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May 2011, Vol. 48, No. 4

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World Water Monitoring Day Announces Winners of Second Annual Water Champions Awards
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The Asian group Water Champion SMK Teloi Kanan Nature Club. Photo courtesy of Frances Lucraft, Development Programme Coordinator at the International Water Association. Click for larger image.  

On March 22, in honor of United Nations’ World Water Day, recipients of the World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) second annual Water Champion awards were announced. The awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in the promotion of water quality through the participants’ involvement in WWMD.

The program honors the outstanding efforts of eight organizations and three individual participants for outreach conducted in 2010. Award recipients by geographical region can be viewed here.

Awardees are chosen by a subcommittee of the WWMD Regional Panel of Judges, which is composed of key program sponsors and representatives from the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), the International Water Association (London), and other organizations that share clean water goals. For more information, see www.worldwatermonitoringday.org, or send an e-mail to wwmd@wef.org
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Left, the North America group Water Champion Cedarbrook Middle School. Right, the Austrailian group Water Champion Seqwater/SEQ Water Grid. Photos courtesy of Frances Lucraft, Development Programme Coordinator, International Water Association. Click for larger images.  
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Register for WEFTEC 2011 Today

Register for WEFTEC® 2011 by July 15 to receive the super-saver discount. Both registration and housing are now open for the annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) technical exhibition and conference, which takes place Oct. 15 to 19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  

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This year’s technical program features 115 technical sessions, 27 workshops, and eight facility tours. The exhibition will provide access to more than 1000 exhibiting companies and their technical experts showing the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies.

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WEFTEC 2011 Opening General Session features keynote speaker Rita Colwell, left above, and Doc Hendley, left below. Photo left courtesy of John T. Consoli and photo right courtesy of Blanche Powell. Click for larger images.

The conference also includes an Opening General Session featuring keynote speaker Rita Colwell, the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and specialist on waterborne diseases, and a special presentation by Doc Hendley, founder and president of Wine to Water (Boone, N.C.), an organization providing funding and support for international clean water projects. Other conference highlights include poster sessions, the student design competition, and the 24th annual Operations Challenge competition.

WEFTEC provides a wide range of topics and focus areas that enable attendees to design their own unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Complimentary registration is available for credentialed media representatives. See www.weftec.org for details. 

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Participate in Utility Management Conference 2012

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seeks submissions for abstracts, workshop proposals, and/or session proposals for the Utility Management Conference™ 2012. The conference will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The deadline for submissions is June 3. Abstracts should tie into the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities and the Five Keys to Management Success. In particular, utility leaders are encouraged to submit abstracts for a new conference session, the Utility Leadership Forum, in which executives will share real-world experiences and lessons learned.

WEF Seeks Task Force Leader for Update to Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants Manual

The Water Environment Federation’s (Alexandria, Va.) Technical Practice Committee is looking for an individual willing to lead the effort to update Manual of Practice No. 29, Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants. This manual was published in 2005. The manual was recently reviewed and comments received indicate that the manual is now in need of revision. The outline for the 2005 version of the manual follows:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Overall Process ConsiderationsChapter 3: Nitrification and Denitrification
Chapter 4: Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal
Chapter 5: Combined Nutrient Removal Systems
Chapter 6: Models for Nutrient Removal
Chapter 7: Sludge Bulking and Foaming
Chapter 8: Chemical Addition and Chemical Feed Control
Chapter 9: Sludge Fermentation
Chapter 10: Solids Handling and Processing
Chapter 11: Laboratory Analysis
Chapter 12: Optimization and Troubleshooting Techniques
Chapter 13: Instrumentation and Automated Process Control

The Task Force Chair would be responsible for preparing a proposed scope of work for the project, which would include an abstract; information regarding the audience, purpose, and scope of the revised manual; a list of confirmed authors; and a book outline. The Task Force Chair’s primary responsibilities once the effort is underway are to provide direction to the authors and reviewers of the manual regarding the content of the manual, ensure that consensus-review procedures are followed and that review comments are addressed by authors, and ensure that deadlines are met so that the manual can be developed on a 20-month schedule.

If you are interested in leading this effort and will be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality manual is developed according to the 20-month publication development schedule, please contact Technical Publications Manager, Lorna Ernst, with a brief resume at lernst@wef.org. Please also contact Ernst with any questions regarding publication development procedures or the role of the Task Force Chair. 

Reviewers Sought for Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Handbook

The Water Environment Federation is developing a Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Handbook that will serve as a portable desktop companion to Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8). This effort is being led by Hannah Wilner of CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.). Publication for the manual is set for August 2012.

This handbook will include a summary of the information found in Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (MOP 8) and other sources that a designer needs at his or her fingertips. The handbook would include numerous tables and bulleted lists containing the most critical information found in these design resources and would direct the reader to the source for more detailed information.

The project is officially launching now, and the first draft of the publication will be ready for review in August 2011. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer and will be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality publication is developed according to the 10-month publication development schedule, please contact Britt Sheinbaum, WEF Project Manager, at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

WEF Seeks New Books

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 Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

Join WE&T's Book Review Team

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

WEF Announces New Newsletter, Expanding Stormwater Focus

On May 5, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will release the second issue of The Stormwater Report, a monthly electronic newsletter that highlights advanced practices, cutting-edge research, policy updates, and current events pertaining to stormwater. 

