Archive | January, 2017

Celebrating Love Over Settling Tanks and Digesters

January 24, 2017

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Though it may not be seen as a traditional romantic destination, hundreds of couples and others have participated in the Newtown Creek Facility Valentine’s Day tours since the Brooklyn facility began offering them in 2012. Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Newtown Creek facility remains a popular Valentine’s Day destination in New York While some couples’ Valentine’s Day plans involve a romantic dinner over candlelight or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, others in New York City have decided to take a less traditional, more unique approach to the day dedicated to love. This year, these […]

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Advocate for Water During the 2017 National Water Policy Fly-In & Expo

January 23, 2017

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Water sector professionals are invited to attend the National Water and Policy Forum, Fly-In, & Expo, March 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), Water Research Foundation (Denver), and WateReuse […]

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WEF Letter Asks President-Elect Trump To Make Water a Priority

January 19, 2017

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On Dec. 7, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump. The letter provides recommendations for water sector priorities during the next administration. WEF called upon the president-elect to focus on addressing water sector challenges in the areas of aging water infrastructure, research and development, workforce development, stormwater, affordability, […]

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Guggenheim Museum Unveils Solid Gold Toilet Installation

January 18, 2017

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“America,” a solid gold sculpture now on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, must be cleaned every 15 minutes using special wipes. Janitorial staff also steam clean the toilet periodically. Photo courtesy of Kris McKay/Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Most museums that showcase priceless works of art enforce a strictly “hands-off” policy. But a new installation at the New York City Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers visitors a unique, intimate, one-on-one chance to engage with art. “America” by Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is a fully functional toilet cast in 18-karat solid gold. Since the […]

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WEF Task Force Releases Manual for Applying Envision to Wastewater Projects

January 17, 2017

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In 2013, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (Washington, D.C.) and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) introduced the Envision® guidance manual. A planning and design guidance tool, the manual provides metrics that can be used to compare the strengths of design ideas for infrastructure projects by awarding points and credits […]

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Learn About LIFT Link and Biofilms in February Webcasts

January 14, 2017

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Discover LIFT Link and How It Can Help You LIFT Link, the new online platform for collaboration and innovation from the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), is available now. Learn how to use this resource to discover new technologies, share your research and technology needs, and connect with experts and potential partners for information […]

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WEF and NMSA Sign MOU to Support Stormwater

January 13, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the stormwater sector and to help advance effective stormwater programs for the protection of public health and the environment. WEF and WEF’s Stormwater Institute helped form NMSA, a nonprofit that works to support, […]

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WEF Staff Make the Local Environment a Little Cleaner for the Holidays

January 12, 2017

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On Nov. 3, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff took a break from work to make a big difference for the local environment. For the 2016 WEF Eco service project, 23 staff volunteers pitched in to clean the Oronoco Bay and Rivergate City parks, located a short distance away from WEF’s headquarters. Equipped with […]

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