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WEF's membership newsletter covers current Federation activities, Member Association news, and items of concern to the water quality field. WEF Highlights is your source for the most up-to-the-minute WEF news and member information. 

 
Month:   July / August  Year: 2011   Volume: 48  Issue:6

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New York City Works To Bring the Waterfront to Residents and Visitors
 

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Strategy guides city into a new era of water-centric city living

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New York City has vast plans for its waterfront that will provide residents and visitors with increasing interaction with the city’s water environment.

In March, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a “blueprint” for the city’s waterfront and waterways that will reconnect people with water, according to a news release issued by the mayor. This blueprint, the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy, includes the short-term, 3-year New York City Waterfront Action Agenda and the long-term Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.

The multifaceted strategy will create new parks, new industrial activities, and new housing that all focus on waterborne transportation, recreation, maritime activity, and natural habitats, the news release says.  

A New York Water Taxi travels on the East River. Photo courtesy of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Click for larger image.

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WEFTEC Weekend Events
 

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Many WEFTEC® attendees are familiar with the conference’s renowned technical sessions and expansive exhibit floor, but the conference also features 27 interactive, educational workshops and a hands-on community service event held before the opening general session even starts. WEFTEC 2011 begins Saturday, Oct. 15, and the weekend features some must-attend events.

Saturday workshops
On Saturday, Workshop 108, “The City of Los Angeles Interceptors Breathe a Sigh of Relief — Collection System Ventilation and Odors Evaluation and Solutions,” explores techniques to identify the buildup and release of odors and volatile organic compounds emissions in large near-surface and deep interceptor sewers. The workshop will include morning and afternoon presentations, a late-morning panel discussion, and a 2-hour lunchtime visit to an air treatment facility (ATF). 

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Biotrickling filters at the City of Los Angeles air treatment facility. WEFTEC 2011 attendees participating in Workshop 108 will visit this facility. Photo courtesy of David Copp, City of Los Angeles.

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While most children in New Jersey were in a classroom learning history and English on April 28, approximately 215 children went to work with their parents at eight different New Jersey American Water (Voorhees) centers to learn about the value and importance of water on this year’s Take Your Child to Work Day.

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From left, Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) Past President Dennis Priewe presents the Paul Clinebell award to Rock River (Ill.) Water Reclamation District Laboratory Supervisor Mary Johnson. Photo courtesy of Ted Denning, IWEA clarifier. Click for larger image.
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Mary Johnson, lab supervisor at the Rock River (Ill.) Water Reclamation District, in March received the 2011 Paul Clinebell Outstanding Service Award at the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA; West Chicago, Ill.) annual conference. The award acknowledges significant contributions made by members to the association and outstanding service to IWEA during the course of membership. 

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Larry Esvelt, owner of Esvelt Environmental Engineering (Spokane, Wash.) and a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1964, died April 25 at the age of 72.

Esvelt, born Oct. 19, 1938, in Spokane, received a bachelor’s degree with honors in civil engineering from Washington State University (Pullman), as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. In 1976, he opened Esvelt Environmental Engineering.

“His work in environmental engineering took him first around the Pacific Northwest and eventually around the world, designing, consulting, and accrediting,” Esvelt’s obituary says. “He will always be remembered for his integrity, generosity, and leadership.” 

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Takeshi Kubo, a Stockholm (Sweden) Water Prize laureate and leader in establishing and developing wastewater works in Japan, died April 1 at the age of 91.

Kubo, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1970, worked for the Research Institute of Wastewater Management (Tokyo), Japan Sewage Works Association (JSWA; Tokyo), Japan Sewage Works Agency (Tokyo), and Ministry of Construction in sewerage fields for a total of more than 50 years. He received the Stockholm Water Prize in 1994, the WEF Presidential Recognition Award in 1991, and WEF honorary membership in 1981.  

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New York City Works To Bring the Waterfront to Residents and Visitors
 

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New York City has vast plans for its waterfront that will provide residents and visitors with increasing interaction with the city’s water environment.

In March, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a “blueprint” for the city’s waterfront and waterways that will reconnect people with water, according to a news release issued by the mayor. This blueprint, the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy, includes the short-term, 3-year New York City Waterfront Action Agenda and the long-term Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.

The multifaceted strategy will create new parks, new industrial activities, and new housing that all focus on waterborne transportation, recreation, maritime activity, and natural habitats, the news release says.  

