March 2015 at a Glance

March 31, 2015

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Digging for Gold

Maintenance Crews in Pacifica, Calif., find a gold engagement ring 

Highlights-March1In November 2014, maintenance workers for the city of Pacifica, Calif., made their own unique discovery in the city’s collection system: a $1000 engagement ring accidentally flushed down the toilet by resident Lary Warren. Warren contacted the city to ask for assistance in finding his ring after he saw a news story about another water resource recovery facility that had found someone’s jewelry.

Lost and Found: Send Us Your StoriesHave you found something odd or unique in your collection system or water resource recovery facility? Or, did you help a customer find something they lost? Tell us what you’ve found. Contact Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights editor, at to share your story.

There’s Art in Those Aeration Tanks!

Lindsay Olson explores the beauty in science 

Highlights-March2Lindsay Olson has boldly gone where no artist has gone before: the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero, Ill., the world’s largest wastewater treatment facility. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago operates the facility.

During Olson’s 18-month stay at the facility, the artist learned about biosolids, phosphorous recovery, and the science behind wastewater treatment. She transformed her learning into art pieces with names that only a microbiologist could love, such as “Crawling Ciliate Aspidisca” and “Aeration Tank 3.”

Potomac River Watershed Event Models Shark Tank

Businesses pitch innovations during the Potomac Piranhas Pitch 

Highlights-March3Many innovative business solutions that may help improve the Potomac River watershed were presented at the Potomac Piranhas™ (Alexandria, Va.) Pitch on Jan. 30–31. More than 120 entrepreneurs, business representatives, investors, engineers, environmental professionals, and community leaders gathered to attend this inaugural event, which modeled ABC’s television show, “Shark Tank.”

Enjoying Sun, Sand, and Septic Tanks

Virginia Tech grad students study water quality in the Dominican Republic and help plant the seeds of wastewater infrastructure

Highlights-March4When the average twenty-something travels to the Caribbean during the summer, they do it to enjoy the sun, sand, and all the excitement island life has to offer. But between 2011 and 2013, graduate students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, Va.) traveled to the Dominican Republic with a very different mission: to study water quality in the city of Veron, which neighbors tourism mecca, Punta Cana, and help build a horizontal wetland treatment system.

Associations Collaborate To Address Wipes ‘Flushability’ 


WEF Nominating Committee Seeks Nominations for 2015


WEF Releases Nutrient Roadmap Primer


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


U.S. EPA Accepting Comments on Proposed Rule for the Analysis of Effluent


WEF and WERF Collaborate on LIFT 2.0 To Advance Water Sector Innovation


WEF Offers Second Set of Comments on EPA’s Electronic Reporting Rule


WEF Partners with University on Upcoming Water Microbiology Conference


Upcoming WEF Webcasts Cover Pipeline Assessment, Biofilm Reactors, Lab Improvements, and Codigestion


WEF Offers Members Access to Energy Roadmap Executive Summary


WEF Sponsors Meetings To Set a Course for Direct Potable Reuse


Compendium Offers Insights Into the Value of Water in Business


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