July 2017 Digest

July 31, 2017

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My Water Legacy: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Highlights17July1June Nakamura charted a more than 40-year career in the water sector. She rose to leadership roles, joining Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) and eventually serving as HWEA president in 2006.

June’s younger daughter, Bri, was watching. Bri earned a degree in civil engineering and now manages collection systems and sustainability for the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Water Sciences and Engineering Center.

Niles, WEF Mascot, Becomes a National Phenomenon

Highlights17July2Anyone attending a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) event may have seen a tall, green mascot of the reptilian persuasion. This is Niles the Crocodile, WEF’s mascot. Crowds flock to Niles to snag photos and the occasional hug or high-five.

Nile’s popularity has grown so much that he has begun making appearances at WEF Member Association events. Learn about the origin and growing popularity of Niles and see an exclusive video interview with the mascot.

Hisataka Sokawa Transformed Wastewater Treatment in Japan

Highlights17July4Since 1971, Hisataka Sokawa has helped expand sustainable wastewater treatment services throughout Japan as well as increase awareness of global water challenges around the world. In May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) helped celebrate the retirement of this 45-plus-year veteran of the water sector.

$10 Million George Barley Water Prize Competition Names Stage 1 WinnersHighlights17July3

Stage 1 of the Everglades Foundation’s (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) George Barley Water Prize competition is complete. Three teams continue on their journey toward one earning a $10-million prize, which will be awarded to the creator of a lasting, scalable, and cheap solution to reduce phosphorus content in waterways.

New York Students Win U.S. SJWP for Biosensor and Purification System

Highlights17July5A team of two high school students from New York placed first at the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition in June. For their water science project, Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe, both of Manhasset, N.Y., developed a graphene-based biosensor capable of detecting the presence of extremely low levels of bacteria in less than 1 second. They also created a purification unit capable of quickly and cost-effectively removing the bacteria.

Great Water Cities Summit Shares Holistic Approach to Resilience




LIFT Celebrates 5 Years and Releases Survey Visualization Tool




Value of Water Campaign Survey Finds Water Infrastructure Important to Americans




WEF and ABC Commit to Accelerating Generation of Resources from Biogas Systems




WEF Joins Opposition Against Cuts to Rural Utilities




Mention Members in WEFCOM To Share Interesting Posts




Enter the WE&T Operator in Action Photo Contest


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