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With a newly formed Stormwater Coordinating Council, WEF will better integrate stormwater into the activities of its many committees, increasing the number of related WEF publications and events.

In addition to several new publications and upcoming webcasts, WEF will host a stormwater utility seminar in early August, and there will be continuous stormwater programming each day at WEFTEC® 2011, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Oct. 15 to 19.

If you are interested in stormwater and want to keep up-to-date on the topic, subscribe to the newsletter online, or find more information on Access Water Knowledge.  
WEF Submits Comments to EPA on Improving Water Regulations

U.S. President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13563, which requires each U.S. government agency to develop a plan to periodically conduct a retrospective review of its regulations, and determine if they are ineffective, insufficient, or overly burdensome, and then to consider revising or repealing these, as warranted. In response, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice on Feb. 23 seeking public input on improving its environmental rules.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) provided comments encouraging EPA to consider basic principles whenever it proposes or revises any of its water regulations. These include using the watershed approach to protect and restore water quality, incorporating a priority-setting process that provides states and local governments and watershed managers enhanced flexibility in scheduling and standard-setting, using sound scientific information in all programs dedicated to solving complex water quality issues, and incorporating sustainability concepts and approaches.  

WERF Offers Paul L. Busch Award for Innovative Water Quality Research

Researchers now can apply for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) Paul L. Busch Award. The $100,000 award offered by WERF through the Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research is granted to an individual or team working in wastewater, water reuse, biosolids, stormwater, watersheds, and other areas to pursue groundbreaking research.

The award has provided $1 million in research funding during the past decade to researchers. In 2010, Columbia University (New York) researcher Kartik Chandran received the award for his work on an autotrophic microbial reactor that converts greenhouse gas methane to the green fuel methanol, according to a WERF news release.

Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Those interested must apply by June 1. Find application instructions and more information at www.werf.org/PaulLBusch.  

WEF Joins Coalition Opposing Cuts to Agricultural Conservation Programs

On March 1, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined a diverse group of 35 water, agricultural, and environmental stakeholders in sending a joint letter to the U.S. Senate expressing serious concerns about the drastic and disproportional cuts in H.R. 1 to agricultural conservation programs that are critical to protecting the health of both U.S. agricultural lands and water quality. The coalition recognized the need to address America’s fiscal problems but emphasized that spending cuts must be accomplished in an equitable and tempered way so as not to single out agricultural programs, including much-needed conservation efforts. 

WEF’s Research Journal Made Easily Accessible to Authors and Readers

Changes to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) journal Water Environment Research (WER) online make the publication more easily accessible to both readers and authors.

The new WER Web site, www.editorialmanager.com/wer, is designed to make it easy for authors to submit manuscripts highlighting research in water quality. Authors will find a simplified submission process for manuscripts covering a range of important technical issues, such as nutrient removal, stormwater, and biosolids recycling. Readers are invited to submit articles for consideration.

WEF also offers open access to one paper per issue of the journal online. Articles available for free online public access began with the January 2011 issue of the journal.

Published since 1928, WER features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews of original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management. The journal is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 300 new research submissions each year. For more information, see www.wef.org/wer

WEF Meets With EPA on Green Infrastructure

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water staff March 31 to discuss green infrastructure and the update of EPA’s Green Infrastructure Strategy. EPA asked WEF to identify barriers to implementing green infrastructure. WEF presented a list of barriers and corresponding potential solutions to green infrastructure implementation. The list was developed with assistance from WEF Government Affairs Stormwater and Wet Weather work groups, as well as the Stormwater Coordinating Council. 

WEF Sponsors and Participates in Water Pollution Control Administrators Meeting

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) helped sponsor the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (Washington, D.C.) mid-year meeting held in March in Arlington, Va. WEF also participated in discussions with state officials and U.S Environmental Protection Agency representatives on various clean water topics at the meeting. 

Water Environment Federation Hosts Summits for Member Associations

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 to 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.  

Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities

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

The Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabilitation and Replacement webcast series will provide 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 Pipeline Replacement, held Nov. 10, 2010 — recording available; and
  • Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation, held Feb. 9, 2011 — recording available.

The Meeting the New Public Education Requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit webcast provides information on innovative, low-cost approaches to communicating stormwater messages to help small to mid-size municipalities meet the newly required public education and outreach components of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System MS4 permit. The no-charge webcast is scheduled for May 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. Register here.  

Register Now for These Conferences and Events

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the following educational opportunities:

Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales
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The IFAT China + China Water Show 2010. Click above for larger image.

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.

IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
With the Chinese government allocating $454 billion for environmental protection through 2015, the show is set to be a leading platform for the environmental industry in China.

May 5–7, Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China 

Singapore International Water Week Water Expo 2011
This event is a key international trade show expected to bring close to $2.3 billion in projects and investments into Singapore. Held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit, the 2010 Water Expo saw record growth to more than 14,000 attendees from 112 countries and regions.

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

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie)

WATEC Israel 2011
Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv (Israel) Exhibition Center

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458 or (703) 650-8516, or lsukkariyyah@wef.org.  

Upcoming WEFMAX Meeting

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegate members and Member Association (MA) leaders are invited to attend the May 19–20 WEFMAX meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and MA leaders. 

New Cities Added to Popular Security Training Series

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’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, has held a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies. Upcoming training opportunities include the following: