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WEF Seeks Editor-in-Chief for Water Environment Research
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is seeking an editor-in-chief with an outstanding international reputation for Water Environment Research.
The editor is responsible for guiding the editorial policies of the journal and ensuring that these adhere to the highest standards of quality and integrity. The editor will work with the volunteer Editorial Advisory Board to oversee timely review of manuscripts submitted for peer review and with the WEF managing editor to achieve monthly publication of the journal in print and online. The editor is expected to establish and maintain an editorial office at his/her host institution; a small honorarium will be provided by WEF.
The initial appointment is for a term of 3 years. Interested candidates should contact Berinda Ross, Executive Editor, at email@example.com or (703) 684-2432 for more information.
Monitor Local Waterways To Participate in World Water Monitoring Day
Both children and adults can use WWMD test kits to find the temperature,
turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and acidity of water and submit the collected data
to be shared with participating communities around the world. Last year, 73,510
participants from 70 countries took part in the WWMD program. The goal is to
have 1 million people monitor their waterways by 2012.
Officially, WWMD is Sept. 18, but the window to monitor began
March 22 and lasts through December. The deadline to submit data collected to
the WWMD database is Dec. 31. WWMD organizers, the Water Environment Federation
(Alexandria, Va.), and the International Water Association (London) will host a
public event at Hains Point Park in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. For more
WEFTEC.09 Discount for Utilities
WEFTEC.09 promises to be the largest Water Environment Federation (WEF;
Alexandria, Va.) event yet, with 123 technical sessions, 31 workshops, nine
facility tours, and more than 900 exhibiting companies. WEF recognizes the
importance of utility participation in making WEFTEC “The Water Quality Event”
of the year and is aggressively working to ensure that utilities can
participate. The Utility Partnership Program is a discount program specifically
designed to ensure that utilities wishing to participate in the conference still
can, despite the strain of the current economy. For more information, send
Take a Sneak Peak at WEF’s 2010 Specialty Conferences
Next year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria,
Va.) will host the following conferences for water and wastewater professionals
to learn about the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case
studies, and research on various industry topics.
The Utility Management Conference™ 2010
Feb. 21–24, 2010
InterContinental San Francisco
Water and wastewater utilities across the country are facing many common
management challenges. In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
American Water Works Association (Denver), WEF, and other national water and
wastewater associations agreed to jointly promote effective utility management
based on the Five Keys to Management Success and The Ten Attributes
of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities. The event will illustrate
how the keys to management success can be used to achieve these 10 attributes.
for more information.
Cities of the Future 2010
March 7–10, 2010
An interdisciplinary approach will be required to create a sustainable
urban infrastructure that will meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Interdependent engineered and natural systems and technological advances will be
required for the paradigm shift to tomorrow’s eco-cities. The Cities of the
Future conference will bring together a diverse group of practitioners who share
a vision of an improved urban landscape for future generations and are working
to make Cities of the Future a reality.
Urban River Restoration 2010
March 7–10, 2010
With an increased focus on sustainable practices and a population shift
back to cities, as well as an emphasis on a livable urban environment, urban
river restoration is under way in many cities, and practitioners are faced with
challenges. The conference will initiate a dialogue among the engineering,
scientific, regulatory, and stakeholder communities to address these challenges.
Odors and Air Pollutants 2010
When: March 21–24, 2010
Where: Charlotte (N.C.) Convention
What: Every 2 years, this conference brings
together environmental professionals from around the world for a showcase on
odors and air pollution management. With technical sessions and workshops, this
event educates attendees about current issues, regulatory requirements, and
methods for analyzing problems and finding solutions.
Nutrient Removal Specialty Conference Fosters Discussion
The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.)
Nutrient Removal Conference 2009 was held in Washington, D.C. this summer. The
conference covered the latest experiences in research, design, and operation of
nutrient removal systems at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants
through workshops, an exhibition, facility tours, and technical sessions,
fostering discussion and debate on the issues.
| The panel of the denitrification technical session at
the conference included, from left, speaker Sonia Oton, moderator Lauren
Zuravnsky, speaker Marija Peric, speaker Brenda Read-Daily, speaker Heather
Philips, and moderator Kelly Spivey. Click for larger image.
Submit an Abstract for WEF Specialty Conferences
Submit an Abstract for WEF Specialty
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.)
encourages those in the water quality industry to share their expertise with
fellow professionals by submitting an abstract for a specialty conference which
helps presenters gain recognition by peers and employers. Abstracts are being
accepted for the following conferences:
Membrane Applications Conference 2010
June 6–9, 2010
Where: Anaheim, Calif.
Discuss current and emerging membrane technologies and applications in
wastewater treatment. Learn about the latest developments and practical
experiences on the topic. Abstracts are needed on the topics of membrane
bioreactors, tertiary membrane filtration, and nanofiltration and reverse
Abstract Deadline: Sept. 18
Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference
When: Aug. 15–18,
Where: Portland, Ore.
