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Upcoming Webinars

ECHO webinars generally take place every other month and alternate between intro and advanced topics. Upcoming training sessions and registration information are posted below.

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water

This webinar will explore water tools and reports available on ECHO, such as:

  • Water Facility Search
  • Detailed Facility Search
  • Effluent Charts
  • Water Pollutant Loading Tool
  • Data Downloads and Web Services

These ECHO tools allow users to access and analyze EPA data for water pollutant discharges and facility compliance related to the Clean Water Act. The case studies will demonstrate how to conduct advanced analyses of permitted water features and interpret information.

Date and Time: Tuesday August 10th, 2021 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water Exit

Intro to ECHO Webinar

The Intro to ECHO 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.

Date and Time: Expected October 2021

 


Recorded Webinars

Recordings of webinars are posted below as they become available. Click on the hyperlinked dates to jump to a specific webinar.


Intro to ECHO

During this webinar, we provided an overview about the data in ECHO and guide users through how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar was a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search and other features to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?
  • How do I find visual depictions of data that track both facility and regulatory agency performance?

Date and Time: Tuesday June 15th, 2021 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO Webinar (PDF) (15 pp, 352 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO Webinar Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO Webinar Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 225 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Drinking Water

This advanced webinar explored how to use ECHO tools to access and understand drinking water program enforcement and compliance data, such as:

  • Drinking Water System Search
  • Drinking Water Dashboard
  • Drinking Water Data Downloads
  • Drinking Water REST Services

EPA demonstrated examples of how an individual or environmental inspector may use the drinking water ECHO tools to identify compliance data related to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), including how to search for information about Sanitary Surveys and Action Level Exceedances associated with the Lead and Copper Rule.

Date and Time: Tuesday April 13th, 2021 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Drinking Water (PDF) (20 pp, 369 K)
Recording: Stream the Advanced ECHO Webinar: Drinking Water Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Drinking Water Transcript (PDF) (11 pp, 214 K)

Intro to ECHO: How Do I Search For...? Webinar

During this webinar, we provided an overview about the data in ECHO and guide users through how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar was a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search and other features to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?
  • How do I find visual depictions of data that track both facility and regulatory agency performance?

Date and Time: Tuesday February 9th, 2021 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO: How Do I Search For...? (PDF) (14 pp, 316 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO: How Do I Search For...? Webinar Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO: How Do I Search For...? Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 204 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste

During this webinar, we explored the Hazardous Waste Facility Search and Hazardous Waste State Dashboard. We demonstrated how the Hazardous Waste Facility Search provides RCRA-specific evaluation, compliance, enforcement, and penalty data through step-by-step examples and practical use cases. We answered questions such as:

  • How can I find Hazardous Waste compliance information for facilities in my community?
  • How can I identify facilities with TRI land releases or waste transfers?
  • How can I use ECHO to prepare for a hazardous waste facility inspection?
  • How can I use the new Hazardous Waste Dashboard to understand compliance and enforcement activities in my state?

Date and Time: Tuesday December 15th, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste (PDF) (14 pp, 269 K)
Recording: Stream the Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 284 K)

Intro to ECHO: Behind the Scenes Webinar

During this webinar, we went into the "Behind the Scenes" of ECHO, answering questions about environmental data such as:

  • From which EPA systems does ECHO retrieve data?
  • How frequently are the data updated, and how do I make corrections?
  • How can I download ECHO data?
  • What are the ECHO web services?

Date and Time: Tuesday October 13th, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO: Behind the Scenes (PDF) (22 pp, 298 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO: Behind the Scenes Webinar Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO: Behind the Scenes Transcript (PDF) (11 pp, 268 K)

Intro to ECHO - How Do I Search For...? Webinar

This webinar provided basic demonstrations of searching and navigating the ECHO website, and gave guidance on how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar was a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?

Date and Time: June 23, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO - How Do I Search For...? (PDF) (13 pp, 206 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO - How Do I Search For...? Webinar Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO - How Do I Search For...? Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 252 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water

This webinar explored how to access and use various water tools and reports available on ECHO, such as:

  • Water Facility Search
  • Detailed Facility Report
  • Effluent Charts
  • Water Pollutant Loading Tool
  • Data Downloads and Web Services

These ECHO tools allow users to access and interpret EPA data for water pollutant discharges and facility compliance related to the Clean Water Act. These case studies demonstrated how ECHO can be used for advance analyses of permitted water features.

Date and Time: Tuesday April 28th, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water (PDF) (16 pp, 539 K)
Recording: Stream the Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Water Transcript (PDF) (11 pp, 244 K)

Intro to ECHO Webinar

This webinar provided basic demonstrations of searching and navigating the ECHO website, and gave guidance on how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?

Date and Time:  Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (13 pp, 255 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO Webinar Exit in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO Webinar Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 241 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Air Facility Search

The focus of this webinar was the facility and air emissions data available in ECHO for stationary sources. This webinar explored the Air Facility Search and Air Pollutant Report through step-by-step examples, answering questions such as:

  • What tools are available to search for and compare air emissions data?
  • What types of facility, compliance, and pollutant emission information can users find?
  • What facilities have data in EPA’s program databases?

