March 2013 at a Glance

March 31, 2013

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The Worm Whisperer

Enlisting earthworms to treat biosolids

Jerry Scholder is on a mission to gain government acceptance for using worms to treat biosolids.

“I’m in the business of research to certify Class A biosolids through a nonthermophilic approach,” Scholder said. “That’s my key objective and key mission.”

A Buggy Exhibition

An Idaho wastewater utility installs artwork of microorganisms near its WRRF

Few think of a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) as a likely venue to showcase local art, but that is exactly what the City of Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) Wastewater Utility Department building is doing. Since summer 2012, the facility has featured several art pieces, including seven 3.7-m-tall (12-ft-tall), 136- to 181-kg (300- to 400-lb) steel sculptures meant to represent the many “bugs” that aid the treatment process.

Celebrate World Water Day 2013, International Year of Water Cooperation on March 22

March 22 marks World Water Day 2013, the International Year of Water Cooperation. Celebrated on this date every year since 1993, World Water Day focuses attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating sustainable management of water resources, according to the United Nations (U.N.; New York) World Water Day press kit.

WEF Member Achievements — Thomas DeLaura Promotes WEF and ISA Collaboration

Thomas DeLaura, vice president of Eramosa International Inc. (Detroit) and a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member since 1982, was named International Society of Automation (ISA; Research Triangle Park, N.C.) Water and Wastewater Industry Division 2012 Member of the Year.

WEFCOM Goes Mobile!

Want to access the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) network while away from the computer? WEFCOM, a platform for members to connect and share, now is available as a free mobile application.

WEFTEC Registration Opens April 2 With New Pricing!


Preparing for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, Volunteers Needed


Water for Jobs Water Infrastructure Summit Set for April 16


Publication Presents a Vision for Water Resources Utility of the Future


WEF Joins Other Organizations To Support Water Infrastructure Legislation


It’s Time for Your Utility To Become a WEF Member


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


WEF Leaders Invited To Attend WEFMAX Meetings


Water Resource Recovery Facilities Receive NBP Recognition


WEF Offers Opportunities To Review Special Publications


WERF Seeks Applications for Awards


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