Webinar Presentation Date: Wednesday October 28, 2020
Time: 2PM-3:15PM EDT

Tracking infectious disease transmission through wastewater has been an important tool for safeguarding public health for 25 years. Recent scientific breakthroughs show that levels of coronavirus genetic material in wastewater systems can provide an advanced warning of an increase in coronavirus transmission in a geographically-targeted area. These measures will also help us identify areas where the virus is spreading, waning, or absent; can identify asymptomatic cases; and can predict cases a week sooner than incident cases seen in the health system.

This free, 75-minute webinar provides a follow up to our conversation in June where experts from academia and practice discuss their experiences with the research behind wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 and its implementation at institutional-to-regional scales.

The facilitated discussion addressed safe and effective real-time monitoring of coronavirus RNA in wastewater, to share information for how this surveillance method can help guide us through the process of safely reopening the state.

Facilitated by Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and the New York State Water Resources Institute

Resources for Download


  • Hyatt Green, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 
  • Anthony Hay, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Agricultural & Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Seth Jensen, Director, Municipal Utilities, City of Auburn, NY
  • David Larsen, Associate Professor, Public Health, Falk College, Syracuse University 
  • Lachlan Squair, Chief of Facilities and Safety, SUNY Oneonta
  • Teng Zeng, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University 

Organized by Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), and New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).

This webinar is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. 

This webinar has not been submitted to licensing agencies for preapproval of continuing education or training credits. It is your responsibility to check with your licensing agency or municipality about its rules and criteria for credit.
Requirements to Receive a Certificate of Attendance: •You must attend the entire 75 minute session on the original broadcast date (October 28, 2020) •You must register and attend using your real name and unique email address •Questions? Contact Meredith at maperrea@syr.edu.

Header image is courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: a transmission electron microscope image which shows SARS-CoV-2.