March 2016 Digest

March 31, 2016

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Mr. Trash Wheel Cleans Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Educates Citizens

HighlightsMarch1The historic port city of Baltimore now has a new feature — the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, also known as Mr. Trash Wheel. Designed with the unique look of a settler’s wagon, the wheel is helping the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore make the Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable by 2020.

Since Mr. Trash Wheel began operating on May 9, 2014, it has collected 380 tons of litter as well as some unique items, including a live snake. On social media, Mr. Trash Wheel is accumulating a growing number of followers.


Celebrating WRRF Operators and Their Receiving Streams

HighlightsMarch2In this column, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) member John Seldon proposes hosting an annual event where operators come together to celebrate their lives’ work — cleaning water.

Seldon writes, “It is past time to honor water resource recovery facility (WRRF) operators and recognize their work protecting receiving streams and public health.”


WERF Executive Director Melissa Meeker Discusses Water Sector Future and WERF–WRRF Merger

HighlightsMarch3In December, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) announced plans to merge with the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF; Alexandria, Va.) as well as the appointment of Melissa Meeker as the executive director of both foundations.
Meeker discusses the merger and the future for the organizations and the water sector.


Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes

HighlightsMarch4The Maine Water Environment Association (Augusta), in a joint effort with the Portland (Maine) Water District and the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (Cary, N.C.), created two humorous videos depicting a wacky, mock game show called “What the Flush?!?” to call attention to what should and shouldn’t be flushed down toilets.

Great Water Cities 2016 Challenges Attendees To Devise Stormwater Solutions

 

WEF, DC Water Partner To Develop New Green Infrastructure Certification Program

 

Attend WEF’s Collection Systems 2016 Conference

 

Nominate Your Choice for WEF Leadership

 

WEF Is Accepting Applications for MS4 Awards

 

WEF Committee Leadership Council Seeks Nominations

 

Navigate the World of FOG at WEF Seminar in April

 

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

 

WEF Joins in Issuing Statement on Flint Water Crisis

 

WEF Asks Members for Input on WIFIA Projects

 

Proposed 2017 USGS Budget Incorporates Increased Water Resources Research

 

Apply for WERF Awards

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