Archive | April, 2015

Fifth Annual U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced

April 20, 2015

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The U.S. Water Alliance (USWA; Washington, D.C.) announced the winners of the 5th annual U.S. Water Prize that honors organizations with strategies promoting the value of water as well as the power of innovating and integrating for water sustainability. The winners, selected to represent the municipal, nonprofit, and business sectors, were the City of San […]

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Submit Videos for the 2015 StormTV Project

April 17, 2015

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will be accepting videos of innovative stormwater programs, practices, products, and public outreach until June 1. For the fourth year, WEF is hosting the StormTV Project, an annual video competition. The competition recognizes and highlights the work of stormwater professionals, while collecting and sharing ideas so communities can […]

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WEF Hosts Congressional Briefing on USGS Groundwater Quality Findings

April 17, 2015

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On March 6, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), the Northeast-Midwest Institute (Washington, D.C.), and the National Ground Water Association (Westerville, Ohio) hosted a briefing before U.S. Congress on new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) findings about the quality of groundwater in the U.S. During the last two decades, USGS scientists assessed water quality in more […]

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Interactive USGS Website Provides Insight into Historic California Drought

April 16, 2015

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The U.S. Geological Survey monitors drought conditions across the country and provides resources such as the California drought visualization website and Vegetation Drought Response Index to the public. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

In response to one of the most severe droughts in U.S. history, primarily affecting California, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released the California drought visualization website. The website presents drought data through maps, graphics, and charts, helping to relay the conditions of the area’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs, according to a USGS news […]

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WEF Submits Comments on Dental Amalgam Effluent Guidelines Rule

April 10, 2015

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), as well as many other organizations, submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the potential impact of proposed dental-amalgam effluent requirements. The proposal would require dental offices to comply with rules for controlling the discharge of dental amalgam pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) […]

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From the President: The Changing of the Guard

April 9, 2015

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The Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland, caught fire 13 times since 1868. It’s been nearly 46 years since the last time the river burned. That 1969 oil-slick river-fire was memorialized on the cover of Time Magazine; the image became a national symbol for water pollution and environmental degradation and fueled public concern for the […]

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WEF Hosts Discussion on Ebola Virus-Related Issues in the Wastewater Sector

April 7, 2015

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Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts numerous filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically-infected VERO E6 cell (yello-green). Photo courtesy of the CDC Ebola Outbreak 2014 Press Kit.

On Feb. 24, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) hosted representatives from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA; Sacramento, Calif.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.), and other stakeholders for a dialogue on Ebola-related issues […]

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Learn About Trace Organics and Resource Recovery in English, or Energy Efficiency en Español in WEF’s No-Charge Webcasts

April 3, 2015

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Energy Efficient Solutions for Water Resource Recovery Facilities (Soluciones para Balances de Energía Eficientes en Sistemas de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales) Conducted entirely in Spanish, this webcast will describe the energy balances of common water resource recovery facility (WRRF) configurations and evaluate the energy savings that could be made by implementing best practices and innovative, […]

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