Tag Archives: Operations Challenge

Operators Without Borders Makes a Lasting Difference in the Caribbean

January 29, 2019

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Operators Without Borders Featured

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

January 18, 2019

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In Memoriam - Jim Miller

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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New Operations Challenge Teams Travel the Road to WEFTEC 2018

December 21, 2018

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Ops Challenge New Teams Featured

At this year’s Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®), 44 teams of elite wastewater operators met in New Orleans to participate in the 31st-annual Operations Challenge competition. For 11 of those teams, 2018 marked their national-level debut. To help new teams acclimate to the rigorous pace and complexity of Operations […]

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Meet the Highest Ranking 2018 Operations Challenge Teams

November 30, 2018

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Operations Challenge 2018 Featured

Texas teams sweep top spots in 2018 competition Three teams representing the Water Environment Association (WEA) of Texas took home awards for earning top scores in Division 1 and Division 2 Operations Challenge at WEFTEC® 2018 in New Orleans. The Trinity River Authority (TRA; Dallas) CReWSers claimed first in Division 1 while the Pooseidons of […]

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Family of Utah Sheep Farmers Take a New Career Path

November 27, 2018

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Legacy - Snyder Familyy Featured

After years of logging and sheep farming, Cody Snyder entered the wastewater sector. He may have started the career with simple expectations, but he developed a commitment to water that he has passed down to his oldest daughter, Jade. “Truthfully, when I was 21, I was just looking for a job with good benefits,” Cody […]

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Notable Figure of New England Water Profession Recognized as 2017 WEF Fellow

October 17, 2018

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Fellow Dombrowski Featured

Growing up in the northeast U.S., Paul Dombrowski had two dreams: sail alongside Jacques Cousteau, studying the ocean while advocating for environmental protection, and play for the Boston Red Sox. While Dombrowski, a 28-year member of Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) may not have made the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his decades-long career […]

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Coming to WEFTEC 2018? Get All the Information You Need Here

September 19, 2018

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WEFTEC Exhibition Featured

The 2018 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical exhibition and conference (WEFTEC®) returns to New Orleans, Sept. 29–Oct. 3 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Register for WEFTEC for access to 143 technical sessions, 26 workshops, 7 facility tours, 17 mobile sessions, and more than 1000 exhibiting companies covering about 300,000 ft2 of […]

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From the President: Valuing Our Operators and Promoting Operator Initiatives

August 22, 2018

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President - Jenny Hartfelder Featured

Before my year as Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) president comes to a close, I want to discuss one segment of our membership that has special meaning to me: our operators. These professionals work on the front-lines of wastewater treatment. WEF has committed to supporting operator initiatives with the goal of attracting, preparing, and […]

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