A New York Water Taxi travels on the East River. Photo courtesy of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Click for larger image.

“At some point in our history, we both literally and figuratively turned our back on the waterfront,” Quinn says in the news release. “Now we’ve made a decision to more fully embrace the waterfront, in a way that’s both thoughtful and strategic.”

Two decades of working to revitalize the waterfront
The city’s first waterfront plan was issued in 1992. Since then, the City Council adopted legislation requiring that the plan be updated every 10 years, said a spokesperson for the New York City Department of City Planning. 

During the past 9 years, the Bloomberg administration has been working to revitalize long stretches of waterfront, making water a part of everyday life in the city, the spokesperson said. The administration has opened previously inaccessible shoreline to the public, acquiring 151 ha (373 ac) of waterfront land for parks and creating such areas as the West Harlem Piers Park in Manhattan and Barretto Point Park and Mill Pond Park in the Bronx. The 0.8-ha (2-ac) West Harlem Piers Park, previously a parking lot, features recreation piers for fishing, boating, and water tours; bicycle and pedestrian paths; and landscaped open space, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Web site. The administration also has rezoned more than 283 ha (700 ac) of vacant, underutilized waterfront property to create new housing and public waterfront access areas, the news release says.

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Barretto Point Park provides waterfront access and a public space to gather. Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Click for larger image.


“We have made huge strides in re-connecting communities to the waterfront, and now we are launching an ambitious plan that ties those projects together,” Bloomberg said in the news release.  

The city’s waterfront borders rivers, the Atlantic Ocean, inlets and bays, active port areas, wetlands, public open space that includes 23 km (14 mi) of public beaches, and residential neighborhoods, the spokesperson said. Water is now considered a part of New York’s identity and is being called its “sixth borough,” the spokesperson added.

Engaging citizens and agencies to set goals for waterfront access
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The strategy, led by the Department of City Planning and prepared in partnership with several state and federal agencies, presents specific strategies for improving 22 stretches of waterfront, as well as the waterways themselves, the news release says. The plan, developed after a yearlong process of engaging thousands of citizens, was submitted to the City Council, public advocate, borough presidents, and 59 community boards. Work developing the plan was funded by a grant from the New York Department of State through the Environmental Protection Fund.  

A rendering shows the plans for Pier 15, which is now under construction at the East River Esplanade South in lower Manhattan. Photo courtesy of SHoP Architects (New York). Click for larger image.   


The waterfront vision and enhancement strategy includes the following eight goals:

  • Expand public access to the waterfront with new and expanded parks in all five boroughs.
  • Enhance the “blue network” and promote waterborne transportation and recreation.
  • Support the working waterfront by spurring new industrial, job-generating uses. 
  • Enliven the waterfront with a range of uses integrated with upland neighborhoods. 
  • Restore the natural waterfront and protect wetlands and shorefront habitats. 
  • Improve water quality to support public recreation and natural habitats. 
  • Improve government oversight of on-water and waterfront-related regulation.
  • Increase climate resilience to help the city better withstand coastal storms and flooding.


“We will build new parks, esplanades, and housing; reactivate job-creating industrial activity; introduce ferry service; clean the water; and make it easier to paddle and sail around the five boroughs,” Bloomberg says in the news release. “When our work is complete, New York City will again be known as one of the world’s premier waterfront cities.”

Working together to implement the plan
The city is working hard to create partnerships between state and federal agencies, involve agency representatives in working groups, and create a dialogue to make sure the permitting process works for everyone involved, the spokesperson said.

One important piece of starting and maintaining this cooperation is the Waterfront Management Advisory Board, which meets at least every 6 months to discuss the strategy. Subcommittees of the board meet more frequently. Board members represent various city departments, the maritime industry, labor unions, transportation companies, real estate and hospitality businesses, and environmental and civic organizations. The board provides a forum for cooperation between city, state, federal, and civic partners to balance waterfront and waterway uses, the news release says.  

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Above, canoes and kayaks make their way down the Bronx River. Below, canoers enjoy the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge. Photos courtesy of Daniel Avila, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Click for larger images.
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Plans start now and reach into the future
The short-term agenda includes 130 projects that will develop more than 20 ha (50 ac) of new waterfront parks, create 14 new waterfront esplanades, implement $50 million in waterfront ecological restoration projects, and introduce a new commuter ferry service. In addition, the agenda calls for investing $1.6 billion in upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plants and $650 million in gray infrastructure. These projects are expected to create 13,000 construction jobs and at least 3400 permanent maritime and industrial jobs, the news release says.  

