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April 2009, Vol. 46, No. 3

Top Story

WEF President-Elect Speaks at FWQA Luncheon

Paul Freedman, president-elect of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and a water professional with more than 30 years experience, was the featured speaker at a luncheon held by the Federal Water Quality Association (FWQA; Washington, D.C.) on Feb. 19.  FWQA, a WEF member association, held the luncheon at the Channel Inn in Washington, D.C.


FreedmanpresentationSmall   In his speech, “Top Ten Challenges for the Water Professional in the 21st Century,” Freedman discussed the fact that the public is largely unaware of what water professionals do. Even though water professionals contribute to controlling point sources and reducing pollutant loads, they have not effectively communicated these benefits to the public, and therefore, continue to have a poor public image, he said.



 Freedman then discussed the following as challenges that water professionals face during the 21st century:

  • “Think green, then gray,” he said. Water professionals can lead the effort in redesigning cities with a focus on green infrastructure.
  • Focus on sustainability. Professionals now must focus on the “triple bottom line” of environment, economics, and social impacts of everything that they do.
  • Achieve funding for clean water equal to its value to society and spend these funds wisely.
  • “Think global, and act local,” he said. Water professionals must follow this mantra because many local effects are generated from global causes such as acidification or local water sources going dry from changing weather patterns.
  • Face the big challenges head on. The largest uses of water are for irrigation and thermoelectric power and these users must be included in the discussion of water use and pollution.
  • Stop running from the issues that need to be solved.
  • Institute new regulatory tools to deal with the current challenges in the industry.
  • Create one coherent voice that advocates for water issues.
  • Solve the labor gap and knowledge gap that is looming as large numbers of water professionals approach retirement age.
  • Get the word out about the importance of the job water professionals do. This is the responsibility of each person in the industry, he explained.


“The water professional today is in a unique position, where water issues are central to growing concerns on climate change and pollution control,” Freedman said. “We have an opportunity to reclaim our leadership role in developing water solutions that are not only sustainable but change for the better how we use our water resources effectively to support the environment, protect public health, and contribute to the  economy and societal well being.”  FreedmanSmall
  Paul Freedman, 2008–2009 WEF President-Elect. Click for larger image.





Webcast Presents Members With Next Steps For Securing Stimulus Funds

 On March 23 the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) presented its second webcast on economic stimulus funding to help members learn how to secure economic stimulus funding for wastewater projects. A panel of experts presented an overview of the issue and answered questions from participants listening from 362 sites across the country.

The webcast, organized with support from WEF’s Government Affairs Committee, highlighted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act guidance materials, oversight and accountability requirements for use of funds, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural water and waste grants and loans. Click  here  to download materials from this webcast. A recording of the webcast will soon be available free to WEF members and at a cost of $195 to non-members.

The first stimulus webcast, held in January, provided information about the mechanics of the stimulus funding package, application requirements, timing, and requirements to be eligible for funds. For more information or to find materials from previous webcasts see the  WEF Webcast Schedule .  






WEF Releases 2008 Year in Review


 YrInReviewSmall  The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) has released its 2008 Year in Review. The 24-page report provides an overview of 2008 activities, including WEF’s top accomplishments, award recipients, and retiring committee members. Click here to download the document.
Take Advantage of Packages and Discounts for WEFTEC.09

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recognizes the strain that the current economic crisis is having on our members. In response, WEF is working to ensure that anyone with the desire still can attend WEFTEC. This 82nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition will be held Oct. 10–14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. A preliminary schedule of technical sessions and workshops can be found here.

Utilities interested in a customized pricing package that maximizes the number of employees they can send to WEFTEC should inquire about participating in the Utility Partnership Program at utilitypartnership@wef.org.

WEF is not increasing registration rates for WEFTEC.09. In fact, WEF is offering a $50 discount toward full conference and exhibition registration for those who book a hotel through the WEFTEC housing bureau and complete their registration between March 31 and June 1. For details see www.weftec.org.

