This year, we’re taking Storm Water Awareness Week on the road! Come along with us as we examine the impact storm water pollution can have on our oceans and marine mammals. We’ll be visiting Sea World San Diego, and the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute.

Keynote 1: Water Treatment Systems on a Theme Park Level – WINNER: Bronze Telly Award, 38th Annual Telly Awards. Water treatment systems come in all sizes – from something as simple as a compost sock, to as large as a tow-behind trailer. But a theme park full of marine animals that depend upon clean water demands a much more advanced treatment system. In this exciting keynote session, you will get a rare look behind the scenes at the water quality system at SeaWorld’s San Diego theme park.

Keynote 2: Water Pollution’s Silent Victims – Sometimes it’s hard to step back and see the big picture. When it seems like the storm water regulations are getting a little carried away, it’s good to remember the reason why we protect our water quality. In this keynote session, we are going to spend some time with the SeaWorld animal rescue team, and hear their perspective on the impact of pollution on marine wildlife, and why it’s important to protect water quality.

Keynote 3: Pathogen Pollution in Marine Animals – You may have noticed that many of the waterways in the Industrial General Permit’s 303(d) list are impaired for “pathogens.” These harmful little microorganisms can cause a boatload of trouble for human and animal health. In this keynote session, Dr. Pam Yochem with the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute will be discussing the impact of parasites and pathogens in storm water runoff on marine animals.

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Storm Water Awareness Week is free, and always will be.  We’re just hosting it on FORGE for ease of access.