People bike on the Hudson River Greenway. Photo courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust (New York). Click for larger image.
 

Vision 2020 provides a framework for the city’s 837 km (520 mi) of shoreline for the next decade and beyond, the release says. The plan continues to expand shorelines, natural habitat, and waterfront greenways throughout the city and works to improve connections between on-land transit and ferries and encourage public boathouses and boat-storage containers at launch sites. It also seeks to establish maritime hubs supporting workboat operations, create new policies and guidelines to develop near industrial areas, protect historic resources along the waterfront, streamline the process for incorporating green infrastructure in designs, and identify resources to promote research and modeling of flood and storm-surge risks.

Find the full plan and more information at www.nyc.gov/waves.  

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With the aid of a tugboat, the Vega Nikolas container ship turns around in the Upper New York Harbor to berth at Pier 10 at the Red Hook Container Terminal, Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of City Planning. Click for larger image.

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Many WEFTEC® attendees are familiar with the conference’s renowned technical sessions and expansive exhibit floor, but the conference also features 27 interactive, educational workshops and a hands-on community service event held before the opening general session even starts. WEFTEC 2011 begins Saturday, Oct. 15, and the weekend features some must-attend events.

Saturday workshops
On Saturday, Workshop 108, “The City of Los Angeles Interceptors Breathe a Sigh of Relief — Collection System Ventilation and Odors Evaluation and Solutions,” explores techniques to identify the buildup and release of odors and volatile organic compounds emissions in large near-surface and deep interceptor sewers. The workshop will include morning and afternoon presentations, a late-morning panel discussion, and a 2-hour lunchtime visit to an air treatment facility (ATF).  

Biotrickling filters at the City of Los Angeles air treatment facility. WEFTEC 2011 attendees participating in Workshop 108 will visit this facility. Photo courtesy of David Copp, City of Los Angeles.


This is a critical topic, and “it introduces new techniques into looking at interceptor odor hot spots,” said Richard Pope, vice president of odor services at Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.). Information presented will focus on an odor problem Los Angeles faced that is encountered by many other facilities. Attendees will get to see an example of one of the city’s solutions, a new ATF. Attendees will get a tour of the facility, “bringing to reality what we are actually discussing during the day,” Pope said.

Attendees also will learn about how Los Angeles hired an independent contractor to be the community’s representative, informing the public about the project and bringing questions and concerns about the proposed project from the community to the city. “It was a different public outreach approach,” Pope said. “And it worked out exceedingly well.”

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From right, the City of Los Angeles air treatment facility biotrickling filter and polishing carbon unit that will be seen by WEFTEC 2011 Workshop 108 attendees. Photo courtesy of Cyrous Gilani, City of Los Angeles. Click for larger image.

“Essentially we’re looking at issues that are important to the industry, we’re taking a different view as to what parameters we’re measuring, and we’re finding new solutions to design issues associated with drop structures,” Pope said.  

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Also on Saturday, Workshop 112, “Wastewater as a N-E-W Resource — Global to Local Perspectives and Lessons Learned,” will discuss the state of knowledge about wastewater in the areas of nutrients, energy, and water and identify information gaps based on recent studies by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) and Global Water Research Coalition (London).

“In recent years, there has been a gradual paradigm shift — with wastewater becoming recognized as a valuable resource,” said Amit Pramanik, senior program director at WERF. “It contains several important and somewhat scarce commodities which can be recovered and sold. These three resources, N–Nutrients, E–Energy, W–Water, are the focus of the workshop.”

In 11 different topic discussions, two question-and-answer panel discussions, and an afternoon featuring breakout group discussions and presentations, this workshop will examine opportunities for using wastewater as a source of nutrients, energy, and water as well as strategies for using wastewater as a resource and overcoming the barriers to doing so.  

This graphic, which shows possible use of wastewater as resource, was created by James L. Barnard for a talk at the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) Research Forum in December 2009. Amit Pramanik, senior program director at WERF plans to discuss these possible uses during Workshop 112. Photo courtesy of Pramanik. Click for larger image.


Service project
If you have time for an all-day event Saturday and feel like doing some hands-on work, the Walkway to Wetlands 4th Annual WEFTEC Service Project could be for you. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) will host this community service project. Attendees will help revitalize a former industrial area in Los Angeles.


