Private Water Network Flash Webinar Series: Private Well Preparedness – Lessons from Louisiana

In this webinar, Dr. Adrienne Katner discussed her research in the field of evaluating well user needs and water quality in the aftermath of floods and hurricanes. Her research team investigated emergency planning and response resources, post-flood well water use and treatment, and distance-education approaches.

Adrienne Katner is an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health at LSU-Health School of Public Health. Her research focuses on evaluating how effective federal drinking water regulations and prevailing public health guidelines are in reducing water contaminant exposures. Her efforts to evaluate New Orleans water lead levels, and to raise awareness of the issue of lead in water after pipe replacements garnered national media and government attention. Prior to entering academia, she was an environmental health scientist with Louisiana Office of Public Health’s Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Program for 7 years, where she ran several programs including the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. Prior to this she conducted research at the National Cancer Institute’s Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. She has a broad background in public health, with specific training in exposure and risk assessment; and environmental public health policy. Her most recent publication, which outlines weaknesses in the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule was recognized as one of the Journal of Environmental Justice’s top impact papers of 2015-16. Most recently, Dr. Katner has been involved in well water testing efforts for flood-impacted areas of Louisiana and Texas.