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November 2011, Vol. 48, No. 9

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WEF Is Accepting Applications for 2012 Fellows Program

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is accepting applications and nominations for the 2012 WEF Fellows Program. The program recognizes the professional achievements members have made in the practice areas served by WEF, including, but not limited to, design, education, operations, regulation, research, and utility management and leadership.

WEF Fellows applicants and nominees will be considered by a selection committee and approved by the WEF Board of Trustees. If you or another member deserves recognition for professional achievements and have a minimum of 5 consecutive years of WEF membership and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in a practice area served by WEF, submit an application or nomination today.

The deadline to submit applications and nominations is Feb. 1, 2012. For more information, see www.wef.org/weffellowsprogram, or contact Theresa Mixon at tmixon@wef.org

Introducing WEFTEC On Demand

WEFTEC On Demand.jpg Were you or your colleagues unable to make it to WEFTEC® this year? WEFTEC On Demand offers immediate access to nearly 150 presentations via synced PowerPoint slides, audio, and a select number of video presentations. See the latest in water quality information delivered to you through an online player accessible anytime, anywhere. See www.weftec.org/OnDemand for more information.


WEF Offers Stormwater Messaging Resources

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has developed resources to help municipalities educate the public about stormwater pollution. A new series of materials, such as print ads and bill stuffers, can be found at www.wef.org/stormwatercampaign. These materials include short messages highlighting actions that cause stormwater runoff pollution and tips to prevent this threat to clean water. Messages are available in multiple formats for use in print and electronic materials; they can be downloaded free and can be customized with information, such as utility logos.

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Don’t Miss This Chance To Participate in WEFTEC 2012

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Don’t miss your chance to participate in WEFTEC® 2012, to be held Sept. 29–Oct. 3 in New Orleans. Submit your abstract and session proposal today.

Call for Abstracts

Be a part of the technical program at WEFTEC by submitting an abstract for consideration to present in New Orleans at WEFTEC 2012. Abstract proposals are accepted online here and are due by Dec. 1. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in April 2012. For more information, see the detailed list of topics.

Session Proposals
Propose a whole or half session for the WEFTEC 2012 technical program. Submit session proposals using the Session Proposal Form to Susan Merther at smerther@wef.org by Dec. 1.


Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

  • James W. Beazley III, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Arkansas Water Environment Association. 
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Photo courtesy of James W. Beazley III.
  • James Clarno, member since Jan. 1, 1968, Water Environment Association of Texas.
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Photo courtesy of James Clarno.
  • Larry Green, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Water Environment Association of Texas.
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Photo courtesy of Larry Green.
  • Mansfield D. McKnight, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Water Environment Association of Texas.
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Photo courtesy of Mansfield D. McKnight.
  • Jan Oleszkiewicz, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Western Canada Water Environment Association.
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Photo courtesy of Jan Oleszkiewicz.
  • James R. Thomas Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1974, Chesapeake Water Environment Association.
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Photo courtesy of James R. Thomas Jr.
  • Paul Trout, member since Jan. 1, 1976, Nebraska Water Environment Association.
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Photo courtesy of Paul Trout.
  • John T. Cookson, member since Jan. 1, 1962, Chesapeake Water Environment Association.
  • William L. Hall Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1974, North Carolina Water Environment Association.
  • Arthur Randall Kornegay, member since Jan. 1, 1975, North Carolina Water Environment Association.


Webcasts Offer Online Educational Opportunities

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

The webcast “Evaluating Stormwater Outreach: Is Anyone Listening?,” which is scheduled for 2–3 p.m. on Nov. 9, will teach participants how to evaluate whether a municipality’s communications reach key audiences, how well these communication efforts effect change, and how measuring stormwater outreach makes financial management sense while ensuring compliance with NPDES/MS4 permit requirements. Register here.

The four-part 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 strategies. Buy three of the webcasts and receive the fourth free:

  • “Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation,” scheduled for Nov. 16, 1–3 p.m.;
  • “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.
Prepare For These 2012 Conferences

The Utility Management Conference™ 2012
Jan. 30–Feb. 2, Hyatt Regency Miami

Attendees will learn about the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research on all aspects of utility management. The conference features the Utility Leader Forum, and sessions will relate to the Ten Attributes of Effectively Management Water Sector Utilities and the five Keys to Management Success.

AWWA 2012 Sustainable Water Management Conference & Exposition
March 18–21, Marriott Portland (Ore.) Waterfront Hotel

The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) is a partner with the American Water Works Association (Denver) for this conference that focuses on large-scale sustainability issues related to water supply and management topics, such as water conservation, urban planning and design, and sustainable utilities, infrastructure, and communities.

Residuals and Biosolids 2012: Advancing Residuals Management: Technologies and Applications
March 25–28, Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center

This conference will highlight beneficial use options, science, and technologies currently available to leverage biosolids as a valuable resource.

Odors and Air Pollutants 2012
April 15–18, Kentucky International Convention Center (Louisville)

The conference features presentations, interactive discussions, posters, workshops, and exhibits focusing on real-life experience and lessons learned.

Stormwater Symposium 2012
July 18–20, Sheraton Baltimore City Center

The event will focus on national issues, including the proposed national stormwater rulemaking, regional issues, developing technologies, and management approaches key to growing and evolving the topic of stormwater.  

Upcoming WEFMAX Meetings

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has announced the schedule for 2012 WEFMAX meetings. At these meetings, WEF leaders have the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and Member Association leaders. The 2012 WEFMAX meetings are scheduled for

  • March 8–9 in Sedona, Ariz.;
  • April 12–13 in Fayetteville, Ark.;
  • April 19–20 (location to be determined); and
  • May 17–18 in Indianapolis.
Reviewers Needed for Manual of Practice on Process Modeling for Designers

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is revising Manual of Practice (MOP) No. 31, which will be titled Process Modeling for Designers (formerly Introduction to Process Modeling for Designers). Process modeling rapidly is becoming the default tool of choice for process design. The intention of this publication is to expand MOP 31, include more practical guidance on using process models for design, and use this material as the basis for future training courses.

Publication of the manual is set for May 2013. The project, being led by Andy Shaw and Bruce Johnson, officially launched in August. The first draft is scheduled to be ready for review in January. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer and able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate your expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales

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.

2012 WEF Pavilion shows will be held in India, Dubai, China, and Germany. For more information, click here, or contact Cari Zimmerman at (703) 535-5266, (703) 795-2518, or czimmerman@wef.org