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2019 LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Winners Demonstrate Power of Technology

December 17, 2019

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The winning team from Boulder, Colo., the Colorado School of Mines (Golden), Baylor University (Waco, Texas), and Carollo Engineers (Walnut Creek, Calif.) included Christopher Marks; Tzahi Cath; Mandy Hering; Kathryn Newhart; and Tanya Rauch-Williams. Photo courtesy of Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.)/Water Research Foundation (Denver, Colo.).

At WEFTEC 2019, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Water Research Foundation (Denver, Colo.) recognized three U.S. utilities for projects that demonstrate technology’s potential to solve complex environmental and economic challenges. This year’s winners of the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Intelligent Water Systems Challenge were the City of Boulder, Colo., […]

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WEF Hosts Water Professionals from Palestine

November 27, 2019

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Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff members stand alongside Palestinian water-sector delegates during an international meeting at WEF headquarters on Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of Mariah Walters Orose/WEF.

On Nov. 5, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) welcomed an international delegation from Palestine to discuss the current status and future of water in the West Bank region, which is bordered by the countries of Jordan and Israel. The meeting with the group of seven delegates focused on how international cooperation can help […]

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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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WEF and NGICP Partners Accept Power of A Summit Award During ASAE Reception

October 9, 2019

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Accepting the Summit award on behalf of NGICP were (from left) Adriana Caldarelli, Claudio Ternieden, Seth Charde, Dwane Jones, and Renee Kayal. WEF photo.

On Oct. 2, representatives from the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), DC Water (Washington, D.C.), and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) received a coveted Power of A Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE; Washington, D.C.). The award recognizes the success of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program […]

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WEF and AWWA Launch Redesigned Work for Water Website

September 18, 2019

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The new Work for Water website, developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.), offers newcomers to the water industry an array of resources to help streamline the job search process. Click here to visit the site.

To streamline the job-seeking process for newcomers and help spread the word about the benefits of water careers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.) partnered to redevelop and relaunch the Work for Water website earlier this summer. The website features an intuitive map that offers state-specific […]

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SDG Position Statement Affirms WEF’s Support for Working Beyond Borders

August 29, 2019

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The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.)  Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new position statement in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

This summer, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new position statement in support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The move emphasizes WEF’s dedication to partnerships and activities that advance the SDGs and the broader water profession. It also recognizes water professionals’ critical value in achieving […]

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