What: Learn about biofilm reactor technologies and
other engineered systems influenced by biofilms. The conference links practical
application with basic sciences, enhancing communication between practitioners
and researchers, and fostering the development of young water professionals.
Abstract Deadline: Nov. 12
Attend the 24th Annual WateReuse Symposium
The 24th Annual WateReuse Symposium, presented by the WateReuse Association
(Alexandria, Va.) and co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF;
Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (Denver), features
more than 100 technical presentations, preconference workshops, a U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency forum, technical tours, a national legislative
and water policy plenary session, receptions, an exhibition component, and an
awards luncheon. The event will be held Sept. 13 to 16 at the Sheraton Seattle
Hotel. Onsite registration is available. For more information, click here .
New Water Infrastructure Partnership Forms
|| A coalition of organizations has formed a new partnership in the
St. Louis area to advocate for water infrastructure. The 501(c)(6) organization
is called Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership (MWIP).
According to its charter, the nonprofit is “dedicated to promoting
public understanding of the importance of investing in our region’s water and
wastewater infrastructure to preserve and protect the quality of our
environment, economic vitality and water and wastewater service for future
coalition was encouraged to form by the success of the documentary Liquid
Assets, The Story of Water Infrastructure and by the Water Is Life, and
Infrastructure Makes It Happen™ program,” said Lance LeComb, MWIP organizer and
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District public information manager. “We organized
a forum around the documentary and are looking forward to leveraging the free,
downloadable, and customizable resources offered by Water Is Life.”
MWIP participants have four committees focused on formation,
communication, education, and government relations. The coalition has committed
to taking the following actions to promote infrastructure investment in
Hosted a community forum on the region’s water and wastewater
infrastructure at the local PBS television station, KETC (St. Louis), prior to
the April broadcast.
Continue to support the broadcast of Liquid Assets —
KETC tentative broadcast dates planned for September.
Work with the University of Missouri (Columbia) and KETC to
develop a high school curriculum based on the Liquid Assets program.
Plan “A Day Without Water.” This is an event organized with
Junior Achievement to raise consciousness about the value of water
infrastructure in our lives.
By promoting their messages under one banner, members of the
coalition, which collectively represent millions of residential and commercial
water customers, will have a stronger voice. The founding organizations include
the City of Kirkwood (Mo.) Water Department, City of St. Louis Water Division,
Illinois American Water (Belleville), Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District,
Missouri American Water (St. Louis), American Society of Civil Engineers
(Reston, Va.) Eastern Missouri and Western Illinois chapters, American Water
Works Association (Denver) Missouri and Illinois chapters, and Associated
General Contractors of America (Arlington, Va.).
The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) also
encourages the formation of other regional partnerships and offers the use of
the Water Is Life tools, including bill stuffers, door hangers, and ads. Most
materials are free, downloadable, and customizable. For more information, visit
, or contact Lorraine Loken at
Water Heroes are professionals dedicated to protecting public
health and the environment by cleaning the world’s water every day. The Water
Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) regularly features Water Heroes on
acknowledge and thank those working to improve water quality.
WEF is looking for more nominations. To get recognition for your
friends and colleagues, nominate someone to be featured as a Water Hero by
e-mailing the nominee’s name and e-mail address to
. WEF staff will take over
from there. To see previous Water Heroes, click
Submit Information for Solids Processing Design and Management Manual
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water
Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), and Water Environment Research
Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) have produced the Solids Processing
Design and Management Manual, which compiles information on the
technologies used in solids processing, including emerging and innovative
technologies. The manual includes 27 chapters and is undergoing the first of
three peer reviews.
The team managing the preparation of the manual recognizes that
new technologies change rapidly and that there is interest in energy recovery,
waste solids minimization technologies, and characterization of greenhouse gas
emissions from solids processing trains. The team seeks to include recent
information on innovative and emerging technologies in the second draft before
it is sent for peer review.
The team is soliciting information on the following:
Technical description of the process, including appropriate
flow diagram, mass and heat balances, a worldwide list of treatment plants where
technology has been in extended use or demonstrated, process design criteria,
performance data, and cost estimates (including the date when made). The team
will judge the acceptability of this information and reserves the right to use
or reject the information, based on its objectivity and factualness, and to
place the material in the appropriate chapter.
Case studies (up to three per technology, each limited to five
pages) written concisely and describing the objectives of the studies, the host
wastewater treatment plant location and cognizant person at the site, the time
period, and the principal findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Acceptance
of the information includes verification of the facts, demonstration of
biosolids quality before and after processing, and health and safety
First decision about acceptance of a case study’s content will
be made by the lead author of the pertinent chapter, and, if necessary, the
decisions will be reviewed by the team. To submit information requested, contact
Jon Dyer at
. The deadline to
respond is Oct. 1.
Alexandria Sanitation Authority Achieves NBP Platinum-Level EMS Status
The Alexandria (Va.) Sanitation Authority (ASA) achieved
National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria) platinum-level status for its
environmental management system (EMS) program on May 28. ASA is the 15th NBP EMS
agency to achieve this status.
The platinum-level designation represents the highest
achievement of biosolids management and environmental stewardship, and requires
that certified agencies go through periodic interim audits. Click
to read ASA’s interim
audit report. For more information on the ASA biosolids program, see
WEF Offers International Exhibiting Opportunities
For those with business development plans that include the Middle East, Asia,
Europe, and Latin America, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria,
Va.) offers the opportunity to exhibit with WEF International Pavilions at the
Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX); the China Water
Show; IFAT — International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling;
and a show in Latin America with details to be determined. These opportunities
enable businesses to exhibit products and services to thousands of new customers
under the WEF banner in a prime location.
WEF Pavilion at WETEX
The Water, Energy Technology, and
Environment Exhibition (WETEX) will take place March 9 to 11, 2010, at the Dubai
(United Arab Emirates) International Convention and Exhibition Centre. This
annual event will provide access to Emirati and other growing Arab Gulf and
Middle Eastern markets.
WEF Pavilion at the China Water Show
The China Water
Show will take place April 27 to 29, 2010, at the Intex-Shanghai and Shanghai
Mart in Shanghai, China. This annual event will provide access to Chinese and
other growing Asian markets.
WEF Pavilion at IFAT
IFAT will take place Sept. 13 to 17,
2010, at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. This show is now
hosted every 2 years and is a must-attend event for access to European markets.
WEF Pavilion at show in Latin America
WEF International Pavilion benefits include the following:
For more information, please contact Laila
, (703) 684-2458, or (703)
650-8516 (mobile). During WEFTEC.09 in Orlando: WEFTEC Onsite Sales Office,
Orange County Convention Center, Hall C – behind registration.
- Prominent WEF Pavilion location in exhibit hall.
- WEF Pavilion included on the VIP tours.
- Booth sizes from 9 m² (smaller than most show minimums).
- Shell scheme build-out.
- Furnishings (to include entry desk, table and chairs, wastebasket,
literature stand, lighting).
- Cleaning services.
- Translation services (as required).
- WEF-sponsored lounge and meeting area with complimentary beverages.
- WEF-sponsored onsite reception.
- Assistance with connecting to the local U.S. Department of Commerce
- Preshow and post-show promotion in WEF publications, including World
Water and WE&T.
- Pavilion staffed by WEF employees.
- Aid in obtaining official invitation letters for visas (as needed).
- Assistance with hotel arrangements near the exhibit
like to thank the following exhibiting companies for their support of the 2008
and 2009 WEF International Pavilion Program–CWS in Shanghai, China; IFAT in
Munich, Germany; and WETEX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ADS LLC,
Aqua-Aerobics Systems Inc., Aries Industries/Vac-Con, ASA Analytics,
Bio-Microbics Inc., Dwyer Instruments, Groth Corp., Hayward Flow Control
Systems, Hydro Instruments, Kemira Chemicals (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Liquid Waste
Technology LLC, LobeStar Pump, Mody Pumps Inc., NEFCO Inc., Neuros Co. Ltd.,
Penn Valley Pump Co. Inc., Pulsafeeder Inc., Red Valve Co., Robbins and Myers
Fluid Management Group, Ross Valve Manufacturing Co. Inc., Selwood Pumps, Thern
Inc., and World Water Works Inc.
Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members
| Kiran L. Bhayani, member since Jan. 1, 1969, Utah Water Environment
Photo courtesy of Kiran L. Bhayani.
Phillip W. Parsons, member since Jan. 1, 1970, member of Central
States Water Environment Association, Iowa Water Pollution Control Association,
and North Dakota and South Dakota Water Environment associations
Photo courtesy of Phillip W. Parsons.
Albert B. Pincince, member since Jan. 1, 1968, New England Water
Photo courtesy of Albert B. Pincince.
James W. Scanlon, member since Jan. 1, 1968, Water Environment
Association of Texas
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Smith, association manager, Water
Environment Association of Texas..
John Yessis, member since Jan. 1, 1969, dual member of New York
Water Environment Association and New Jersey Water Environment
Photo courtesy of John Yessis.
Dennis H. Bianchi, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Nevada Water
Robert Cottrill, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Ohio Water
Sanat Kumar Barua, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Ohio Water
Jerome F. Fladung, member since Jan. 1, 1964, Missouri Water
Leo C. Fung, member since Jan. 1, 1971, New York Water
Edward L. Rushbrooke Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1971, New
England Water Environment Association
In Memoriam: M. Chris Dickson, APCO Valve & Primer Chief Executive Officer
Photo courtesy of APCO Valve & Primer Corporation.
M. Chris Dickson, chief executive officer of APCO Valve &
Primer Corp. (Schaumburg, Ill.), died June 7.
Dickson worked with APCO Valve & Primer for 43 years and was
the chief executive officer since 1992.