Date and Time: November 12, 2019, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Recording: Stream the Air Facility Search Webinar EXITin MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to viewing 
Presentation: ECHO Air Facility Search (PDF) (15pp, 139 K)
Verbatim Transcript: ECHO Air Facility Search Webinar Transcript (PDF) (12 pp, 252 K)

Intro to ECHO Webinar

This webinar series provided basic demonstrations of searching and navigating the ECHO website, and gave guidance on how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar was a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?

Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (13 pp, 255 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO Webinar EXIT  in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO Webinar Transcript (PDF) (11pp, 189 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Behind the Scenes

During this webinar, we went “Behind the Scenes” of ECHO, answering questions about environmental data such as:

  • From which EPA program systems does ECHO retrieve data?
  • How frequently are the data updated, and how do I make corrections?
  • How can I download ECHO data?
  • What are ECHO web services?

Date and Time: April 9, 2019, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: ECHO Behind the Scenes (PDF) (22 pp, 256 K)
Recording: Stream the ECHO Behind the Scenes Webinar EXIT  in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading
Verbatim Transcript: ECHO Behind the Scenes Transcript (PDF) (10 pp, 196 K)

Intro to ECHO — How do I Search For...? Webinar

This webinar provided an overview about the data in ECHO and guided users through how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar was a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared toward new and infrequent users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?

Date and Time:  Tuesday, December 18, 2018  1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (13 pp, 224 K)
Recording: Stream the Intro to ECHO Webinar EXIT  in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading
Verbatim Transcript: Intro to ECHO Transcript (PDF) (11 pp, 239 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste

This webinar reviewed the Hazardous Waste Facility Search features and hazardous waste handler data available in ECHO. We demonstrated how the Hazardous Waste Facility Search can provide RCRA-specific evaluation, compliance, enforcement, and penalty data through step-by-step examples and practical use cases.

Date and Time: September 18, 2018, 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Introduction and Resources (PDF) (14 pp, 116 K)
Recording: Stream the ECHO Hazardous Waste webinar Exitin MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading
Verbatim webinar transcript: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Hazardous Waste (PDF)  (9 pp, 206 K)

Intro to ECHO — How do I Search For...? Webinar

This webinar provided an overview about the data in ECHO and guided users through how to use ECHO to answer environmental enforcement and compliance questions. The focus of this webinar is a collection of short, step-by-step demonstrations geared towards both new and experienced users. We demonstrated the capabilities of the ECHO Facility Search  to answer questions such as:

  • How do I search for a specific facility?
  • How do I search for facilities in my community?
  • How do I search for facilities releasing a pollutant?

Date and Time: Tuesday June 12, 2018 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (15 pp, 363 K)
Recording: Stream or download the Intro to ECHO webinar (WMV) (57 MB)
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to ECHO Webinar (PDF) (11 pp, 624 K)

Advanced ECHO Webinar: Reports

Please join the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) team for an advanced demonstration of the reports available in ECHO. During this demonstration, we will review the features and data available through various reports in ECHO and learn how to access each report through ECHO searches. ECHO reports display compliance, enforcement, and environmental data on a webpage for a facility or permittee, many of which are specific to an environmental program or emissions type (e.g., air, water). Reports that we will cover include the Detailed Facility Report, Enforcement Case Reports, Effluent Charts, Air Pollutant Report, and Water Pollutant Loading Tool Reports.

Date and Time: Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Advanced ECHO Introduction (PDF) (13 pp, 191 K)
Recording: Stream the ECHO Advanced Webinar: ReportsEXITwebinar in MP4 format; note that a registration step is required prior to downloading. 
Verbatim webinar transcript: Advanced ECHO Webinar: Reports (PDF) (11 pp, 248 K)

Introduction to the Modernized Water Pollutant Loading Tool

EPA is improving access to the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool. You can now access it on the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. The Loading Tool is designed to help users determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data and offers a variety of ways to customize searches. The ECHO version of the Loading Tool has a similar look and feel as the current Loading Tool website, with some usability improvements. Learn how to navigate and use some of the common Loading Tool features in ECHO.

Date and Time: Tuesday November 28th, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Introduction to the Modernized Water Pollutant Loading Tool (PDF) (12 pp, 1799 K)
Recording: Stream or download the Intro to the Modernized Water Pollutant Loading Tool Webinar (MP4) (112 MB)
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to the Modernized Water Pollutant Loading Tool (PDF) (11 pp, 682 K)

Intro to ECHO Webinar

This webinar provided 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.

Date and Time:  Tuesday November 14, 2017, 1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presentation: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (15 pp, 363 K)
Recording: Stream or download Intro to ECHO Webinar (MP4) (85 MB)
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to ECHO Demonstration (PDF) (10 pp, 399 K)

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 or download the ECHO Advanced Webinar: Water (MP4) (56 MB)
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)
RecordingContact Us if you're interested in future webinars on this topic.
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: Contact Us if you're interested in future webinars on this topic.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to Navigating ECHO State Dashboards and Comparative Maps (PDF) (6 pp, 160 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 understanding the foundation of the acts, we highlighted ECHO 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: Contact Us if you're interested in future webinars on this topic.
Verbatim webinar transcript: Intro to ECHO (PDF) (6 pp, 269 K)

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