January 2016 Digest

January 31, 2016

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Stockholm Junior Water Prize Students Make a Big Splash in Water Research

Minnesota teacher reflects on students’ achievements 

HighlightsJanuary1Every year an impressive group of young scientists compete for the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). Cindy Welsh, seventh grade science teacher in the Cloquet (Minn.) Public School system for the past 15 years and director of the Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair for the past 10 years, has mentored many competitors and witnessed their hard work and achievements.

Read this first article in an ongoing series showcasing SJWP students’ achievements. Find articles in the series by the keyword SJWPShowcase and learn more about SJWP alumni on the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Where are they now webpage.

From the President: Creating Our Future

Paul Bowen, WEF President 2015–2016One of my favorite questions to ask young professionals (YPs) is: Where do you want to be in 10 years? Then I ask a follow-up question: How are you going to get there? What if we asked the same questions of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), such as: Where should the organization be in 10 years, and how will it get there? The response would be to follow the strategic plan that leads WEF’s vision — “a community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment.”

Don’t Flush That

HighlightsJanuary3In New Hampshire, the City of Keene worked with local high school students to create a music video for “Don’t Flush That,” a song featuring a manhole superhero and set to the tune of Bruce Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac.

U.S. EPA Prepares Water Sector for Extreme Weather with Online Resources

HighlightsJanuary4As extreme weather events become more common, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to provide the water sector with resources to prepare. EPA’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Resilience website provides a portal to information on assessing risks, responding to emergencies, recovering from disasters, training, surveillance, and reporting disasters.

Miss WEFTEC 2015? Catch Up with Photo Galleries

WEFTEC 2015 Attendees Take Advantage of Interactive Education and Networking

HighlightsJanuary5The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical and exhibition and conference (WEFTEC) draws many water sector professionals to learn and network every year. WEFTEC® 2015, held Sept. 26–30 at McCormick Place in Chicago, became the largest and most successful of these events. See highlights from the various interactive learning and networking opportunities at the event.

Heroes of Wastewater Assemble at Operations Challenge 2015

HighlightsJanuary6During WEFTEC 2015, 44 teams — the largest number ever assembled — stepped up to compete in Operations Challenge. See a photo gallery of the often-unsung heroes of wastewater treatment competing. Also, see which teams won in each category.

WEFTEC 2015 Volunteers Install Green Infrastructure in Chicago

HighlightsJanuary7On Sept. 26, 114 WEFTEC volunteers and 20 community volunteers helped construct a rain garden and an outdoor classroom at the Pershing Magnet School (Chicago) for the eighth annual WEFTEC service project.

Submit Nominations for 2016 WEF Awards 


Apply for the 2016 Singapore International Water Week Scholarship



Learn the Latest Tools and Techniques for Effective Management at The Utility Management Conference




WEF Reinvigorates Awards Program




Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members




Current Odor Issues, Regulations, and Solutions Featured at Odors and Air Pollutants Conference




WEF Leaders Invited To Attend WEFMAX 2016



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