“The service project is our opportunity, as WEF members and volunteers, to give back to the communities we are involved in, as well as to engage the community in water- and environment-related education,” said Haley Falconer, SYPC Community Service Project chair.

Volunteers will help create an entrance to a constructed wetland, the South Los Angeles Wetland Project, by planting trees. “We have an opportunity to bring together the new wetland facility and the adjacent school, not only by adding trees ... but by providing educational materials to the school, so they can utilize the nearby wetland as a resource,” Falconer said.

Volunteers will be provided with bus transportation that leaves from the Convention Center at 8 a.m. and returns about 4 p.m. and be provided with lunch and a T-shirt. Anyone interested should register for the free event when registering for WEFTEC.  

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Above, a rendering of the South Los Angeles Wetland Project and left, a photo of the project site. Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Engineering — Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles. Click for larger images.  

Sunday workshops
Sunday features some intriguing workshops, such as “Communications Camp: Tools To Engage, Motivate, and Reassure Your Community.” This workshop (Workshop 211) will help attendees develop skills needed to communicate their efforts to protect public health and the environment. Topics will include communications strategy, outreach tools, face-to-face interactions, branding, advisory committees, media interactions, and conflict resolution.

“This workshop will give all types of water professionals the skills they need to effectively manage their messages — whether they are about rate increases, capital investments, or support for watershed health in general,” said Karen DeBaker, communications supervisor for Clean Water Services (Hillsboro, Ore.). Attendees will learn that messages should be more proactive, rather than reactive. This is especially important with the rise of social media and quick access to information online and with tight budgets, she explained.

“Participants will walk away with concrete communications skills that they can implement as soon as they return to work,” DeBaker said. For example, participants will learn how to identify different communication styles, present key messages, gain effective input, run a public meeting, manage conflict, and talk to the media.

Workshop 209, “Green Infrastructure — Beyond the Hype to Real Results,” will provide information about real-world application's of green infrastructure in various municipal utilities. Presenters representing municipal, regulatory, design, and research perspectives will talk about lessons learned from addressing combined sewer overflow and stormwater and matching green infrastructure technologies to local conditions.

The workshop will help people apply green infrastructure technologies by providing examples of installed technologies and lessons learned, said Carol Hufnagel, vice president at Tetra Tech (Pasadena, Calif.). It features two interactive sessions. In the first, attendees will participate in a discussion about what they do and do not know about green infrastructure to help speakers focus on recurring themes and questions, said Tad Slawecki, senior engineer at Limno Tech (Ann Arbor, Mich.). In the second session, groups will be given a hypothetical problem, and group members will take on different roles, such as regulator, environmental organization, and utility director. Playing these roles, they will work together to come up with a solution. The exercise has been created to help attendees understand different concerns and agendas that can be encountered when trying to implement green infrastructure and provide an appropriate response.      

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While most children in New Jersey were in a classroom learning history and English on April 28, approximately 215 children went to work with their parents at eight different New Jersey American Water (Voorhees) centers to learn about the value and importance of water on this year’s Take Your Child to Work Day.

Each of the eight centers featured different activities and learning objectives for the children. Topics included everything from water conservation and environmental stewardship to water treatment plant operation and safety procedures.

To learn about the environment and stewardship, children planted trees and drew a water-related mural for the Plainfield office and experimented with how plants grow in different environments by creating their own biodomes at the Fire Road Operations Center (Egg Harbor Township), according to a New Jersey American Water news release.

Children toured the Delran Regional Water Treatment Plant, where they learned about the water cycle, and toured the Raritan Millstone Water Treatment plant (Bridgewater), where they visited the water quality laboratory. The saw how water is sampled and analyzed to check that it is potable, the news release says.

In the Lakewood office, children participated in field work. They learned how fire hydrants, backhoes, wastewater collection trucks, and other water-service equipment operate. At the Belle Mead office, children learned about meter reading and how water services are restored during main breaks. And at the Swimming River Water Treatment Plant (Tinton), children learned about leak detection and how to conserve water at home, the news release says.

The company headquarters in Voorhees hosted about 70 children, the most of any center, and taught children the importance of safety in the industry and what they can do to be safe in their daily activities.

Daniel Ranieri, New Jersey American Water’s internal communication manger, has organized the event for the past 3 years. Ranieri said it is extremely important to educate children about water and the environment, especially since water often is overlooked as a commodity in their homes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average family of four can use 1500 L (400 gal) of water every day. This amount could be reduced significantly by using water-saving techniques, according to the EPA Water Sense Web site.

