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Upcoming Webinars

You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.Upcoming training sessions and registration information will be posted below.

Intro to ECHO Webinar

This webinar series provides basic demonstrations of searching and navigating the ECHO website. Learn how to utilize ECHO in your communities and workplaces to identify facility history with compliance and enforcement. Note that this webinar is repeated every 6 months and not recorded. 

Date and Time: Tuesday November 14th, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Coming Soon
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (15 pp, 363 K)
Notes: Practice search (DOCX) (1 pp, 13.3 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar

This webinar series demonstrates more advanced search tools offered on the ECHO website. Each webinar will be recorded and shared on the ECHO training page. Topics for each webinar will be selected based on user feedback. Every 6 months we will highlight a new tool.

Date and Time: To Be Announced
Registration: To Be Announced


ECHO Webinar Series

Recordings of webinars are posted below as they become available.

ECHO CWA Biosolids Facility Search Webinar

This webinar demonstrated the new ECHO Facility Search under the Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program Area Biosolids. With the implementation of the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule (eRule), facilities in the 42 states where EPA implements the Federal Biosolids Program began submitting electronic reports for the first time. The new electronic Biosolids Annual Report standardized the reporting format.

The ECHO Biosolids Facility Search is a new feature, available to both government and public users, that integrates Biosolids Annual Report data with other biosolids enforcement and compliance data. It provides access to biosolids-specific permit, inspection, violation, enforcement, and penalty related data to users for the first time in an easy-to-use search tool. The demonstration will highlight navigating the Biosolids Facility Search form, search results, and Biosolids Annual Report data download. Note that this webinar was not recorded.

Date and Time: Tuesday October 10th, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Biosolids Facility Search (PPTX) (388 KB)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water

This webinar focused on using various water tools available on ECHO, including the Water Facility Search, Effluent Charts, Detailed Facility Report, and newly-modernized DMR Pollutant Loading Tool. Two case studies demonstrated how ECHO can be used for advanced analyses of permitted water facilities. The first case study used the DMR Pollutant Loading Tool to identify facilities with the largest discharges that may negatively impact the surrounding environment. The second case study used the ECHO Water Facility Search and Map Filter tools to identify facilities with a large number of violations and without a recent inspection.

Date and Time: Tuesday August 22, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (15 pp, 363 K)
Notes: Practice water searches (PDF) (2 pp, 170 K) 
RecordingStream the ECHO Advanced Webinar: WaterEXITwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading and that EPA plans to replace this link in the future with an option that does not require registration.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Advanced ECHO Demonstration (PDF) (8 pp, 397 K)

Intro to ECHO Map Filter Webinar

This webinar introduced the new ECHO Map Filter tool. Map Filter brings analysis of cross-program and Clean Water Act dischargers into a simple map-based format, which makes it easy to turn facilities on and off and change search criteria without returning to the original search form. The tool also adds further area context by including the ability to add various map layers, such as schools and impaired waters. 

Date and Time: Tuesday January 24, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: ECHO Map Filter (PDF) (16 pp, 341 K)
RecordingStream the ECHO Map FilterEXITwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading and that EPA plans to replace this link in the future with an option that does not require registration. 
Verbatim webinar transcript: ECHO Map Filter Demonstration (PDF) (8 pp, 391 K)

Intro to Navigating ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps

Building off of the May 3, 2016, introduction to ECHO demonstration, our third spring webinar explored two additional features of the ECHO website. During this webinar, we introduced the data visualization tools called the ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps.

Date and Time: Tuesday May 31, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to Navigating ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps (PDF) (9 pp, 218 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to Navigating ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps - A Web Demonstration Exitwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading and that EPA plans to replace this link in the future with an option that does not require registration.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to Navigating ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps (PDF) (6 pp, 160 K)

Introduction to ECHO - A Web Demonstration

Building off of the "Introduction to the Acts in ECHO" webinar, our second webinar provided the introduction demonstration you'd been looking for. During this webinar, we showed you how to conduct some basic, popular searches on the ECHO website. We demonstrated the search process and how to interpret the reports received from a search.

Date and Time: Tuesday May 3, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (10 pp, 220 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO - A Web Demonstration Exitwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading and that EPA plans to replace this link in the future with an option that does not require registration.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (9 pp, 288 K)

Intro to the Acts in ECHO

This one-hour webinar was the first in a series of Spring 2016 webinars that took us back to the basics in EPA's ECHO website. We looked into the origin of the acts for which data are found in ECHO -- the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. With a better understanding of where these acts came from and why the permits and violations are so important to track, searches on ECHO can become deeper and even more questions can begin to be answered. After laying the brickwork down with these important acts, we highlighted tools that are sometimes overlooked or underused.

Date and Time: Tuesday March 22, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Acts Tracked in ECHO (PDF)(18 pp, 1.4 MB)
Recording: Stream the Acts Tracked in ECHO Exitwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading and that EPA plans to replace this link in the future with an option that does not require registration.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (6 pp, 269 K)

ECHO Training for the Public

This one-hour webinar provided an introduction to EPA's ECHO website. ECHO is a regularly updated resource, available to both internal and external parties that allows users to access detailed information including, but not limited to, the compliance status, inspection history, and pollutant discharges at any specific EPA-regulated site. ECHO focuses on Clean Air Act stationary sources, Clean Water Act dischargers, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste handlers, and Safe Drinking Water Act public water system. Webinar participants learned how to work with all of ECHO’s features and gained understanding of a valuable resource that can enhance their understanding of monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations. Anyone who does work involving EPA-regulated sites can benefit from learning about ECHO and its various features.

Date and Time: Tuesday June 2, 2015: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: ECHO Basic Training for the Public (PPT)(180 K)
Recording: ECHO Basic Training for the Public

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