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July / August 2011, Vol. 48, No. 6

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

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


Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the workshops and a community service event at WEFTEC

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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Company Shows Children How Water Treatment Works and Educates Children About Conservation


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.  

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WEF Member Receives Award for Outstanding Service


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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In Memoriam: Larry Esvelt


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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Photo courtesy of Mark Esvelt.
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In Memoriam: Takeshi Kubo


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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.  

Photo courtesy of Peter Hanneberg.
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Tell Us What Technology You Use


New devices are always hitting the market and making headlines, but we want to know what technologies work best for you. Take this poll and see how your answers stack up against other WEF members.

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