Archive | November, 2019

WEF Eco Members Mark Drains to Aid Local Stormwater Outreach Efforts

November 20, 2019

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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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From the President: Supporting Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

November 18, 2019

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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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Meet the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee

November 13, 2019

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

November 6, 2019

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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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