collaborators. A variety of training and technical sessions will be offered. This conference is free; all GLRI collaborators and interested parties are welcome to attend.

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Webinar schedule (technical sessions and training sessions)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Opening session 2011 Quality Technical Conference
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM CST
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Introductions and Welcome, Chris Korleski, Director and Louis Blume, QA Manager, U.S. EPA GLNPO
Plenary Session, Rick Bossingham, Assistant Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Office of Compliance Support
GLRI Quality Program: The First Year and Beyond, Louis Blume, U.S. EPA GLNPO

U.S. EPA Quality Program Standards and Guidance
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST
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Upcoming U.S. EPA Quality Program Standards and Guidance for QMPs and QAPPs, Chaired by: Kevin Bolger, U.S. EPA Region 5; Marion Kelly, U.S. EPA Office of Water (OW); and John Warren, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Information

/Training session/ Applying ANSI/ASQ E4 2004 Concepts When Developing a Quality System for Environmental Programs
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM CST
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This two-hour workshop focuses on understanding quality system requirements as defined by ANSI/ASQ E4 2004, Quality systems for environmental data and technology programs ? Requirements with guidance for use. The workshop will review keys to developing a quality system that follows ANSI/ASQ E4 2004 requirements including general principles and applications, terms and definitions, and guidelines for 1) management systems, 2) collection and evaluation of environmental, and 3) design, construction and operation of environmental technology. Responsibilities, approaches and tools for implementing quality systems will be discussed.

Quality Support Systems and Laboratory Assessment
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM CST
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

/Training session/ Quality Assurance Strategies for the Use of Existing Data
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM CST
This two-hour training session is designed to assist project planning teams and decision makers in making reliable decisions based on data that were previously generated by other organizations or generated by your own organization but for a different purpose than the decision at hand.  Such data are known as secondary, or existing, data.  This course will provide examples of secondary data, address the pros and cons of using such data, and provide general strategies to ensure that the secondary data are good enough to support your decision.  Real-world examples of projects that relied on existing data also will be discussed.

Quality Assurance Considerations for Sediment Assessment
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM CST
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Quality Assurance Considerations for Sediment Assessment, Chaired by: Mark Loomis, U.S EPA GLNPO and Jackie Doan, Environmental Quality (EQ)
1. Marcia Galloway, Ecology and Environment, Inc.  Sediment Chemistry in the Buffalo River AOC  Quality Considerations from Planning to Reporting
2. Jackie Doan, EQ  Quality Assurance During Planning Stages
3. Kathleen Brosemer, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Quality Issues Faced in Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) Cleanup of a Contaminated Sediment Site in the St. Marys River
4. Louis Blume and Mark Loomis, U.S. EPA GLNPO and Judy Schofield, Michael Vaow, and Neal Jannelle, CSC Data Management for GLLA Projects

Restoration of Habitats and Controlling Invasive Species and Incorporating Quality
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 9:40 AM - 10:50 AM CST
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Quality Considerations for Projects Addressing Restoration of Habitats and Controlling Invasive Species, Chaired by: Thomas Kevin ODonnell, U.S. EPA GLNPO and Todd Hogrefe, NFWF
1. Andy Selle, Inter-Fluve, Inc. Restoration of the Boardman River, Traverse City, MI Using Dam Removal
2. Marty Boot, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT)  Planning: The Key to Success
3. Friends of the Forests Preserve, invasive species

Incorporating Quality into Your Work
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 10:50 AM - 12:00 PM CST
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Incorporating Quality into Your Work, Chaired by: Carol Lynes, U.S. EPA Region 2
1. Keli McKenna, CH2M HILL Quality  Its Not Just a Program, Its a Culture
2. Meghan Price, ECT  Ensuring Adherence to High Quality in your GLRI Funded Project: QAPP and Beyond
3. Amelia Jackson, U.S. EPA Region 2 A Business Case for Implementing the Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans

/Training session/ Systematic Planning and Statistical Sampling Design
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST Registration Web Link:
This two-hour training will address systematic planning for environmental projects involving the collection or use of environmental information. The data quality objectives process, EPA's recommended approach to systematic planning, will be detailed. Development of sampling designs, a component of the DQO process, will be a focus of the training. Speakers will review types of sampling designs and the specific projects and decisions for which each type is most suitable. The training will address designing a sampling plan, available tools for designing sampling plans, and incorporating uncertainty into decision making. Real world examples will be presented to illustrate the processes presented. The training is targeted to project managers, technical staff, quality staff, and statisticians supporting environmental projects involving data collection or use. A question and answer period will conclude the training.

Quality Considerations for Projects Evaluating Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and Beaches
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM CST
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Projects Evaluating Total Maximum Daily Loads, Chaired by: Matt Lindon of MPCA
1. Marcy Kamerath, U.S. EPA Region 5  Projects Evaluating Total Maximum Daily Loads
2. Matt Lindon, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Mercury TMDL in Minnesota
3. Donalea Dinsmore, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Quality Considerations for TMDLs Case Study: Milwaukee Harbor Estuary
4. Holly Wirick, U.S. EPA Region 5 QA Considerations in Beach Projects
5. David Rockwell, National Oceanic Atmospheric Association and University of Michigan, John Dorkin, U.S. EPA Region 5, and Frank Ascombe, U.S. EPA  GLNPO Quality Assurance Project Plan for Grants Using Secondary Data

Quality Considerations for Water Monitoring Projects
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM CST
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Quality Considerations for Water Monitoring Projects, Chaired by: Donna Ringel, U.S. EPA Region 2
1. Bill Telliard, Retired U.S. EPA and Cary Jackson, Hach Company A Novel Integrated Solution to Nutrient Monitoring; The Next Generation in Water Quality Monitoring and Watershed Management Tools
2. Jack Brunner, TetraTech Ottawa River Watershed Scrap and Salvage Yard P2 Program: Storm Water Monitoring to Evaluate BMP Efficiency
3. Dan Sullivan, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center ? Sensor Basics

Thursday, December 8, 2011

/Training session/
Inventory of Project-level Quality Documentation as a Quality Metric Thu, Dec 8, 2011 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM CST
This two-hour training will discuss the importance of quality metrics for performance measurement; and how quality metrics are supported via the inventory, status tracking, and reporting of project quality documentation throughout the review and approval process. The training will include a demonstration of QA Track, GLNPO's Web application specifically designed to support quality metrics. Examples of reports that are used to communicate the status of quality documentation to management and project participants will be presented.

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