Archive | August, 2016

August 2016 Digest

August 31, 2016

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Featured Other News Going to the Worms Worm- and microbe-powered system to treat California vineyard’s wastewater in just 4 hours Very few wineries show the same enthusiasm for their wastewater treatment as for their wines. But Fetzer Vineyards is different. The Hopland, Calif., vineyard and winery is on a mission to prove that it’s possible […]

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WEFTEC Opening General Session To Focus on Creating the Future of Water

August 30, 2016

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Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust (Portland, Ore.) as well as water sector leader, author, and advocate for the environment, will give the keynote address during the Opening General Session. Photo coutesy of The Freshwater Trust.

WEFTEC® 2016 attendees can expect to begin the conference with an eye toward the future when Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust (Portland, Ore.), delivers the keynote address during the Opening General Session. Whitworth, a water sector leader, author, and advocate for the environment, will discuss his approach to natural resource stewardship at the […]

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

August 30, 2016

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Alan F. Hassett, member since 1977, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. Russell R. Irwin, member since 1973, New England Water Environment Association. Sam McNeilly, member since 1981, Central States Water Environment Association. Paul S. Skager, member since 1980, California Water Environment Association.

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Operators Accumulate Skills at the University of Hawai’i in Maui

August 29, 2016

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For someone interested in joining the next generation of water stewards, there are few places to start more exotic than Hawaii. And demand for water and wastewater professionals is particularly high in the state. The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (Kahului) offers a 3-month training program for current […]

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WEFTEC 2016 Showcases Leaders in Sustainability, Science, and Sanitation

August 26, 2016

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A diverse selection of distinguished water sector speakers will take the podium at the annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®). Those planning to attend WEFTEC 2016, Sept. 24–28 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, can hear presentations by many leaders including James R. Mihelcic from the University of […]

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WEF and DC Water Launch National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

August 25, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and DC Water (Washington, D.C.) have launched the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) website. As part of the WEF Stormwater Institute, NGICP consists of a growing group of utility organizations from across the nation working to develop the program that will provide certification for green infrastructure (GI) […]

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Teenage Entrepreneurs Tackle Water Scarcity

August 25, 2016

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From left, Sanya Verma, Kai Lin, Mihika Nadig, and Tommy Yang bonded over a common interest in using technology towards social change during the 2016 MIT Launch Summer program. Photo courtesy of Mihika Nadig, VivaFlow.

This team of four young entrepreneurs already has accomplished a lot — after creating a self-powered device that transforms seawater into drinking water and receiving a letter of intent from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle) — now they plan to graduate high school. VivaFlow, a new company founded by high school students Kai Lin, […]

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From the President: WEF on the Move

August 24, 2016

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Paul Bowen, WEF President 2015–2016

Less than two months remain before WEFTEC® 2016, which marks the end of my year as Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) president. As I look back on this year, I realize how much has been accomplished. WEF is on the move. Our strong reputation for collaboration, innovation, and education continues to grow. The WEF brand […]

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