More WEF News

Register Now for Residuals and Biosolids 2009 Conference

 The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Residuals and Biosolids 2009: Sustainable Biosolids Management Conference will be held May 3–6 in Portland, Ore. Held in cooperation with the Northwest Biosolids Management Association (Seattle), the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (Caldwell, Idaho), and the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (Portland), the conference offers in-depth learning opportunities with 18 sessions and three workshops.


Technical session topics include public outreach, operational case histories, sustainability planning, land application, microconstituents, and anaerobic digestion. Workshop topics include renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable solutions; the National Biosolids Partnership (Alexandria, Va.); and land application. The opening general session will examine how the profession fits within the environmental issues of our day.    ResBioClipSmall

The deadline to register online is April 8, and the hotel registration deadline is April 10. For more information see  www.wef.org/ResidualsBiosolids  or contact Biosolids2009@wef.org.

Join WEF for the Collection Systems Specialty Conference

 The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Collection Systems Committee in association with the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association will hold the 2009 Collection Systems Specialty Conference, April 19–22 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

The conference is designed for anyone involved in the program management, planning, design, or operation and maintenance of collection systems and wet weather facilities. It will include an interactive workshop, technical sessions, facility tour, exhibits, and networking opportunities.  


CollSysClipSmall  Topics discussed at the conference will include challenges of collection system rehabilitation, infrastructure risk management, private property programs, improving operations and maintenance of collection systems, and options for collection system modeling.

Register onsite at the WEF conference registration desk in the Kentucky International Convention Center. For more information see






WEF’s Next Webcast Features Pump Station Design and Operation

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will hold the webcast “Pumping 101 — Basic and Advanced Wastewater Pump Station Design and Operation,” on April 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This webcast will examine pumping station design and operation, submersible pump station application and operation and maintenance, and troubleshooting gauges.

This webcast offers design engineers and municipal professionals access to an evolving body of national consensus standards and accepted good practices. The goal is to help practitioners avoid inappropriate designs, reduce capital and maintenance costs, and improve reliability. Speakers include Joseph Popeck from Greeley and Hansen LLC (Chicago), Mark Jaminet from ITT Flygt (Sundbyberg, Sweden), and Dean Kastran from The Gorman-Rupp Co. (Mansfield, Ohio). The registration fee is $155 for WEF members and $195 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is April 15. For more information or to register, click  here .

WEF’s educational webcasts are designed to help save time and money on travel. For one registration fee, individuals or a group can listen to audio over a phone and view presentations on the Web. Participants are encouraged to submit live questions via e-mail during the webcast.

WEF held three webcasts in March focusing on collection systems cleaning, infrastructure stimulus funding, and stormwater permitting. Future potential webcast topics include energy and the climate, membrane operations, and pressure pipes. For a full list of past and future webcasts, see the  WEF Webcast Schedule . 

If you missed a recent webcast, you can catch up on the discussion by purchasing CD copies. For more information, send an e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Young Professionals To Join Together at 2009 YP Summit

On April 23, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will be hosting the 2009 Young Professionals (YP) Summit. Young Professionals in the water and wastewater industry are invited to attend the single-day session entitled “Developing Leaders of Tomorrow.”


 The session offers leadership development tools on the importance of communication in working with staff, management, and clients. The YP Summit will be held at South Point Hotel Casino Spa in Las Vegas. An evening of networking will follow the leadership sessions.    YPlogosSmall



 The registration fee is $65, and attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements. Click  here  for more information.  



WEF Offers International Exhibiting Opportunities
China investing billions in environmental protection provides excellent export opportunities
For those with business development plans that include Asia, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) offers the opportunity to exhibit with WEF International Pavilion at the China Water Show. This opportunity allows businesses to exhibit products and services to thousands of new customers under the WEF banner in a prime location.
Market Information: China
China’s government is looking to improve its infrastructure; upgrading municipal treatment facilities will require $60 billion to control water pollution during the next 5 to 10 years and $22 billion on water supply and wastewater treatment facilities by 2013. To view the full World Water and Environmental Engineering article, click   here .

View the  WEF International Pavilion Program Brochure .

For more information, contact WEF Director of International Pavilion Sales Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, (703) 684-2458, or (703) 650-8516 (mobile).