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Webinar: Management Options for Irrigation Systems
March 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Recorded March 6, 2017 2:00-3:30 pm ET.
This webinar highlights available control options, case studies in planning and implementing control, and new technologies being developed to control and manage zebra and quagga mussels in irrigation systems.
- Renata Claudi, RNT Consulting
- Renata Claudi is an environmental scientist with over 30 years of diverse technical experience, much of it focused on macrofouling control in industrial systems. Currently, she is the president of her own consulting company, RNT Consulting Inc. Most of the assignments undertaken by the company focus on various aspects of aquatic alien species. This includes work on economic impacts, selection and installation of appropriate control options, custom research and vulnerability assessments for various facilities. Most of the work in the last five years has involved the impact of quagga mussels on the various facilities in western United States and Canada and custom research on innovative control options. In 2010 Ms. Claudi co-authored a book titled Monitoring and Control of Macrofouling Mollusks in Fresh Water Systems issued by CRC Press, the latest in series of publications. She has been one of the organizers of the International Conferences on Aquatic Nuisance Species since its launch in 1990.
- Patrick Handyside, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Patrick Handyside is a Senior Water Management Engineer with the Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Guelph, Ontario. He started with AAFC in 2010 and started working with the LADII group in the summer of 2011. In addition to the work he has done with this group, Patrick has also been involved in various projects looking at a number of issues, such as improving water-use efficiency through better irrigation scheduling, using controlled tile drainage to reduce nutrient loading to water courses, while increasing crop yields and helping to improve water quality for dairy farmers that rely on surface water sources to meet their operational needs.
- Barry Olson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
- Barry Olson is research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in the Irrigation and Farm Water Branch, Lethbridge, Alberta. He has been with the department for 22 years carrying out applied research on agricultural environmental topics such as manure management, phosphorus, groundwater, and evaluation of beneficial management practices.
- Bridget Gruber, ZM Controllers
- Bridget Gruber has eight years of experience in aquatic invasive species research and management and is committed to bringing a sensible solution to the invasive mussel problem. She was trained at the University of Michigan as an aquatic ecologist and previously, she worked as a molluscicide researcher and pesticide product manager for a biopesticide company in California.
- Renata Claudi: Control Strategies for Zebra and Quagga Mussels and their Applicability for Irrigation Systems
- Patrick Handyside: Protecting the LADII Irrigation System from Dreissenid Infestation: A Case Study
- Barry Olson: Developing a Method using Potash to Control Mussels in Irrigation Pipelines
- Bridget Gruber: ZM-X: A New Biochemical Dreissenid Control Technology