December 2015 Digest

December 31, 2015

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Operations Challenge Goes Global

German competition motivates and trains operators 

Highlights-December1During WEFTEC® 2015, 44 teams tested their skills during the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Operations Challenge competition. Two of these teams traveled from Germany to compete. The teams’ journey to WEFTEC 2015 began after water sector leaders from Germany were inspired to develop their own Operations Challenge event.

WEFTEC 2015 Service Project Exceeds Size and Scope of Projects Past

Highlights-December2When the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals committee (SYPC) planned the first WEFTEC® service project in 2008, no one predicted the ripple effect these projects would have on their surrounding communities. “The Pershing Cultivation Project: Growing Green Gardens and Young Minds” at WEFTEC 2015 continued to exceed expectations with a larger size and scope than past projects.

O Love Your Pipes

Highlights-December3Staff at NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay (Wis.) Metropolitan Sewerage District, have created a holiday-themed video featuring a song called “O Love Your Pipes” — sung to the tune of “O Christmas Tree” — to relay the importance of not flushing wipes or putting grease and certain other items down the drain.

In Memoriam – Terry Regan, Founding Member of ABC and Proponent of Operators and Engineers

Highlights-December4Terry M. Regan, founder of T.M. Regan Inc. (Lexington, Ky.) and a member of both the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association (WEA) since 1963, died Oct. 1 at the age of 80.

Regan, a WEF life member, served as president of the Kentucky-Tennessee WEA in 1971. He received numerous awards from the WEF Member Association and helped form the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC; Ankeny, Iowa).

GIWiz, U.S. EPA Tool, Promotes Green Infrastructure

Highlights-December5The Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz) helps public officials and communities clean waterways by providing access to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) green infrastructure resources.

EPA’s Web portal provides information about the basics of green infrastructure, options for financing green infrastructure, and examples of how communities are using green infrastructure to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance land use.

DOE, NSF, and U.S. EPA Seek Transformation to Water Resource Recovery Facility 

Announcing the Winners of WEF’s First Annual MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards


Watch the Inaugural IKE Session Videos Online


Apply for the WEF Fellows Program


WEF Committee Releases Infiltration and Inflow Fact Sheet


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


Federal Trade Commission Approves Flushables Consent Order


New Guidance for Direct Potable Reuse Now Available


WEF Joins Water Associations in Advocating for WIFIA Fix in Highway Bill


WEFCOM Discussions Feature New Capabilities


WEF Joins Others in Pushing Water Infrastructure Funding in Omnibus Bill


WERF Receives Self-Sustaining Funding


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