Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nicole Fahrenfeld is an associate professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She earned her BS at Johns Hopkins, MS at Clemson, and PhD at Virginia Tech. Her water quality engineering lab focuses on applied environmental organic chemistry and microbiology. Recent projects include antibiotic resistance, microbial source tracking, wastewater-based epidemiology, and microplastic pollution.
Director of Applied Research
Brent Alspach holds both BS and MS degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Brent joined Arcadis in 1997 and serves as a Vice President and the company’s Director of Applied Research, overseeing a program that has conducted over $30 million in drinking water, potable reuse, wastewater, and stormwater research. He is an American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality & Technology Division Trustee and a member of the Technical and Education Council (TEC), also serving on the editorial boards for Journal AWWA, Opflow, and AWWA Water Science.
Microplastics are emerging contaminants in the water environment. These manufactured polymer particles have been found across water matrices, capturing the attention of consumers and regulators, raising questions about potential human and ecosystem hazards. A major challenge for understanding microplastic fate and transport is that these are complex particle mixtures of varying size and shape. Join us to learn the latest about this a hot topic! This webinar will provide updates on the regulatory landscape, consumer knowledge and attitudes about microplastics in their drinking water, what you need to know about sampling and analytical options, and what we know about microplastic sources and occurrence across water matrices.
- Describe current and pending legislation, consumer knowledge and attitudes.
- Recognize microplastic monitoring challenges and how to interpret/compare studies in the MP literature.
- Compare microplastic concentrations and characteristics in wastewater, stormwater, and surface water.