November 20, 2019

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WEF Eco Members Mark Drains to Aid Local Stormwater Outreach Efforts

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff members (from left) Katherine Saltzmann, Brad Lovett, Ronnetta Zack-Williams, and Maggie Siddle joined the City of Alexandria in marking 52 storm drains around WEF headquarters, indicating to residents that anything that goes down the drain empties directly into local waterways. Will Fowler/WEF

Members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) WEF Eco program participated in the City of Alexandria’s storm-drain marking program on Nov. 4. Participants marked 52 drains near WEF headquarters with stickers that warn against illicit dumping. The program began through a citywide ordinance called the “Only Rain Down The Drain Campaign,” according to […]

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November 18, 2019

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From the President: Supporting Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

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According to the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), as much as 50% of the current water workforce in the U.S. will retire within the next 35 years. The water sector must take steps today to ensure the next generation of water professionals can seamlessly take the reins, keep critical water resource recovery facilities running, and confront […]

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November 13, 2019

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Meet the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee

In October, the Water Environment Association of Kentucky & Tennessee became the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee. The move underscores how the terminology the water sector uses influences public perception, affecting recruitment rates, customer approval, legislative priorities, and more. Photo courtesy of Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee.

Water Environment Association of Kentucky & Tennessee changes its name, encourages others to do the same Words are powerful. When the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) promoted a subtle shift in terminology from wastewater treatment plant to water resource recovery facility in 2013, for example, the organization formally recognized a long-underway change in focus […]

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November 6, 2019

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Teams from British Columbia, Colorado Win 18th WEF Student Design Competition

Students from George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) described potential upgrades to solids-handling infrastructure at the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Woodbridge, Va. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

Student teams from the University of British Columbia (UBC; Vancouver, Canada) and the University of Colorado (UC; Boulder) left WEFTEC 2019 as winners of the 18th-annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Student Design Competition. The competition, which showcased innovative design projects from 30 universities, recognizes outstanding solutions to local water quality issues in two […]

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October 31, 2019

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

• Steven Biuso, member since 1975, New Jersey Water Environment Association. • Sophie G. Simon, member since 1984, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. • Richard G. Weigand, member since 1976, West Virginia Water Environment Association.

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October 31, 2019

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EPA Announces New Water Workforce Initiative at WEFTEC 2019

During WEFTEC Technical Session No. 200: Water Policy Update, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., unveiled America’s Water Workforce Initiative, which will formulate an action plan to attract and preserve talent in U.S. water utilities. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates

At WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., announced a new effort to help American utilities surmount the looming water-sector skills shortage expected in coming years. EPA plans to release a draft of America’s Water Workforce Initiative for public comment by […]

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October 23, 2019

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2019 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner Advances Solar Disinfection

Macinley Butson, an 18-year-old inventor from New South Wales, Australia, was crowned the winner of the 2019 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition in August. Butson (right) received the prize from Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (left). Jonas Borg/Stockholm International Water Institute

This summer, young hydrologists from 35 countries met in Stockholm, Sweden, to compete for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The prize, awarded annually since 1995 by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), recognizes outstanding pre-university water research projects with the potential to change the way the global water sector operates. In late August, SIWI announced […]

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October 11, 2019

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Historical Fiction Trilogy Explores New York City’s Water System

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Romantic intrigue! Courtroom drama! Chlorinated water! Novelist Elizabeth Camden’s latest trilogy has everything a WEF member might possibly want in a good book — including painstakingly researched details on some of the lesser known aspects of the history of New York City’s water system.   For these novels, she begins by researching controversial, but relatively […]

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