“We hope that at the end of Take Your Child to Work Day, our children gained a better understanding about how vital water is to our lives and what they can do to preserve this precious, natural resource,” Ranieri said.

Conservation is one of the most pressing water topics for children, Ranieri said. By showing videos, holding presentations from members of the management team, and involving them in activities, the children had a lot of fun and enjoyed “the educational aspect of the day,” he said. 

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From left, Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) Past President Dennis Priewe presents the Paul Clinebell award to Rock River (Ill.) Water Reclamation District Laboratory Supervisor Mary Johnson. Photo courtesy of Ted Denning, IWEA clarifier. Click for larger image.
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Mary Johnson, lab supervisor at the Rock River (Ill.) Water Reclamation District, in March received the 2011 Paul Clinebell Outstanding Service Award at the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA; West Chicago, Ill.) annual conference. The award acknowledges significant contributions made by members to the association and outstanding service to IWEA during the course of membership.


Johnson has worked as a lab supervisor at the Rock River plant for more than 20 years. She currently is working with professors and students at Northern Illinois University (Rockford) on a study to determine whether algae present in wastewater treatment plants can be used as a source of biofuel. She also serves as chairwoman both of the IWEA Scholarship and Charitable Giving Committee and the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Publications Committee.

IWEA established the Paul Clinebell award in 2005. It is named in honor of IWEA’s first president.  

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Larry Esvelt, owner of Esvelt Environmental Engineering (Spokane, Wash.) and a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1964, died April 25 at the age of 72.

Esvelt, born Oct. 19, 1938, in Spokane, received a bachelor’s degree with honors in civil engineering from Washington State University (Pullman), as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. In 1976, he opened Esvelt Environmental Engineering.

“His work in environmental engineering took him first around the Pacific Northwest and eventually around the world, designing, consulting, and accrediting,” Esvelt’s obituary says. “He will always be remembered for his integrity, generosity, and leadership.”

In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in seven states, an author of numerous papers and technical reports, and a member of various professional and academic boards and committees, Esvelt had been a member of WEF’s Water Reuse Committee since 2008.

“Larry was a huge part of and a primary driver for water reuse here in the Northwest,” said Water Reuse Committee Chairman Craig Riley.

Esvelt was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE; Reston, Va.), past president of the ASCE Inland Empire Section, and a member of the American Water Works Association (Denver). He received the ASCE Inland Empire Section Engineer of Merit Award in 1980 and the Spokane County Aquifer Protection Award.

 

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Takeshi Kubo, a Stockholm (Sweden) Water Prize laureate and leader in establishing and developing wastewater works in Japan, died April 1 at the age of 91.

Kubo, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) since 1970, worked for the Research Institute of Wastewater Management (Tokyo), Japan Sewage Works Association (JSWA; Tokyo), Japan Sewage Works Agency (Tokyo), and Ministry of Construction in sewerage fields for a total of more than 50 years. He received the Stockholm Water Prize in 1994, the WEF Presidential Recognition Award in 1991, and WEF honorary membership in 1981.

Kubo worked at various organizations to bring wastewater treatment plants and a network of pipes separating runoff and wastewater to Tokyo and to resupply waterways with treated wastewater, according to a Stockholm International Water Institute article. He also assisted with the exchange of knowledge across international borders and served on WEF’s Asia/Pacific Rim Steering Committee.

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“Dr. Kubo was a very long-time member and friend of WEF and can be credited for working many years to build a strong relationship between WEF and JSWA,” said Phyllis Ross, WEF managing director of the Association and Leadership Center. “He was an elegant and proper gentleman and always dressed and behaved with the utmost professionalism.”

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) received a silver EXCEL Award in the Special Publications category from Association Media & Publishing (AMP; McLean, Va.) for the 2011 WEF Media Kit. The award in the Special Publications category for Media Kits — Digital/Online recognizes the best and brightest in association media and publishing. Winners were chosen for exemplary work in editorial, design, advertising and marketing, online publishing, mobile applications, digital editions, and electronic newsletter categories.

“This year’s competition featured an extraordinary number of high-quality entries, but yours stood out from the rest as truly representing The Best and the Brightest in the association community,” said AM&P leaders in the award notification letter.

Jon Harrison, marketing art director for WEF (right), accepts a Silver 2011 Excel Award from Amy Lestition, executive director, Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) and Ryan Johnson, president, AM&P. Photo courtesy of Dave Scavone. Click for larger image.

