Archive | December, 2016

December 2016 Digest

December 31, 2016

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Featured Other News Operations Takes Center Stage at WEFTEC 2016 Operator accomplishments and skills took center stage the morning of Sept. 28 in the Innovation Pavilion during WEFTEC© 2016. The event, “A Celebration of Operator Innovation, Excellence, and Professionalism,” spanned the breadth of what operators do, from fixing problems to pursuing continuing education to motivating […]

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WEF Staff Learn About WIFIA from U.S. EPA

December 30, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a series of informational sessions across the nation to educate the public about the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). WIFIA establishes a new financing mechanism to accelerate investment in our nation’s water infrastructure. The program will provide loans for up to 49% of eligible costs […]

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WEF Hosts Exclusive Members-Only Event on Water Innovation

December 29, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is hosting a unique, members-only event to accelerate development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches in the water sector. “Water Innovation 2017: Putting Ideas into Practice” will take place March 15 and 16 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. The 2-day meeting will bring […]

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Certificate Program at Skagit Valley College Equips Students To Protect Public Health

December 28, 2016

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Students taking the Estuarine and Nearshore Ecology class identify zooplankton in the laboratory. Photo courtesy of Skagit Valley College

Students at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash., can choose to study everything from home brewing to urban sketching. But Pacific Northwesterners looking to start a career can take advantage of a certificate program at the college that will put them on the front line of protecting public health and the environment in less […]

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Value of Water Campaign Represents New Name with Action

December 27, 2016

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The Value of Water Coalition officially changed its name to the Value of Water Campaign. The change, made with the support and approval of coalition partners, demonstrates that the initiative is spearheaded and supported by a variety of leading water sector organizations including the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.). The new name also clarifies […]

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

December 26, 2016

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Water Sector Coordinating Council Elects New Officials

December 23, 2016

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The Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) and the Water Sector Government Coordinating Council (GCC) held meetings at the Trinity River Authority in Arlington, Texas, Nov. 2–3. Jonathan Reeves, emergency management manager for DC Water (Washington, D.C.), is the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member representative on the WSSC. He has become the new chair […]

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From the President: Earning Legitimacy for the Water Sector

December 22, 2016

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The sociological concept of “legitimacy” means that individuals and groups recognize and accept the appropriateness of an authority to lead. This concept becomes even more important to the water sector as communities implement seemingly more complex and controversial projects, particularly those seeking to implement potable reuse. Legitimacy starts with creating an authentic conversation with the communities […]

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