October 2016 Digest

October 31, 2016

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Hamlett Family’s WEF Service Spans Three Generations and Five Decades

Highlights-October1When Randy Hamlett’s now 91-year-old father, Bruce, relocated his family to Michigan in 1970 to launch a water and wastewater equipment business, Randy had little reason to think that he, much less his yet-to-be born daughter, might one day follow in his father’s footsteps.

This WEF Legacy Family Highlights article is part of #MyWaterLegacy.

From the President: WEF Influencing the Future

Highlights-PresidentRickWarnerIt is an honor to serve the members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) as your 2016-2017 president of the WEF Board of Trustees.

As members, you are delivering essential services with professionalism and imagination.You are simply inspiring, and each of you embodies WEF. I envision the upcoming year as one where we influence change and celebrate our achievements.

‘What Not To Flush’ Messaging Hits the Streets of California

Highlights-October3The Dublin (Calif.) San Ramon Services District’s public education messaging has gone mobile. To spread its messages about items not to be flushed down toilets and the value of water, the district has equipped their vehicles with educational signs.

U.S. EPA Seminar Makes Case for Stormwater Reuse in New Orleans

Highlights-October4Eleven years after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans now is poised to become a model of urban water management for the world.

During a seminar held Sept. 8 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters, award-winning architect J.
David Waggonner III outlined the “Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan,” a holistic approach to integrated stormwater management with the potential to save city taxpayers almost $8 billion in flood damage cleanup costs during the next 50 years.

Researchers Share the Science Behind Pokémon Go

Highlights-October5The popularity of Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that superimposes digital versions of characters onto mobile-device views of neighborhoods, parks, and businesses, proves the existence of market for augmented reality games. And researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tenn.) want people to understand the science behind these games.

Teams from Thailand and Mexico Take Home International SJWP Awards

Highlights-October6During World Water Week, a team of students from Thailand stepped onto the stage to receive the international 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The team was chosen as winner out of 29 teams from around the world for creating a device that retains stormwater and can help irrigation. The student team from Mexico received the Diploma of Excellence for combining an artificial wetland, electrocoagulation process, and a purification system to promote the use of reclaimed water.

WEF’s MOP 11 Incorporates the Latest in Operation, Management, and Maintenance



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WEF and U.S. Department of Energy Collaborate To Accelerate Wastewater Infrastructure Development


Prepare for WEF’s 2017 Conferences


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


Member Associations Join LIFT To Advance Innovation


Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act


WEF Webcasts Showcase Thermal Hydrolysis and Confined Space Rules


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