WEBINAR: What You Need to Know About Microplastics in Our Waters

Originally Aired March 20, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



Nicole Fahrenfeld
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rutgers University

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.

Brent Alspach
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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe current and pending legislation, consumer knowledge and attitudes.
  2. Recognize microplastic monitoring challenges and how to interpret/compare studies in the MP literature.
  3. Compare microplastic concentrations and characteristics in wastewater, stormwater, and surface water.

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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