HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Software tool helps protect Nation's drinking water: Now available in all 50 states

PORTLAND, Ore. October10, 2006 -- A new software tool that can be used by incident commanders, water utility managers, and others to protect community drinking water sources from contamination during emergencies is now available in all 50 states. Preliminary versions of the tool, called ICWater, have already been used by water utilities and State HAZMAT (hazardous materials) response teams in Oregon and Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Now, the tool is available for use by every state in the Nation, according to its developer, Douglas Ryan, a scientist at the USDA Forest Service's PNW Research Station. Recognizing the need for a readily available, single source of information, Ryan led an interagency effort to develop ICWater (pronounced "icy water"), a tool designed to help incident commanders protect drinking water in an emergency. He serves as the effort's overall task manager and is based at the PNW Research Station's Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Olympia, Wash.

In the United States, hundreds of thousands of bodies of surface water--like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs--help supply the American public with its drinking water. If a chemical, radioactive or biological contaminant were accidentally or intentionally introduced into a drinking water source, knowing what threat it posed to the public would be essential for incident commanders who direct first responders to mount an effective emergency response.

"Incident commanders need timely and accurate information to guide their decisions on deploying first responders to best protect the public," said Douglas Ryan, manager of the Pacific Northwest Research Station's Aquatic and Land Interactions Program. "This information often can be drawn from sources that already exist, but they are scattered and usually not quickly available to on-the-scene commanders in emergencies."

ICWater is a computerbased tool th
'"/>

Contact: Sherri Richardson Dodge
srichardsondodge@fs.fed.us
503-808-2137
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
10-Oct-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Software, evolution and micro-inversions -- improving the building of phylogenetic trees
2. Beyond the book: Software automates access to brain atlases
3. Software agents could help unmask reality of disease clusters
4. Genetic variation helps to understand predisposition to schizophrenia
5. Link between sunspots, rain helps predict disease in east Africa
6. Taking a supplement of glycine helps prevent degenerative diseases such as arthrosis or osteoporosis
7. Progesterone therapy and preterm birth: More evidence helps identify women who can benefit
8. Nanotechnology helps scientists make bendy sensors for hydrogen vehicles
9. Preconditioning helps protect brains blood vessels from stroke
10. Manchester University helps with pharaoh DNA analysis
11. A spoonful of sugar helps your waistline go down

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/18/2019)... ... December 17, 2019 , ... Mitotech S.A, a Luxembourg-based clinical-stage ... its U.S. Phase 3 study VISTA-2 building on positive results of VISTA-1 clinical ... to severe Dry Eye Disease (DED). SkQ1 belongs to the class of cardiolipin ...
(Date:12/18/2019)... SEATTLE (PRWEB) , ... December 18, 2019 , ... ... higher education planning, has announced the Top 10 Master's in Biotechnology Degree Programs ... accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on ...
(Date:12/14/2019)... ... 12, 2019 , ... Crop Enhancement Inc., an ... Jean Pougnier as chief business officer. Mr. Pougnier will lead the company’s efforts ... will position the company for maximum commercial success. As part of the expansion ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/7/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 06, 2020 , ... ... a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, is pleased to ... Foundation. The grant will be administered by Tufts University, and will help to ...
(Date:12/31/2019)... ... December 31, 2019 , ... Vici ... development lab in Maryland. Emphasis will be in expanding capabilities in ... Vici Health Sciences will be well positioned to meet the growing demand for ...
(Date:12/27/2019)... HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... December 27, ... ... manufacturer of custom built, helium-based leak testing instruments for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical ... first calendar year under new management . Following acquisition by CLJ Holdings ...
(Date:12/18/2019)... ... December 17, 2019 , ... Innovative Health, Inc. ... Electrophysiology (EP) devices since the company’s inception in 2016. This marks a record ... Johnson & Johnson company) have received 2 and 4 EP device clearances, respectively, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: