Tag Archives: Clean Water Act

WEF Webcast Discusses Regulatory Concerns During Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges for WRRFs, who may face critical staffing shortages, supply chain disruptions, and workflow restrictions. Recognizing these obstacles, regulators are attempting to strike a balance between crucial public health and environmental services and operator safety. Image courtesy of Pixabay

During the coronavirus pandemic, directives focused on avoiding social contact create unprecedented questions for the relationship between water and wastewater utilities and environmental regulators. For example, should regulators continue to enforce minor failures to meet permit obligations because of unavoidable staffing shortages at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs)? Does the language in regulatory permits, agreements, […]

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WEF Supports Bipartisan Bill to Extend NPDES

April 28, 2019

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On March 14, legislation (H.R. 1764) was introduced that would extend the maximum term for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under the Clean Water Act from 5 to 10 years. U.S. Reps. John Garamendi (D–Calif.), Ken Calvert (R–Calif.), and Rob Woodall (R–Ga.) introduced the bipartisan bill to support local water infrastructure projects. […]

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Podcasts Cover Green Infrastructure, Microbes, Water Policy, and Scarcity

June 28, 2018

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) “Words on Water” podcast series showcases insights from various water-sector thought leaders. Stream online podcast episodes and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. In recent episodes Adriana Calderelli, program director of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), and others discuss the […]

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Leaders Discuss Hot Topics in Words on Water Podcast

January 20, 2018

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Water leaders share perspectives on the sector in the Words on Water podcast series. Listen to online podcasts and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. Episodes feature: Radhika Fox, CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance (Washington, D.C.) and director of the Value of Water Campaign, discusses the economic benefits […]

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From the President: Looking Back with Gratitude, Looking Forward with Confidence

April 18, 2017

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When we gather in Chicago to attend WEFTEC® 2017, it will mark the 90th year the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has hosted this annual conference. This is a good reminder that the federation and its members already had been working to restore U.S. waterways and protect public health for more than 45 years […]

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WEF Staff Cycling Team Smashes 2016 Goal of National Bike Challenge

November 16, 2016

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Logging more than 3700 km (2300 mi) collectively between May and September, eight bikers from the staff of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) zoomed past their goal for the 2016 National Bike Challenge. This year the annual challenge, organized by PeopleForBikes (Boulder, Colo.), called on more than 75,000 Americans to help exceed the […]

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WEF Publishes Guide to Essential Skills for Graduate Students and Young Professionals

September 28, 2015

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WEF Book-The Effective Water Professional

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recognizes that the water profession is entering a new era with new challenges. In response, WEF has published The Effective Water Professional, a textbook for the next generation of graduate students and young water professionals. While technical skills are vital to career success, addressing the new era’s challenges […]

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Ammonia Criteria Implementation Workshop Findings Released

June 12, 2015

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In April, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (Washington, D.C.), released the executive summary of an October 2014 ammonia criteria implementation workshop. The organizations convened the workshop to identify data and information gaps […]

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