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Advocate for Utilities of the Future Receives 2017 WEF Fellow Designation

October 30, 2018

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WEF Fellow Sigmund Featured

After spending more than 30 years working in the water sector, Thomas Sigmund has become a strong proponent of the value of water and the important services provided by water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Peers refer to Sigmund, the executive director of the Wisconsin-based utility known as NEW Water, as a “visionary leader” who is […]

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Notable Figure of New England Water Profession Recognized as 2017 WEF Fellow

October 17, 2018

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Fellow Dombrowski Featured

Growing up in the northeast U.S., Paul Dombrowski had two dreams: sail alongside Jacques Cousteau, studying the ocean while advocating for environmental protection, and play for the Boston Red Sox. While Dombrowski, a 28-year member of Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) may not have made the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his decades-long career […]

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2017 WEF Fellow Eleanor Allen Increases Access to Sanitation and the Water Profession

September 26, 2018

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Fellow Eleanor Allen India

Eleanor Allen has had a hand in designing and improving water resource recovery facilities in cities around the world during her more than 25 years as a wastewater engineer, project manager, and water-sector executive. But her skills as a leader and technical expert are not the only reasons Allen was recognized as a 2017 Water […]

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WEF Fellow Equips New Generation of Professionals with Knowledge

September 18, 2018

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WEF Fellow April Gu Featured

April Z. Gu has loved water since she was very young. Combined with her inherent curiosity and a self-proclaimed drive to “get to the bottom of everything,” this love led Gu to research water topics. Gu’s contributions to water research and to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) earned her a spot among the […]

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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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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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Ed McCormick Recognized as WEF Fellow for Career of Management and Mentorship

May 30, 2018

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Ed McCormick Featured

Six years ago, 2017 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Fellow Ed McCormick led the development and implementation of an energizing program for the water sector. The program cemented East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) as the first North American water resource recovery facility to be a net producer of renewable energy. But […]

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Membership Helps 2017 WEF Fellow Become a Successful Leader

April 27, 2018

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WEF Fellow - Raj Bhattarai Featured

Rajendra Bhattarai, a water leader with nearly four decades of experience in the public sector, joined the esteemed ranks of Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Fellows in 2017. This distinction recognizes Bhattarai’s devotion to the water profession as a WEF member, a commitment that stems from his roots on the other side of the […]

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