WEF was recognized at the 31st Annual EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on June 1, with 195 other winners representing 99 nonprofit organizations and associations selected from more than 1100 entries.

“WEF is very appreciative of this honor and proud of the outstanding job our WEF staff team did on this online media kit,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “Their vision, talent, and commitment made this award possible.”

View the award-winning media kit here.  

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Register today for WEFTEC® 2011, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical conference and exhibition being held in Los Angeles Oct. 15–19.


Even though WEFTEC 2011 is the largest annual event for water quality professionals, it also can be a highly specialized event for you. My WEFTEC Planner enables you to search for workshops, technical sessions, exhibitors, events, tours, and committee meetings; add them to your personal schedule; and download the schedule to your smartphone.  
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Take advantage of the exhibition to explore and discuss ideas with exhibiting companies’ technical experts in addition to their top sales professionals. WEF provides you with tools to identify products and services offered by exhibitors that are specific to your needs: Browse the Exhibitor Directory by product category, geographical region, or keyword.

WEFTEC has 12 tracks of continuous education to help you focus on your training needs. You can browse any of these educational symposia in My WEFTEC Planner to discover what technical content will be covered in Los Angeles. 

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WEF Board Adopts Position Statement on Stormwater Management
 

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On May 6, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees approved a revised position statement on stormwater management. The position statement seeks to protect water quality and advance WEF's involvement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater regulatory program. The revised position includes recommendations to improve the national stormwater program and provides a platform from which related policy can be developed.

“WEF members recognize that innovative and nontraditional approaches are needed to address stormwater challenges of the 21st century,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “This revision reflects the best thinking from water quality experts about how to best address stormwater from a national perspective.”

The position statement recommends updating regulations under the Clean Water Act and outlines several recommendations for improved stormwater management, including use of a volume-based approach for stormwater treatment, support of green infrastructure, flexibility in regulating stormwater, consideration of climate change, and integration of a watershed-based approach in permitting.

WEF will continue to meet with leading water organizations to solidify consensus and principles for a unified approach to stormwater management in anticipation of the new EPA rule expected this fall.

“While wastewater treatment facilities have done a tremendous job in addressing point source pollution, nonpoint source pollution, such as stormwater runoff, is a huge contributor to water quality problems in this country, and WEF has been involved with EPA’s stormwater program since it began the early 1990s,” Eger said. “We’ll continue to focus on this major challenge to clean water by participating actively in legislative and regulatory developments, and providing the technical assistance and resources water quality professionals need.” 

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2011 Residuals and Biosolids Conference Draws 762 Attendees
 

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In late May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) hosted the 25th annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

The 2011 Residuals and Biosolids Conference attracted 762 attendees. The event included 18 technical sessions on building public support for biosolids, such topics as addressing political and media issues, future opportunities and emerging technologies, marketing biosolids and residuals products, environmental management systems, thickening and dewatering, odor and pathogen control, and more. 

The conference also offered the four preconference workshops and a tour of the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Synagro Biosolids Recycling Facility (Sacramento). The opening general session featured a message from WEF President Jeanette Brown and presentations from guest speakers Mary Snyder, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Sewer District district engineer, retired, and Jim Hanlon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Other features of the conference included the presentation of the Pioneer of Biosolids Disinfection and Stabilization award to John T. Novak, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg) and the WEF Service Award to Robert K. Bastian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
Above from left, Todd Williams, WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee chair, presents the Disinfection award to John Novak, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg). Below from left, Williams presents the WEF Service award to Rober K. Bastian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. WEF Photos/Sam Hadeed. Click for larger images.
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Students Compete in WEF Wastewater Challenge
 

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On May 22, 12 teams from across North America participated in the 2011 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Wastewater Challenge at the Residuals and Biosolids conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Students on 12 teams participated in the 2011 WEF Wastewater Challenge. Photo courtesy of Megan Yoo, WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) Wastewater Challenge Sub-Committee chair. Click for larger image. 
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Left, a student team competes at the Residuals and Biosolids 2011 Wastewater Challenge. Photo courtesy of Yoo.

