New ‘Words on Water’ Podcasts Cover Infrastructure, Education, and Storms

February 9, 2018

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Words on Water LogoIn new episodes of the ongoing Words on Water podcast series, water leaders discuss topics ranging from infrastructure to education and mentorship to hurricane preparedness. Stream these Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) podcasts online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app.

Recent episodes feature:

  • Representative Garret Graves (R–La.) talks about prospects for an infrastructure package in 2018, the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus, the need for renewed national investment in water infrastructure, and lessons learned about resilience in southern Louisiana.
  • Andrew Sawyers, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wastewater Management, discusses infrastructure finance. Sawyers covers the status of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, as well as EPA’s technical assistance programs and perspective on public-private partnerships.
  • Fredi Lajvardi, nationally recognized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educator, tells how he led a team of teenagers from a low-income high school to defeat top-ranked colleges in an underwater robotics competition and shares how to build students’ interest in STEM careers.
  • Carla Reid, general manager and CEO of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, Md.), shares her journey to becoming CEO, the meaning of leadership, the rise of women in the water sector, the importance of mentorship, and the need to introduce young people to water careers.
  • Houston Water employees speak about Hurricane Harvey, including how they prepared, what happened during the storm, and how recovery went.
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