March 2017 Digest

March 31, 2017

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Hackers Attack Model Water Treatment Facility in Cybersecurity Competition

‘Capture-the-flag’ challenge alludes to potential vulnerabilities in the water sector

A miniature mock water treatment facility was the target of cyberattacks at the first-ever Passcode Cup hacking competition. A network security challenge using a computer simulation based on the traditional “capture-the-flag” team game was held in Washington, D.C., as a training opportunity for future cybersecurity professionals. Hacking teams from universities and the private sector participated in the 4-hour competition.


My Water Legacy: Fran Bonaccorso Follows in His Father’s Footsteps

HighlightsMarch2Joe Bonaccorso has passed on a dedication to water treatment to his son, Fran.

“My father equates our family dinners to those on Blue Bloods, a TV show about a [multigenerational] family in the law enforcement community,” Fran said. “But he calls us Brown Bloods. It’s cute in a wastewater and sewer kind of way. We are proud to do what we do, and we are proud we do it as a family.”


City of Carlsbad Spreads the Message: Don’t Believe the Hype About Using Wipes

HighlightsMarch3When wastewater treatment professionals noticed an increase in clogged pipes, the City of Carlsbad, Calif., decided to do something about it. City officials released the Wipes Clog Pipes video series.


New Jersey Water Environment Association Receives Award for Training

HighlightsMarch4During the past year, the New Jersey Water Environment Association provided approximately 50,000 hours of training to the environmental community. This dedication to education was recognized when the organization received the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the adult-led environmental education category.


Fluvial Innovations Shares Flooding Data in Infographic

HighlightsMarch5Severe flooding has been increasing throughout the United Kingdom (UK). Fluvial Innovations (Poole, England) created an infographic to show the types of floods that can occur, the causes of flooding, and the associated costs.

Investigating Collection Systems at WEF’s Conference in May

 

Save the Date for WEFTEC® 2017

 

WEF Members Invited To Book WEFTEC 2017 Hotel Rooms Early

 

Invest in Resiliency by Attending the Next Great Water Cities Summit

 

LIFT Spreads Innovation Inspiration Through SEE IT Scholarships

 

WEF’s My Water Legacy Video Goes Platinum

 

WEF Fact Sheet Describes Rainfall Derived Inflow and Infiltration Modeling

 

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

 

Students Invited To Submit Research for the U.S. SJWP Competition

 

Upcoming Webcasts Discuss the Utility of the Future and PACP Deliverables

 

Send Letters of Interest for WIFIA Loans by April 10

 

WEF Joins in Updating Effective Utility Management Primer

 

Water Environment Research Now Available in Color

 

Recorded Webcast Previews Future for Water Legislation

 

Submit Nominations for WE&RF Paul L. Busch Award

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