Teams designed a treatment system to handle the a scenario of a failed levee system. The challenge was to design a system that would control the runoff by intercepting flow, treating the water using common household items, running the water through a composting facility, and discharging it into a wetland. Enough of the water, containing low levels of dissolved oxygen and high levels of nitrate, orthophosphorus, and turbidity, had to be passed through the treatment system to reduce nutrients, keep a neutral acidity, and raise dissolved-oxygen levels in the time allotted. The teams submitted design notebooks and were scored on design simplicity and sustainability, efficiency and structural–operational durability, creative use of engineering principles, and overall safety.

Cal State University–Fullerton team members Nikolas Vokhshoori and Michael Dummer placed first, receiving $1500, and University of California–Irvine team members Robert Davis, Garrett Kehoe, Daryl Santos, and Wayne Wu placed second, receiving $1000. Award money and team plaques presented to the two winning teams were funded through sponsorship. For more information, see www.wef.org/WastewaterChallenge.  

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Above, the first and second place winners of the student competition. Photo courtesy of Haley Falconer, SYPC Community Service Project chair.

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Operations Challenge Seeking Judges
 

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Register through July 31 as a team to compete in this year’s Operations Challenge competition being held at WEFTEC® 2011 in Los Angeles. This annual competition allows a maximum of 40 teams to demonstrate excellence in wastewater operations. Registration forms can be found here or by request at opschallenge@wef.org.

The Operations Challenge Committee also needs judges for the competition. The process control and laboratory events will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, and the collection, safety, and Wilo maintenance events will follow on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Be a part of this event and see the industry’s stars up close. The competition will be followed by an awards ceremony at the JW Marriott at LA Live. If you are interested, contact Steve Harrison at (703) 684-2400, ext. 7715, or opschallenge@wef.org.

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Charting the Future of Biosolids Management Report Now Available
 

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Anyone who missed the National Biosolids Partnership Charting the Future of Biosolids Management forum held Dec. 1–2, 2010, in Alexandria, Va., now can view a report summarizing the results of the meeting. The report identifies potential future trends and action items to help biosolids practitioners meet the challenges and opportunities expected. Read the free, 100-page full report or the executive summary.  









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WEF Announces Recipients of WEF Fellow Recognition Program
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announces the first recipients of the WEF Fellow Recognition Program. The program honors professional achievements, stature, and contributions of WEF members in various fields of water expertise. A total of 17 WEF members were approved by the WEF Board of Trustees to be honored this year.

“We are very pleased to celebrate not only the personal achievements of this year's Fellows but also the invaluable role WEF has as a leading water quality organization,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown. 

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
 

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  • Jeffrey Howard, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association. 
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  • Dorian Modjeski, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Florida Water Environment Association.
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  • Joseph C. Reichenberger, member since Jan. 1, 1976, California Water Environment Association.
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  • Steven E. Simonson, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.
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  • Richard O. Thomasson, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Chesapeake Water Environment Association.
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  • John C. Anderson, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Water Environment Association of Ontario.
  • John Cirello, member since Jan. 1, 1975, Florida Water Environment Association.
  • Gene Erickson, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Central States Water Environment Association.
  • F. Stephen Swartz, member since Jan. 1, 1976, North Carolina Water Environment Association, Virginia Water Environment Association, and Water Environment Association of South Carolina.

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WEF Presents Video Series on Stormwater Permits
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) introduces the Stormwater (MS4) Permit video series.  The informational series includes nine videos that describe innovative, low-cost approaches to communicating stormwater messages. The series, consisting of content from a WEF webcast held May 4, presents information designed to help small- to mid-size municipalities meet newly required public education and outreach components of the NPDES/MS4 stormwater permit.

The first video of the series includes an introduction to the topic and an outline introducing presenters and topics to be discussed. The second and third videos feature Wendy Warren, environmental coordinator for Bangor, Maine, discussing her experience collaborating with other governments at the regional level. The fourth and fifth videos feature Matt Dunn, Watershed Division manager for the City of Auburn, Ala., reviewing suggestions for engaging local businesses and government departments through various low cost approaches. The sixth and seventh videos feature Drew Brown, Public Education Programs manager for the City of Philadelphia, teaching how to target audiences by age, customer type, and neighborhood. In the eighth and ninth videos, all presenters answer questions from webcast participants. Watch the videos today.  

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Catch Up on Past NBP Webcasts Free Online
 

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The audio recording of the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) webcast, “Implementing the New Sewage Sludge Incineration MACT Standard,” held April 21, is available free, online. Also, a PDF file with Power Point presentations from this and other past NBP webcasts are available here.

