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Serendipity Leads WEF Fellow Sandra Ralston into Water Leadership

August 29, 2018

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Sandra Ralston - WEF Fellow Featured

Sandra Ralston calls her entry into the water sector “serendipitous.” In 1989, she was hired as regional marketing manager for Greeley and Hansen (Chicago), an environmental engineering firm focused on water. Her boss encouraged her to join the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), which put Ralston on a path to water leadership and becoming […]

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Now in its 25th Year, Sewer History Exhibit Looks to the Future

August 28, 2018

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Sewer History Photo Display

In 1993, an AZ Water Association committee came up with a novel idea while developing the agenda for a national collection systems conference. How about creating an exhibit of historical sewer photos to display at the conference?   Jon Schladweiler, co-chair of the committee and amateur history buff, was all in and got to work building […]

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Service Project Trend Catches On

August 27, 2018

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More than 45 volunteers gathered to construct a rain garden for the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Service Project. Photo courtesy of Debbie Cheng, Kleinfelder (San Diego).

Member Associations follow WEF’s example to give back to communities From making donations through social media to mastering athletic feats to raising money for a cause, working to make the world a better place has not gone out of style. Since 2008, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) young professionals have decided that WEFTEC offers […]

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WEF Staff Pitch In To Improve the Local Community and Environment

August 23, 2018

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WEF Service 2018 Featured

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff have been busy making a difference in the community and local environment. During the past several months, volunteers have helped pick up litter, recycle paper, and donate sandwiches to those in need. “Plogging” for litter WEF staff joined in a European trend called “plogging” that combines exercise with […]

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From the President: Valuing Our Operators and Promoting Operator Initiatives

August 22, 2018

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President - Jenny Hartfelder Featured

Before my year as Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) president comes to a close, I want to discuss one segment of our membership that has special meaning to me: our operators. These professionals work on the front-lines of wastewater treatment. WEF has committed to supporting operator initiatives with the goal of attracting, preparing, and […]

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WEF MAs Prepare Members for Future of Stormwater with NGICP Training Licenses

August 21, 2018

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NGICP MAs Featured

Water professionals who participate in the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) gain the skills needed to design, build, and maintain cutting-edge green stormwater infrastructure. Since its creation in 2016, more than 350 water professionals have received NGICP certifications. As word spreads about the value of this training, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member […]

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WEF Fellow Influences Biosolids Management Practices Around the World

July 31, 2018

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WEF Fellow - James Smith Featured

James (Jim) E. Smith Jr., grew up in a family that worked in water. His grandfather operated a fishing boat and his uncle managed a Greater Cincinnati Water Works water resource recovery facility (WRRF).  “I always loved being in and around water,” Smith said. This love led him to enter a more-than-50-year career that began […]

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U.S. SJWP Winner Embarks on Mission: Heavy Metal Remediation

July 30, 2018

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U.S. SJWP Winner 2018 Featured

Oklahoma high school student takes metal-removing system to Stockholm Braden Milford had a mission: develop a system that could remove heavy metals from waterways. The Tulsa, Okla., high school student successfully accomplished this mission using alginate beads. For his project, Milford won the 2018 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition. In August, he will […]

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