Archive | September, 2015

September 2015 Digest

September 30, 2015

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Featured Other News Turning Beer Waste into Animal Feed When you crack open your next beverage from MillerCoors LLC (Chicago), you may not be the only species enjoying the product. Nutrients recovered from the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery in Ohio are being transformed into a protein for animal feed. Floating into Uncharted Territory Singapore researchers create […]

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U.S. Student Wins International SJWP Competition for Renewable Heavy Metals Removal

September 30, 2015

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Perry Alagappan wanted to permanently remove heavy metal contamination from water. Because many heavy metal filters are nonrenewable, contaminants are released back into the environment when the filters are thrown away. So, the 18-year-old student from Houston created a solution that relies on a renewable filter. On Aug. 25, this solution earned Alagappan the 2015 […]

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Floating into Uncharted Territory

September 29, 2015

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Scientists at the NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) in Singapore are conducting water quality research on the Pandan Reservoir using New Smart Water Assessment Network (NUSwan) technology. Photo courtesy of the National University of Singapore.

Singapore researchers create smart water-quality monitoring technology using robotic swans  A variant on the old saying, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck — then it must be a duck,” may not hold true on the Pandan Reservoir in Singapore. In this reservoir, “If it looks like […]

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WEF and WERF Host 2015 Intensification of Resource Recovery Forum

September 29, 2015

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Through the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.), hosted the 2015 Intensification of Resource Recovery (IRR) Forum. Technology providers were selected through the LIFT Technology Scans to showcase at the forum. On Aug. 9–11, water sector leaders gathered at […]

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WEF Publishes Guide to Essential Skills for Graduate Students and Young Professionals

September 28, 2015

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recognizes that the water profession is entering a new era with new challenges. In response, WEF has published The Effective Water Professional, a textbook for the next generation of graduate students and young water professionals. While technical skills are vital to career success, addressing the new era’s challenges […]

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WEF Coordinates Comments on Draft of U.S. EPA Nutrient Removal Report

September 25, 2015

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On Aug. 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft report, “Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost Modifications to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants: Draft Version 1.0.” The report showcases communities where lower cost water resource recovery facility modifications can reduce nitrogen discharge levels. It was developed in response to requests from […]

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Turning Beer Waste into Animal Feed

September 24, 2015

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When you crack open your next beverage from MillerCoors LLC (Chicago), you may not be the only species enjoying the product. Nutrients recovered from the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery in Ohio are being transformed into a protein for animal feed. In May, Nutrinsic Corp. (Glendale, Colo.) opened a protein production facility co-located with the brewery’s water […]

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Throwing Massive Shade on the Los Angeles Reservoir

September 23, 2015

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The Los Angeles Reservoir needed some shade, so the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) released 96 million, 102-mm (4-in.), black plastic balls — nicknamed shade balls — into the water. By blocking sunlight from much of the 70.8-ha (175-ac) reservoir, the shade balls are helping LADWP comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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