April 2015 at a Glance

April 30, 2015

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Bio-Bus Hits the Streets of England

Highlights-April1The green movement is gaining momentum in the United Kingdom (U.K.). On Nov. 20, the Bio-Bus, which runs on biomethane gas, picked up its first passengers.

The 40-seat bus, which runs on the biogas from a nearby water resource recovery facility, can travel as much as 300 km (186 mi) on a tank of gas and emits 20% to 30% less carbon dioxide than a standard diesel bus. The bus also reduces the amount of other harmful exhaust gases that contribute to air pollution, according to a GENeco (Bristol, England) news release.

Committee Leadership Council Implements Strategies To Improve WEF Volunteer Experience

Volunteers of the Future Task Force recommends five initiatives for committees

Highlights-April2Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) leaders are working to optimize the operation of WEF committees and to improve WEF volunteer engagement.

In 2013, WEF’s Committee Leadership Council established the Volunteers of the Future Task Force. The task force spent a year evaluating the WEF volunteer experience, volunteer opportunities, and existing committee structures to provide recommendations on how to improve volunteer engagement and align committee activity with WEF’s Strategic Plan.

From the President: The Changing of the Guard

Highlights-EdMcCormickThe Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland, caught fire 13 times since 1868. 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 environment. Now, many of the water sector professionals who entered the workforce because of the environmental movement that followed are retiring and handing over the reins to a new generation.

Interactive USGS Website Provides Insight into Historic California Drought

Highlights-April4In 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 release.

Biological Nutrient Removal Featured in Most Attended Technical Session at WEFTEC 2014

James L. Barnard shares his summary of the session

Highlights-April5Looking back at the most-attended technical session of WEFTEC® 2014 can give a taste of the type of information and education that will be available at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago.

Technical Session 206, “The Complete Guide to Fermentation for Biological Nutrient Removal,” drew 220 attendees during WEFTEC 2014. The session covered biological nutrient removal, using microorganisms instead of chemicals to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.

Register Now for WEFTEC® 2015 




Fifth Annual U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced



Move Fast To Share the Quick Fix!



Submit Videos for the 2015 StormTV Project



Energy, Nutrient, and Heat Recovery Featured at Water and Energy 2015 Conference



Innovation for the Next Generation at WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2015



Water Quality Advocate Says “It’s Time to Put Water First”



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



Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members



WEF Submits Comments on Dental Amalgam Effluent Guidelines Rule


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


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