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WEF Seeks New Books To Review in WE&T
 

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Do you have a new book or report on wastewater treatment or watershed management issues? Let us help you spread the word about it. Please send review copies of new books to Margaret Richards, WE&T, 601 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314.  

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Join WE&T’s Book Review Team
 

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Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) seeks volunteers to join its book review team. Stay up to date on the latest wastewater treatment and watershed issues by contributing brief, informative reviews for the “Water volumes” column. Reviewers may keep the books they review. To be considered, please send your area(s) of expertise to Margaret Richards at mrichards@wef.org.  

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Water Environment Federation Hosts Summits for Member Associations
 

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The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) will host the Member Association (MA) Technology Summit on Aug. 3, followed by the MA Leaders Summit Aug. 4–5 in Alexandria. The Technology Summit will provide MA leaders with advice on Web site development, database selection and implementation, e-commerce development and integration, and social media. The Leaders Summit offers session topics to assist MAs in the daily management and operations of their associations.  

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Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities
 

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Take part in a Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcast.

The Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabilitation and Replacement webcast series provides viewpoints from engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, owners, and operators; case studies and lessons learned; and effective quality assurance and control through four webcasts. Buy three of the webcasts and receive the fourth free:

  • Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation, scheduled for Nov. 16;
  • Perspectives on Service Lateral Rehabilitation, held June 1— recording available;
  • Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation, held Feb. 9 — recording available; and 
  • Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement, held Nov. 10, 2010 — recording available. 

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Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the Energy and Water 2011 — Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts conference. It will cover the current state of knowledge of the water–energy nexus and address energy efficiency in the water and wastewater sectors.

The opening session will feature Susan Hedman, administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 in Chicago on Aug. 1. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy laboratories; water, wastewater, and electric utilities; and energy and water experts from across the country will present sessions. Topics will include cutting-edge technology entrepreneurship, electric utilities’ views on future water demands, EPA’s Climate Read Utility Program, the latest research on energy recovery from wastewater plants, and state-of-the-industry for biofuels from algae and biosolids.

The conference will be held July 31 to Aug. 3 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Register online.  

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WEF Sponsors Nutrients Briefing
 

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), in cooperation with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Washington, D.C.), sponsored a June 9 public briefing on innovative approaches to managing nutrients to protect water quality in Washington, D.C. WEF President Jeanette Brown moderated the briefing. Speakers included Ann Mills, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment; Tina Taylor, Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, Calif.); and Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust (Washington, D.C.).  

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From right, Jeanette Brown, WEF president, Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust (Washington, D.C.), Tina Taylor, Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, Calif.), and Ann Mills, U.S. Department of Agriculture, speak at the briefing. WEF Photo/Nick Bardis.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) International Pavilions provide companies with a cost-effective, direct-marketing opportunity to introduce and distribute products and services into the global market. WEF International Pavilions give businesses with development plans in the Middle East, China, Singapore, and Europe an opportunity to exhibit under the WEF banner in a prime location and reach out to thousands of new potential customers.

Singapore International Water Week Water Expo 2011
During the next 3 years, the size of the market for water conservation and recycling systems in Singapore is projected to expand by 10% to 15% annually. The current size of this market is estimated at $950 million and under pressure to expand due to the robust growth of the economy and increased population demands. The expo will be a premier water and environmental show in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

July 4–8 (convention) and July 5–7 (exposition); Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Suntec City

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
During the next 10 years, the Netherlands will have to invest at least $6.2 billion to live up to the safety and environmental standards set both by the Dutch and European governments. There are growing pressures on European countries to reverse years of environmental damage and to find more integrated pollution control techniques. This event provides a unique exhibiting venue and a single access point to the European environmental market.

Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie)

WATEC Israel 2011
Water reuse rates in Israel stand at 70%, and the government plans to move it to 90% by 2012. To accomplish this challenging initiative, innovative products and technologies will be in great demand. WATEC 2011 will be a premier water and environmental show in Israel.

Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv (Israel) Exhibition Center

The 2012 WEF Pavilion shows will be held in India, Dubai, China, and Germany. For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458 or (703) 650-8516, or lsukkariyyah@wef.org

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Attend a Security Training Series
 

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Ensuring safe drinking water and effective wastewater treatment services is essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. Being prepared to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and after an incident will reduce hardships. 

Water Sector Interdependencies 
To help utilities prepare, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, has held a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies. The next training session will be held July 19–20 in Chicago.  

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