WEFLEADER - your monthly resource for WEF news...
Current Issue: Nov 2014
WEF and Member Associations Taking a Lead in Stormwater
There was a lot of buzz around the Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 14 in late September when 20,385 water professionals from nearly 100 countries assembled in New Orleans. It offered an enhanced discussion on Stormwater Testing and Evaluation of Practices and Products (STEPP). When EPA administrator Gina McCarthy spoke during Great Water Cities session at WEFTEC 14, she announce $250,000 dollars in support of STEPP and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a joint WEF and Water
Environment Research Foundation effort. Support for WEF taking a national role in stormwater technical training, advocacy needs, and leadership was agreed to during the first National Stormwater Summit, which brought together municipal Stormwater leaders and other sector professionals. Collaboration efforts continue to grow between the Stormwater and Watershed committees both at WEF and the Member Associations. Read more...
MA Leader Education Training - Membership Series Webcast
Dec. 4th: Operator Engagement/Professionalism - Register
Please join us for the second webcast in a Membership series based on chapters from the Membership Recruitment and Retention Guidebook! The Dec. 4th webcast will focus on Chapter 4 - Operator Engagement / Professionalism. The two presenters for this webcast will be David Briggs, WEF Delegate from the WEA of Texas and Todd Boling, WEF Delegate from the Nebraska WEA. All webcasts in this series will take place from 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST.
Water Week 2015: April 12 - 18 | Washington DC
Mark your calendars to attend WAter Week 2015, hosted in joint partnership by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and the Water Environment Research Foundation. A featured anchored event is the National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In to be held during Water Week bringing together water and wastewater professionals from across the country to meet with Members of Congress and federal regulators to share perspectives on federal clean water policy. Water Week 2015 will inform and inspire local, state, and national leaders and communicate the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation. A full page ad is now available for MAs to use in their newsletters. Click here for more information.
Operations Resource Center
In 2010, Nebraska WEA requested that WEF create an "online portal" to house resources for operations personnel. WEF met this need and created the Operations Resource Center (www.wef.org/OperationsResources). The Center includes information on:
Certification - State/Province certifying agency contacts, certification preparation materials
Training and continuing education - Local and online training opportunities
Technical resources - Useful reference materials and publications including math, safety, and laboratory topics
Networking opportunities - Ways to connect with other treatment personnel
The Center now includes a listing of past WEF Operator Ingenuity Contest Winners!
Chesapeake Water Environment Association
The members of the Chesapeake WEA held a presentation at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD to honor Jack Andraka and Chloe Diggs, the recipients of Bjorn von Euler prize at the 2014 national competition for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
The von Euler prize is awarded to one project each year that demonstrates a unique passion for education and awareness leading to sustainable water futures. CWEA attendees included President Tim Wolfe, MA Administrator Cheryl Paulin, Public Education Chair Matt Roder, and Brian Shell. The attendees included students from NCHS's environmental club and STEM program, as well as Ms. Beth Kennedy the science teacher who mentored Jack and Chloe. Mr. Roder talked about the CWEA and its role in the state level SJWP competition, Mr. Shell talked about his experience in the 2007 SJWP national competition, and Jack and Chloe described their experience at the national competition this past June. The CWEA representatives encouraged students to take part in the SJWP competition, discussed the importance of the water profession in society, and distributed "Water's Work It" materials to the students. Special thanks go out to Ms Elena Thomas, assistant principal at NCHS for coordinating this event.
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