2000 Progress Report: Urban Water Issues: A Video Series

EPA Grant Number: R827933C023
Subproject: this is subproject number 023 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825427
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)
Center Director: McManis, Kenneth
Title: Urban Water Issues: A Video Series
Investigators: Sutherlin, John
Institution: University of New Orleans
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: November 1, 1999 through December 30, 2000
Project Period Covered by this Report: November 1, 1999 through December 30, 2000
RFA: Urban Waste Management & Research Center (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


The objectives of this project are to document the challenges and issues surrounding the management of urban watersheds throughout the Gulf South, as well as to provide alternative scenarios for properly addressing these issues. The development of the video format allows for the widespread dissemination of complex water-management information to the general public.

Progress Summary:

This 11-month project details water management issues in Coastal Gulf South cities such as Pensacola, FL; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA; and Houston and Corpus Christi, TX. The main issues of the series address industrial discharges, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal, and stormwater management. This project began with the development of the script, logistics planning, and initial contacts to state, city, and county governments, industries, and citizen advocates.

Interviews of appropriate officials from city and county governments and state agencies were filmed on location. Those people interviewed were asked to discuss the various water management problems affecting their municipalities and states, their approach at solving these problems, and their successes and failures. In addition to the interviews of government officials, private industry, citizens' groups, environmental attorneys, and private citizens have participated in the series.

The computer graphics and animation were developed and incorporated into the video. The final filming of the introduction, conclusion, and filler material was conducted using professional actors and narrators.

Press releases were issued through the Environmental News Network and E-Wire. Promotional e-mail notices were sent to water organizations, public works offices, and universities. Marketing experts assisted with the production. Using focus groups and environmental educators, the series presents a balanced approach to the water management issues being discussed.

The final editing and formatting of this six-part video series has been completed. The video series currently is being distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

The chronology follows.

Months 1–2:

  • Document problems and issues in managing urban watersheds by urban communities throughout the Gulf South
  • Develop video series format with a marketing company and University of New Orleans Mass Media Department
  • Begin series script writing
  • Establish contacts with community officials and other video participants for the series.

Months 3–4:

  • Conduct interviews with EPA officials, representatives of state and local governmental agencies, industries, and citizen's groups
  • Shoot and edit footage of scenes of urban watersheds.

Months 5–6:

  • Conduct interviews with Urban Waste Management and Research Center personnel that will serve as in-house experts for series
  • Build studio set for series
  • Assemble digital images for series
  • Begin promotional work on series until the airing of the series.

Month 7:

  • Film narrator/host and all in-studio work
  • Continue editing of past footage.

Months 8–9:

  • Edit films.

Month 10:

  • Hold pre-airing screening with selected people throughout region
  • Make corrections and adjust series where necessary.

Month 11:

  • Conduct final promotions and editing
  • Air the series on public television.

Future Activities:

The video series currently is being distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

Supplemental Keywords:

environmental education, urban environmental management, Gulf South., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Water, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Hydrology, Water & Watershed, Municipal, Wastewater, Chemistry, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Wet Weather Flows, Engineering, Water Pollution Control, pathogens, wastewater treatment, coastal watershed, industrial wastewater, urban watershed rehabilitation method, runoff, nutrients, urban watersheds, industrial chemicals, municipal waste, cross-connected waste, wastewater management, microbial pollution, municipal wastewater treatment, watershed influences, stormwater, stormwater treatment, non-point sources, waste management, water quality, urbanizing watersheds, public policy, water management options, storm drainage, stormwater runoff, storm drainage systems, environmental education, storm water

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R825427    Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R825427C001 Comprehensive Evaluation of The Dual Trickling Filter Solids Contact Process
    R825427C002 Issues Involving the Vertical Expansion of Landfills
    R825427C003 Deep Foundations on Brownfields Sites
    R825427C004 Ambient Particulate Concentration Model for Traffic Intersections
    R825427C005 Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Approaches for I/I Reduction
    R825427C006 Urban Solid Waste Management Videos
    R825427C007 UWMRC Community Outreach Multimedia Exhibit
    R825427C008 Including New Technology into the Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries into Storm Drainage Systems - A User's Guide
    R825427C009 Investigation of Hydraulic Characteristics and Alternative Model Development of Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands
    R825427C010 Beneficial Use Of Urban Runoff For Wetland Enhancement
    R825427C011 Urban Storm and Waste Water Outfall Modeling
    R827933C001 Development of a Model Sediment Control Ordinance for Louisiana
    R827933C002 Inappropriate Discharge to Stormwater Drainage (Demonstration Project)
    R827933C003 Alternate Liner Evaluation Model
    R827933C004 LA DNR - DEQ - Regional Waste Management
    R827933C005 Landfill Design Specifications
    R827933C006 Geosynthetic Clay Liners as Alternative Barrier Systems
    R827933C007 Used Tire Monofill
    R827933C008 A Comparison of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Bed (USAB) and the Anaerobic Biofilm Fluidized Bed Reactor (ABFBR) for the Treatment of Municipal Wastewater
    R827933C009 Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Shipbuilding Facilities
    R827933C010 Nicaragua
    R827933C011 Louisiana Environmental Education and Resource Program
    R827933C012 Costa Rica - Costa Rican Initiative
    R827933C013 Evaluation of Cr(VI) Exposure Assessment in the Shipbuilding Industry
    R827933C014 LaTAP, Louisiana Technical Assistance Program: Pollution Prevention for Small Businesses
    R827933C015 Louisiana Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program
    R827933C016 Inexpensive Non-Toxic Pigment Substitute for Chromium in Primer for Aluminum Sibstrate
    R827933C017 China - Innovative Waste Composting Plan for the City of Benxi, People's Rupublic of China
    R827933C018 Institutional Control in Brownfields Redevelopment: A Methodology for Community Participation and Sustainability
    R827933C019 Physico-Chemical Assessment for Treatment of Storm Water From Impervious Urban Watersheds Typical of the Gulf Coast
    R827933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region
    R827933C021 Characterizing Moisture Content Within Landfills
    R827933C022 Bioreactor Landfill Moisture Management
    R827933C023 Urban Water Issues: A Video Series
    R827933C024 Water Quality Modeling in Urban Storm Water Systems
    R827933C025 The Development of a Web Based Instruction (WBI) Program for the UWMRC User's Guide (Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries Into Storm Drainage Systems)
    R827933C027 Legal Issues of SSO's: Private Property Sources and Non-NPDES Entities
    R827933C028 Brownfields Issues: A Video Series
    R827933C029 Facultative Landfill Bioreactors (FLB): A Pilot-Scale Study of Waste Stabilization, Landfill Gas Emissions, Leachate Treatment, and Landfill Geotechnical Properties
    R827933C030 Advances in Municipal Wastewater Treatment
    R827933C031 Design Criteria for Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation
    R827933C032 Deep Foundations in Brownfield Areas: Continuing Investigation
    R827933C033 Gradation-Based Transport, Kinetics, Coagulation, and Flocculation of Urban Watershed Rainfall-Runoff Particulate Matter
    R827933C034 Leaching and Stabilization of Solid-Phase Residuals Separated by Storm Water BMPs Capturing Urban Runoff Impacted by Transportation Activities and Infrastructure
    R827933C035 Fate of Pathogens in Storm Water Runoff
    R87933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region