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King County Enhances Diversity Through Operator in Training Program

February 21, 2019

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King County, Washington is becoming more racially diverse as the growth of Asian-, Latin-, and African-American populations outpaces that of the white population, according to 2018 census data. Recognizing its changing demographics, the county is working to recruit a workforce that is fair and inclusive for all. Two years ago, the county Wastewater Treatment Division […]

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Ancient Nabataeans Used Sophisticated Water Technologies To Create a Thriving Desert City

February 18, 2019

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The Nabataeans designed a system of reservoirs to hold water. The inhabitants of Petra relied on this supply for themselves and their animals throughout the year. Photo courtesy of Mays, Arizona State University.

Imagine roaming the planet 2500 years ago as part of a nomadic tribe. You do not have a phone, electricity, car, or single other luxury. If you happened to wander into the Arabian Desert in what is modern-day Jordan, the location probably would not seem an idyllic place to stop and build a major city. […]

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Rhode Island Wastewater Boot Camp Trains Operators for Professional Growth

January 30, 2019

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When you hear the term boot camp, visions of crawling through mud under barbed wire or climbing up a 6-m (20-ft) wall may come to mind. But wastewater operators in Rhode Island who have been through their version of boot camp, faced very different challenges. The Wastewater Operator Leadership Boot Camp is training operators to […]

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Operators Without Borders Makes a Lasting Difference in the Caribbean

January 29, 2019

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When Valerie Jenkinson heard about the devastation in the small Caribbean nation of Dominica after Hurricane Maria, she was not content to just make a donation. She started an organization that will make a much larger and lasting difference: Operators Without Borders. Jenkinson knows the Caribbean area well since she spends about 6 month every […]

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Students Walk Away from Design Competition with Real-world Skills

January 28, 2019

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Pono Hanson, chair of the WEFTEC Student Design Competition Pono Hanson is a project manager at Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) in Alexandria, Va. He has been a member of the Water Environment Federation and Chesapeake Water Environment Association since 2012. He currently serves as a member of the WEF Collection Systems Committee and […]

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In Memoriam: James (Jim) Miller Contributes 30 Years to Operations Challenge

January 18, 2019

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James “Jim” E. Miller, a member of the Water Environment Federation and Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) since 1977, died May 21, 2018, at the age of 62. Miller most recently had worked as a senior water and wastewater specialist and trainer at Wenck Associates Inc. (Maple Plain, Minn.). “Jim had been in the […]

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WEF Commits to Local Stewardship with 2018 Community Service Project

December 27, 2018

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Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Service Project volunteers help create a mural that educates about water. Photo courtesy of Chris Marschinke.

Chris Marschinke, chair of the Students and Young Professionals Committee Community Service Project Chris Marschinke, project manager at Trotter and Associates (St. Charles, Ill.), has been a member of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) since 2010. He served as the WEFTEC 2018 Service Project chair. He […]

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Students Get Enthusiastic About Water at the 2018 Water Palooza

December 26, 2018

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Carol Martinson, co-chair, Students and Young Professionals Water Palooza subcommittee Carol Martinson is a project engineer for Trihydro Corp. in Laramie, Wyo. She works primarily on the design, construction, and commissioning of industrial water, wastewater, and groundwater remediation treatment systems. Martinson obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in water resources […]

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